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MINNESOTA SKIERS TRYING OUT UTAH SNOW

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Can out-of-state skiers be on the slopes 90 minutes after arriving at the Salt Lake International Airport?

The Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau is trying to prove it is possible by hosting eight skiers who represent more than 8,000 Minnesota skiers.Deborah Mirams Lewis, ski industry sales manager for the bureau, said the guests from the Minnesota Ski Council are trying Utah snow with the possibility of recommending Utah as a ski club destination next year.

The group arrived Wednesday morning and will leave Sunday. Members will ski at Solitude, Snowbird, Park City and Deer Valley.

Familiarization tour participants will pay part of the cost of the trip, but much of their expense is covered by bureau members. It will cost the bureau about $312 per person for airfare, skiing, food and other expenses.

Next year, similar tours will be held for Southern California ski clubs.