Shedding Some Light on Night Skiing, Utah Resorts’ Best-Kept Secret
Strange things happen after dark in Utah’s mountains.
Porcupines the size of sheepdogs come out of hiding in search of a midnight snack. Brides snowboard next to their groom in nothing but a sleeveless white wedding dress, presumably protected from sub-freezing temperatures by the heat of passion. And hundreds of teens, families and weathered skiers and snowboarders alike — barely recognizable behind their goggles, balaclavas and beanies — find affordable options beneath panels of stadium lights.
“I love it. Other than the cold, it’s awesome,” said Ted Baudendistel of Sandy, who was snowboarding at Snowbird on a recent Wednesday night. “Nobody else is coming up the canyon with you and nobody else is going down the canyon with you. You have the mountain to yourself, pretty much. There’s no lift lines, and you get a lot of skiing in a short amount of time.”