Park City Area
Jordanelle | Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley is famous for their impeccable grooming (no joke — I hear they have their own corduroy pattern) and first-class service. Sit back, relax, and enjoy. Jordanelle is less adrenaline and more like meditation with flow. Cruise the ridgeline, breathe deep as you take in the view, and try to keep your eyes on the snow as you pass mid-mountain mansions with gold statues out front.
McConkey’s | Park City Mountain
Park City might not seem steep from its base, but as you ride the Bonanza chairlift and approach mid-mountain, the steep peak and glorious glades of the double black-diamond McConkey’s reveals itself. With a high-speed 6-pack that delivers you to the top, this makes for a sick powder lap bowl. Once the bowl is tracked, a ridgeline of perfect pitch glades flanks to skier’s right and adds hours of fresh snow. When your legs have had enough, continue the cruise and take Quittin’ Time to the front door of High West Distillery (Read: The Hills Are Alive with the Scent of Whiskey) for a saloon finish to your day.
Bishop’s Bowl | Sundance Mountain Resort
With a famous name and high-class amenities, it’s amazing how comfortable and laid back Sundance feels. Take Arrowhead Lift to Bishop’s Bowl and bask in the 360-degree glory that the Wasatch Mountains and the iconic Mt. Timpanogos provide. Then float down the wide-open terrain like you’re in Alaska. Rumor has it this is Robert Redford's favorite run, watch the video.
Giant Steps | Brian Head Resort
With a base elevation of 9,600 feet, this southern Utah resort gets a surprising snowfall of about 400” a year. Giant Steps is the name of a mountain, the main chairlift, and the most direct run from top to bottom at Brian Head. Wide open and free, it skis like a rolling glacier that gently delivers you to the front door of your slope-side condo.
Vertigo | Eagle Point Resort
Utah’s centrally-located boutique resort also has some of the steepest runs in the state. (It's 3.5 hours from either Salt Lake City or Las Vegas). Though smallish by Utah standards at 600 skiable acres, Eagle Point doesn’t skimp on good times and fresh lines. Vertigo is one of a series of steep tree-weaving north-facing slopes off the Lookout Lift. Feel the rush and the snow flying in your face. At a place like this, you get fresh tracks all day.
Beaver’s Powder | Beaver Mountain Resort
From the top of Harry’s Dream Lift (great name in my book), turn right and follow the gentle fall line into wide-spaced pine trees and an open bowl of bliss. Weave some tighter, steeper trees toward the end of the bowl, find the pow stashes, and then cruise down the gully on Teddy’s Frolic to the chairlift for another round.
Summit Lift | Cherry Peak Resort
"First tracks" takes on added meaning when a new chairlift is installed at America's newest ski resort. The new triple Summit Chair carries skiers and riders to 7,050 to access a couple hundred new acres of skiing in Cherry Creek Canyon. Oh, and like Nordic Valley, pretty much the whole place lights up at night to extend your skiing hours.
This story originally appeared on Matador Network.