As skiers and snowboarders unloaded from the top of the Arrowhead lift at Sundance Resort, they were greeted with an impressive view. Looking out from Bear Claw Cabin at the top of the resort ridge, Utah Valley extended outward from Provo Canyon, covered in a layer of haze.
Lisa Jensen of Alpine looked around on the viewpoint, well above the blanket of haze held down by the inversion, and inhaled the fresh mountain air.
"It's a lot better to breathe up here," she said. "The air is cleaner."
The resort served as a perfect escape from the valley smog and haze, a chance to be in the mountains and get a few turns in.
Elliot Howe was visiting from Maryland with his family for New Year's week. "It's one of the coolest things I've ever seen," as he looked out over the view and then back toward the slopes. "We've been to a lot of mountains and resorts, but nothing beats this!"
Jeff Payne of Orem was out on the mountain with his wife Debby. "The powder's been good if you can find it," he said.
"It's so much nicer up here compared to down in the valley. Up here it's clear and feels good."