Utah's 500 inches of dry powder is billed as "The Greatest Snow on Earth." Utah has many of the top ski resorts in North America, and you can be on the slopes of many of these resorts by noon if you arrive to Salt Lake City in the morning. The Park City resorts of Deer Valley, Park City, and The Canyons even offer a free lift ticket when you present your same-day boarding pass! The town of Park City itself is festive and friendly and is a great place to eat, drink, and hang out.
Deer Valley is a service-focused resort, providing the level of gourmet dining you would expect to find at a five-star hotel. It was ranked the #1 ski resort by Ski Magazine in 2007, and hosted several events during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Its new high-speed detachable quad chairlift, part of $9 million invested in improvements, provides access over 200 new skiable acres.
Park City Mountain Resort is consistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. skiers for its accessibility, terrain parks and family programs. Park City has vast expanses of wide-open terrain for acres of unfettered skiing. Along with being one of the largest ski resorts in Utah, it is also a favorite training ground for pro and Olympic skiers.
The Canyons is the largest ski and snowboard resort in Utah and one of the five largest in the U.S., with 3,700 acres of diverse terrain and 17 lifts. The all-new DreamCatcher lift, part of $10 million invested in improvements, just opened up an additional 200+ acres of ski terrain. This resort offers lots of unforgettable skiing for all ages and levels. Outside of Park City, Utah nightlife is not as easily accessible, but those focused primarily on great skiing have some tremendous alternatives.
Snowbird has nearly 3,000 vertical feet of steep bowls and tree-lined chutes and offers luxurious suites, spa services, and ski-in/out lodging. Budget lodgings in the Salt Lake City area can put you only 15 minutes from the mountain.
Alta, another top-notch resort, is accessible from Snowbird lifts and you can even buy combined lift tickets. Note that Alta does not allow snowboarders.