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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

What's better than skiing in Utah? The Utah ski industry delivers $1 billion to the state economy, and that's why we want to focus on some of the best ski resorts in North America and include a chance to win ski passes to these world class resorts. So listen up.

I'll start with one of my favorites, Alta Ski Area.

Alta is Utah's first ski area to offer lift-served skiing. The Alta staff takes a sense of ownership and protection of this mountain jewel. The area has organically grown out of the passion of the core customer base, so therefore, it's a skiers only mountain. Just three areas in the country don't allow snowboarding.

It's the kind of place where employees stay on board for a long time, and they claim the best powder available. Alta's is famous for Alf's High Rustler, with a vertical of 1,200 feet. Half the skiers are local, and Alta knows this so they love to support our community. They offer great passes for the locals, and in December 2001, right before the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Alta and Snowbird began offering the AltaSnowbird pass, so you can ski both areas on one ticket.

In the past, Skiing magazine named this Alta/Snowbird product the No. 1 resort in North America. Combining the offerings of these two world-renowned mountains showed the power of two in one. We're talking about 4,700 acres of skiing, making it one of the largest ski experiences in North America.

And when discussing the value Snowbird offers Utah's skiing community, you'll probably know them best for the deep and exciting terrain, variety of activities and employee hospitality. This was also the first ski resort to have a beautiful spa, which they're currently renovating and will reopen December 1. Hosting corporate retreats is another of the resort's major focus in its 50,000 feet of mountain meeting space.

Want to win a 4-pack of lift tickets to one of 12 ski resorts in Utah or Idaho? Head over to the Zions Bank page on Facebook to find out how.

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.


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