Falling flakes herald arrival of holiday season in Utah

Posted at 9:45 PM, Nov 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-14 23:45:21-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. From skiing to ice skating, snow lovers are taking advantage of the fresh white stuff.

High above at 8,000 feet, Brighton is already making snow for the season.

"I just need to get my fix in before the season starts," said Mitch Rodman.

The resorts may not be open yet, but it's not stopping these ski bums from hitting the fresh powder on the mountain tops.

"We're just up here getting some preseason in, just hiking up, hitting some rails and creating a jump," Jack Gardner said.

Down below, Utahns are just starting to enjoy the newly opened ice rink.

"I really enjoy it," Kristen LaFave said.

Her mom, Kelly, said: "It's awesome. I love the music and the lights."

From the music to the colorful lights and outdoor heaters, the Gallivan Center said it's the unique ambiance that attracts skaters.

"Just the atmosphere in general I think, and ice skating is fun; you don't really get to do that all year round, especially outside," said Jordan Meier, who is the Manager at Gallivan Ice Rink.

"It's so gorgeous honestly," Isbl Hillverg said. "I'm so ecstatic; it's pretty. I love all the lights."

"All the lights, it's just so beautiful, makes me happy like Christmas," Emily Zamaro said.

The only thing missing for some people?

"I wish it was snowing," Kelly said.

The Gallivan Ice Rink will be open Fridays and Saturdays from noon to midnight and Sundays from noon until 7:45 p.m. through the winter season.