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Tonya Papanikolas ReportingRain in the valley last night meant snow in the mountains, and today skiers and snowboarders headed out for fresh powder. Many local resorts say today is the busiest ski day of the year so far. They credit that to the holiday season, combined with last night's fresh powder.
The snow came a little late and made many people at the resorts a little nervous, but the new snow has them breathing a sigh of relief. In fact, today Snowbird says they’re on track to get 500 inches this year.
Parking lots at local ski resorts were packed all day today. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is always a busy and important time for resorts. Out-of-towners fill the lodges, while many locals tend to stay away because it can get so crowded. But with a new foot of snow overnight at Snowbird, even the locals couldn’t resist.
Scott Hansen: “Great day, new snow. 12 inches of pure white Utah stuff.”
Mary Morgan: “It’s just like powder so when you turn it’s just like surfing kind of.”
Laura Schaffer, Snowbird Ski Resort: “The fact that we could get 12 inches of snow on top of the 12 feet we’ve already had this year, and then to have it be a clear day, easy conditions to get up here is a perfect scenario.”
Snowbird has 900 rooms in their lodges and they are filled to capacity tonight and tomorrow. More snow is a possibility still too.