Ski Southern Utah: High Alpine Trails + Red Rock Wonder
Experience Southern Utah’s wonders in the relative solitude of winter
Explore the itinerary, then start planning your Southern Utah ski vacation.
Southern Utah is well known as a destination for scenic natural wonders contained within some of the most popular national parks in the United States and the spectacular landscapes and byways that surround them. It is also home to two high-elevation ski areas that contain generous helpings of what we call (with authority) The Greatest Snow on Earth®. With fewer park-bound RVs, Southern Utah can be a little quieter down here this time of year. Give yourself at least five days to combine the thrills of skiing and boarding with exploring the wintertime wonders to be found in Utah’s red rock country. (Read: "How To Visit Southern Utah in Winter")
Day One: Travel to Springdale, the scenic village located on the edge of Zion National Park, where you’ll outfit yourself in insulated waders for a wintertime scramble upriver in the famous Zion Narrows. This daylong outing will give you a unique and nearly solitary experience within the towering walls of Zion Canyon.
Day Two: Start with the bucket-list hike up to Angels Landing, which during the winter months is often still accessible (note that, beginning in 2022, the National Park Service will require a permit for this hike) or tackle Riverside Walk, Pa’rus Trail or Lower Emerald Pool Trail. Then, make the scenic drive to Brian Head Resort and ready yourself for the ski (or snowboarding) adventure in one of the most popular resorts and the closest for those arriving via Las Vegas. Watch the Red Rock, Rock 'n' Roll and Ribs video about Brian Head Resort.
Day Three: Click into your skis at Brian Head and enjoy the unique views of snowy slopes and red rock landscapes off in the distance. As an afternoon option, check in with the folks at Thunder Mountain Motorsports for a guided snowmobile tour through aspen groves and winter wonderland meadows to a lookout above Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Day Four: Enjoy a drive along a portion of the Utah All-American Road: Scenic Byway 12 and quickly see why it earned its distinction. Your destination is Bryce Canyon National Park, which, at up to 9,000 feet above sea level, becomes a winter playground among an incredible vista of snowcapped hoodoos. Gear up for a snowy hike down into Bryce Canyon or a cross-country ski excursion along the canyon’s rim.
Day Five: End your tour at Eagle Point Resort in the Tushar Mountain Range. This unique resort is known for the hidden stashes of powder that exist days after a storm and a low skier count that means it almost feels like you’re riding lifts in your own private ski area. Plus, no moguls. The friendly village is also the gateway to exploring the Tushars on snowshoes. Cap it all off with sunset in a hot tub on the patio of one of its luxe Canyonside Collection accommodations.