Salt Lake City, Utah—This Thanksgiving, Utah skiers and snowboarders had reason to be especially thankful. Withlast year’s 700-inches of record-breaking snowfall still fresh in everyone’s mind, the first major storm of this season arrived anddumped up to three feet of the state’s legendary powder on the resorts. More storms are lining up to hit Utah throughout thereminder of this week with significant accumulations expected.

“This new snow and the storms on the way should help position us to enjoy another great holiday season. Last year we experienced arecord number of skier days, and this year’s holiday bookings are up across the board,” said Nathan Rafferty, president of Ski Utah.

Utah’s 13 ski areas are reporting a 10 to 30 percent increase over the same period last year for December holiday bookings.

Currently, there are seven resorts open state-wide. This weekend’s storm enabled them to open additional terrain for early season skiers and snowboarders to ride off their Thanksgiving meals.

Following are snow storm totals as of 8 a.m. MST:

Brighton: 29″

The Canyons: 24″

Park City: 16″

Snowbasin: 11″

Snowbird: 24″

Solitude: 24″

For information on current snow totals and resort opening dates visit Ski Utah’s snow report at:

http://www.skiutah.com/snow_report/