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Snowbird Offers Temperature Inversion Diversion Skiing Discount

By January 20, 2013

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Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is offering residents of Salt Lake City a break on getting out from under the temperature inversion that has been making national news by hanging over the city for the better part of the month.

While mid-winter temperature inversions, causing heavy fog and trapping bad air, are not uncommon in the Salt Lake Valley, most last for several days or maybe a week, but this one might be pushing the record.

Snowbird is located up in Little Cottonwood Canyon, about 24 miles from downtown Salt Lake, with the base area at an elevation of 8100'. So, while the valley lingers in fog, it's bluebird days at Snowbird. I took this photo last week on the road just below Snowbird and the blob of grey in the center is actually the fog covering Salt Lake City.

To convince local Salt Lake residents that - yes, there is a sun - Snowbird is offering a $20 discount on lift tickets on days it deems the inversion in the Salt Lake Valley is most intense. "Although you can't see it from the valley, the skies are blue and the sun is shining at Snowbird during most inversions," said Dave Fields, Vice President of Resort Operations. "We're calling it the 'Blue Bird' discount to remind locals that the air is clear at Snowbird."

Snowbird will announce the Blue Bird discount days on its Facebook and Twitter pages, by 5 p.m. the day before the discount will be offered. You can then ask for the Blue Bird discount at any Snowbird ticket window to receive $20 off a full-price all-day adult lift ticket, and $10 off a full-price all-day child (age 7-12) lift ticket.

Also, in support of  Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM), Snowbird is offering guests age 13 and older a 2.5-hour afternoon lesson, equipment rental and lift ticket, all for $45 during the month of January. The learner will also receive five additional adult group lessons ($65 instead of $105), and five additional days of skiing at half-price. As you can imagine, this will be a very popular learning program and advance registration is required: call (801) 947-2222 for reservations.

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