Utah is one of the best places to go skiing in the United States, and with so many world-class resorts, it can be hard to pick which to choose. There are fourteen major ski areas in Utah, ten of which are conveniently located within a one-house drive from Salt Lake City. Utah prides itself on having the ‘greatest snow on earth’, and we think it’s definitely a contender. We’ve rounded up the six best Utah ski resorts, to help you plan your trip.
1. Park City Mountain Resort
If you’re looking for a ski resort with an amazing town, Park City is the Utah resort for you. Park City Mountain Resort is known to be America’s largest single ski and snowboarding resort. Just a 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City, it’s an epic ski adventure destination which has 348 trails spread over 7,300 acres. The resort has a wide selection of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrains, meaning it’s a great destination for all the family or a large group of friends. The resort has a bustling ski town with restaurants, shops, entertainment, live music and plenty of accommodation options.
2. Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley Resort is a luxury destination that often tops the list of best ski resorts in America. The resort has well-manicured slopes, valets to help unload your skis, luxury lodging options, on-site child care, ski rental shops with high-quality equipment and gourmet dining. It really is a resort fit for royalty! On the slopes, you’ll find speedy lifts, often with little-to-no queues and varied terrain for all levels and spectacular scenery. Keep in mind, it’s a resort for skiers only.
3. Powder Mountain
Powder Mountain has over 8,400 skiable acres — the largest in North America — with 500 inches of snow (or ‘powder’, which is where the resort gets its name). The resort is known for its peaceful atmosphere as it limits daily ticket sales to just 1,500 skiers and riders, creating a wonderfully private experience. It’s a great place for families and groups of friends and has a town with restaurants, lodging options, and some entertainment.
4. Alta Ski Area
Alta Ski Area is known for its average of 551 inches of snow per year. The snow is incredibly fresh and the slopes aren’t too crowded, with more people heading to its neighboring ski resort, Snow Bird, where snowboarders are allowed in the lifts. At Alta, the lifts are for skiers only and guests love its old-school take on skiing — you can still find vintage two-seater chairlifts on site. The resort has 2,200 skiable acres, 116 runs and a good mixture of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails.
Right beside Alta lies Snowbird, a resort that gets over 500 inches of the white stuff every year. The resort has a summit tram, which takes visitors to almost 3,000 feet in under ten minutes, meaning you can cover a lot of ground when skiing down. There is a mixture of runs, however, this resort serves better for intermediate to advanced skiers as the terrain can be quite challenging. You can purchase a ticket that gives you access to both Snowbird and Alta and enjoy the best of both worlds.
Solitude is known by locals as a ‘hidden gem’. It’s a peaceful ski area located at the edge of Big Cottonwood Valley and has 77 runs spread across 1,200 acres. It’s a great place for beginners, with several beginner runs, alongside intermediate trails. There’s a small onsite village with some accommodation options, however, most people visit Solitude for a day trip.