Utah's resorts enjoying a great year, spring season
Solitude, Utah —
(KUTV) Skiers and snowboarders enjoyed a "bluebird day" at local resorts with sunny blue skies a day after fresh powder fell in Utah's mountains. And, it's almost the end of March. All of this white on the ground is translating into an extended winter tourism season and more green for the $1.3 billion industry.
"It's been a boomer year for us, for sure," Tim Wolfgram, director of snowsports at Solitude Mountain Resort said. According to him, the snow this winter was phenomenal.
"We're close to 20 percent ahead over last year with all of our programs," he said. Spring break kids are opting to hit the slopes instead of the beach this year, with most of their ski school this week filled with students from the New England area and the South. Californians are expected to continue to come in the weeks ahead.
"We are trying to keep that momentum going, with the locals and tourists continuing to come in like they have been doing," said Ski Utah's Paul Marshall. He was taking advantage of the nice spring skiing conditions at Solitude Friday.
He said people are still booking ski vacations to Utah after hearing about the great fresh powder -- as much as 12 inches in just this last storm.
"Last year we had a record-breaking ski year as far as ski visitor numbers and this year we are looking to top that," he said.
Ski school instructor Eric Schonz let 2News tag along with his kids today in his class he says was full with students from New York, North Carolina, and one from Salt Lake City.
"Who is ready to ski?," Schonz enthusiastically asked his students.
"Yeah!!!" they yelled back.
Solitude's last day is Easter Sunday, April 16.
Most resorts close around that same time. Snowbird goes as long as they have snow. Last year, it was until mid May. This year could go much longer.
For Utah's snow report visit: Skiutah.com/snowreport