For many people, winter is not only long Christmas holidays, but also an opportunity to enjoy skiing or snowboarding. In general, there are more than 300 ski resorts in the USA and many of them work all year round, but the greatest ones are situated in Utah. Snowy Utah is an ideal place for lovers of winter sports. The fans of skiing and snowboarding can choose one of the 14 ski resorts presented in Utah, many of which are situated near Salt Lake City. Most resorts feature excellent conditions for skiers of all levels. Here are 5 best ski resorts of Utah…
Deer Valley Resort
According to SKI Magazine, in 2014 Deer Valley was recognized as the best resort in terms of service, entertainment, guest catering and snow track maintenance. Five years in a row Deer Valley was awarded the title of the most respectable resort of the United States. There were several competitions within the framework of the Winter Olympic Games-2002, and in 2003 and in 2011 the resort hosted the Ski Freestyle World Championship. 101 routes of the resort are intended only for skiers. Elite hotels, fine restaurants, high-quality ski slopes and the highest level of service – all this is Deer Valley Resort. In addition, Deer Valley ski school is considered to be one of the best schools in the world.
Address: 2250 Deer Valley Dr S, Park City
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-4.15pm
Alta Ski Area
Alta Ski Area is located to the southeast of Salt Lake City. Since opening in 1939, it has become one of the most popular places for skiers. Alta is known for its great snow and amazing slopes, as well as a warm attitude to small skiers. In contrast to Deer Valley, it’s located on the steep slopes. The resort is designed only for skiing – snowboarding is prohibited there. Situated on the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon just 25 miles away from Salt Lake City, Alta Ski resort combines traditional and modern facilities, and also offers a good skiing school. Most of the lifts are old, but everything pays off with a great dry snow of Utah.
Address: 10230 UT-210, Alta
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 9.15am-4.30pm
Park City Mountain Resort
Probably, it will be hard to find anywhere such a successful combination of a real mountain skiing and great relaxing opportunities, as in Park City. But this is not the only reason why it’s nice winter destination for the whole family. You need only 35 minutes to get to the slopes from the airport in Salt Lake City.
Park City Mountain Resort has turned into the largest ski resort in the US after the merger with Canyon Resort in 2015. On the area of about 7,300 acres, there are 8 mountain peaks, 300 trails, 38 ski lifts and seven snow parks for snowboarders and skiers of various levels of training. In 2002 Park City hosted Winter Olympic Games, and today it’s the training base for the US ski team.
You can stay at any hotel of the Park City, offering more than a hundred stylish restaurants and atmospheric nightclubs.
Address: 1345 Lowell Ave, Park City
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-4.30pm
Located at the very top of Big Cottonwood canyon, Brighton Ski Resort is situated just in 30 minutes’ drive from Salt Lake City.
The height of the starting point of the major lifts of the resort is 2670 meters above the sea level. The lifts of the resort can lift you up to the height of 3203 meters. As a result, the height difference on Brighton Resort is 533 meters.
The total area of the ski tracks is 4 square kilometers. The resort is characterized by exceptional snow conditions: each year more than thirteen meters of snow falls in the resort area.
Generally, 66 ski slopes await skiers and snowboarders from the beginning of December till the end of April. 21% of them are good for beginners, 40% are simple slopes, and 39% are complex routes for advanced skiers. With the length of 8.9 km, Brighton Olympic is the longest ski slope of the resort.
Address: 8302 S Brighton Loop Rd, Brighton
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-4pm
Solitude Mountain Resort
Solitude Mountain Resort is located 27 miles eastward of Salt Lake City. This resort is family-oriented, and features many quiet ski slopes for beginners. In addition, there are no queues to the ski lift.
The resort provides 64 ski tracks for skiers and snowboarders: 20% of them are suitable for beginners, 50% are simple in terms of the level of complexity, and 30% are for those who are confident in skiing. The most extended ski route of Solitude Mountain Resort is 4.8 km in length.
The difference of heights on the resort is 625 meters. Solitude Mountain features exceptional climatic conditions, positively affecting the height of the snow cover.
Address: 12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Solitude
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-4pm
Ski resorts of Utah are a unique experience both for advanced skiers and the beginners. They offer various ski slopes and a multiple choice of winter entertainments. One of the advantages of these resorts is their proximity to the airport. So, it’s very convenient if you can rent a car at Salt Lake City Airport and reach any ski resort you like just in 30-40 minutes.