For many a skiing trip to Utah is a bucket list destination. One of Utah’s claims to fame is to having ‘the best snow on earth.’ With over ten world class ski resorts this state has plenty to offer the winter enthusiast. From finding cabins for rent in Utah to hitting the slopes or enjoying delicious dining there is something for everyone.
Salt Lake City is often many visitors point of entry city if arriving by air. The good news is that many ski resorts are located within an easy hour or so drive from the airport. This makes the option of easily arriving or departing to your ski resort area on all the same day feasible thus allowing you to maximize your precious vacation time. Or if you would prefer, plan to stay a night or two in Salt Lake City too and check out this modern city. The downtown area enjoys easy flowing traffic and plenty of room as it was originally designed to allow a full team of oxen to turn around in the downtown area.
As for the skiing, here are a few resorts to check out and get the ball rolling. Some visitors enjoy experiencing a few resorts while others prefer to pick one and fully take in the area. Given the close proximity for some of the ski resorts it is possible to enjoy a day trip to a neighboring slope and check out the differences. Here are some suggestions to get your started.
This resort area is no stranger to visitors. Park City has long made its name as an outstanding visitor destination. Catering to those who enjoy the finer aspects of life to those simply looking to hit some good runs, Park City beckons everyone. Within easy driving distance from Salt Lake City this mountain town is a great choice if you are short on time. A world class skiing destination, there are 336 runs ranging from beginner to advanced as well as an alpine coaster and zip line for those looking for a little variety. Elegant dining and full service shops are available to cater to all whims.
This alpine ski resort is 36 miles East of Salt Lake City. Known for having upscale amenities Deer Valley consistently ranks in the top ski resorts in America. It was the venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics and regularly hosts competitions for the International Ski Federation. Deer Valley has more grooming equipment than most of its competitors and limits access to reduce overcrowding. Free style skiers often refer to this resort as a free styling mecca.
Located 13 miles northeast of Provo famous actor Robert Redford acquired this property in 1968 and established a year round resort. It holds the renowned Sundance Film Festival in the summers which is the largest independent film festival in the United States. Beautiful and rustic, the resort is surrounded by 5000 acres of wilderness at the base of the 12, 000 foot Mt Timpangos. Near to both Park City and Salk Lake City, Sundance Resort offers skiing, snowboarding, night skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. If you are a bit shaky with your skills, PSIA/AASI certified instructors are there to help you learn. The Sundance Owl Bar features the original 1890’s Rosewood Bar that was frequented by Butch Cassidy’s Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. The Sundance Art Studio features classes in painting, pottery, jewelry making and photography. This resort is known for fostering a sense of community with the feeling of home and is a great choice if you are traveling as a group or family with diverse interests.
With something for all skill levels, this award winning resort has 3240 vertical feet of snowy slopes to enjoy. Snowbird boasts Utah’s longest ski season and averages 500 inches. Located up Little Cottonwood Canyon at a distance of about 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport this makes for an easy vacation destination. There’s plenty to do on this 2,500 acre wonderland. From backcountry skiing, heli skiing, snow cat skiing, snowmobile tours or snow shoeing birding tours there can be something for everyone. Many different types of restaurants are around catering to all levels of pocket books.
One of Utah’s newest ski resorts, Cherry Creek provides a family fun atmosphere at affordable prices. Located near Logan and Richmond this is another easy to reach ski resort. The resort boasts a 500 foot magic carpet for learning, five lanes for tubing, ice skating and night skiing. With two hundred skiable acres, this resort is able to offer great runs with a pleasantly small atmosphere. If you want to have a break from the huge resorts, this is a great choice.
Find a Staycation Spot
A slightly different alternative is also finding a great spot to rent for a staycation. There are some amazing places in Utah with that are located within a resort or just on the outskirts. You can pick and choose the days you want to hit the slopes based on weather. If you have members in your group that are not huge into skiing, the plus side is they will have an amazing accommodation spot to hang out in while you hit the slopes.
If you are into winter wonderland vacations Utah can be a dream. So many amazing resorts are all within easy distance of Salt Lake City making transportation a breeze. Grab that ski wax and start packing and planning. Some of the greatest snow on earth is calling your name.