Salt Lake is where powder flows down the mountain sides into a valley overflowing with a city that comes alive with filmmakers, developers, and entrepreneurs, who know that the best days start with snow. There are more than creative professionals who make up our diverse city too, snow bros and bunnies come together with hippies, old school skiers, and outdoor enthusiasts to get the most out of winter every year at four world-class resorts.
1) Come for the Skiing. Stay for the Skiing.
Open since 1938, Alta is one of the oldest ski areas in the country, attracting skiers of all abilities to experience its incredible snow — averaging over 547 inches per season. Devoted skiers return year after year, generation upon generation. While known for its steep and challenging terrain, one of the area’s best kept secrets is the easily accessible beginner area in the Albion Basin. One of the only ski areas in the country that don’t allow snowboarding, Alta is a skiers-only mountain you need to ski to believe. Off the slopes, the lodging community creates a warm, family-friendly welcome with over a 70% return guest rate and large, communal spaces. Full skier breakfasts and dinners are included in the lodging packages. There are also private homes, chalets, and condos to choose from.
2) Chilled Out Snowboarding and Skiing
Brighton is arguably Salt Lake’s most laid-back ski resort. Unpretentious and friendly, its sprawling runs attract a young crowd, many of which are snowboarders. Brighton has the well-deserved distinction of being the resort where most Salt Lakers learn to ride and ski. Why? A combination of lower lift ticket prices, free skiing for kids ages 10 and under, an appealing mix of beginner and expert terrain, wide forgiving runs, and a mellow attitude. A couple more bonuses: Brighton hosts night skiing with more than 200 acres of lighted runs and shares a boundary with Solitude, so you can ski two resorts in one day.
3) Adventure. Architecture. Après.
Snowbird is a sprawling resort served by an impressive array of high-speed chairs and Utah’s only Aerial Tram. The terrain is a playground for those who like it fast, steep, and deep. The 125-capacity Tram drops you off atop Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet above sea level. Below a jaw-dropping panorama of high alpine wonder spreads out. To the left is Mineral Basin, a wide-open mix of blue runs and ultra-accessible black terrain. To the right, Gad Valley is topped with the iconic cirque that rolls out beneath the jagged peaks of the American Fork Twins. And finally, Peruvian Gulch descends, accessed by Peruvian Express and Mineral Basin via North America’s only ski tunnel, which doubles as a history museum of local mining artifacts along the 600-foot journey. After a day cutting through powder, you’ll have your choice of restaurants, lodging, and can even indulge at a spa at this modern, luxe resort.
4) Ski Day. Family Day. Every Day.
Solitude Mountain Resort is where serenity awaits. At 10,500 feet, fresh powder can linger untouched for days. Located in one of the snowiest canyons in the country and about 40 minutes from downtown Salt Lake, Solitude features pure, authentic, untarnished Utah snow. With over 1,200 acres, Solitude offers smooth groomers, deep powder glades, and steep lines. The blend of green, blue, and black trails is tantalizing to both beginners and experts alike. Looser and less crowded than other resorts, guests can recharge at charming lodges and refuel with delectable dining — all with the kids in tow
5) Ski City Super Pass
Check out all of these amazing resorts with a discounted ski lift ticket package. The Ski City Super Pass offers multi-day, customizable lift tickets for easy access to all four Utah resorts listed above. And you can pair it with participating Salt Lake hotels for an even better deal. Every Ski City Super Pass comes with free transportation to the resorts and discounts on equipment rental at participating rental partners.
If you are looking to save even more, check out special deals and discounts. Currently, if you book a stay at a partner hotel for 3 nights or more, you will get one day of skiing free. This deal must be booked by December 15, 2019.
Explore a different kind of ski vacation in Salt Lake where you can spend your days skiing and snowboarding and your nights out on the town. Take in a delicious meal, sip handcrafted cocktails, catch a pro basketball game or a Broadway play, or just wander the city.