You're here to ski. You've come to the right place. Aside from having The Greatest Snow on Earth®, what sets Utah apart from other skiing locations is the easy access. Of Utah's 15 resorts, 10 are within an hour of the Salt Lake City International Airport.
With the Greatest Snow on Earth®, you can’t go wrong with visiting any of the Salt Lake area’s world-class resorts. Skiing at Snowbird, Alta, Brighton and other resorts along Utah’s metropolitan corridor will feature high elevations, evergreen forests, state-of-the-art resorts and lodges, and a culture saturated with dedicated powderhounds.
For skiers looking to avoid the crowds, find a more affordable lift ticket, and enjoy small-town charm, the northern resorts are tough to beat. Visit Cherry Peak or Beaver Mountain for a family-friendly (and budget-friendly) ski vacation. You can extend the fun by staying in the nearby ski basecamp towns of Logan or Garden City.
Southern Utah’s ski resorts feature miles of fresh powder among unique red rock scenery. The small crowds, year-round warm weather and family-friendly slopes make Brian Head and Eagle Point excellent ski trip destinations. After skiing or riding, stay at the basecamp towns of Brian Head or Cedar City to enjoy more gorgeous red rock scenery.
Even if you’ve got a few seasons of experience, we can all afford to brush up on our fundamentals. Every resort offers skiing lessons for all ages. Private adult ski lessons are an excellent way to acclimate to Utah’s terrain. Plus, if you feel confident in your ability level, signing the kids up for ski school is a perfect way for the entire family to get some mountain time at their own pace.
If you hate pristine, untouched powder and unforgettable adventures, backcountry skiing might not be for you. Utah’s resorts only occupy a fraction of the state’s skiable terrain. Each year, thousands of early risers seek out first tracks on the miles and miles of rideable acreage that lie outside of Utah’s resorts. Backcountry skiing is an excellent way to escape the crowds, but make sure you have the necessary safety gear and know the day’s avalanche forecast.
Utah’s opening and closing dates for ski season vary, but you can expect availability from late fall through late spring. Be sure to check the local weather before heading up the canyon to avoid road or resort closures. Expect chilly winds, fresh snowfall and occasional sub-zero temperatures from November through January. For warm weather skiing, plan your ski trip for the closing months of the season or consider visiting one of Southern Utah’s resorts. Many Utah resorts are known to run through the 4th of July.
Is a full day of skiing simply not enough? Night skiing is offered after-hours at most ski resorts in Utah. Get great deals on lift tickets, avoid the crowds and see your favorite resorts in a new light. Make sure to check for weather updates and resort updates before you go.
Brighton - 3 lifts, 1 main terrain park and 200 skiable acres are open for night skiing.
Brian Head - 1 lift runs until 9 PM on Friday & Saturdays for Southern Utah skiers.
Nordic Valley - Great ticket and rental deals offered for night skiers throughout the week.
In 2002, when Utah was the host of the Winter Olympics, many ski and snowboard resorts put in world class terrain parks and features for athletes to train and compete on. If park riding is your idea of a perfect day on the slopes (and why shouldn’t it be?), these are the resorts for you.
Brighton - 4 terrain parks are regularly redesigned all winter long, and are great for all ability levels.
Park City - 5 terrain parks, and 2 half pipes. Excellent terrain for everybody, whether it’s your first park lap or you’re a seasoned pro.
Powder Mountain - Home to Utah’s only public boardercross course, along with a handful of terrain parks and a halfpipe.
Ski Southern Utah: High Alpine Trails + Red Rock Wonder
Southern Utah is home to two high-elevation ski areas that contain generous helpings of what we call (with authority) The Greatest Snow on Earth®. Things can be a little quieter down here this time of year. Give yourself at least five days to combine the thrills of Southern Utah skiing and boarding with exploring the wintertime wonders to be found in Utah’s red rock country.