Utah is one of the most popular skiing destinations in U.S. Located on the western part of the U.S, the state is home to the Wasatch Range Mountains and vast stretches of desert. During winter, the mountains attract snow enthusiasts from around the world looking for the most ideal ski destinations. And Utah does not disappoint. The quality and quantity of snow, winter experiences, and ski resorts combine to ensure you and your family have a memorable vacation. There’s a resort for everything, whether it’s precision- engineered, Olympic downhill, or deep powder terrain parks. Today, we are going to explore the top five ski resorts in Utah for 2017.
St. Regis Deer Valley Resort – $128 to $784
Deer Valley Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in Utah. It can be found just 37-miles from Salt Lake International Airport, at the outskirts of Park City. The ski resort stretches along the Wasatch Range, and features great powder, moguls, steeps, and groomers. It is ideal for all levels of skiers, as its vertical drop reaches up to 3,000 feet and the skiable terrain is over 2,000 acres. Meals are served at different dining establishments, from grills and cafes to upscale and sophisticated rustic restaurants, each offering locally sourced products with quality ingredients.
Deer Valley is especially nice during summer, where you can enjoy outdoor dining, scenic chairlift rides and hiking, and lift-served mountain biking. The Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater can come in handy for the concert fanatics, while children can have their fun at the Summer Adventure Camp. Deer Valley is known for their exceptional service both during winters and summers.
Guests have access to an all-inclusive operation with guided hiking tours and mountain bike rentals. Some of the most notable events hosted at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater include the Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series, Park City Institute’s St. Regis Big Stars, and the Deer Valley Music Festival.
Park City Mountain Resort – From $369
Located in Park City, Utah, in the western part of the United States, Park City Mountain resort provides great access to the east side of Salt Lake City (which is just 32 miles away). It was opened in 1963, and has made a great name for itself in terms of skiing. It attracts a good number of skiers from all parts of the U.S, and has employed many residents of Park City. The ski resort offers a wide range of training courses for the national Ski Team, and actually hosted the 2002 snowboarding events of the Winter Olympics.
In 2014, Vail Resorts acquired the resort and merged it with the neighboring Canyons Resort through an interlinking gondola. This subsequently made it the largest ski area in the country at that time, before being dethroned in 2016 by Powder Mountain. The usual operation time is between 9:00am and 4:00pm, but some runs can extend until nighttime. More impressively, Park City Mountain has actually appeared in Shaun White Snowboarding video game for Play Station 3 and Xbox 360.
Brian Head Resort – From $149
If you are looking for the most affordable, yet family friendly winter ski destination, it doesn’t get any better than Brian Head Resort. The resort boasts the highest base elevation in the state and receives more than 360” of epic powder. Out of its eight lifts, Giant Step Express High-Speed Detachable Quad is the largest with 1,320 feet of vertical drop. Brian Head Resort offers 71 runs and 650 acres of skiing terrain. Kids are also catered for with the famous Kids Camp snow sport teaching facility, which is fully supervised.
Children are taught how to ski in 3 age-specific programs in a safe and fun learning environment. In fact, it is one of the best places to teach youngsters the sport, with numerous caregivers and hands-on activities. There are 2 tube parks at the Navajo and Giant Steps mountains, with surface lifts for easy access to the hilltop. In addition, the resort was recently enhanced with renovated lodges, better food options, improved dining areas, The Last Chair Saloon, and of course, night skiing. The Last Chair Saloon serves a little bit of everything, from live music to exquisite cuisine to locally brewed beers.
Snowbasin Resort – From $35
About 45 minutes’ drive from Salt Lake International Airport is a hidden gem overlooking the Ogden Valley – the Snowbasin Resort. It is one of the most underrated ski resorts in Utah, but offers a diverse terrain for all levels of skiers. it features great Utah powder, plenty of light and groomers, glades and trees, wide-open bowls, and terrain parks. And once you’re done with the slopes, you can enjoy a spectacular après scene at Downtown Ogden.
Snowbasin started as a little-known getaway for Utah skiers more than six decades ago, and it wasn’t until the 2002 Winter Games that the resort appeared on the map. Today, it is one of the most desirable winter vacations with perfectly groomed cruisers, high alpine bowls, deep-powder glades, steep chutes, and two of the most difficult downhill race courses on a mountain ever. However, the 3,000 acres of skiable terrain are friendly for all types of skiers. Snowbasin resort is owned by Earl Holding, the same guy behind the epic Sun Valley, Idaho. He has managed to combine the breathtaking natural terrain and abundant powder snow in Snowbasin with 4 tantalizing lodges and first grade lifts with great vertical rise.
Alta Ski Area – From $86
Alta Ski Area is synonymous with excellent terrain and deep powder. It is a favorite destination for locals, partly due to its close proximity to Salt Lake City, relatively cheaper lift tickets, and a brilliant powdery environment. Alta is impressively nestled over Little Cottonwood Canyon, offering excellent views and beautiful scenery from the slopes. Alta also boasts some of the finest snow in the state, as well as a rental shop and 2 ski-in and ski-out restaurants.
While the resort does not allow snowboarding, it has a diverse terrain and awesome snow conditions for all levels of skiers. This means that families can traverse the slopes regardless of expertise or ability. What’s more, Alta has collaborated with Summer Resort and Snowbird Ski to provide double terrain to the skiers, meaning more fun and learning experience.