The 15 Coolest Things Coming To Us Cities In 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah

60,000 new acres of virginal backcountry skiing invite you to drop in.

Nowhere is upping its ski game in 2017 like Utah and its Ogden Valley. Starting the day after Christmas, Whisper Ridge — billed as the continent’s largest backcountry skiing resort — will open its doors, and along with it 60,000 acres of pristine snowcat skiing terrain, made possible via eight custom PistenBully snowcats that shuttle skiers out to boundless steep powder.

Other resorts around Salt Lake are likewise upgrading. Powder Mountain underwent the largest lift-serviced resort expansion in North America this past year, adding two new high-speed lifts. Sundance added the Arrowhead lift, a new high-speed quad that will increase its capacity by 500 skiers an hour. And Cherry Peak added a new lift to expand its skiable terrain by about 400 acres and installed lights. So you’ve got more space AND more time to hit the slopes.