Winter brings epic snow to the Wasatch Range: more than 500 inches on average and nearly 700 on particularly blessed years. For visiting skiers and snowboarders, it’s a roll of the dice which month will yield the most fluff. Typically February and March promise the deepest collections of snow, but the skies routinely dump well into April and even May. It’s not uncommon for Snowbird Ski Resort to remain open through June.
Spring typically sees a lull in visitors as the ski areas clear out and fly-fishermen, golfers, and mountain bikers wait for the mud to dry. Summer attracts the most visitors to Salt Lake, despite temperatures that routinely reach the 90s. Some pass through on their way to national parks in southern Utah and the Tetons of Wyoming. Others come for the season-long celebration of music, with events like the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival and the Utah Arts Festival. Free concerts in downtown Pioneer Park every Thursday attract as many as 40,000 people, and other venues, such as the Rice-Eccles Stadium, USANA Amphitheater, and the outdoor Red Butte Gardens, attract headliners from U2 to Michael Franti & Spearhead.
September is arguably one of the best times of visit Salt Lake City. The temperatures start to cool off, the music scene is still thriving, and the mountains are just starting to turn gold for fall. November and December are typically dead and brown (and cheaper) as the weather turns cool but the snow has yet to fall.