Ski Resorts In Utah—The Ultimate Guide Part 2

 

canstockphoto513220It’s no surprise that “The Greatest Snow on Earth” is home to a number of world-class ski resorts. We’re giving you an insider’s look at Utah’s major resorts to help you decide which slopes you need to thi this season.

Last time we shared the first six resorts we recommend, and now we’re delivering the rest.

Before you load up the car and head to the mountains, consult our insider’s guide (parts one and two!) to Utah’s many amazing ski resorts.

 

Park City Mountain

Park City, Utah

Best for local nightlife

This mega-resort boasts 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, which is the most lift-served acreage in the country. And after you’ve spent a day exploring the Greatest Snow on Earth, there’s no where better to unwind than on Park City’s Historic Main Street. The former mining town is home to 64 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, and you can find gourmet dining, casual eats, and live local music all just minutes from the slopes.

What the Locals Say

This giant resort shows 3.5 stars on Yelp and enjoys plenty of love from Park City locals. Because Park City attracts so many celebs each year, locals like to share insider secrets. To hit the slopes like a local (even if you’re not), be sure you: buy lift tickets online to save, make reservations for dinner if you want to score a table at a local hotspot, and use the town’s extensive public transportation system to get around.

Little-known Facts

  • In 2015, Park City Mountain joined with Canyons Resort to make it one of the largest resorts in the country (#1 is next on our list)
  • Park City Mountain offers 8 terrain parks, 14 bowls, 1 superpipe, 1 mini-pipe, and 6 natural half pipes.

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Powder Mountain

Eden, Utah

Best for uncommon skiing experiences

Located just outside Ogden, Powder Mountain is the largest lift-served resort in North America, with a grand total of 8,464 skiable acres. And this resort makes the most of those acres, offering far more than the usual groomed runs. Adventurers can try in-bounds sno-cat skiing or explore the resort’s 1,200 acres of  “Powder Country,” where skiers get a taste of backcountry powder without leaving the boundaries of the resort.

What the Locals Say

The resort is affectionately called “Pow Mow” by the locals, and here’s what Salt Lake City skier Nicole F. has to say.

Pow Mow is the best resort I’ve been to so far. It’s a little far from where I live, but every run I’ve been on is perfectly suited for my snowboarding level. It has the greatest off-trail runs I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing, and everyone I’ve met there is so nice! Now if only they could move the entire mountain closer to the valley.”

Little-known Facts

  • Claims to be the first resort in the state ot welcome snowboarders, starting in the 1984-85 season
  • One of the only resorts in the nation to offer in-bounds sno-cat skiing
  • This year Powder Mountain Is limiting lift ticket sales to 1,500 per day to make sure the slopes don’t get too crowded

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Snowbasin Resort

Huntsville, Utah

Best for slopeside eats

Even though this northern Utah resort is often overshadowed by flashier ski hills in the canyons, Snowbasin is worth a second look. You can enjoy 3,000 acres of terrain as well as a 3,000 vertical drop. Snowbasin sees an average of 300 inches of snow every year, and has been recognized by SKI Magazine for its outstanding dining options. Locally-sourced food is front-and-center at the resort’s five slopeside eateries.

What the Locals Say

Reviewers give Snowbasin 4.5 stars on Yelp. They can’t stop gushing about the beauty of this mountain gem. Another consistent point of praise is the friendly staff.

Employees are great,” Patricia E. from Brigham City, says/ “Haven’t met a single grumpy employee in the two seasons we’ve been here & skied…They say thank you for joining us and thank you for coming when we leave. Lift personnel are friendly, helpful, and polite—even if  you ‘bust it’ getting on the lift.”

Little-known Facts

  • Host to the Downhill, Super G, and Combined races during the 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Repeatedly recognized in the top three for dining offerings by SKI Magazine
  • Children under 7 ski for free

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Snowbird

Snowbird, Utah

Best for serious skiers and snowboarders

It starts as you wind your way up Little Cottonwood Canyon, and by the time you board the Aerial Tram to Hidden Peak, you’re completely transported to a spectacular winter wonderland. Snowbird boasts 2,500 skiable acres and a whopping 169 runs. With around 500 inches of the white stuff every season, and 73% of its terrain classified as intermediate and expert, Snowbird is one of Utah’s must-see resorts for serious snow sport lovers.

What the Locals Say

Snowbird captured a 4-star Yelp rating. Howie O. from Salt Lake City cements the resort’s rep as a spot for serious skiers.

Love this place but it is not for the weak. Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of places for beginners to roam, but you can also find black diamonds from top to bottom. Good tree skiing and if you are brave you can find plenty of steeps that most resorts would never let you into.”  

