Utah is a fantastic ski destination, which is also affordable in comparison with its neighboring states. Some of the greatest ski resorts are located just a 30-40 minute drive from Salt Lake City. Park City and Brighton, for example, are top choices for skiers in this region. The ski season in Utah begins in late November for some resorts, but most of them open only in early to mid-December. Ski resorts usually operate through early April, while some stay open until mid-April. You'll find the greatest variety between mid-December through the first week of April.
Ski resorts in Northern Utah
Park City Mountain is known for a large number of intermediate runs, but first-timers can also find a lot of space for practicing. Some challenging slopes for more advanced skiers and snowboarders are also available. Brighton Ski Resort is located on top of Big Cottonwood Canyon which means it gets the best snow possible. The resort is often praised for "the greatest snow on earth." Snowbird Ski Resort has various runs, but it is more suitable for advanced skiers. There are lots of challengingly steep runs and open bowls. This spot is also one of the most picturesque ski resorts in Utah. Snowbird has a unique 125-passenger tram that takes skiers to almost all skiing areas via one lift only. Here the skiers can also move through the tunnel on a conveyor belt, which serves as a "ski-through" mining museum. Snowbird is connected with Alta Ski Resort at the top of Sugarloaf Pass. There is the possibility to ski on both resorts with one joint ticket. Alta has a varied terrain with perfectly groomed runs and a number of areas for new skiers.
Deer Valley Resort, as well as Alta, is open for skiers only. Deer Valley offers first-class facilities and great terrain for all levels of skiers. Six mountains have over 100 sizeable runs with varied terrain that can satisfy even the most advanced skiers. This site is also known as a family-friendly spot. It's not too crowded even during peak season. Solitude is a hidden, quiet resort, located near the end of Big Cottonwood Valley. This place is mostly attended by locals. The resort includes 77 runs and three bowls. Intermediate and beginner runs are dominant here. It is a great spot for families. In addition to great downhill skiing, Solitude has a large network of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Powder Mountain is another popular skiing destination that offers a full range of options. It is known for its great natural powder. Powder Mountain has 10 sq mi (28 sq km) of skiable terrain, but only part of it can be accessed by lift.
Ski resorts in Southern Utah
Southern Utah's Brian Head Resort is another good choice for a family skiing vacation. It is the highest ski hill in Utah with a height of 9,599 ft (2,926 m). Here you will find a mix of terrain for beginners, intermediates, and advanced skiers alike. Eagle Point Resort is one of the most beautiful and least crowded of Utah's resorts. Located in the Tushar Mountains, the third-largest range in the state, Eagle Point is a brand new resort with 600 skiable acres (240 ha) and 40 runs. It fills up fast during peak season, so be sure to visit it without crowds.