La Niña is Spanish for "Lots of Snow"

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The 2010-2011 ski season started off with one of the most epic openings in years. Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude have all received more than 160 inches of snow since the start of the season. That huge amount of early season snow created a great base and has made more terrain accessible sooner than usual. And as of today, every single chairlift is up and running at all four Ski Salt Lake resorts!

Some of the early snow can be attributed to La Niña. During a La Niña year, the weather patterns shift and result in an average of 8% more snow than normal. And if you look at how the Wasatch has benefited from La Niña in the past, the rest of the season is bound to be good.

In addition to traditional skiing and snowboarding, Brighton Resort has opened up its terrain park with plenty of features to keep your adrenaline pumping throughout the day. And when the sun goes down, they offer more night skiing than anywhere in the state. Crest, Majestic and Explorer chair lifts are all lighted, which provides more than 200 skiable acres from 4-9:00 p.m.

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The Solitude Nordic Center is also open and offers nearly 20 kilometers of brilliantly prepared trails set for both classic and skating styles of Nordic skiing. And in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta and Snowbird have been quenching the thirst of skiers and boarders with all the fresh powder and gnarly terrain they’re known for.

This December is an excellent time to be here with plenty of The Greatest Snow On Earth. Plus there are so many other activities in addition to keep you having fun like ice-skating, Utah Jazz games, and plenty of places to grab a delicious meal. Salt Lake is the place to be for combining fun and adventure this holiday season!