Salt Lake City is the capital and largest city of Utah, and one of the largest cities in the Southwest. It lies in a valley (sometimes called the "Wasatch Front") between the Wasatch Range to the east, and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west. Salt Lake City is well-known as the center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, although less than half of the city's residents are members.
Salt Lake City is well-known for the many ski resorts located in the Wasatch Mountains. They are famous for the light, fluffy snowfalls that are enhanced by the lake effect off the Great Salt Lake. In addition, some of the heaviest snowfall in the nation occurs here. These conditions make it just right for skiing, and the already world-famous resorts were made more famous when Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. However, summer activities, such as camping, hiking, mountain biking, rock-climbing and fishing are also popular and draw many adventurers and tourists each year as well.