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Storm Report: Canyons, UT

canyons-resort-park-cityThe Orange Bubble Express keeps you cozy even on storm days. Photo by Justin OlsenYou’re probably hatching your powder-skiing survival plan right about now. Which means you may be Wasatch bound. The Beehive State—according to cranky locals—started the month about 100 inches down, on average, compared to Februarys past. But in the early season the resorts did a lot with a little, getting a remarkable amount of terrain open and in decent shape for the storms to come. And come they did. This past weekend’s storm left more than 15 inches of new (plus another 10 inches in the past two days) at Canyons in Park City, and steady but light snowfall is predicted for a few more days. Of course, this writer was a week early to the smorgasbord, and found himself carving the early-morning corduroy on Upper Lookout Ridge and Echo; accessed by the new Orange Bubble Express, part of The Canyons’ $50-million upgrade last year. The bubble chair is quite possibly the most pimped-out lift in North America, complete with inclement-weather fairings and seat heaters. Yes, seat heaters. But more than plush, it changes dramatically how you ski Canyons. Of course, the experts-only Ninety-Nine 90 chair is still the go-to chair for Utah steep and deep. Even before the latest storm it was serving up enjoyable chalky packed powder. This past weekend they were choking on Wasatch blower. Get some while this short winter lasts. canyonsresort.com  —Nick Heil


Notable: When the pow day is done, aprés at some of the Canyons’ retooled foodie stops, like The Farm, for locally-sourced lamb and beef, or Umbrella Bar, for signature burgers.

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