SKI - - WEST - — G.M.

Af­ter sev­eral lean years, face shots re­turned to the Wasatch last win­ter. When the storms fi­nally lifted, 598 inches of snow had fallen on the ‘Bird, nearly 100 more inches than the pre­vi­ous year. “Light, fluffy snow,” says one reader. An­other put it more suc­cinctly: “Great­est snow on Earth.” Plenty of read­ers agreed, gar­ner­ing Snow­bird a No. 3 rank­ing in that cat­e­gory. But it’s not just that qual­ity of snow that makes Snow­bird spe­cial. The tram and other speedy lifts (No. 9) ac­cess 3,240 ver­ti­cal feet of ter­rain, in­clud­ing 40-de­gree glades in Tiger Tail and open bowl ski­ing in the Cirque and Min­eral Basin—plenty of bumps, steeps, and cor­nice drops to earn Snow­bird a No. 6 for Chal­lenge. But Snow­bird still has its flaws. Read­ers knock the ski area’s dearth of din­ing op­tions (No. 26) and kid-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties (No. 31). But as one as­tute reader points out, “The sup­posed weak­ness of a lack of après op­tions, din­ing op­tions, etc. is a plus for any­one whose pri­or­ity is ski­ing.”

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