Utah slopes are looking good after rec-ord snowfall at some ski resorts, and skiers have come by the thousands to frolic in the glistening powder.
"It's excellent," said Frank Muellenbach. "We love it! We wish it would snow some more," enthused Daron McDowell. Muellenbach and McDowell are with a party of eight that flew in from Wisconsin this week for their first taste of Utah snow.It was better than they imagined. "We're coming back again," Muellenbach said.
The weekend's heavy snowfall decked out Utah mountains in their best-looking white for the rush of holiday skiers. The results were a publicist's dream.
It was Edward Zutler's first time on Utah slopes, too. "I love it! It's terrific," he said. The Zutlers and Kimelmans flew in from Los Angeles with their children to try out the snow at ParkWest.
The families are veteran skiers who have traveled to several resorts. They were delighted with ParkWest.
"It compares favorably to Lake Tahoe. It's much nicer than Mammoth," Zutler said. Charles Kimelman liked it better than Vail.
The Zutlers were as pleased with the people as they were with the snow.
"Everyone has been very nice," said Louise Zutler. She was surprised at the help she got when she had trouble with her rented ski equipment.
"People are very pleasant," Edward Zutler said. "It's a much homier atmosphere here."
Tuesday's weather was colder than most skiers liked. Even in the middle of the day, temperatures were single digits at many resorts. The cold didn't seem to keep the skiers away. Skiers fought back with shorter runs and lots of soup and coffee.
Snowbird received a record snowfall over the holiday weekend. "To have 97 inches of snow in five days is a record for us," said Lauren Speare, marketing director for the resort. "Conditions couldn't be better. This is what everyone dreams of: a clear, sunny day and a whole bunch of new snow. The conditions right now are more like skiing would be in February or March."
Not everyone was thrilled. Christopher Hill, a Salt Lake youngster, is still learning to ski. "The snow's kind of drifty," he noted.
But Hill's father didn't find the drifts sufficient excuse for throwing in the towel. He held his ski pole out to his floundering son and pulled him into line at one of the ParkWest ski lifts.
Asked if he was having a good time, the baleful Christopher gave a curt "no." Was the problem the cold? The drifts? "It's him," Christopher said, pointing to his father.
Christopher's father laughed and nudged him further along the lift line.