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