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9 Ski Destinations to Visit this Winter

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Manager

Winter weather is here, which means now is the time to plan a holiday ski trip! Below are nine of the best, under-the-radar ski destinations to visit this year that are only a SkyWest-operated flight away!

Mount Shasta, California

Mount Shasta Ski Park, located in northern California, is home to almost 1,400 feet of skiable vertical, with 20 percent rated beginning, 55 percent intermediate and 25 percent advanced. The mountain itself is a dormant volcano and is the second highest volcano in the Cascade Range. This year, Mount Shasta Ski Park even made National Geographic’s list of top 10 “Best Secret Ski Towns in North America.”IMGP0987 In addition to the ski resort, the area is well-known for having incredible back-country skiing.

Get here: Reach Mount Shasta by flying from San Francisco into Redding, California and driving 70 miles north on I-5.

 

Bend, Oregon

Touted as the highest skiable elevation in all of Oregon and Washington, Mt. Bachelor is not a place to miss. Located outside of Bend, Oregon, the mountain has one of the longest seasons in the Northwest, typically running November to May. It also features over 3,500 skiable acres and an average snowfall of 462 inches a year. In addition to great skiing, Bend recently made Travel+Leisure’s list of “America’s Best Ski Towns” highlighting the 12 local breweries and the817d7ffca7a20ea2a79ca0d896949a1b fun historic downtown as reasons to check out this prime skiing destination.

Get here: Mt. Bachelor is located 22 miles outside of Bend, Oregon. Fly from San Francisco to Bend, Oregon on United Airlines.

 

Cedar City, Utah

With a base elevation of 9,600 feet – the highest in the state – Brian Head Resort offers the Utah promise of the Greatest Snow on Earth. The mountain sees 360 inches of snow a year and has 71 runs covering 650 acres. There’s something for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, including two hills reserved for snow tubing!stelprdb5403230

Get here: Fly from Salt Lake City to Cedar City, Utah and it’s an easy 35-minute drive to the mountain. There are also shuttles that run from Cedar City to the resort.

 

Phillipsburg, Montana

Phillipsburg is home to Discovery Ski Area, which boasts 67 trains, 2.5 acres of terrain park and 215 inches of snowfall a year. A full 55 percent of the mountain is black and double-black, which makes it ideal for advanced skiers. It also made this year’s list from National Geographic as one of the “Best Secret Ski Towns in North America.”

Get here: The quickest way to skiing in Phillipsburg is to fly from Salt Lake City to Butte, Montana and the airport is only 50 miles away.

 

Iron River, Michigan

Iron River is the home of Ski Brule Resort, which has won the title of best resort in the Midwest for seven years. Their 11 lifts have a trail difficultly of 35 percent beginner, 35 percent intermediate and 30 percent advanced, proving this resort is a top family destination that can handle skiers of any level. In fact, it claims to have the best kids program in all of Michigan! FN2And they have an entire list of deals for kids, including kids nine & under ski for free!

Get here: Fly to either Rinelander, Wisconsin or Iron Mountain, Michigan from Minneapolis and it’s a little over an hour drive from both locations.

 

Grand Junction, Colorado

On the northern edge of Western Colorado, Powderhorn Mountain Resort is a hidden gem. Great snow, uncrowded slopes and only 45 minutes from Grand Junction, Powderhorn is a great destination for winter adventure. It boasts some of the best tree-skiing in the Rocky Mountains, and offers some of the best snow for the best value in Colorado.Skiing at Powderhorn To help convince any doubters, Powderhorn has even put together a list of the top 10 reasons to visit.

Get here: Fly into Grand Junction, Colorado from Salt Lake City and the resort is a 40-mile drive northeast.

 

Red Lodge, Montana

Red Lodge Mountain, in Red Lodge, Montana is a great option for those wanting a Rocky Mountain ski experience. Well-known for its laid back vibe and family friendly environment, this resort has runs from beginner to expert level and cost nearly half as much as more high profile resorts. (General adult tickets run as little as $35!) Plus, Red Mountain Lodge was just recently featuredRed_Lodge_Palisades as one of the “Top 10 Emerging Ski Towns” in the U.S. Hit this ski resort while it remains small, friendly and cheap!

