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