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Snowbasin

Location: With the completion of a direct access road off the Trapper's Loop road, Snowbasin is now only 40 miles from downtown Salt Lake City. Head east up Weber Canyon on I-84 to the Mountain Green/Huntsville exit, then go east on the frontage road to Trapper's Loop road and north to the cutoff.

Lifts: Nine — one 15-passenger tram, two eight-passenger high-speed gondolas, one four-passenger high-speed chair lift, four three-passenger fixed-grip chair lifts and one two-passenger fixed-grip chair lift.

Base: 6,391 feet

Peak: 9,350 feet (top of the Olympic Tram)

Skiable area: 3,200 acres — 20 percent beginner, 50 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert.

Adult all-day pass: $43

What it's known for: Snowbasin is probably best-known as the Utah resort with the most potential. Always considered a locals area, it is now bursting onto the destination-market scene as a downhill venue for the 2002 Olympics. What skiers have long known and the world will soon discover is Snowbasin's diverse and wide-open terrain. It also offers beautiful vistas from the top of Mount Ogden and Mount Allen. From the top of the Mount Allen ridgeline, skiers can view Pineview Reservoir, the Ogden Valley, Taylor Canyon, downtown Ogden and the Great Salt Lake.

If you go: Yes, you too can get a taste of the Olympics. Both Grizzly and Wildflower, the men's and women's Olympic downhill courses, are open to the public. The only exception is while a race is in progress. Racers can reach speeds of 80 miles per hour, but recreation skiers are advised to put in some turns now and then. After a tuneup on the Olympic run, a popular run with locals is Grizzly Ridge, well-known for its great powder. Then there's Porky Face, which is perfect for those easy cruising runs.

Look at the Olympic-related buildings going up, including the new 43,000-square-foot day lodge, which will house food-service operations and meeting rooms. There is also a new Skier Services building that will house lift-ticket offices, the ski shop, ski school and lockers. Three on-mountain day lodges will also be complete by 2002.

Best-kept secret: Snowbasin offers great rolling and fall-line skiing. And, for those who haven't skied there in the past few years, you probably won't recognized the place. The new gondolas and high-speed lift have opened up new runs, new areas and new looks. Newest of all is the Strawberry area, a heaven for beginners and intermediates.