Utah is home to some of the world’s top ski resorts. Many of these resorts have ski runs that are suitable for all levels of skiers and feature other activities for additional fun. These five ski resorts are among the best in Utah.
Located less than 60 miles from Salt Lake City near Eden, Powder Mountain has the distinction of being the nation’s largest ski resort. The resort gets its name from all the powdery snow that falls on the mountain each year and provides the perfect ski conditions. The resort boasts more than 8,400 acres of skiable terrain with 167 ski runs, which provides plenty of space for skiers to enjoy themselves without being overcrowded. Skiers can ride any of the triple and quad chairlifts to reach the top of their runs. Hungry skiers can stop by the Timberline Cafeteria or Hidden Lake Cantina to try some delicious food.
Park City Mountain Resort
Known for hosting the annual Sundance Film Festival, Park City also features a premier resort that often attracts world-class and recreational skiers alike. Park City Mountain Resort includes approximately 7,300 acres of ski areas, making it the second largest resort in the U.S. Skiers can choose from beginner, intermediate and expert ski runs. The resort’s superpipe, mini pipe, and natural half-pipes are perfect for snowboarding. Guided snowshoeing tours are offered as well. The resort also features the Alpine Coaster ride that’s suitable for adults and children. Fine dining can be enjoyed at the Legends Bar & Grill located in the Park City Mountain Village.
Deer Valley Resort
Also located in the Park City area, this resort is famous for its 3,000-foot vertical drop and 2,000 acres of terrain that’s suitable for skiing. Several ski events were held here during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Many members of the upscale crowd are known to ski here, but people from all walks of life are always welcome to take part in the fun. Grooming equipment is used to make sure that conditions on each ski run are perfect at all times. Deer Valley also has eating places like the Snow Park Restaurant and Deer Valley Grocery Café that serve hot meals on cold days.
The name says it all. This premier destination for skiing is suitable for the most advanced skiers and also offers lessons for beginners. The highest elevation of the mountain extends to 9,350 feet, and skiers have more than 3,000 skiable acres to enjoy at their leisure. Skiers can ride up the high-speed gondolas to reach the tops of their runs in almost no time. Snowbasin also features roughly 16 miles of Nordic trails that are ideal for cross-country skiing. Earl’s Lodge, an award-winning restaurant, serves delicious meals and can also be rented for weddings, Christmas parties that include Christmas decor and other special events.
Alta Ski Area
Nestled in the Wasatch Mountains in the quaint town of Alta, the Alta Ski Area provides wintertime fun for the whole family. Six lift chairs, three of which are equipped with high-speed quads, can save skiers the trouble of having to walk up the mountain to reach their runs. Five surface tows are also available for skiers who want to experience the joy of riding upward on the snow in their skis. Anyone who doesn’t have their own equipment can find plenty of high-quality rentals at the Alta Ski Shop. Alta lodge features an on-site restaurant that serves satisfying meals throughout the day.
Utah is full of great ski resorts, and they are all ideal for anyone who wants to strap on a pair of skis and go on an adventure. These resorts, combined with Utah’s dry climate, have helped give Utah its reputation for excellent skiing, and is known for “the best snow on Earth.”