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March 18, 2016

About Salt Lake City

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Courtesy Utah Travel Council (Steve Greenwood)
Surrounded by mountains that rise more then 10,000 feet, Salt Lake City mirrors a prominent combination of history, culture and recreation.

Settled in 1847 by Mormon pioneers seeking an escape from persecution, Salt Lake City provided settlers with a vast land mass certain for farming.

In the years that followed, Salt Lake City has grown to reveal a strong western heritage at every turn of the road. Mountain vistas, snow-capped peaks and seven year-round resorts less then an hour's drive from the city's international airport, have all made Salt Lake City a good place to reside. In the winter you can ski and snow board at world class destination resorts like Alta, Snowbird or The Park City Mountain resort. In the summer you can visit the same resorts and do more hiking and mountain biking than you could possibly cover on your first visit to Utah.

Of course there is the Great Salt Lake itself. Salt Lake is actually a remainder of the prehistoric Lake Bonneville, which covered some 20,000 square miles of land in what now is Utah, Nevada and Idaho, approximately 10,000 to 30,000 years ago. Salt Lake is presently 92 miles long and 48 miles wide.

-- Darryl Hawtin, for SLAM! Sports

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