Utah is known for many things: fry sauce, ice cream consumption, Temple Square ... on and on and on.
However, Utah's most famous attribute may be its world class snow -- a reputation which is prominently featured on many of the state's marketing items, from license plates to commercials.
Snowbasin Resort is one of the state's oldest continuously operating resorts, and a major player in the competition between resorts on the Wasatch Front.
However, in the eyes of recent Intermountain Ski Association Hall of Fame inductee Dean Perkins, Snowbasin's real success has been how it has contributed to the Ogden community.
"(Snowbasin) has meant a lot to the community, especially the ski community," Perkins said. "It's a damn fine ski resort, I'll tell you. It's just like Sun Valley, and it's Ogden, Utah."
Perkins skied all over the world during his time with the U.S. Army and U.S. national teams, and has enjoyed the powder at famous resorts such as Innsbruck, Austria, and the Zermatt in Switzerland.
Of all of them though, Perkins views Snowbasin as one of the best resorts, as far as its friendliness to skiers.
"The guys running Snowbasin are doing a great job," he said. "Snowbasin is double, triple busier this last year than it's ever been. I mean, Saturdays and Sundays are like a zoo.
"We've got bundles of people coming from Logan, coming from Salt Lake, coming from all these places. They never used to come that much from places like that."
Perkins, who grew up in Ogden but now lives in Eden, said he skis every day the sun shines and enjoys the atmosphere Snowbasin creates.
"Look at all the stuff that goes on up there," he said. "They've got concerts going up there all the time, and they've got this and they've got that. It makes a huge difference."
Besides being a ski destination, Snowbasin has forged a reputation for being snowboarding-friendly, something that occasionally frustrates the 85-year-old Perkins.
"(Boarders) take their life in their own hands," he said. "You've got these crazy boarders who think they know how to ski, and they go a million miles an hour and they have about as much control as nothing. They don't know how to fall, and they think they're just so cool."
In Perkins' mind, skiing is still the king of winter sports. And, with all of the resorts on the Wasatch Front, whether in Park City, Alta, or Brighton, tourists sometimes may not think of the Ogden-area resorts.
Perkins noted that is a mistake on their part.
"It's better than Salt Lake," he said, with laughter. "We used to call Park City 'Flat City.' It's a great resort -- they've got everything -- but for the really great skier, there are no hills. I think it's one of the top resorts in the state."