The wildest photos after 700 inches of the ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’ fall on Utah

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A house is buried in snow in Brighton on Monday, March 13, 2023.
A house is buried in snow in Brighton on Monday, March 13, 2023. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

This week, annual snowfall at Brighton Ski Resort exceeded 700 inches. Putting this number in perspective, most resorts in the state get an average of around 500 inches a year, according to ski industry promoter Ski Utah.

The record-breaking snowfall, almost reaching 60 feet (or 10 Shaun Whites), is the “earliest in the season that this has occurred since Utah began recording snowfall in 1943,” per Ski Utah historical data.

The Utah Department of Transportation had its hands full, facilitating constant avalanche mitigation in the canyons while its fleet of 500 plows cleared approximately 24,300 lane-miles of road during and after every storm.

Wednesday, celebrating a rare season of bottomless snow, the Utah Office of Tourism placed a 700-inch-tall banner on the side of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Salt Lake City. To give an idea how much snow communities across the state have managed, here are some of the best Deseret News photos from this winter:

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Professional skier John Collinson ski tours around Big Cottonwood Creek.
Professional skier John Collinson ski tours around Big Cottonwood Creek. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
A truck drives through a large puddle as high snow banks start to melt in Brighton.
A truck drives through a large puddle as high snow banks start to melt in Brighton. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
A yield sign is nearly buried in snow in Brighton.
A yield sign is nearly buried in snow in Brighton. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Cathy Morgan-Mace cleans snow and ice off her family’s car during a snowstorm in Salt Lake City, on Feb. 22, 2023.
Cathy Morgan-Mace cleans snow and ice off her family’s car during a snowstorm in Salt Lake City, on Feb. 22, 2023. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Carmen Gonzalez plays with snow for the first time in her life on the grounds of the Capitol in Salt Lake City.
Carmen Gonzalez plays with snow for the first time in her life on the grounds of the Capitol in Salt Lake City. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News