Monday is World Snow Day, and if you've been in Utah long, you know the state boasts the "greatest snow on Earth." What makes Utah's snow great?
1. Snow density
According to Ski Utah, the snow density in Utah is 8.5 percent, meaning the snow is the perfect mix of dry, fluffy snow and wet, heavy snow.
2. Amount of snow
Not only does Utah get great snow, it gets a lot of it. In 2007, NBC News ranked all ski resorts worldwide by average snowfall totals, and Alta Ski Resort was ranked at no. 3, with an average of 523 inches of snow annually.
3. Large storms
Each year, Utah averages 18 storms that bring more than 12 inches of snow or more within a 24-hour time period.
4. Lake Effect
The Great Salt Lake provides the opportunity for great snow to develop, as storms that developed over the Pacific Ocean move into the area and as it moves over the Great Salt Lake, gets colder and drier as it progresses. This causes the snow to be denser.
5. The number of resorts
According to Ski Utah, there are 11 ski resorts within an hour of the Salt Lake City International Airport.