Little-known Facts

  • Snowbird is home to Wasatch Adaptive Sports, a program that focuses on providing recreational programs for people with adaptive needs
  • Oktoberfest keeps the resort hopping during the summer, featuring local brews and activities like the Alpine Slide, Mountain Coaster, and authentic polkas.

 

Solitude Mountain Resort

Solitude, Utah

Best for a laid-back day on the slopes

Hidden away somewhat in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Solitude lives up to its name. Skiers love the shorter lines and less-crowded slopes. With 77 runs on 1,200 groomed acres there’s plenty of room to enjoy the powder and take in the spectacular mountain views.

What the Locals Say

Solitude enjoys a 4-star rating on Yelp, and regulars to the mountain, like Benjamin R. who visits from New Jersey, have a lot to say about why they love it.

I’ve come to Solitude three to five times in my life and it has always been a great experience. I brought my girlfriend with me this time because of the bounty of both intermediate, groomed terrain (for both of us to enjoy) and the steeps and more wild terrain (for me). It worked out just as I planned! The day before, at Park City, we got on the mountain at 10:30 and skied two runs by 12:15 due to lift lines. At Solitude, if there was a lift line it was two minutes long.”

Little-known Facts

  • Solitude’s Nordic Center provides nearly 20 kilometers of Nordic skiing trails, plus 10 kilometers dedicated to snowshoe trails
  • One of the first resorts in the country to adopt an RFID lift ticket system
  • The resort was founded by uranium tycoon Robert M. Barrett, from Moab

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Sundance Mountain Resort

Sundance, Utah

Best for a ski vacation getaway

Not to be confused with the film festival that shares its name, Sundance is a rustic, mountain hideaway that provides everything you need for an unforgettable ski adventure. After hitting some of the resort’s 5,000+ acres on the slopes of Mount Timpanogos, you can retire to your room, enjoy world-class dining, or take advantage of the full-service spa.

What the Locals Say

Yelp give Sundance 4.5 stars, and locals find its outstanding offerings worth the cost of admission.

My wife and I just finished our 3 day 2 night staycation at the rustic and beautiful Sundance Mountain Resort. When I booked this weekend getaway, I was a little taken back at how pricey it was.  However, after actually spending our weekend here, the prices seem very fair,” Andre H. from Provo shared. “Our room was cozy, clean, and very comfortable.  It has a cabin theme, and a real fireplace!! We love how close Sundance is to Utah county. The resort is not as big and touristy as Park City, but it makes for a much more quaint and personal experience. We will definitely be coming back again soon.”

Little-known Facts

  • Founded in 1969 by Robert Redford
  • Alpine skiing started in the Sundance area in 1944
  • Sundance uses wind to power its lifts—preventing around 1,160 tons of climate-warming dioxide from entering the atmosphere

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Which Utah resort is your favorite? Tell us all about it in the comments, below.

 

Ski Resorts In Utah—The Ultimate Guide

canstockphoto16835301Living in Utah comes with many perks, and “The Greatest Snow on Earth” is probably the most well-known. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth year hitting the Utah slopes, we want to help you make it the most memorable. Before you load up the car and head to the mountains, consult our insider’s guide to Utah’s many amazing ski resorts.

Because so many great resorts call Utah home, we had to split the list into two posts. Take a look at the first six (presented alphabetically) below, and watch for the final round in an upcoming post.

 

Alta Ski Area

Alta, Utah

Best for a pure skiing experience

This skiers-only resort at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon covers more than 2,200 acres and boasts a 2,020-foot vertical. Alta averages more than 500 inches of snow each year for skiers of every skill level. But, if you want to hit the slopes with snowboard, Ata isn’t the place. Only skiers are allowed on Alta’s pristine runs.

What the Locals Say

Alta has 4.5 stars on Yelp, and locals like Granda M. can’t get enough.

“Alta is a great hidden gem for all ages…and has a positive atmosphere with a large terrain for beginners. If you have children, or even for adults, try this majestic, spacious resort with breathtaking views. You won’t be disappointed.”

Little-known Facts

  • Alta opened its first run in 1938
  • In 1939, $1.50 would get you a full-day lift ticket
  • Alta was deemed the best snow in North America by Zrankings

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Beaver Mountain

Garden City, Utah

Best for avoiding the crowds

Hidden away in the gorgeous mountains of northern Utah, Beaver Mountain offers a skiers paradise to enthusiasts who want to enjoy the snow and skip the crowds. It’s also one of the state’s most affordable resorts. Beaver Mountain offers more than 30 runs and 400 inches of annual snowfall.

