Since the 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City has been considered one of the best winter destinations in the USA with four premium ski resorts just minutes from the airport. There are also, more world-class resorts to explore in nearby Park City.
Salt Lake City ski season generally runs from late November through mid-April. However, some resorts operate from early December through March. If you are looking for thinner crowds and lower prices, it's better to book your vacation starting in mid-January. The best snow conditions are usually expected in February.
Big Cottonwood Canyon: Brighton and Solitude
Big Cottonwood Canyon stretches from Brighton through Cottonwood Heights, ending by the Jordan River. It's one of the snowiest canyons in the United States and naturally an excellent destination for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and backcountry rides. Brighton Ski Resort lies in the center of the "Cottonwood Funnel", which is famous for having "the best snow on earth." It gets about 500 inches of powder (1,270 cm), attracting riders from all over the US with its off-piste trails. The family-friendly resort features great ski schools, and, by the way, kids ten and under can ski for free. vertical: 1,750 feet (530 m) area: 1,050 acres (425 ha) runs: 66 lifts: 6 season: late November to late April Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Solitude Mountain Resort offers diverse terrain that includes moguls and backcountry. It is also known to have a well-developed system of cross-country ski trails. Besides, with about 500 inches of snow (1,270 cm) annually, there's plenty of powder! vertical: 2,494 feet (760 m) area: 1,200 acres (500 ha) runs: 82 lifts: 9 season: late November to mid-April
Little Cottonwood Canyon: Snowbird and Alta
Historical Little Cottonwood Canyon lies along the Salt Lake Valley in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is famous for its Olympic-class Snowbird resort that features Utah's only aerial tramway, climbing the Hidden Peak. Nearby Alta resort is famous for its excellent backcountry rides, but in the 19th century, the mining town was known for its frequent saloon shootings. Snowbird Ski Resort is said to have the longest season in Utah, lasting until late May and sometimes even June! Also, don't forget to ride its unique 125-passenger tram, taking passengers to the elevation of 11,000 feet (3,352 m). The resort offers spectacular heli-skiing, night skiing, snowmobile rides, and snowcat skiing. After skiing, you can relax in 15 restaurants and enjoy spa or heated swimming pools at various lodges and hotels. vertical: 3,240 feet (988 m) area: 2,500 acres (1,01o ha) runs: 169 lifts: 26 season: late November to late May Alta Ski Resort nestled near the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon is one of the first ski resorts in the US. The resort is for skiers only and can be easily reached from Snowbird. You can actually ski at both resorts in one day. Alta is famous for the abundance of snow, great food, and the most beautiful views of the Wasatch range. vertical: 2,538 feet (774 m) area: 2,614 acres (1,058 ha) runs: 116 lifts: 17 season: late November to late April
Park City Ski Resorts
Boasting 17 towering peaks, Park City Mountain is a spectacular ski resort, which stuns with its size and high-quality services. You can spend a week here and still need more time to explore all 330 runs. It might take a while even if you ski day and night. By the way, night skiing is available at 120 trails. Quicksilver gondola takes riders to the Canyons base area, also known as Canyons at Park City, an amazing ski resort of its own. Eight terrain parks feature two halfpipes and plenty of fun terrain. vertical: 3,226 feet (983 m) area: 7,300 acres (2,950 ha) runs: 330 lifts: 43 season: late November to mid-April Deer Valley Resort is famous for its luxurious accommodation, excellent food, après-ski, as well as trails groomed to perfection. It's a perfect destination for families with on-site childcare, plenty of ski school options, and a wide choice of lodging and dining. It also offers an unbeatable skiing experience with over 100 runs, suited for every level. vertical: 3,000 feet (910 m) area: 2,026 acres (820 ha) runs: 110 lifts: 24 season: early December to mid-April