Get here: Fly into Cody, Wyoming from Salt Lake City and head an hour north to reach Red Lodge, Montana.

 

Pellston, Michigan

Pellston, Michigan provides access to two ski resorts, allowing visitors to maximize their time on the slopes! Nub’s Nob is a resort with nine chairlifts, three terrain parks and touts the ability to create over 5,000 gallons of snow per minute to supplement their average 123 inches of snow fall a year. Boyne Mountain Resort is slightly larger with 10 lifts, seven terrain parks and trains for cross-country skiing, BOYNE_0snow shoeing and ice skating. Visit Pellston for the weekend and take a day to ski both resorts!

Get here: Fly from Detroit into Pellston, Michigan and it’s a short drive (13 miles or less) to either resort.

 

Elko, Nevada

For adrenaline pumping, high-adventure skiing, look no further than Elko, Nevada. Just outside the city lays the beautiful and isolated Ruby Mountains. Backcountry skiing in the Rubies is an experience like no other… original_LC7V0108and getting to the back country skiing is exciting as well! Ruby Mountains Heli-Experience takes visitors to parts of the mountain no one else can. As they say, “Helicopters are, without a doubt, the world’s best chairlift.”

Get here: Fly into Elko from Salt Lake City and Ruby Mountains Heli-experience will help you get to the mountain with a complimentary shuttle service.

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How to Make Your SkyWest Application Stand Out

Rachelle Kolb
Hiring & Compliance Specialist

Applying and interviewing for a new job can be a challenge. To make things easier, members of the SkyWest recruiting team put together seven simple tips that will help a candidate stand out:

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  1. Clear, Specific Resume: A resume should be catered for a specific job; a pilot resume is going to look different from a ramp agent resume. Keep things short and ONLY include applicable information. Recruiters often screen hundreds of resumes and those that are the most successful include current contact information, work history (with an explanation of any gaps), education (college degrees are preferred) and current flight hours for pilot applications.
  2. Assessment Questions ARE Important: Specific assessment questions attached to the application are an important tool used to screen and find the best candidates for a position. Take time to think through any answers and always be specific. Recruiters tend to lose interest when questions are answered broadly.
  3. Professional One-Way Video Interviews: SkyWest, like many companies, uses one-way video interviews to learn more about candidates during the screening process. They should be treated like a face-to-face interview. Here are some tips to make a one-way video interview a good experience.
  4. Be Timely: When a candidate follows instructions and pays attention to detail, it tells the recruiter that they are motivated. Completing tasks like a video interview or homework assignment soon after being asked is a high indicator of an applicant’s work ethic and can help them have a leg up on the competition.
  5. Prepare for Face-to-Face Interviews: After making it through the initial screening and being invited to a face-to-face interview, applicants should take some time to study the duties and qualifications of the job, as well as information about SkyWest. Recruiters are assessing whether a candidate is a good fit for the position and doing some research about the position and the company will help. For the interview itself, dress appropriately and make eye contact when answering questions. Candidates should also be specific with any answers and take time, when needed, to provide an answer that will show the recruiters more of who they really are.
  6. Be Genuine: Talking around a question in an interview or stuffing a resume with fluff words and sentences will not help candidates stand out or show our recruiters who they really are. Being genuine and specific in each stage of the screening and interview process will help applicants be more successful.
  7. Be Positive, Approachable and Friendly: These qualities can help an applicant connect with a recruiter and also ties in with SkyWest’s culture, which focuses on working together. Hiring those who exemplify these qualities continues to strengthen SkyWest teams across the country and overflows to the millions of passengers who are boarding SkyWest flights every month.

To start putting these tips into practice, check out all of the positions that are currently available at SkyWest by visiting www.skywest.com.

