Picking The Best Utah Ski Resort For Your Winter Vacation
Where to go? The real question is, “What kind of experience do you want?” Utah is more than skiing, even in winter. Each of its 15 resorts has a vibe as distinct as its terrain so guests can tailor their experience and enjoy More Mountain Time. Get a local’s insight on where to go.
If you’re reading this article, then you’re wondering, “What’s beyond Park City?” The eponymous resort and its next-door neighbor, Deer Valley, are Utah’s best-known and most-lauded attracting thousands of skiers annually. This quaint mountain town is growing fast. A third resort, Woodward Park City, opened in the winter of 2019 and has quickly become a local favorite. This world-class facility offers kid and adult training and camps centered around action sports, with a special focus on ski and snowboarding activities. In addition to terrain parks, half pipes and ski runs, the resort includes lighted and lift-serviced tubing.
For world-class slopes without the crowds, Salt Lake locals make the short drive 45 minutes north to the bucolic Ogden Valley. Only in a state where there are so many great resorts could this place — with towns literally called Eden and Paradise — be hidden in plain sight. Home to the ritzy Snowbasin, venue for the 2002 Olympic alpine skiing events, family-friendly Nordic Valley, if-Austin-was-a-ski-resort Powder Mountain and the backcountry hideaway Whisper Ridge, Ogden Valley offers some of the country’s best skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing and just about anything else you can think of in the most laid-back atmosphere. This is a great choice for families and powder hounds looking for a place to connect with one another and disconnect from everything else. There are fewer restaurants than its urban or trendy cousins, and the best nightlife is viewing the cosmos at North Fork State Park, an IDA-accredited International Dark Sky Park, but Utah’s oldest bar, The Shooting Star Saloon, and one of the state’s premium distilleries, New World, are nearby allowing folks from all over to swap tales of who had the best run of the day.