The 2009 US-IALE annual conference will be held at the
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort,
Little Cottonwood Canyon, approximately 50 km east of Salt Lake City,
Utah. The resort and associated town, Alta, in combination considered
a world-class all season destination resort, was again this year
voted as the #1 ski resort in the United States by Skiing magazine.
Snowbirdís history is rooted in the discovery of silver in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the mid-19th century. The region rapidly evolved into a major mining camp, with over 8,000 miners living in the canyon and extracting silver ore from what became the largest silver mine in the Wasatch Mountains, the Emma Mine. The mine eventually produced almost $4 million in silver. The town, which at its peak contained two smelters, over 150 homes and living quarters, was eventually destroyed by a series of avalanches, which are still all too common today.
Snowbird first opened in 1971 with three lifts, the tram, and the Lodge at Snowbird. Over time, the resort has expanded, undergoing major renovations and additions in lodging, restaurants, entertainment locales, and, of course, more and more lifts and ski runs. Today, skiers have access to almost 2,000 ha of skiable terrain, not including the 1,000ís of hectares off-resort, back country skiing opportunities.
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Abstracts for the 2009 US-IALE are now closed. Please contact the Program Chair, Thomas Edwards, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.