Utah has the best snow on earth! There are eight world-famous ski resorts within an hour of downtown. Here are the highlights of each resort. Make sure to check out the Salt Lake destination page, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help planning your ski vacation!
Alta is a local favorite. Skiers LOVE that snowboarders are not allowed at this resort, and fresh snow stays fresher for longer! Snowbird and Alta are located in the same canyon, and typically get the largest amount of snow in the state. Their ski school is one of the best, and they offer lessons at every level for children and adults. Alta also offers a telemarking class and numerous multi-week ski camps.
Brighton is cheap and kid friendly. This resport also has a very popular ski school. There are runs for beginner, intermediate, and advanced. It shares Big Cottonwood canyon with Solitude. One of Brighton's best features is the Brighton Night Ticket. Night Lift Tickets are $36 M-F and $27 Saturday Nights. These tickets are good from 4-9 everynight, as long as the temperature stays above 0 degrees. Many restaurants are open at the lodge, so skiis can grab a bite to eat before their night skiing adventure.
Canyons was ranked in the top ten for America's best ski resorts. The award is given by Ski Magazine as the Reader Resort Award. It was ranked #5 in access, #7 in lodging, #10 in dining, and #11 in terrain parks. In 2010 they started some major renovations -- totaling $75 million in infrastructure improvements. And these improvements have really paid off. It's just 35 minutes away from the Salt Lake Airport, and is a must see on any Salt Lake ski vacation! It has many off-hill activities, including zip-line tours.
This is another skiiers only resort, and they know how to pamper their guests. Skiiers rave about the well groomed trails suited best for beginner and intermediate skiiers, with a few advanced runs. Their cusine and catering is equally raved about, and offer selections for a wide variety of tastes. Deer Valley was rated the number one ski resort in North America by readers of SKI Magazine in 2008, 2009, and 2010. That kind of title comes with it's price, and this luxurious resort is one of the most expensive in the area.
Park City Mountain Resort has some of the largest acreage, and offers a huge variety of runs. This resort takes advantage of the digital age, and their website features an online route planner. You can enter your preferred difficulty, type of terrain, and the intensity, and it will let you print off an map for your personalized routes, and you don't waste anytime on the slopes. They're proud of their convience factor, and offer a lift that takes you to Main Street in Park City.
This resort has the highest peak, and offers the longest runs. Snowbird is great of advanced skiiers, but tends to be a little overwhelming for beginner skiiers. It has something to offer all skill levels, but advanced skiiers seem to enjoy it more. This is one of the most popular ski resorts in Utah, and has frequently been given awards for the best ski resort in North America. Each lodge has it's own taxi service that will take you back to your hotel room or over to Alta.
Snowbasin and Powder Mountain
This resort tends to be less crowded than other resorts. It is known for it's high alpine bowls, and two of the toughest downhill race courses. Skiiers love the high-speed, comfortable gondolas, and with it's four lane, lift-assisted tubing hill, it's a great place to take the family. It offers child care, and on-slope, faceshot photography.
Solitude is less crowded, with more untracked snow, with 65 named trails and three bowls. It has a variety of runs that are good for all skill levels. Skiiers have said you can find powder on the second and third day after a storm. Their Honeycomb Grill just opened with a new menu, so be sure to check out the fine dining at this resort. They have small village with excellent food and nice loding options.
This is Utah's smallest resort, so if you're looking for a cozy getaway, this is the place! It's an intimate resort with a spa, art exhibits, and excellent dining. If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, there's no better scenery than Sundance resort. If you're looking to add some variety to your ski vacation, Sundance has an art shack, where you can learn everything from pottery to glass blowing. The Sundance Film Festival is also held here in January.