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Alpine News - - Overseas - BY BRI­ONY ABRA­HAM

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.

Park City

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.

PHOTO: Dan Camp­bell, Ski Utah

COR­DUROY: An early skier on a blue bird day chases a run down a per­fectly groomed slope.

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