3. Ride in an orange ball of warmth.
At Park City from the Canyons Village side, you can feel super pampered while riding up in the first-ever heated bubble chairlift in North America. The seat oozes out enough warmth to keep you toasty — then, on windier days, you can pull down the orange plexiglass windshield to keep your delicate face from the temperatures and wind.
This feature isn't solely for the sake of comfort though. Once you’re fully encased in your bubble, you’re extra aerodynamic — which means the Orange Bubble Express can run at a higher speed than most open-air chairs, thawing you out and getting you back on the powder faster.
4. Experience the Greatest Snow on Earth®
Yup. It’s true. Snow so light and fluffy that you can clear the sidewalk with a leaf blower. And yet. And yet, on the mountain, especially in the Cottonwood Canyons of Salt Lake City, something really special happens when layers of this perfect snow accumulate. It's called "flotation." Read more here, but trust us — this isn’t your average snow: It is what you'll find yourself wanting more and more of.
5. Check out one of the highest resort towns in America.
Spanning two peaks and about 650 acres of terrain, it might sound small compared to Utah's northern ski resorts, but with a 9,600′ base elevation, Brian Head is far above sea level and then some. And even with a peak elevation of 11,307′, it’s still one of Utah’s super-secret powder stashes.
This place has everything you want out of a Utah resort and absolutely nothing you don’t. The same dry Utah pow and friendly faces, paired with a mellow ski town and comfortable resort lodging.
6. Relax at a swanky celebrity-owned resort.
You know the one we're talking about: Sundance Mountain Resort. The only place you've ever heard of where you can ski black diamonds in the morning, then spend the afternoon learning about glassblowing and taking a jewelry-making class, followed by movies in the onsite screening rooms.
You’ll find no glitz or flash here, but loving attention to detail and the highest quality services and amenities. Walk to Sundance Resort’s slopes, spa, eponymous retail shop or the excellent fine dining restaurant, The Tree Room. The entire property is a bit like your favorite L.L.Bean catalog: inexplicably rustic, sophisticated and comfortable all at the same time. Its meticulously curated perfection might throw you off just a little bit, but don’t fight it. Hunker down into the leather of an oversized armchair with a cup of tea and a book from Robert Redford’s private library, and whisper silent thank-yous for this piece of movie-star luxury in Utah.
7. Feel unworthy of sitting in a ski lodge chair.
Yes, there are amazingly long and fast groomers (including the actual Men’s and Women’s Olympics Downhill courses), a truly world-class gondola system that allows you to ski and ride nearly 3,000′ of uninterrupted top-to-bottom vertical, and the thrill of earning some turns down No Name. These are the reasons people come to Snowbasin Resort, but they aren’t the only things you’ll walk away from smiling.
Snowbasin's lodges are nearly an art form. We aren’t talking about little warming hut shanties that serve up canned chili. Walk into any of Snowbasin’s three lodges and you’ll immediately feel like an excited fourth grader sitting down at the adults’ table for the very first time, eyeing the chandeliers and sharing a meal paired with ski stories from the day.
It’ll be the first time you’ve ever worried about ruining a lodge’s English Wilton carpets clomping around in your soaking-wet ski boots. And the one part that makes this all completely unique? You’ll reluctantly climb out of your comfy, upholstered, is-this-real-leather? chair with actual money left in your wallet. Even with all the wardrobes and sconces and marble and brass, that slow-smoked grass-fed brisket (with all the trimmings!) only cost 15 dollars.