Top of Utah ski resorts report good season

Apr 16 2013 - 5:55am

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Costume contest participants dance wearing retro looks from the 1980s during a closing day party at Snowbasin Ski Resort on Sunday.
(ROBERT JOHNSON/Standard-Examiner) 
Costume contest participants dance wearing retro looks from the 1980s during a closing day party at Snowbasin Ski Resort on Sunday.

Snow resorts are closed despite the new fresh snow arriving this week.

Meanwhile, orchards in the Weber, Box Elder and Davis counties are safe from freezing just for a few more days.

"We had a great season," said Gregg Greer, general manager of Powder Mountain.

Even though the snowfall was a little short of an average year, more people came out to ski the slopes this season, Greer said.

And that was true of Wolf Mountain and Snowbasin, too. "I think there was a bit of optimism about the economy so people were willing to go skiing," Greer said.

Jason Dyer, spokesman for Snowbasin, said snowstorms always seem to come in the week right after the snow resorts close for the season.

"We're always in a catch-22 every year," Dyer said.

Dyer said Snowbasin hit all of its goals as far as the ski season this year, but could not disclose it because it is a private business.

Nathan Rafferty, president with SkiUtah, said this could be the third best year for all ski resorts even though the average snowfall was less than other years.

Sue Monson, marketing director for Wolf Mountain, said her resort had "a great season" because the snow conditions lasted longer and it stayed cold enough long enough to make snow.

Brighton and Snowbird are still open for skiing and Alta is open Thursdays through Sundays, Rafferty said.

The Wasatch Front will have snow showers off and on into Wednesday afternoon, said Glen Merrill, forecaster with the National Weather Service.

Wednesday night will see temperatures at the lowest point for the week, bringing in a hard freeze, Merrill said.

That hard freeze could be a problem for any fruit trees in bloom, but most of the fruit trees in Box Elder, Weber and Davis counties are not expected to bloom until this weekend, said Thayne Tagge, who owns orchards in Perry and Willard.

"We're in a lot better shape this year than last year," Tagge said. "Our fruit trees last year were in full bloom by April 15, and we lost a lot of our cash crops. This year, we don't have any blossoms yet."

Another round of snow and rain showers is expected this weekend, Merrill said.

"It will mostly be quick hitting, like a good spring shower, and that's good for the flowers."

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