WITH 11 resorts that are less than an hour from Salt Lake City (SLC) International Airport, visitors to Utah that want snow, spend more time on the slopes (and apres ski) and less time in the car and that can only be a good thing.
Boasting 14 ski resorts in total, Utah offers ski experiences to suit any beginner, intermediate and professional.
There are amenities and services that cater to lodge bunnies, foodies and children alike.
These include tubing, snowmobiling, luxurious spa treatments, award winning restaurants and some of the world’s best ski and snowboard instructors.
Let’s take a look at some of the major resorts in the Utah region.
Utah’s resorts consistently deliver awesome snow and thanks to tourist friendly transport links, it’s easy to try different ski spots without breaking your budget or wasting valuable slope time.
If you want to stick close to the buzz of Utah’s Park City, I can’t say that I blame you and this is one of North America’s top ski towns.
Park City boasts three world class resorts: Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, and The Canyons all of which offer excellent off slope entertainment and an array of shops and galleries.
If you happen to be travelling to Park City with kids in tow then Park City Mountain Resort has so much to keep your brood amused. Once the lifts shut down, it’s time to make family memories on the alpine coaster, through the sky on the zip line, or enjoy an old-fashioned horse drawn sleigh ride.
If you prefer to holiday at ski only resorts, then it’s time to try Deer Valley on for size.
With a limited number of daily tickets sold, you’ll spend your precious time skiing, not queuing, plus, nothing beats the feeling of bottomless powder turns into an expertly-gladed Aspen forest, believe me, nothing, beats this.
Park City’s Canyons Resort is home to over 4000 skiable acres and 182 runs. If it’s diverse terrain that you’re after, then you have come to the right place and once you’ve tackled the perfectly groomed runs, amazing tree skiing and pristine bowls, it’s then time to unwind with world class amenities and that all important tailored spa experience.
Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon
Are you happy to forego the shopping and apres ski scene on your Utah ski adventure?
Then point your skis towards the Cottonwood Canyons.
The towering peaks of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon are visible from downtown Salt Lake City and are home to the spectacular resorts, Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton.
They are located within 40 minutes of SLC Airport and 50 minutes of Park City, each ski resort features picturesque scenery, legendary terrain and cozy villages.
If you’re eavesdropping on Utah chat, which frequently makes mention of ‘deep and steep’, chances are the talk is about none other than Alta Ski Resort.
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The no frills, skier’s only destination features challenging off piste terrain, spectacular views, and plenty of snow. If your party is a mixed bag of ski skills, you’ll be pleased to learn that there’s loads of terrain for beginners and intermediates too.
Snowbird Resort offers intense intermediate and advanced runs that put you through your paces and leave you begging for more. Just like starring in your very own Warren Miller film, this beautiful location with loads of snow will ruin you for other ski destinations.
Solitude Resort features diverse terrain and deep powder, all in a family friendly environment. Say goodbye to lift lines and quickly find your ski bliss. Off the slopes there’s a fun park, games room and a charming European style village.
Brighton Resort is a lowkey ski destination that’s big on personality and with everything from beginner to expert runs, it’s the perfect spot for adventures with both friends or as a family. For the more advanced skiers, there’s the cliffs, trees, terrain parks, and awesome backcountry to tackle and thanks to illuminated runs you can even hit the slopes at night.
In And Around Ogden
Just 35 minutes north of Salt Lake City sits Ogden, a quirky town with plenty in the way of shopping, eats, and live music. Plus, there’s the breath-taking views of Wasatch Mountain Range.
Ogden is a mere 20 minutes drive from two unique Utah ski resorts, Snowbasin and Powder Mountain and each features diverse terrain, un-crowded slopes and inspired skiing.
Snowbasin Resort is home to 3000 acres and 3000 vertical feet and even on a ‘busy day’ you will share the slopes with a mere 3000 skiers and that means un-crowded access to superb terrain, meticulously manicured groomers, and plenty of steeps and deeps.
Utah’s Powder Mountain has next to no crowds also and with 7000 skiable acres, it’s hardly surprising.
The no frills resort offers hassle free slope time in the shape of endless powder, untouched corduroy, cost effective cat skiing and zero lift lines.
CORDUROY: An early skier on a blue bird day chases a run down a perfectly groomed slope.