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SkyWest Crews Going the Extra Mile

Caitlin Miller
People Programs Coordinator

SkyWest is home to countless caring and considerate employees. Recently, three stories about some of our incredible crews were shared with us that illustrate the type of people who make up the SkyWest family.


On a recent trip in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City based SkyWest Flight Attendant Jill Roundy noticed a small detail about one of her young passengers.

“He had a Make-A-Wish button on his shirt. Passengers may think we don’t pay attention to them but we really do,” Jill said. “This is the reason I’m a flight attendant. Everyone has somewhere to go with a purpose: a wedding, funeral, job interview, promotion or a birth of a child. We do our best to get them there and with the best intentions to read their mannerisms. But this was a first for me.”

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SkyWest Crew (Flight Attendants Jill Roundy and Lacey Finnell, First Officer Aiden Eye and Captain Charles Butler) with the family.

The young boy and his family were on their trip home from fulfilling his wish to go to a concert of his favorite artist. Jill and the rest of her crew took the time to make the family’s trip special, giving them an extra tour of the aircraft after it landed. The little boy was thrilled at the opportunity and after looking into the flight deck, he asked Jill if he could sit in the captain’s seat. Captain Charles Butler was happy to oblige and stepped out as First Officer Aiden Eye took the time showing this young passenger the controls on the flight deck while explaining their functions.

“This only shows that the employees at SkyWest are by far just one great big family caring for the people that fly with us!” said Jill. “Happy to be part of the family.”


A brave six-year-old girl was having a tough day. As her family arrived at the airport in the evening, they made their way to the shuttle for a ride to the parking lot. As the young girl boarded the bus with her parents, noticing there were no open seats, Palm Springs based First Officer, Joe Myers, stood up to give his seat to the mother and daughter.

The girl has lost all of her hair as a result of cancer treatments. During the shuttle ride, a little boy made a comment to the girl about her lack of hair, and she began to cry. As the family got off the bus, Joe walked over to the little girl and told her she was the prettiest little girl he had ever seen. He then took off his hat and showed her his own bald head, telling her she was very special. Joe made her night when he removed the wings from his shirt and pinned them on her, telling her he was making her an honorary pilot.

First Officer Joe Myers

First Officer Joe Myers

Joe made the girl laugh when he jokingly told her, “Boys are made of cotton and are rotten!” before thanking the parents and walking away. The parents were in tears and so moved by Joe’s compassion and love toward their daughter that they went the extra mile to contact SkyWest and share their gratitude for First Officer Myers.

“I was blessed that night,” said Joe. “That little girl touched my heart and gave me far more than I could have ever given her. When I pinned my wings on her, I told her that pilots don’t cry and she could fly with me anytime. Maybe with some prayers she will be able to fly for SkyWest someday! I didn’t do anything that another SkyWest employee wouldn’t have done when faced with the same situation. I feel so fortunate to SkyWest and my wife Jackie for allowing me to pursue my dream! This is a family that I am so proud to be a part of.”

That night the little girl wouldn’t part with the wings and slept in her shirt with the wings safely secured on it. Even now, she will not take them off.


While boarding a flight in Seattle, Tiffany Miller, a Salt Lake City-based flight attendant, noticed one impeccably dressed young woman.

“Out of the corner of my eye I saw her turn around, so I turned to meet her sweet face. Tears were welling up in her eyes, and she spoke to me in a voice I haven’t heard in a while,” Tiffany said. “It was the same tone my children would have when there were monsters under their bed. ‘I’m very scared. Is it going to be really bumpy?’ and after hearing herself she openly started to sob.”

The passenger explained that she flies a lot but just passed through a storm that had “terrifying turbulence.” Tiffany told her that she too had just been through a similar storm, but that she anticipated that everything was going to be fine on the short flight and that she was in very capable hands.

