Q. Where should I stay?
Utah offers you your choice of a big city ski vacation or a mountain escape to Park City and beyond. Even better, it offers you the chance to try out both ski experiences in one trip. There are 10 resorts less than one hour from Salt Lake City aka “Ski City” (now that’s easy access), as well as boutique and family-oriented resorts of Northern Utah and Southern Utah. Use our budget and luxury Salt Lake City guides, or our Ogden and Park City quick guides to get you started.
Q. What should I know about Utah’s liquor laws?
Do you meet the legal drinking age? Do you have legal ID? Then you won’t have a problem getting a drink in Utah just like any other state. You may get asked to show your ID no matter your age, so be prepared. While the state has wrestled with unusual drinking laws in the past, these days things are pretty simple. For complete information, visit the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s website and FAQs, but here are a few notes:
- It is important to notice that places licensed as “Bars” are strictly 21-and-over establishments and you are not required to order food. Places licensed as “Restaurants” require patrons to order food with consumption of alcohol.
- Packaged liquor, wine and beer over 5% must be purchased from a Utah state liquor store or a package agency. This isn’t a problem since Utah offers 44 state stores (including three specialty wine stores) and 111 smaller package agencies. These can also be purchased at bars, but are not available at grocery or convenience stories. Find a nearby store or package agency
- Public consumption is typically restricted, and drinking and driving don’t mix. Utah's DUI limit is 0.05%. Drivers and passengers are not allowed to have open containers in the vehicle.
Now that we've settled that, check out our 11 Après-Ski Spots From Slopeside to Downtown Salt Lake (Ski City) or if you're interested in digging a little deeper, read our Utah Spirits Tour about four Beehive State distilleries on the rise.
Q. Should I try out ski lessons?
Lessons are great for first-timers and skiers and snowboarders looking to refine their skills. You’ll see people ranging from age 2–60+ learning the ropes with talented ski instructors at Utah’s resorts. Lessons can be private or customizable, and some ski schools have adaptive lessons for people of all abilities and their families. View the complete list of ski schools.
January, known as Learn to Ski & Snowboard month, is a particularly great month to try out lessons and many resorts over great discounts. Learn more.
Still not convinced? Even if you’ve been skiing or riding every season since you were a kid in ski school, there are benefits to hiring an instructor or joining a group when you’re visiting a mountain or region that’s new to you. Learn how to Up Your Game for Utah’s Downhill or find out why locals recommend ski school.
Q. Which resort is right for me?
A lot of decisions play a role in picking out the right resort for your vacation. A good starting point is to decide on your ideal base camp. Do you want to get to know historic and lively Ogden? Or the quaint-meets-luxurious Park City? Does the allure of Salt Lake City being not a ski town, but a ski city capture your imagination? Or does the rustic charm of Robert Redford’s Provo-area resort appeal?
If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, resorts in Northern Utah (Cherry Peak and Beaver Mountain) or Southern Utah (Eagle Point or Brian Head) are unique and memorable.
And, of course, if you’re looking to snowboard, cross Alta Ski Area and Deer Valley Resort off your list, as they are ski-only resorts. To help you decide, read the overviews of each of our 15 resorts, or search our inspiration archives for top luxury ski opportunities, adventure-packed experiences, family-friendly activities and backcountry offerings.