Utah's Easy Access
Getting to Utah
Skiing and snowboarding in Utah is not just fun — it’s also easy. A quick cup of coffee and a morning flight to Salt Lake City gets you on the slopes by afternoon. Once you've landed, most of Utah’s 14 spectacular resorts are … well, right here. An abundance of ski resorts near Salt Lake City means you can be high up in the mountains in a matter of minutes. Stay anywhere along the vibrant Wasatch Front and you'll find a winter paradise in your own backyard. Talk about easy access.
Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest and United and their affiliates serve over 80 cities with nonstop flights to Salt Lake City International Airport. Utah's location at the Crossroads of the West means you have more time to enjoy world-class snow and all the winter sports you love in one place.
Granted, it is an early flight from the northeast, but it's easy to get up for The Greatest Snow on Earth®. Besides, you've gotten up early to indulge before. We've seen the lines for cronuts. Getting to Utah is just too easy not to satisfy your craving for that dream vacation.
You don’t even have to fly to get here. Try a scenic train ride to feed your need for adventure. Amtrak's California Zephyr passes through downtown Salt Lake City between San Francisco and Chicago. Furthermore, after you step off the platform, phone for a taxi or schedule an Uber or Lyft request and up the canyons you go. Don’t expect same-day ski service by rail, but do expect to meet interesting people, see picturesque scenery and enjoy the pleasurable anticipation of a wintry mountain escape.
Welcome to Utah
You’ve landed. You’ve collected your baggage. Welcome. You'll be pleased to learn that the longest part of your journey is over. Ten of Utah's 14 winter resorts are easily accessed in under an hour with thousands of acres of open, skiable trails. On a clear day, all four of the ski resorts near Salt Lake City (Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird and Alta) and both of Park City's resorts (Park City and Deer Valley) are within 45 minutes. Even Ogden-area resorts (Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Nordic Valley) are just an hour away on average, as is Robert Redford's scenic Sundance Resort in Provo Canyon.
The advantage of Utah's unparalleled access means less driving and more time for skiing and riding. The only real challenge is deciding if you want to stay in a slopeside lodge or a hotel in the city: maybe you want the nightlife of the Salt Lake City, Ogden or Provo metros, or maybe you want to sleep in an extra 30 minutes in the morning? Learn more about Where to Stay in Utah.
Whether you focus on one world-class resort or build an itinerary out of several, Finding Your Greatest in Utah is never precluded by travel time — unless it’s all about the journey for you. In that case, set your sights on Utah's four scenic destination resorts (Cherry Peak and Beaver Mountain in Northern Utah or Eagle Point and Brian Head in Southern Utah).
Finally, when it’s time to head back home, you won’t have a grueling return trip. Utah’s renowned resorts are so close to the airport, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump.
Extending the Exploration
For residents and frequent visitors to Utah, here a few tips on how to enjoy multiple resorts at discounted prices. Ski City offers the Super Pass. It grants access to your choice of one of the four local resorts (Alta, Brighton, Snowbird or Solitude) per day, with the exception of Brighton and Solitude, which can be enjoyed on the same day. In addition to great prices, the pass also offers up to 40 percent off rentals, free transportation for you and your skis to and from the resort on public UTA ski buses and TRAX light rail, and direct lift access — no need to hit the ticket window. Similarly, look for the prized passes which access both Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort.
Of course, if you're really ready to commit to a long-term relationship with Utah's snow, head on over to Ski Utah and take advantage of the remarkable opportunity to enjoy an all-access pass to Utah's resorts.
Closest Resorts to Salt Lake City International Airport
If you’re looking for the quickest trip to the ski resorts near Salt Lake City, Ski City's resorts in Big Cottonwood Canyon (Solitude and Brighton) and Little Cottonwood Canyon (Snowbird and Alta) and Park City's two resorts (Park City and Deer Valley) are 30–45 minutes from the airport while the three Ogden-area resorts (Powder Mountain, Snowbasin and Nordic Valley) and Robert Redford's Sundance Mountain Resort are about an hour away.
View some of the ski resorts nearest to Salt Lake City below and check the snow reports to plan an unforgettable winter getaway!