Tiffany then went up to the flight deck to find that Captain Carl Wager had witnessed the exchanged and was wondering what he could do to help. He offered to go back and talk with the girl if she would find it reassuring. The young lady, still full of fear, accepted the offer. Carl went back to her seat, taking up precious moments needed to stay on schedule, to let the passenger know that he understood her fears and was aware of his tremendous responsibility to keep everyone safe.

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Captain Carl Wager speaking with passenger

“I am always confident with my pilots. I am grateful for the level of training, skill and knowledge they work hard to possess. Today I was truly grateful to also have a wonderful and kindhearted captain,” Tiffany said. “I looked down the aisle to see a very relaxed, very sweet moment. It was one that I hope I never forget. It was empathy in action: pure and simple.”

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10 Things to Do in Midland, Texas

McKinnley Matson
Corporate Communications Coordinator

Midland, Texas offers a wealth of activities to fit any traveler’s taste – from foodies and sports enthusiasts to history buffs and the outdoorsy – all without sacrificing true Texas culture or Southern hospitality. Check out our list of top 10 must-see Midland attractions to start off a fantastic West Texas adventure!

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1. No Texas vacation would be complete without experiencing some finger-licking Texas cuisine. Grab a taste of real Texas barbeque at Johnny’s BBQ Diner, a local favorite.

 

 

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2. In the mood for Tex-Mex instead? Head over to Gerardo’s Casita for some authentic cuisine that you can only find in Texas.

 

 

 

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3. For dessert, don’t miss Susie’s South Forty Confections Candy Factory, a Guinness World Record-Holder for the largest piece of toffee.

 

 

 

4. PermianCatch up on Texas history at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum and find out how Midland is connected to more than 16 percent of the nation’s oil reserves.

 

 

 

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5. Remember the Alamo! Make sure to pay a visit to the first bell that hung in the Alamo at the Haley Library and History Center.

 

 

 

6.Planet Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes access to the universe. Be sure to visit the Marion Blakemore Planetarium at the Museum of the Southwest.

 

 

 

Football7. Nothing completes the true Texan experience like attending a high school football game, where the entire community gathers for the intensely competitive games. See why West Texas high school football was the inspiration for Friday Night Lights.

 

 

8.Baseball For baseball fans, there’s also a Midland RockHounds game, Midland’s minor league baseball team.

 

 

 

Bend9. Midland offers the closest access to Big Bend National Park. This is especially good news for star gazers as this remote park is one of only 10 places on the planet that is certified for dark-sky stargazing and is well known for being one of the largest, most beautiful and least-crowded national parks in the U.S.

 

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10. In the end, Midland can always be counted on to provide visitors with possibilities that are as endless as the horizons.

 

 

 

 

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What Does it Mean to be “Cross Utilized”?

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Manager

SkyWest’s cross utilized agents have a lot of responsibilities. In one shift, they’ll help passengers check in, get them boarded onto flights, ensure their bags are loaded and much more. Amy Orsini, who is based in West Yellowstone, Mont., gives some insight into what it’s like to be a cross utilized agent.

Why did you decide to apply at SkyWest?

I was working at a restaurant and a coworker saw an ad in the paper for ramp, customer service agents and flight attendants and said let’s go to this recruiting event. I had never considered working for an airline but thought I would give it a shot. At the recruiting event, I applied for Customer Service in Salt Lake City. Best decision of my life!

Amy and some of her WYS team.

Amy and some of the West Yellowstone, MT (WYS) team.

What’s something people might not know about being a cross utilized agent?

We do EVERYTHING. We work the ticket counter, the gate, out on the ramp, clean the planes and de-ice! You could check in a passenger, then load their bag and board them on the plane. You gain a lot of knowledge about how the airline operates.

What’s a typical day like for you?

A typical day as a cross utilized agent starts out when we check the bookings for our flights, inspect the ground equipment and set up for arrivals and departures. Then we start to check in passengers. Getting to see different state’s IDs or country’s passports is cool, and customer service is important while checking in our passengers and their luggage. Interacting with them to find out if they are on vacation or if this is a business trip and what their destination is makes the day interesting. When the flight arrives, we go out to the aircraft to unload passengers and bags, say hello to the flight crew, and then load up our outbound passengers and their bags. Once that flight is ready and on its way, we head back inside to check in passengers for the next flight.