What the Locals Say

Affectionately called, “The Beav,” this Logan Canyon ski area boasts 4 stars on Yelp.

Logan local Haley N. says, “ ‘Ski the Beav’ if you are looking for a great and affordable ski resort.”

“The Beav doesn’t have the terrain or speedy lifts of its neighbors to the south, but it makes up for it with stashes of local charm and value,” Whitney M. posted,

Little-known Facts

  • Family-owned since 1939, it might be the longest family-owned ski area in the nation
  • Beaver Mountain was off the grid until 1986
  • Beaver Mountain’s ski patrol is 100% volunteers

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Brian Head Ski Resort

Brian Head, Utah

Best for families

With 650 acres and more than 70 runs, this southern Utah resort is considered the most family-friendly, affordable ski experience in the Beehive state. Located in Dixie National Forest, and surrounded by Utah’s beautiful red rocks, Brian Head also offers two tube parks, so you can enjoy the snow even if you’re not a skier.

What the Locals Say

Reviewers from nearby Salt Lake City, Vegas, and California give Brian Head 4 stars on Yelp, and shared what they love most.

“The resort has so many trails for all levels of snowboarders and skiers from beginner to expert. I also love how empty it is compared to Big Bear and Mammoth…Reasonable lift ticket prices, no crowds, and soft snow are keys to a perfect snow day for me”

Cathy N.

Little-known Facts

  • Has the highest base elevation in the state—9,600 feet
  • Brian Head operates a snow sport teaching facility for all ages and a state-licensed day care for little ones not ready to hit the slopes

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Brighton

Brighton, Utah

Best for beginners

Known as the place “where Utah learns to ski and ride,” this family-friendly resort offers classes for all ages and abilities. Brighton’s nationally renowned ski and snowboard school offers multi-week camps, group lessons, daily workshops, and private lesson. Situated atop Big Cottonwood Canyon, Brighton offers 1,050 skiable acres and regular night skiing until 9:00 p.m. Another big bonus is that kids under 10 ski for free with a paying adult.

What the Locals Say

Brighton has been voted number one for “Child/Family-Friendly Terrain” and “Best Value” more than six years in a row. Some of the reasons locals love Brighton so much include the friendly staff, night skiing options, and excellent ski and snowboard instructors.

Little-known Facts

  • Brighton was the first ski resort in Utah
  • During the holidays you might run into Santa on the slopes

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Deer Valley Resort

Park City, Utah

Best for world-class service

Since opening in 1981, Deer Valley has transformed the Utah skiing experience. It offers a 3,000-foot vertical drop and over 2,000 skiable acres. Deer Valley also provides first-class amenities and treatment in its award-winning lodges, spas, and restaurants—and don’t forget about the ski valets. The great combination of luxury and spectacular terrain led the readers of SKI Magazine to vote Deer Valley 2018’s number one ski resort in western North America.

What the Locals Say

Deer Valley scored 4.5 stars and Yelp, and has locals buzzing.

Deer Valley simply deserves 5-stars. I have been skiing the resort for close to 15 years and love it every time I’m there,” Ryan K. says. “The different mountains give you plenty of places to try out and they all have a unique feel to them. Some of my favorite ski runs include: Last Chance, Roamer, Ontario Bowl, Reward, and Perseverance Bowl just to name a few.”

Little-known Facts

  • At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Deer Valley hosted the freestyle mogul, plus both aerial and alpine slalom events
  • With 50 ski instructors on hand, it’s one of the biggest ski schools in the country
  • Deer Valley’s ski valets were some of the first in the industry—and thanks to them you no longer have to schlep your gear from the car to the runs

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Nordic Valley

Eden, Utah

Best for the budget

This might not be the flashiest or most well known Utah resort, but it’s one of our best-kept skiing secrets—especially if you want to hit the slopes without breaking the bank. This resort regularly offers $20 lift tickets and has one of the best family pass deals in the state. With just two lifts and 18 runs, Nordic Valley makes the most of its 500 skiable acres.

What the Locals Say

Nordic Valley scores 3.5 stars on Yelp, and is noted for its outstanding service and night skiing.

Where Nordic Valley lacks in size and short season they make up for it in customer service, family-friendly atmosphere, and a really good ski school. This is the perfect place for a family with young children and beginner-intermediate skiers,” says D.K. from Ogden.

Little-known Facts

  • Nordic Valley is celebrating its 50th anniversary season this year
  • Offers the largest night skiing terrain, with 100% of the resort lighted and open for business

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Which Utah resort is your favorite? Tell us all about it in the comments, below. And don’t forget to learn more about the rest of Utah’s premier resorts in Part Two, coming soon!