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10 Things You Didn't Know About Utah Snow

In 1985, a skier and the slogan The Greatest Snow on Earth first appeared on Utah's license plates. Here in Utah, we're crazy about our snow and had a heck of a time limiting this list of Utah snow facts to 10. If you love snow, please share this page.

1_snowiest_vr2.jpg Utah's Cottonwood Canyons are one of the snowiest places in the world, with Alta averaging 551 inches of snow annually.

2_foot_every_5days_vr2.jpg From December through March, more than a foot of snow falls every five days.

3_density_vr2.jpg Snow density is 8.5 percent. This creates the perfect "body" to float your skis through powder.

4_MonsterDumps_vr2.jpg Monster Dumps! If you live for the snorkel-deep days, the good news is that Utah receives, on average, 18 Monster Dumps (12 inches of snow or more within a 24-hour period) throughout the winter.

5_AllArticles_vr2.jpg Eight driving miles is the difference between 40 feet of snow per year in the Cottonwood Canyons and 5 feet per year in Salt Lake City. Enjoy deep powder by day and city living by night.

6_Jan13th_vr2.jpgJanuary 13. According to historical data, this is the golden winter day. In other words, this day has the highest likelihood of receiving snowfall over any other winter day.

7_SpringFever_vr2.jpg Spring Fever. On average, 6.7 feet of snow falls each April. Spring skiing is a locals' secret. Now you know.

8_LakeEffect_vr2.jpg Lake Effect. The Great Salt Lake does not freeze, so lake effect is a possibility all ski season long. Resorts within proximity to the lake enjoy lake-effect periods which produce about five percent of the average precipitation from September to May.

9_BlueBirdDays_vr2.jpg Bluebird Pow Days. Over the course of an extended weekend vacation, it's very likely you'll see both new snow and bluebird skies. Do the math, you'll find nearly 300 days of sunshine a year and a foot of snow every five days (see No. 2).

10_NoGoreText_vr2.jpg No GORE-TEX needed! At 8,750 feet in Utah, 99 percent of the precipitation during the ski season falls in the form of snow.

Suggested Reading. Want to really dork out on interesting snow facts? Read, University of Utah's Meterologist Jim Steenburgh's new book Secret's of The Greatest Snow on Earth.

BONUS: Powder Alarm. Here's how NOT to miss that next Utah powder day. Get the Ski Utah mobile app for iPhone and Android, fully equipped with your own Utah powder alarm.

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