WINTER STORMS BLAST UTAH SKI RESORTS

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (December 3, 1999) – After several dry weather pre-holiday weeks in Utah, local snow industry representatives are rejoicing today, as area mountain resorts were hit with a substantial winter storm. Mother Nature coated Utah’s Rocky Mountains with almost two feet of”The Greatest Snow on Earth” over the last 48 hours.

Though 6 of Utah’s 14 alpine resorts had already opened to the public and had been making snow as fast as possible in the recent cold weather, a good natural pummeling of the light, fluffy powder snow Utah’s built its reputation on is a welcome sight this morning.

“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow,” sang Ski Utah President Kip Pitou today. “We’re so proud of our Utah resorts’ ability to provide skiing these last few weeks. The resorts’ snowmaking capabilities and technology, and their commitment to being open for visitors and locals alike are commendable. We applaud their steadfast efforts. What we all really needed, though, was a break from Mother Nature. Now we’ve got it, and the ski and snowboard season can begin in earnest, just in time for the holidays. I love a white Christmas,” Pitou added.

Both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons are requiring chains or four-wheel-drive this morning with storm totals at Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude close to the two-foot level. Summit County Resorts including The Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort also reported significant amounts of snow.

Knowing Utah ski industry staffers have a strong commitment to “product testing,” many Utah resort representatives were hard to reach for comment today. Rumors that the “powder flu” had affected many Utah employees across the state this morning were rampant.

For current snow reports, call Ski Utah at (801) 521-8102, or visit their Web site at www.skiutah.com. Be sure to sign up for the Powder Lounge to get up-to-the-minute e-mailed “powder alerts.”