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The new direct flight next winter run by Delta to Salt Lake City has boosted early British bookings to the ski resorts of Utah. UPDATED

It has been a long time coming.

10 years in fact.

A decade ago the US airline decided to have a direct flight from Europe to Salt Lake City but opted for Paris instead of London.

To get to the main ski resorts of Park City, Deer Valley, Alta and Snowbird, that are an hour or so from Salt Lake City, meant a change of flight. 

Not something many people want after a tiring trans-Atlantic journey.

This winter Delta is running a direct service three times a week and it gives quick access to all the resorts.

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"It is massively important and we are very happy the decision has finally been taken. We have been lobbying for the direct flight for many years," said the managing director of Ski Independence, Michael Bennett, to PlanetSKI.

The tour operator has already seen sales rise by more than 60% on the same period last year.

"With the move also coming a year after Park City joins with the Canyons ski area to become the largest US ski area the timing couldn't be better," he added.

See here for an earlier PlanetSKI story on the new Delta flight.

And here is our story as Park City linked to the Canyons.

 

"This is a very important new route and is only the second US airport, along with Denver in Colorado, that now has a number of ski resorts a short transfer away.  After a long flight and change in time-zones a short hop to your resort is very welcome. Park City in Utah is just 45-minutes from the airport," said the Crystal Ski Purchasing Manager for North America, Michael Brabin.

 

Crystal Ski also reports a sharp rise in bookings, in percentage terms, to Utah, but admits the poor exchange rate with Sterling and the US dollar is having an impact.

 

Utah is similar to the Alps with a large number of ski resorts in a small geographical area.

Mostly in North America resorts are some distance from each other.

"It is great news to hear about the rise of British bookings and we think the new route will have a big impact in the years to come," said Abby Hein from Vail Resorts.  The company owns Park City.

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Here at PlanetSKI we last visited the area in 2012 as we looked at the legacy from the 2002 Winter Olympics a decade on - see that story here.

We are also planning a trip to Utah this winter to assess the impact of the new flight route and report back on the changes to one of the best ski areas in North America.

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