What’s New in Utah 2022
20th anniversary of Salt Lake City Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games
As the Winter Olympics begin in Beijing, China in February 2022, Utah will celebrate the 20th anniversary of hosting the prestigious sporting event in 2002. Utah is scientifically-proven to have the Greatest Snow on Earth® and is home to 15 ski resorts; 10 of which are within an hour’s drive of Salt Lake City International Airport. Visitors to Utah will find the best spots to get Olympic spirit and experience the slopes like the athletes who competed, and still train, here, including snowboarder Brolin Mawejje who has been pursuing his future Olympic dreams on a journey from Uganda to Utah. Learn more here.
Arches & Angels Landing announce timed entry
Arches National Park, one of The Mighty 5® national parks in Utah, will pilot a timed entry reservation system from April 3 to October 3, 2022. The goal is to distribute, not reduce, visitation to the park and improve the overall visitor experience. In Zion National Park, a permit will also be required to access the last 0.4 km of the famed Angels Landing hiking trail starting April 1, 2022. The National Park Service will release reservations for both three months in advance and visitors can book first-come, first-served at Recreation.gov. These pilot programs are part of the visitor use management initiatives necessary to improve the visitor experience, and align with Utah’s practice of responsible and sustainable tourism. Learn more here.
Indigenous inspiration at Bluff Dwellings Resort & Spa
Opened during the pandemic, Bluff Dwellings Resort & Spa is a new, seasonal Native American-owned hotel two hours south of Moab, Utah. Pueblo-inspired dwellings make up the 54-room property which is nestled among the surrounding red rock landscape. Bluff Dwellings provides a base for visitors to learn about the history and traditions of Utah’s Indigenous peoples, especially in nearby Bears Ears National Monument. The HozHo Spa, named for the Navajo word for the concept of balance and beauty, features treatments which use Southwest botanicals and the Native Sage Smudge Ritual.
In the key of ski
Who says you can’t be artsy and adventurous? For many musicians who play in the Utah Symphony, winter in Utah is a source of enthralling beauty and boundless inspiration. They have chosen to live and work in Utah in order to play on stage and on the slopes. Navigating the twists and turns of a performance is not so different from winding fresh tracks at Utah’s 15 ski resorts. Especially for musicians like Eric Hopkins. When he’s not playing as a timpanist in the orchestra, he teaches snowboarding at Brighton Ski Resort. Watch the Utah Symphony’s short video, Ode to Winter, to learn more about the musicians who love to ski.