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Crowds eager for fresh snow pack canyons, ski resort turns some away

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Feb 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-09 18:28:03-05

SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah ski resort had to start turning people away Sunday, as the crowds eager to take advantage of the fresh powder filled up the resort’s parking lot.

Officials at Brighton Resort said they began turning people away by late Sunday morning once their lots were full. They said they do all they can to accommodate everyone, but on days like Sunday when a rush occurs they said there is only so much they can do.

“What happens is we got 18 inches overnight, we got 40 inches over the total storm, and everybody wants to go skiing,” said Dave Farmer, who is a lift supervisor at the resort. “And everybody wakes up, takes off up the canyon at once, and the parking lot is only so big.”

The Utah Transit Authority offers transportation up the canyon, and Farmer said that’s a way for skiers and snowboarders to get into the resort when the parking lots are full.

The heavy snowfall was greeted with enthusiasm by many, like snowboarder Sean Ryan.

“It’s been awesome,” he said. “Great day outside, it’s not too crowded, the snow’s really good. A little warm in the morning, but it’s gotten a lot better. It keeps coming, keeps filling in, pretty perfect.”