Expanding the mountain hub

Salt Lake City International is part-way through a massive redevelopment programme. Sebastian Schmitz reports from Utah.


The Rocky Mountains form an impressive backdrop to operations at Salt Lake City International.

Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah, is surrounded by five national and 42 state parks, while ten major ski resorts are with an hour’s drive. The conurbation was named after the Great Salt Lake, one of the largest such expanses of water in the world. It is home to 200,000 inhabitants, while closer to 1.2m live in the greater metropolitan area. The first permanent settlers, Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons), arrived in 1847 looking for a secluded region in which to practise their religion. They built the Salt Lake Temple in the heart of the region and today the church still plays a very important role in everyday life.

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