Record Utah Snow Leads To Record Skiing, First Time To 5 Million Mark

May 21, 2019, 5:46 PM | Updated: 5:50 pm

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Utah winter resorts set a record this year for skier days, hitting five million for the first time. The record is still running because the season isn’t over and the snow is still falling.

“If you like skiing soft powder snow, this was a great year to do it,” said Nathan Rafferty, president and CEO of Ski Utah.

Ski Utah said it’s all about the greatest snow on earth. According to their records, Utah received at least one inch of measurable snow on more than 100 days this season. For skiers and snowboarders, that’s just too much powder to resist.

“If you’ve got a season pass in your pocket, and the skiing was as good as it was all year long, you’re going to use it.”

“The faucet really turned on in January,” said Rafferty. “There was a stretch in February that was out of this world, and it kept coming and coming.”

Consider this: since the ski resorts opened in November, Utah has not gone more than seven days without snow.

Every high elevation watershed basin in Utah is at 135% of average snowpack or more. Statistically, the resorts had about twice as much snow this ski season as last season.

“Snow drives visitation,” said Rafferty.

Great storms delivered the all-time record: 5,125,441 skier days.

That’s the third record in four years — up 24% from last year. One resort telling Ski Utah, pass holder visits were up 40% this season. That always helps boost skier days.

“If you’ve got a season pass in your pocket, and the skiing was as good as it was all year long, you’re going to use it,” said Rafferty.

Snowbird is the only resort still open for the season. It’s closed during the week, and will re-open for the three-day Memorial Day weekend. Snowbird has received nearly 700 inches of snow, and it was still snowing there today with more in the forecast.

Crowds present traffic and parking challenges. So, resorts have responded with new solutions. Snowbird rolled out a ride-sharing app. Alta provides priority parking for carpoolers. Ski Utah promotes the ski bus.

Tomorrow, Rafferty meets with Park City and Summit County transportation leaders to talk about ski season traffic challenges in that community.

“Our resorts are really taking a hard look at both short-term and long-term solutions,” said Rafferty.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

PeeDee, the puppy found by Price City police officers and is being trained as a Critical Incident E...

Michael Houck

Abandoned puppy undergoes training as a Price City emotional support dog

An abandoned puppy found by a Price City police officer is now being trained as an emotional support dog for the department.

19 minutes ago

An undated photo of the Gunlock State Park waterfalls. The waterfalls are expected to return this s...

Eliza Pace

Gunlock waterfalls are flowing again

Like an oasis in the desert, the Gunlock waterfalls have returned. 

26 minutes ago

Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...

Eliza Pace

Got tumbleweeds? People might be willing to buy them

Several cities around Utah faced an Armageddon of tumbleweeds including Eagle Mountain, Daybreak, South Jordan, and Grantsville.  However, despite the challenge, residents of these cities may be sitting on their next business opportunity. 

2 hours ago

FILE: The sun is seen in full eclipse over a park on Aug. 21, 2017, in Hiawatha, Kansas. Millions o...

Josh Ellis

Utahns will have to travel to catch the best part of April’s total solar eclipse

2023's eclipse gave thousands of Utahns a chance to see its "ring of fire," but the 2024 total solar eclipse will require some travel to get the full experience.

3 hours ago

Several police SUVs parked in a parking lot as Salt Lake City Police investigate a workplace shooti...

Eliza Pace

Victim, gunman in SLC workplace shooting identified by police

Two men involved in a workplace shooting on Sunday in Salt Lake City were identified by police. 

6 hours ago

Elder Mack Jared Chappell, a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Sa...

Mark Jones

Church missionary dies from unknown medical condition

A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has died, according to the church.

21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Record Utah Snow Leads To Record Skiing, First Time To 5 Million Mark