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The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, UT. Salt Lake City is at the foot of the Wasatch mountain range, which is among the steepest mountain ranges in the world. This mountain range provides a wealth of beautiful back-country for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, rock climbing, and other outdoor sports and recreation. In particular, there are nine world-renowned ski resorts within a one hour drive of Salt Lake City, with many accessible within 25 minutes. These include Park City Mountain Resort/Canyons, Deer Valley, Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, Sundance, Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, and Solitude. These offer a huge variety of terrain, from the deepest powder on the steepest slope, to groomed runs appropriate for beginners. In the summer time, many of these resorts offer world class mountain biking and hiking through pristine alpine wilderness. The close proximity of these outdoor activities provides University of Utah staff with easy access. Salt Lake City is also located within a several hour drive of multiple National Parks, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Grand Teton, Arches, and Canyonland. These areas also offer endless hiking, biking, and other unforgettable outdoor activities. In addition to providing exception opportunities for sightseeing, these areas provide an endless stream of musculoskeletal injuries to keep us busy as surgeons.

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