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DIRECT FLIGHT TO SALT LAKE CITY GOES AHEAD - James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
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Delta will be running a flight next winter that gives access to the ski resorts in Utah. If you fancy Utah this may be the winter to do it.

 

 

 

 

 

Utah has a good snow record and its main resorts are around an hour or less from Salt Lake City airport - Park City, Deer Valley, Snowbird, Alta, Snowbasin and Powder Mountain.

Then there are the smaller ones of Brighton, Solitude and Sundance.

Utah's 14 resorts receive over 13m of desert dry snow each winter.

Once you land at Salt Lake City International Airport, 10 ski and snowboard resorts are less than an hour's drive.

All are within a short distance of each other and it is more like a European set up.

The merger of Canyons and Park City in the 2016/17 season created an area comparable in size to some European ski areas and it is simple to drive between the other resorts.

The ski resorts of UtahThe ski resorts of Utah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here at PlanetSKI we reported exclusively on the possible flight from Heathrow to Salt Lake City earlier in the month:

Now it has been confirmed.

It will start on 2nd January 2020 and run through to March, operating 7-days a week.

"It will give direct access for skiers and snowboarders from the UK without the need to a change after a long transatlantic flight," said a spokesperson from Delta to PlanetSKI.

Currently UK skiers wanting to ski in the USA have a direct flight to Denver that gives access to the ski resorts of Colorado and direct flights to LA and San Francisco that open up the resorts in California.

The direct flight to Salt Lake City also puts resorts like Jackson Hole in Montana and Sun Valley in Idaho within reach, along with a host of lesser known ones.

The main beneficiaries though are likely to be the ski resorts in Utah.

"It is fabulous news that we will be getting this news flight and it coincides with a drive to get more skiers in the UK to take a look at the fabulous skiing we offer in Utah," said Chad Wassmer the director of Sales and Marketing at the Park City Chamber of Commerce to PlanetSKI this week.

He is in London with a delegation seeing tour operators and agents in a drive to encourage more Brits to head to Utah.

Chad Wassmer, Park CityChad Wassmer, Park City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most UK skiers that head to North America do so with agents and operators rather than go independently.

We last visited the ski resorts of Utah in 2017 on a road trip:

And then we were there back in 2012 looking at the legacy of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

However there are two concerns with the new flight.

First Delta tried the winter route in January 2017 and then axed it a few months later and it did not run in 2018 or 2019.

Salt Lake City is a major hub for Delta giving access to other US cities and it will be crucial that Delta can get these passengers as well as the skiers.

And then there is the current exchange rate with the US dollar.

It is at a 2-year low at $1.22.

It was at $1.53 in 2016 when the EU referendum took place.

With the threat of a no-deal exit the pound Sterling is expected to sink even lower, thus making holidays in the USA more expensive.

If there is a hard exit on October 31st some predict it will collapse to parity - one for one - with the dollar.

But putting this aside the new direct route is good news for those of us that like skiing and snowboarding in North America.

The British operators that offer the American resorts have given the news a welcome thumbs up.

"This is great news for skiers or snowboarders who love North America or are thinking about experiencing the US for the first time this winter," said the Iglu Ski Sales Manager, Philip Wright.

"Myself and many of the Iglu team have visited Park City and the surrounding resorts and as the largest ski agent in the UK, we have access to exclusive deals in all the top hotels in all of the nine ski resorts within one hour drive of Salt Lake City.

"Skiers love a short transfer and it doesn't get much shorter than this!"

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"We're delighted to see the direct service come back as a daily service and with arguably a better plane," said Michael Bennett from Ski Independence.

"The flight times are good and when the new $3 billion Salt Lake City airport opens in 2020 it should mean an even better experience for clients.

"I don't think there's anywhere else in North America where so many world-class resorts are within an hour's transfer after a direct flight from the UK."

Lets hope this time round Delta can make it work.

We're looking forward to flying the route next winter and enjoying the fabulous skiing that Utah has to offer.

James searches for the powderPlanetSKI heads to the Utah powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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