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Agents loading baggage onto aircraft.

You’ve been at SkyWest for 14 years now, what has made you stay?

I have stayed because I love this company! The opportunities working here seem endless and there is always movement if I want to change my career path. I also love the relationships I’ve developed with people all over the company. Communication is easy and important for SkyWest. The fact that I can send a note to the vice president of Customer Service and get a response quickly, directly from him, along with people from any department means a lot! Although we are a growing company it still feels like a family. I also love the challenge of working for the airline, the fast-paced environment, flexible schedules and, of course, the amazing travel privileges.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

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Agent marshaling aircraft at St. George, Utah Airport.

The versatility and problem solving that each day requires. I get to use my computer skills while booking/rebooking passengers, my problem solving skills when there is a delay and to load plan (weight and balance of the aircraft). I love the knowledge I’ve gained for the whole operation. I also enjoy the fresh air while marshaling in an aircraft, unloading bags and driving around the tarmac. And I get to do all of this with an awesome team!

What qualities or skills help make someone a good cross utilized agent?

Being people oriented, flexible, able to solve problems, and someone who loves to travel!

What advice would you give someone who is interested in becoming a cross utilized agent?

Be sure you like planes, passengers, a little bit of physical labor and are flexible! This is not a typical 9-5 kind of job. The airport never has a day off; planes and people are always traveling. If you like change, a fast-paced environment and are flexible this is the job for you!

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SkyWest Team Welcomes Special Passengers

Layne Watson
Corporate Communications Manager

SkyWest’s team in Arcata, California (ACV) recently welcomed a very special group of passengers onboard. Twelve children with autism or down syndrome had the chance to experience the miracle of flight, even though they never actually left the ground!

SkyWest ACV Team

The eager passengers arrived at the airport, checked in at the counter with their bags, went through security and then boarded a 50-seat CRJ200. Once on the plane, the VIPs (Very Important Passengers) listened to the flight attendant’s announcements before receiving a snack and drink. A few even got to sit in the flight deck and make announcements! The group then deplaned and headed to baggage claim to pick up their checked luggage.

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“I’m not sure who had more fun: us or the kids!” said Angeline Vandenplas, SkyWest’s ACV general manager. “We all had such a great time.”

SkyWest ACV VIPs

The effort of the Arcata team, along with Captain Katie Overdick, First Officer Marko Miliceric and Flight Attendant Elle Eguchi who spent an extra two hours at the airport to participate, is a great example of SkyWest’s commitment to give back to the community. And for these passengers, it makes for a fun experience that they’ll remember for a lifetime.

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SkyWest Celebrates 43 Years!

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Manager

On this day, 43 years ago, SkyWest Airlines took off on its first scheduled flight – from St. George to Salt Lake City, Utah, with a stop in Cedar City on the way! Since that first flight, what was a small, local airline has grown into one of the largest regional airlines in the country.

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Six-seat Piper Seneca used by SkyWest

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Check out even more about SkyWest’s history at www.skywest.com.

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So how exactly is a 43rd anniversary celebrated? According to several lists of modern anniversary gifts, the 43rd year should be celebrated with travel! So join in the celebration, and fly a SkyWest Airlines flight today.

 

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Q&A with a SkyWest Crew Scheduler

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Manager

Coordinating the schedules of more than 5,000 crewmembers on a daily basis and helping to keep 1,800 flights on schedule are just a few of the responsibilities of people like Tawnya Howard, a SkyWest Airlines crew scheduler.

Check out what else she had to say about this unique job.

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SkyWest Crew Support Team

What is your favorite part about being a crew scheduler?

I like that this job is not the same thing every day; there is always a new challenge or a new situation to deal with, so it fully engages your mind in trying to get everything pieced together.

