With hundreds of inches of snow each year and epic mountains all around, Utah is a haven for snow sport enthusiasts. There are lots of ski resorts here that cater to downhill skiers, snowboarders, cross-country skiers, and even travelers who just like to kick back and relax at the lodge. You can reach some of the most extreme skiing in the world within an hour’s drive of the Salt Lake City International Airport and experience the greatest snow on earth! Here are some of the top ski resorts for winter fun in Utah.
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Alta Ski Area
Alta is a favorite snow haven for skiers, although snowboarders aren’t allowed here. This is an ideal spot for purists who love the tradition of the sport and who have a good amount of experience on the slopes. Most of the terrain here is best for intermediate and advanced skiers, but 25 percent of the routes are suitable for beginners too. Alta doesn’t have the type of shopping and nightlife that some of the other resort areas on this list have. But it has a ton of high-quality snow and a great ski school too.
Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Resort is a sprawling ski area that has an awesome western ski town. With over 7,300 skiable acres, this is the largest ski and snowboard resort in America. There’s a high-speed gondola here that’s great for getting a lot of runs in before lunch. Come here to experience a huge resort atmosphere with lots of activities and attractions in town. Don’t come here if you’re trying to avoid crowds though. Make sure to stop at the ski-in/ski-out whiskey distillery, High West Distillery, while you’re here for a post-skiing cocktail. Park City is only about a 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City’s airport.
Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley is always a popular resort among travelers who want to experience Utah snow. This resort has a great ski school if you’re trying to learn the sport for the first time or just brush up on your skills. This is a skier-only resort, as snowboarders are not allowed. Lots of lodging options are available nearby, such as the Black Diamond Lodge, Goldener Hirsch Inn, and the Silver Baron Lodge. This is also an area where you can go snowmobiling with Summit Meadows Adventures, a resort-operated company that offers snowmobile tours on groomed trails.
Cherry Peak is a pretty new ski resort in northern Utah that offers a great value for skiing. Both skiers and snowboarders are welcome at this family-friendly resort that is one of the most affordable places to get out in the snow. Here you’ll find 1265 vertical feet, two triple chair lifts, and snow tubing as well. There’s a big night skiing area here too.
Brian Head Resort
A lesser-known ski resort in Utah is Bryan Head, and this is located in southern Utah about 2 ½ hours from Las Vegas. This is a great place to come with your family, if you’re on a budget, or just want to have fun. There are two connected mountains here, Giant Steps and Navajo, that offer eight chair lifts and 71 runs. The base elevation is 9,600 feet, which is the highest in Utah, and there’s a pretty even mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs here. Cedar City is about 40-minute away and has some nice local restaurants and accommodations.
Located in Beaver, Utah, Eagle Point is a great place to escape to and reconnect with nature. Here you’ll find 40 runs, five lifts, and over 350 inches of snowfall per year. It’s a good place for beginners, intermediate skiers, and experts, and it’s considered to be one of the best-kept secrets in Utah snow sports. Kids under six years old can ski for free, and the ski-in/ski-out lodging starts about $79 per night. You can reach this resort in about three hours from Salt Lake City and enjoy virtually no lift wait times on the average weekend.
Snowbird is a favorite resort among Utah locals and among anyone who loves good powder. This isn’t an ideal place for beginners, but intermediate skiers will find plenty to do here and definitely improve their skills by the end of the day. Another couple great things about Snowbird are that the resort typically has long snow seasons and a very efficient lift system.
Sundance Mountain Resort
The Sundance Mountain Resort is centered on Mount Timpanogos and offers snowy fun for both beginners and experienced skiers. This is also home to the Sundance film festival, and the resort was founded in 1969 by Robert Redford. You can come to Sundance to listen to mountain music, for a spa and wellness retreat, and for elegant dining experiences as well.
This northern Utah ski resort was first opened in 1939 and is in the Bear River Mountains near Logan Canyon. The ski season here typically runs from mid-December through early April, and the resort offers day passes valid from 9am to 4pm and night passes from 5pm to 9pm. The skiable acreage at Beaver Mountain is 828, there are 48 runs, and two terrain parks. The resort has a good number of runs suited for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers.
If you’re looking to beat some of the crowds of Utah ski resorts, then consider heading over to Brighton. This resort is typically a little less crowded than some of the others on this list, and it’s also one of the oldest resorts in the United States. Brighton allows kids ages 10 and under to ski for free, and it’s just 35 minutes southeast of downtown Salt Lake City. Three are 66 runs and lots of off piste runs here too.
This resort has a really nice mix of terrain if you’re trying to work on your skills. Although there’s no base village, there is a lot of vertical on the ski lifts and some nice dining options on the mountain. You’ll find 106 trails here with about 10 percent of them for beginners, 60 percent for intermediate skiers, and 30 percent for advanced skiers. To get here, it’s about 45 minutes from Salt Lake City’s airport.