Salt Lake City
A wonderfully livable city, Salt Lake combines the amenities of a large metropolitan area with the ease of a small town. Salt Lakes symphony, ballet, theatres and film scenes delight audiences year-round. Sports fans thrill to hockey, baseball, and, professional basketball. Outdoor enthusiasts find hiking trails a mere five minutes from downtown. And, no matter which activity you choose, theres a pub, bistro, restaurant, or café ready to complement the event.
It's a great place to check in with the planet. For people who want the advantages of a city but a connectedness with nature and wilderness, Salt Lake is fantastic.
-Steve Sternfeld, Associate Professor
of Languages and L.A. native
Salt Lake City sits in a large valley surrounded by the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west. Forming the backdrop to the U of U campus, the Wasatch Mountains offer students a network of hiking, biking, and running trails a few minutes from campus.
The new University light rail line provides another way to get to campus from downtown Salt Lake City. Salt Lake's public transporation network is managed by UTA , and has become a multi-modal transportation leader that is 100-percent accessible with 69 light rail vehicles, 30 commuter rail cars and more than 600 buses. UTAs TRAX light rail system is currently averaging more than 58,300 riders a day along its 15-mile Salt Lake-Sandy line and the 4-mile University Line.
"The Greatest Snow On Earth"
If you know what powder is, you've undoubtedly heard of Utah skiing. If you don't, you could be lucky enough to learn to ski here. Skiing begins statewide in early to mid-November and generally continues through April. Seven of Utah's 14 resorts are less than an hour's drive from Salt Lake City.