Snowbird, Utah – Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort received the first snowfall ofthe season Monday evening when a strong system moved through LittleCottonwood Canyon depositing approximately one inch atop 11,000-foot HiddenPeak. Another significant weather system moving into Utah today is expectedto leave similar amounts of snow Tuesday night.

Snowbird’s Snow Safety Department does not officially begin seasonalsnowfall records until Nov. 1 so this week’s snowfall will not count towardthe annual accumulation that averages 500 inches of light, dry powder.

Offering the longest season in Utah, Snowbird is scheduled to open for the2002-03 season Saturday, Nov. 23. Skiers and riders rode the Tram untilMemorial Day last season.

Snowbird recently announced that in addition to 500 inches of annualsnowfall, 2,500 acres of exciting terrain and the fastest lift in thecountry (Wall Street Journal, January 2002), it will more than double thesize of its primary Terrain Park in the Baby Thunder area as well as addfeatures near the Big Emma halfpipe and beginner features on the Chickadeerun.

Snowbird has hired veteran park designer Keith Pfahler, who has built parksat Whistler-Blackcomb, Big Bear and Mountain High, to design Snowbird’sexpanded terrain park offerings. Now with three parks to choose from,Snowbird will offer a playground for jibbers and huckers of every skilllevel. For those just starting out, the Witch’s Ditch banked turns, rollers,and beginner halfpipe will help anyone who wants to begin park riding, fromthe littlest rider to the youngest at heart. The intermediate Terrain Park,located on Big Emma near the improved halfpipe, will help park riderscontinue to improve their skills with a series of rails and hits. Advancedpark riders will challenge themselves in the Baby Thunder Terrain Park,where a series of more difficult hits, kickers, tabletops, spines, jumps,and rails of every shape and size will be found on nearly every trail backto the lift.

For those desiring to hone their park riding skills, Snowbird’s nationallyrecognized Mountain School will now offer both private lessons andaffordable group lessons that focus on park skills, including terrainfeatures and the pipe.

Located 29 miles from Salt Lake International Airport, Snowbird Ski & SummerResort is North America’s most accessible year-round resort. For the latestinformation and updated photos from the mountain, go to www.snowbird.com.