What is something most people wouldn’t know about crew scheduling?

It is a normal office job but it doesn’t have normal office hours, which makes it ideal for travelling or just having some great family time.

Why is crew scheduling such an important part of the SkyWest operation?

While flight attendants and pilots are often the face of our operation, Crew Support is the glue behind the scenes. It is our job to make sure that the aircraft has a captain and first officer as well as flight attendants; if we don’t have those crewmembers the flight can’t depart.

We also field the calls for crewmembers who can’t come to work due to being sick or missing their commuting flight, and then it is our responsibility to find someone to take their place.

Why do you enjoy working at SkyWest on the Crew Support team?

The people that I work with are amazing! We really have a good time together.

We also have a really great schedule working four, 10-hour shifts, so we always have three days off together every week. We can also swap and trade days (within department and company policy guidelines). If you do it right you can get a nice 12-day vacation or break, which works out perfectly if you are using the flight benefits!

What would you say to someone who is interested in working in crew scheduling?

If you like to be challenged at work, do puzzles, piece together schedules and flying, then this is for you. It is also a great job if you have never worked in the airline industry before because you learn about a lot of different departments, answer all sorts of questions, work closely with Flight Operations, InFlight, Dispatch, Training, and Payroll to name a few, and you really just have a chance to dip your fingers in a little bit of everything. It makes the day go fast and it’s very fun to learn everything.

What qualities would be good for someone who is interested in being a crew scheduler?

You need to be able to multi-task and be creative in the way you problem solve. Often we are trying to cover a flight when we don’t really have any reserves available for it. Due to this, creativity is key. You also need to be willing to ask questions, as well as be willing to continue to learn no matter how long you have been here.

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Cedar City: Southern Utah’s Hidden Gem

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Manager

Cedar City is a surprisingly charming town hidden away in Southern Utah. As a vibrant college town, a gateway to multiple national parks, and home to a variety of entertaining festivals, Cedar City holds something for everyone.

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Uniquely nestled between some of the most incredible national parks Utah has to offer, Cedar City is a nature lover’s destination. Only 23 miles from town is Cedar Breaks National Monument, a place anciently called “Circle of Painted Cliffs.” This enormous natural amphitheater has cliffs that climb 2,000 feet and is filled with stone spires, arches and intricate canyons that exemplify red rock landscape. The area makes for a great day trip of sightseeing, photography, hiking, picnicking and camping among world-class views.

Also nearby is Kolob Canyon, a lesser known section of Zion National Park. Kolob – which gets its name from early Mormon settlers and means “residence closest to heaven” – is off the beaten trail of Zion’s main park section, but is just as spectacular as the the canyons of main park itself.

Utah Shakespearean Festival

Those visiting Cedar City (aka Festival City USA) during the summer will find a number of opportunities to check out one of the town’s vibrant festivals. Most famously, Cedar City is known for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. This Tony Award winning regional theater puts on events throughout the summer including performances of Shakespeare’s classics in their recreation of the Globe Theater and contemporary plays, as well as seminars, classes, tours and free nightly “Greenshow” performances providing entertainment from the outdoor stage. Six shows run from July 25 to October 31 each summer.

In addition to the Shakespeare Festival, it’s worth checking out other summer favorites like the Groovefest Americana Music Festival, Wildflower Festival and The Utah Midsummer Renaissance Faire.

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If winter travel is more appealing, Cedar City still belongs on the destination list. The town is a launching pad for southern Utah’s premiere winter playground – Brian Head Resort. Receiving more than 400 inches of powder annually, it is Utah’s highest base elevation resort at 9,600 feet. With over 650 acres, eight chairlifts and 71 runs, it has something for all skill levels. And during the summer, Brian Head transforms into a mountain biker’s paradise, offering even more adventurous options.

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Fly into Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC) on one of the daily Delta Connection flights, operated by SkyWest Airlines, from Salt Lake City (SLC) and start enjoying this charming town today. The best fares can be found at delta.com.