Blizzard2009I’m looking out the huge window of my room at Snowbird Resort at a scene worthy of a Christmas card. A white-out snowstorm yesterday left a snow-covered mountain and towering pine trees laden with inches of the white stuff.

I’m at Snowbird (about an hour outside of Salt Lake City, Utah) for a journalism conference. That means I spent much of the weekend inside a hotel conference room. But when we got a break Sunday afternoon, several of us headed to the outdoor heated pool and hot tub. It was a magical experience as we soaked in the hot water while the huge flakes floated down. It was quite a picture–10 tough journalists acting like a bunch of 5-year-olds seeing their first snowfall. We were in the hot tub, lying back in the water, our mouths open and tongues outstrteched to catch the snowflakes. I loved it.

I also love this resort. It’s beautiful. The rooms are larger than average, he beds are oh-so-omfortable and it’s quiet–no waking up at 2 a.m. because of a party down the hall. The food is terrific and, most importantly, the service has been top-notch. When the blizzard stranded some of our group who had gone into nearby Park City for a shopping excursion and another group headed off for a hike, the hotel jumped into action. The women parked their rental cars in a safe spot a few miles down the mountain and the hotel shuttle driver headed down to rescue them.

There also are several family- and kid-friendly features here, including the Baby Thunder Family Area, a designated family slow-zone ski area.

A word of warning: It’s pretty high here, about 11,000 feet. That can be touch on those of us who are flatlanders. Three of the conference attendees ended up in the emergency room with altitude sickness and a number of others (including me) coped with headaches, naseau and light-headedness, all symptoms of altitude sickness. Drinking water (rather than wine) goes a long way toward fighting off the effects and helping your body adjust to the heights.