• Children line up to receive instruction on skiing at Grizzly Ridge, January 27, 1966. Courtesy of the Uintah County (UT) Library via Mountain West Digital Library.

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    Children Receive Instruction at Grizzly Ridge
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    • 1966-01-27
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    • Children line up to receive instruction on skiing at Grizzly Ridge. Some children included in this photo are Rory Hatch, Dell Massey, Karen Slaugh, Randy Millecam, Clif Grua, Danny Smuin, and Kathy Calder.
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  • A family skiing together at Snowbird ski resort, Utah, between 1975 and 1980. Courtesy of the University of Utah - J. Willard Marriott Library via Mountain West Digital Library.

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    Utah's 16 resorts appeal
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    • 1975-1980
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    • Snowbird / James W. Kay
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    • Black and white photograph of a family skiing together at Snowbird ski resort, Utah, taken between 1975 and 1980; "Utah's 16 resorts appeal to skiers of all ages and abilities, making Utah the perfect gateway for family ski vacations.
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  • A machine sculpting the snow into a formation called a half-pipe for a skiing or snowboarding event such as aerial maneuvers, Brighton Ski Resort, Utah, 1990s. Courtesy of the University of Utah - J. Willard Marriott Library via Mountain West Digital Library.

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    Pipe-dragon shaping a half-pipe at Brighton
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    • 1990-1999
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    • Photo showing a machine sculpting the snow into a formation called a half-pipe for a skiing or snowboarding event such as aerial maneuvers, Brighton Ski Resort, Utah, photo taken in the 1990s
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  • "Utah's Olympic Park Ski Jump (K-90)." Courtesy of the University of Utah - J. Willard Marriott Library via Mountain West Digital Library.

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    Utah's Olympic Park Ski Jump (k-90)
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    • 2002-02
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    • Dave and Jean Corey
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    • Photo of the K90 hill during the Utah Olympic Park ski jumping competition in Febuary of 2002
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Perfect Conditions

The Mountain West region has become a destination for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Ski resorts offer what many term “perfect powder,” which in Salt Lake City, Utah, is produced by the lake effect. Cold air moves over the warmer water of the Great Salt Lake, water evaporates into the clouds, and more snow falls on the mountains. Beyond Salt Lake, the other mountains in the region also provide ample skiing opportunities. The Rocky Mountains are home to many famous ski locations, like Aspen and Vail in Colorado.

Skiing and snowboarding are the most popular forms of recreation during the winter months. Skiing can be divided into the categories of Nordic, including cross-country skiing and ski jumping, and Alpine or downhill skiing. Nordic skis attach at the toe but not the heel of the binding while Alpine skis attach at both the toe and heel.

Many professionals use the Mountain West regions’ numerous resorts to practice and participate in contests such as the X Games and Olympics. Salt Lake City’s 2002 Olympic facilities are still used for training, recreation, and lessons for children. Many of the sites and facilities, in Salt Lake and nearby Park City, Utah, that are not private resorts are now run by nonprofit organizations that apply for grant funding in order to maintain these facilities.