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

More Information and Lift Tickets

 

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!