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Over a dozen inches of snow for the first time in 2021 brings thousands to Utah's canyons for a powder day

Posted at 10:00 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-24 00:00:29-05

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — With great snowfall in the Cottonwoods for the first time in 2021, many took to the resorts in both canyons to enjoy it on Saturday.

“It was awesome. There was some good powder today,” Alex Hepworth said as he came off the slopes.

“First real storm we’ve had this winter,” Maggie Gossiaex added. “I think everyone is just powder-hungry.”

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Another pair that was "powder-hungry" was the father and son duo of Seth and Mason Hout.

“You know, it just makes all the difference… everything is just fresh and soft and the spirits are up," Seth said. "Everyone is psyched.”

“When there’s fresh snow, when you fall, it doesn’t hurt and you have good traction on your board," Mason added.

While the powder on the mountain was great, it wasn’t as good for those who had to be pulled out of their buried cars.

“We actually got stuck looking right here," one couple told FOX 13. "I guess the road ends and it's just a bunch of deep snow right here.”

Fortunately, a truck was able to come by and pull them out with no damage done.

At Snowbird, the skiing and boarding were as fresh as everywhere else.

“An incredible powder day today. It brought us up to 159 inches of snow so far this season," Snowbird spokeswoman Sarah Sherman said. “Everyone has been anxiously waiting for more snow, and this weekend delivered… We’ve had 16 inches of snow in the last 24 hours.”

And just to prove how amazing things were, she sent us an incredible slow-mo video of a skier spraying that fresh powder on the mountain: