Salt Lake City isn't your regular ski town. It's the only Ski City. With big city amenities galore and 10 different resorts within an hour of Salt Lake City International Airport, a trip to Ski City can satiate any skier's or snowboarder's bucket list. In fact, Salt Lake City offers up the best of both worlds: readers' choice skiing and riding by day and high culture after the sun goes down. Revel in the metropolitan lifestyle, taking in world-class downtown performances, art, culture, and nightlife, and then gear up come morning for a day of big mountain skiing right in the city's backyard. It's also only 30 minutes from Park City. Start your Ski City exploration here:

Unique Ski City Experiences: Top Utah Slope & City Vacations

 

Brighton is a great resort with deep gladed runs, awesome parks, and a laidback atmosphere. It’s also really close to my home in Salt Lake, so I can come ride in the afternoons after class. —Brolin Mawejje2018 Ugandan Olympic hopeful / Utah local
Local Pick
Brighton Resort and a College Degree
Being located right up Big Cottonwood Canyon has its perks. A short drive from Salt Lake — just 30 miles from downtown — and you’ll be tearing up Brighton’s chutes, sidecountry and renowned parks. And 100 percent of the terrain can be accessed by the high-speed quad (Image courtesy Logan Davidson).
#snowbeards #Shredthegnar #ridesolitude @wu_ton
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Cultured Solitude
Another Big Cottonwood Canyon gem that lives up to the promise of its name, Solitude offers easy access to anyone staying along the Wasatch Front. There are rarely any lift lines, giving you more time to shred the glades of Black Forest or the advanced terrain of Honeycomb Basin. Alternatively, stick to the intermediate slopes and the groomers to save some energy for dinner and the symphony downtown. Is that a James Bond tuxedo under your snow suit?
Sunrise Tram at #snowbird. Good luck to @josh_brahn in the comp today. #mountains #sunrise #pardeeon @braunic
Local Pick
Snowbird
Take a ride up Little Cottonwood Canyon, and you’ll not only be blown away by its dramatic beauty, but also by just how close Snowbird is from downtown Salt Lake City. Just 35 minutes from SLC, you can stand hip-to-hip with locals on the iconic tram, and feel the collective energy of a powder day. Minutes later, you’ll be knee-deep on one of Utah’s most renowned mountains.
Awesome #bluebird day ... in #parkcity #skiing @domsdadd
Local Pick
30 Minutes to 7,300 Acres
Take a quick jaunt up Parley’s Canyon and you’ll have 7,300 acres to choose from. Being located on the outer edge of Park City means that at Park City Mountain on the Canyons Village side you can go from your downtown SLC hotel to the top of the Orange Bubble Express in less than an hour. To review: America's largest resort meets the Best Town in America and there's no need to prepare a road trip playlist.
Flash back Friday to snowboarding with my best friend/brother! Can't wait to be on the mountain again! #snowbasin #snowboarding @jenessaknight
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A Whole Other Utah: Snowbasin
This may be getting ridiculous. Beyond Ski City's four resorts and Park City's 10,000+ acres, the Ogden area also sports three additional resorts and another 10,000 acres of terrain (with more coming online soon). Hop in the car from downtown Salt Lake City and head north to Snowbasin — located just outside of Ogden, a growing city in its own right. After less than an hour's drive, you can be tucking into the deep powder off the Strawberry Gondola and tucking into the giant pulled pork sandwiches at Snowbasin’s plush lodges. It's like a whole other Utah.

 

Downtown Dining Short List: Stylish Downtown Ski City Restaurants

Local Pick
Eva
Blink and you might miss it. Eva is a warm and welcoming little hole-in-the-wall located in the heart of downtown SLC. Serving Mediterranean-inspired small plates and cocktails, Eva is beloved by locals of all ages, for the friendly vibe and great food. For a wonderful and casual French-style breakfast or lunch in downtown SLC, visit Eva's Bakery two block up the street.
Eva is always fun and lively. My friends and I like to order a bunch of small plates (the Oink, Oink, Oink rules!) and just share. It’s the perfect place to hit up and refuel after a day on the mountain. —Brolin Mawejje2018 Ugandan Olympic hopeful / Utah local
Local Pick
Pago
This friendly farm-to-table eatery helps anchor Salt Lake’s hip 9th and 9th district. With fare like lamb gnocchi and BBQ beets, it’s easy to see why. Be sure to make a reservation for this small space that blends reclaimed old-world materials, clean-lined design and inventive local food.
I've been here more than any other restaurant since I moved to SLC a year ago. The food and service are consistently great! Dinners are interesting, and thoughtfully prepared with a solid wine list to boot. —Shacey P, San Jose, CA (Yelp review)
Local Pick
The Rest at Bodega
If you’re a fan of nostalgia, you’ll quickly fall in love with this speakeasy-inspired lounge. From the brown file folder menus and old time record player, to the lip-smacking food, you’ll happily think you’ve traveled back in time. Of course, the artfully tattooed waitstaff will bring you right back to the present.
A hipster place where I finally feel like I am in New York, scratch that in Williamsburg. They have the best food and drinks! —Natalya R, Salt Lake City, UT (Yelp Review)
Local Pick
Rye Diner & Drinks
Rye is like Salt Lake’s cool-kids lunch table. Located next to Urban Lounge — one of Salt Lake’s prized music venues — choose one of the diner's inventive and sophisticated cocktails or glass of local beer while enjoying global comfort food, like delectable street dumplings and Shoyu fried chicken.
This place is awesome. #ryeslc has an amazing #blackbeanburger and the best #fries I've ever eaten. @megorene
Local Pick
Este Pizzeria
Step into Este and you’ll think you just stepped off the A Train in Brooklyn. This casual joint serves up New York style pizza by the pie or slice, and includes vegan and gluten-free options. The garlic knots are a must with any order.
I'm Italian, from NY, and have craved NY pizza since I moved 15 years ago. ESTE is the ONLY place that I've found that does it right. Hands down the best pizza I've had recently, and gives the top NY pizza a run for its money. —Seth B, Larchmont, NY (Yelp review)

 

 

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