Skiing Served Warm

Seek out Utah's best downhill and spring skiing vibes in April and May

As the morning sun rises, pristine groomers sparkle on the mountain side. An overnight storm stashed fresh powder in the bowls. At the base of the mountain, it's all smiles — some heartier folk are down to their base layer as they gear up, and that might be a t-shirt under a light jacket. Of course, cooler temperatures set in during the ride to 10 or 11 thousand feet, so keep those layers handy to manage your body temperature. In no time, you'll warm up to the spring skiing and nearby warmer weather adventures in Utah.

What makes spring skiing in Utah unique? In truth, it started late last year, as waves of The Greatest Snow on Earth® fell across Utah's 14 ski resorts. Thanks to unique geography, Utah typically finishes the season strong, especially at Park City's two resorts and the Ski City-area resorts of the Wasatch Front — Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird, some of the best spring skiing spots and the ski beaches of Park City and Deer Valley elevate the spirit of fun at these world-class resorts.

 

Gloves off and lunchin' outside at Sundance Ski Resort | Photo: Marc Piscotty
Gloves off and lunchin' outside at Sundance Ski Resort | Photo: Marc Piscotty

Thinking about skiing in Utah in April? Or May? Most Utah ski resorts close mid-April, though late season snow can extend the season on some mountains by a weekend or two. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort enjoys Utah's longest ski season, typically offering good conditions into mid-May. Many Utahns reflect fondly on years skiing on the 4th of July, taking the tram up Hidden Peak to the Little Cloud area of the resort for lingering stashes of Utah snow clinging to the mountainside at 11,000 feet. It's not so much about the "powder panic" and snowfall reports as it is cruising around on the groomers and hanging at the base where bands play on the plaza deck, ski beaches, tailgaters in the parking lots and the scenic alpine coaster starts up for the summer.

The warm sun and soft, slushy stuff of spring help tide skiers and riders over to the following season. What's more, many find soft spring snow easier to ski, though some recommend waxing up to glide through slushy patches on the mountain. If you're new to spring skiing, it might be worth stopping by a local shop or slope-side services for expert advice on the best experience.

Seasoned skiers are well aware of Utah's spring skiing and may have already planned a ski trip to Utah. First-timers to the warmer-weather conditions of Utah downhill can have confidence not only that some of the best spring skiing and riding awaits, but that the proximity of resorts to major metropolitans and national parks provide complete sprintime outdoor adventure opportunities.

Plan Your Trip

With this in mind, springtime visitors to Utah have a couple of excellent options:

1) Plan a trip specifically for the skiing — many resorts offer discounted lodging options in March and April.

2) Plan a spring trip to take advantage of perfect valley weather for lower elevation cycling, hiking and golfing, then rent equipment for a quick dash up the canyon for a ski day. The close proximity of Utah's ski resorts to the major cities of the Wasatch Front make this possible. Some people like to ski and golf on the same day.

For more information, see Ski Utah's round up of spring skiing in Utah or jump to their Definitive Guide to Spring Skiing in Utah.

When planning your spring ski and outdoor adventure vacation to Utah, please keep in mind the approximate closing dates of Utah's 14 ski resorts. Ten of these resorts are within an hour of Salt Lake City International Airport. Many of the resorts offer summer accommodations at lower prices, but check before booking.

In the meantime, spring skiing in Utah's mountains often means warm, clear days in the valley interspersed with welcome and refreshing spring rains.

How Bunny got her Gruv back.
Park City on a spring bluebird day. Photo: Scott Markewtiz
Park City on a spring bluebird day. Photo: Scott Markewtiz

Ski and Play Same Trip Outdoor Adventures

Spring Gruv and the Pond Skimming Contest

March 23 to April 7, 2019, Park City Mountain hosts the annual Spring Gruv Pond Skimming at Canyons Village. The 16-day festival includes games, giveaways and entertainment in the form of huge, free concerts in the village to accompany the main attraction by Red Pine Lodge: the famous Pond Skimming Contest, an exhilarating and often comical attempt by contestants to cross a 100-foot pond on skis or a snowboard. To participate, contestants must be 10 years of age or older and must dress in costume (the funkier the better) The pond and the excitement happen at mid-mountain just outside

Ski and Golf Same Day

In some ways, Park City Resort is the biggest tease for golfers as the Gene Bates and Casey Bates-designed Canyons Golf Course begins to thaw in anticipation of its spring opening. If you can't wait, the quality lower elevation courses in the Salt Lake Valley — less than 30 minutes away — are likely already open for the season. Similarly, the Old Mill Golf Course offers golf-to-slope access in under 20 minutes thanks to its ideal location near the mouths of Little and Big Cottonwood canyons, home to the Salt Lake City area's four mountain resorts. Read the full story for more information.

Ski ... and Ski Same Day

The shimmering reservoirs of Utah's idyllic Heber Valley welcome water sports enthusiasts in the spring, which means skiers without concern for surface type can enjoy the best water and snow action with only minutes of separation in-between. The Jordanelle Express Gondola at Deer Valley carries skiers up to the diverse terrain of Little Baldy Peak while offering enticing views back into the Heber Valley and nearby Jordanelle State Park reservoir.

Zip Line Time

There are so many ways to get down a mountain. Skiing and riding are our preferred method during the winter. We love Utah's singletrack and wildflower hikes during the summer. There's just something about zip lining, however, that keeps us coming back for more. From the high elevations of the Park City area down one of Utah's most scenic and adventurous canyons — Provo Canyon — you can experience no fewer than four zip lines, each unique in scenery and adventure.

Extreme Zipline
At the Utah Olympic Park in Park City Utah, experience what it's like to be an Olympian flying off the nordic ski jumps on their Extreme zipline.

Deer Creek State Park Zip Line
The Provo River and Deer Creek Reservoir are known for world-class fly-fishing and great water sports. Now, visitors can enjoy 3,600-foot zipline flights over the open water, one of the longest zip lines over water in the country.

Adventure Zipline Utah
The tree-top canopy zip line of tour of Adventure Zipline Utah offers scenic view over Provo Canyon and Utah's iconic Mount Timpanogos. The sprawling ranch also offers stand up paddleboarding, horseback riding and off-road adventures for those who like to stay active.

Sundance ZipTour
Speaking of getting down the mountain, the Sundance ZipTour gets you down 2,100 feet through four spans. At almost 2 miles long, it's the nation's 3rd-longest zip line.

Red, White and Blue

Utah's southernmost resort, Brian Head, offers bird's-eye views into nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument. There are few sites like snow-dusted red rock hoodoos on a bluebird day in Southern Utah. The allure of these vistas is strong. Luckily, some of the best national park adventures of Southern Utah are nearby. It's about an hour and a half to either Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon National Park.

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