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Ski & Snowboard News / Ski Resort webcams: your 24/7 ski report & fascinating even if you don't ski

Jan 03, 2020 11:31AM ● By Harriet Wallis

A beautiful day at Alta

Ancient history / before webcams

Back in the 1980s when we visited here, the hotels each had a white board at the front desk. Early every morning, they'd wipe off yesterday's ski reports and marker in the new ones as they received them -- probably by phone. This resort got 2" overnight. That resort got 3". We studied the scant information and decided where to ski that day.

Webcams in real time

Each resort puts a different spin on its cams. Even if you're not a skier, the cams provide you with a birds eye view from the high mountains, beautiful scenery, and dramatic weather changes. At night, the lights streaking across the slopes are from the snow grooming equipment as snow workers toil through the night to make the snow perfect for the next day.

Alta. Click on Alta's main cam and you get a 24 hour time lapse. It only takes a few seconds to play all of yesterday right up to the current moment. The time lapse is especially fascinating as a full moon moves across the sky.

Alta's Greeley cam


Brighton. Brighton moved its main cam to point at the parking lot to show how quickly the parking lot fills up. It's a practical way to help skiers and riders understand how important it is to take the UTA ski bus and to carpool.

Watch Brighton's parking lot fill up

Snowbird. Snowbird's main cam rotates continually and gives a wonderful bird's eye view from the top of the mountain. Watch sunshine creep up the mountain and you can almost feel the wind blow.

A bird's eye view from the summt of Snowbird

 Solitude. One of Solitude's cams focuses on the village. At night, the lighted village looks like a wonderland palace right there on the ski slopes.

The village looks castle-like at night