Notes on Salt Lake City’s Climate and Recreation

Utah is well-known for having “now you see it, now you don’t” weather conditions in Spring. In late March, you can expect all the possibilities (snow, wind, rain, sun) in Salt Lake City but probably none of it will last very long. Average temperatures this time of year are highs in the mid-50s°F range and lows in the mid-30s°F range; the Weather Underground is a good source for up-to-date forecasts.

To be prepared, pack lots of layers (especially for those of us who have experienced many a frigid conference all while indoors!) with one waterproof or water resistant layer. If you have signed up for the tour to Park City, this is especially important as it is colder than Salt Lake.

The first thing you might notice on arriving here is that the air is very dry; make sure to pack chapstick and lotion for your trip! Don’t forget to add in a water bottle; Salt Lake City sits at an altitude of 4300 feet and drinking lots of water is an excellent way to combat altitude sickness as well as dry air. Consult this guide to help you prevent and treat altitude sickness.

Utah has had an excellent snow season and ski conditions are the best they’ve been in years. With 7 resorts within easy driving/riding distance from Salt Lake, why not get out into the mountains? No ski gear, you say? No problem! Boots, poles, and skis are all easily rented at the resorts.

For the deepest and steepest skiing in the continental US, head to either Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon. In Big Cottonwood Canyon you’ll find Brighton and Solitude Ski Resorts which are easier going in terms of culture and terrain. Solitude also offers a Nordic Center for cross-country skiing. In Little Cottonwood Canyon you’ll find Snowbird and Alta, both with steeper terrain and slightly higher altitudes.

If you’re interested in combining a bit of culture and an excellent ski experience, consider a trip up to Park City Mountain Resort or Deer Valley. Both have excellent terrain for all abilities and their proximity to the quaint mountain town of Park City make them especially appealing to visitors.

If you’re a snowboarder, please keep in mind that both Alta and Deer Valley are for skiers only.

Hiking and snowshoeing are also a fantastic way to experience the Wasatch Mountains. Rent some gear at the local REI and be mindful that avalanche conditions do exist — consult the Utah Avalanche Center before heading off on an adventure.


The Conference Planning Committee enthusiastically invites you to join us in Salt Lake City on March 26-30, 2019, for the 47th annual ARLIS/NA conference.

Factory Butte, UT ©2018 Paul W. Ramsey

The Great Salt Lake’s proximity to a picturesque juxtaposition of mountain ranges and high-desert valleys has attracted people to visit and settle near its shores for centuries. Throughout the 1900s, plein air and earthwork artists were drawn to Utah’s landscapes. Today, enthusiasts from all walks of life are discovering the culturally vibrant hub of Salt Lake City.

As librarians, artists, service providers, and information professionals: we are the catalysts who bring together diverse perspectives, resulting in new collaboration, creation, and cultural consciousness. In sharing our ideas, we nurture the formation of works that motivate people to learn, grow, and foster change.

All that’s to say, who and where we are has inspired our conference theme: Arts: In/Site.

Through our additional prompts of Arts Insight, Arts Incite, and Arts In Sight, conference contributors have generated an enticing variety of session topics, such as:

  • Off-site and online museum & library collaborations
  • Visual literacy: Pedagogical tools and our sense of sight
  • Imparting insights through art education programs
  • How the arts and ecology can incite change
  • Explorations of site-specific works of art

Please watch the conference website for an announcement about the launch of Sched, which will provide descriptions of conference programming, tours, and special events. It will be available on the web and as an app.

The Conference Planning Committee will offer regular posts as we move toward March 2019. The essential, need-to-know information will be sent to ARLIS-L and through all ARLIS/NA social media channels. The fun and entertaining tid-bits will only be shared on the blog and social media. So, be sure to subscribe to the blog or join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Nicole Beatty, Local Arrangements Co-Chair
Greg Hatch, Program Co-Chair
Luke Leither, Local Arrangements Co-Chair
Alex Watkins, Program Co-Chair