Skiing in Utah

Ski Utah for some of the best powder in the world
Snowbird: One of the Salt Lake City Ski Resorts
Utah Skiing at Alta
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Park City Powdercats
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Utah Ski Resort Powder Mountain
Deer Valley, Upscale Utah Ski Resort
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Utah Skiing - Solitude Resort

Skiing in Utah

Ski Utah

Ski Utah for some of the best powder in the world! The Utah ski resorts claim to have the “Greatest Snow on Earth”, and whilst Hokkaido skiing may give Utah a run for its money, the Utah snow is definitely phenomenal!

With characteristically light dry powder, and at least four resorts renowned for huge snowfalls with an average of 12.7 metres (500 inches) per season, Utah skiing is certainly up there as a superb powderhound destination.

The profile of Utah skiing has increased since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Many ski resorts in Utah are now considered world class as they continue to develop their infrastructure.

Where are the Utah Ski Resorts?

It’s easy to ski Utah because many of the Utah ski resorts are located very close to the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Many of the ski resorts in Utah are within close vicinity of each other so it’s possible to get a taste of multiple ski areas during your holiday. Here are the geographical groupings of the Utah ski resorts.

There are two resorts in the Park City area; Park City Mountain Resort (incorporating the Canyons) and Deer Valley (no snowboarding).

The Cottonwood Canyons receive more snowfall than the Eastern slope of the Wasatch range (the Park City area). In Little Cottonwood Canyon (the southeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley) are Alta (snowboard free) and the interconnected Snowbird, which has some very challenging terrain.

Big Cottonwood Canyon is also in the southeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley to the north of Little Cottonwood Canyon, and has Solitude Ski Resort and Brighton Ski Resort.

There are also ski resorts in the Ogden Valley including Powder Mountain and Snowbasin.

The Provo area features the Sundance Resort.

Furthest north in Utah is Beaver Mountain, and in southern Utah is Brian Head which is just a 3 hour drive from Las Vegas, and Eagle Point which is 3.5 hours from Las Vegas.

Click on the table below for distances and times between Salt Lake City, the SLC airport and between the Utah ski resorts. Also see the Utah ski resorts map in the top right hand corner of this page.
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Ski Resorts in Utah

The Utah ski resorts all vary significantly. Snowbird and the resorts around Park City have a high profile. Subsequently the crowds tend to flock to these ski resorts.

Conversely some resorts fly under the radar and have fewer visitors (e.g. Powder Mountain, Eagle Point). Some of these lower profile resorts also have undeveloped infrastructure, but with fewer people on the slopes the chances of skiing or boarding untracked powder is much greater. Another plus is that the lesser known ski resorts in Utah have much cheaper lift tickets. 

Which is the most ideal Utah ski resort for you? Check out the best Utah ski resorts page which includes awards for the powder skiing, off-piste terrain, steeps, family friendliness, value for money, and the nightlife.

Utah Snow and Weather Conditions

Utah is the dry state in many respects. It’s a misconception that it’s not possible to get a drink in Utah, but the desert air is so dry that you’ll need to apply Chapstick every 5 minutes. The snow is also incredibly dry and the famous Salt Lake Effect is partly attributable for this. The salt lake never freezes, and as storms blow over the lake, moisture is picked up and dropped on the mountain ranges in the form of super dry powder. The snow at Alta ski resort typically contains only 5-7% water, which is lovely in comparison to the Sierra Cement of the Lake Tahoe region that typically has snow with 10-15% water content.

Utah can receive all types of weather, but generally the temperatures are not too cold. White-outs are not a major problem, and all the resorts have lots of terrain below the tree line, so if there is inclement weather there’s always somewhere to hide.

Heli Skiing Utah

Any Utah skiing or snowboarding is outstanding due to the superb dry powder, but combined with the joy of heli skiing, heli skiing in Utah can provide absolute ecstasy. Whisper Ridge Heli Skiing is based in Eden (near Snowbasin and Powder Mountain), about an hour north of Salt Lake City.

Utah Cat Skiing

Snowcat skiing also provides easy access to the delicious Utah powder. Utah cat skiing companies where you can revel in amongst the abundant fresh tracks include Park City Powder Cats (sort of near Park City) and Whisper Ridge Cat Skiing.

Why Ski Utah?

It’s pretty obvious really - Utah is the powder skiing capital of USA!!

The profile of Utah skiing is much lower than that of the neighbouring Colorado ski resorts. Many attribute this to the stereotype that one cannot get a drink in Utah, and that the state is not quite “normal”. Of course this is far from the case, and the relatively low profile of Utah skiing is of benefit to powderhounds who don’t have to share the fresh powder with all the hordes.
Utah Ski & Snowboard Tours

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

USA Snow Road Trip
12 Nights | 9 Days Instruction
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Want to ride up to 8 of the USA's top ski resorts in one hit whilst hanging out with like minded people & improving your riding skills? This incredible snowboarding only tour is available to solo travelers & groups alike & visits resort in Colorado, Utah & California.
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Cat Skiing Tours

Park City Powdercats - Day Cat Skiing
Located near Park City Utah
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Any snowcat skiing is awesome, but cat skiing Utah is phenomenal. Park City Powdercats offer daily tours in the backcounry so you can snort as much Utah powder as you wish! Packages include 8 - 12 epic guided runs, lunch, snacks & use of avo beacon.
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