Destinations

Utah Ski Resorts

The Greatest Snow on Earth!

There are 15 ski resorts throughout the state, each with something unique to offer. Utah makes for undeniably lush, deep powder skiing and boarding. The state license plate makes the bold promise, “The Greatest Snow on Earth” and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games hosted in Salt Lake City and over 5 million skiers who flock to Utah slopes yearly would not disagree.

Seasons

Utah gets an average of over 500 inches of snow and experiences nearly 20 fresh “powder days” (12 inches of fresh snow in 24 hours) in a given ski season. The ski/snowboard season in Utah is about the middle of November until the end of April depending on snowfall and the resort. The months that are typically the snowiest are January and February.

These resorts see action all year long. Summers attract hikers, mountain bikers, wildlife enthusiasts, and those just looking to enjoy wildflowers and the limitless nature opportunities. Other summer events include yoga in the mountains, concerts, festivals, markets, horseback riding, ziplining, outdoor movies, and so much more.
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Access

Something that is really special about Utah is how close many of the ski resorts are to Salt Lake City. Utah offers world-class, affordable skiing with extremely easy access. There are many resorts and vacation rentals that offer ski in/ski out for effortless slope access.

Transportation

Depending on where you plan to ski, there is likely a bus or shuttle that services that resort. Park City Utah has a free public bus system to get visitors around the cozy ski town with ease. The Salt Lake Valley offers many bus routes that service ski areas and the resorts themselves have shuttle services to help visitors get convenient access to the slopes.

Fun facts

  • Utah is home to Alta and Deer Valley, two of the three skier only resorts (meaning no snowboarders allowed).
  • Brighton Ski Resort was the first in Utah and was started in 1936 when a ride only cost 25 cents.
  • Hamburger Hill at Alta Ski Resort got its name from the aroma of burger from a nearby grill that wafted past skiers on the slope.
  • Many of Utah’s most famous resorts were once mining locations.
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