Skiing & Snowboarding in Salt Lake City, UT
About Salt Lake City Skiing & Snowboarding
Salt Lake City skiing and snowboarding is more than world-class—it’s world-leading, along with Utah’s legendary champagne powder. What many people don’t know, though, is the cultural variety of the mountains. From filthy-rich celebrities to full-blown dirtbag ski bums, Utah’s wide variety of mountain resorts have the perfect experience for everyone. You just have to know where to go.
Although Deer Valley Resort is known for high prices and upscale clientele,you don’t have to be loaded to ski here: You can make a day here (somewhat) affordable; just remember to brown-bag your lunch. The upside of that high-dollar reputation and tony clientele? Tree runs tend to stay untouched on powder days long after they would have been skied out at more “hardcore” resorts.
Powder Mountain is a classic mom-and-pop mountain and one of Utah’s best-kept secrets, with cheap lift tickets, a decommissioned school bus for its mountain shuttle, and fantastic terrain. You’ll find untracked powder for days after the last snowfall—right underneath the chairlift. Canyons Resort (formerly ‘the’ Canyons) is absolutely huge: With about 4,000 acres, it’s officially ranked #5 in North America for amount of skiable terrain. It’s eventually scheduled to be connected with Park City Mountain Resort under the Vail umbrella. Go with a local if you can, as it will be a long, difficult search if you’re just buying a ticket and stumbling up the mountain.
Races: The Canis Lupis Challenge
Groups: Utah Freeskier Society
Retailers: Level 9 Sports
A throwback to a time when skiers all drove beaters and knew Hot Dog The Movie word-for-word.
Brighton offers affordable prices, excellent ski lessons, and a range of slopes for all ages and skills.
World-class snow and snowboard-free surroundings at Alta.
Solitude is the best resort in the area to dodge the crowds and focus on some serious powder skiing.
Snowbird is an elegant, exciting resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon that offers something for everyone, all year round.
Without much waiting in line for lifts, skiers who choose Canyons can be at some of the best side-country skiing in the country in no time.
Located in Park City, the Round Valley Open Area offers nearly 20k of free trails maintained by Mountain Trails Foundation.
Vernal, Utah, is known for its proximity to the Dinosaur National Monument, but there are plenty of outdoor activities beyond fossils that make for an adventurous getaway.
Utah's Zion National Park draws more than 3 million visitors a year, but for those looking to avoid the crowds, the park's east entrance offers access to equally scenic canyons for experienced open-desert hikers who can navigate the backcountry.
You can leave Texas in the morning and be skiing Utah's glorious powder in the afternoon.
With 14 resorts within close proximity to Salt Lake City—plus the Greatest Snow on Earth—Utah is the perfect destination for an unforgettable ski getaway.
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