Utah Ski Resorts

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Alta in Utah truly does have some of the best snow on the planet | Photo: Alta Resort
Alta in Utah truly does have some of the best snow on the planet | Photo: Alta Resort
Beautiful Alta Ski Resort lit up at night | Photo: Alta Resort
Beautiful Alta Ski Resort lit up at night | Photo: Alta Resort
Deer Valley is one of the most manicured resorts on the planet | Photo: Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley is one of the most manicured resorts on the planet | Photo: Deer Valley Resort
The Deer Valley groomers are second to none| Photo: Deer Valley Resort
The Deer Valley groomers are second to none| Photo: Deer Valley Resort
Park City Mountain in Utah is a massive ski area | Photo: Park City Mountain
Park City Mountain in Utah is a massive ski area | Photo: Park City Mountain
Park City Powder Cats operates near Park City and has some impressive terrain
Park City Powder Cats operates near Park City and has some impressive terrain
The town of Park City is one of the best ski towns in the USA
The town of Park City is one of the best ski towns in the USA
In our opinion, Solitude has some of the best terrain & snow in Utah | Photo: Solitude Mountain
In our opinion, Solitude has some of the best terrain & snow in Utah | Photo: Solitude Mountain
Solitude has a quaint village at the base of the ski area | Photo: Solitude Mountain
Solitude has a quaint village at the base of the ski area | Photo: Solitude Mountain
Snowbasin is a glitzy mountain about 45 mins north of SLC | Photo: Snowbasin Resort
Snowbasin is a glitzy mountain about 45 mins north of SLC | Photo: Snowbasin Resort
Snowbasin has some nice steep terrain | Photo: Snowbasin Resort
Snowbasin has some nice steep terrain | Photo: Snowbasin Resort
Snowbird gets huge amounts of dry Utah powder | Photo: Snowbird Resort
Snowbird gets huge amounts of dry Utah powder | Photo: Snowbird Resort
The terrain at Snowbird is huge and diverse | Photo: Snowbird Resort
The terrain at Snowbird is huge and diverse | Photo: Snowbird Resort
Powder Mountain north of SLC is a powder mecca | Photo: Powder Mountain Resort
Powder Mountain north of SLC is a powder mecca | Photo: Powder Mountain Resort
Powder Mountain is a place where you can still get freshies all day | Photo: Powder Mountain Resort
Powder Mountain is a place where you can still get freshies all day | Photo: Powder Mountain Resort
Diamond Peak Heli Skiing is located near Powder Mountain north of SLC
Diamond Peak Heli Skiing is located near Powder Mountain north of SLC
Club Rec Utah runs snowmobile tours north of SLC
Club Rec Utah runs snowmobile tours north of SLC
The Arches National Park is a must see and is about 3.5 hours drive SW of SLC
The Arches National Park is a must see and is about 3.5 hours drive SW of SLC
Sundance Resort in Utah also has fabulous terrain & snow | Photo: Sundance Resort
Sundance Resort in Utah also has fabulous terrain & snow | Photo: Sundance Resort
Brian Head in Utah is about 3.5 hours drive south of SLC and has super-dry high-elevation desert powder
Brian Head in Utah is about 3.5 hours drive south of SLC and has super-dry high-elevation desert powder

Utah Ski Resorts

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 UT 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 500 inches (12.7 metres) per season, Utah skiing and snowboarding is certainly up there for powder hounds.

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

Where is the Utah Skiing?

It’s easy to ski Utah because many of the Utah resorts are located very close to the Salt Lake City International Airport, and many are within close vicinity of each other so it’s possible to get a taste of multiple areas during your vacation. Here are the geographical groupings of the Utah ski areas.

There are two resorts in the Park City area; Park City Mountain Resort 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, which 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 is Beaver Mountain, whilst southern Utah ski resorts are Brian Head which is just a 3 hour drive from Las Vegas, and Eagle Point which is 3.5 hours from Las Vegas.

See the map of Utah ski resorts icon at the top of this page.

Ski Resorts Utah

The Utah ski resorts all vary significantly. Snowbird and the Park City resorts 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 relatively 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 skiing and snowboarding for you? Check out the Utah ski resort ratings and the best Utah ski resorts awards for the powder skiing, off-piste terrain, steeps, family friendliness, value for money, and the nightlife.

Snow in Utah

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 Utah 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 commonly 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.

Cat Skiing Utah

Snowcat skiing also provides easy access to the delicious Utah powder. Utah cat skiing where you can revel in amongst the abundant fresh tracks includes Park City Powder Cats (sort of near Park City).

Why Ski Utah?

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

The profile of Utah skiing and snowboarding is somewhat lower than that of the 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 powder hounds who don’t have to share the fresh powder with all the hordes.
Utah Ski & Snowboard Tours

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Powder Hunt Trips
HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD POWDER CHASER
6 Nights | 5 Ski Days | 1-3 Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
So if you are looking to only ski or ride powder in North America this season, this tour could be your ticket to powder happiness! Lock in a date for your tour & Ski Ride Tours will choose the best destination just before your arrival based on the best possible snow conditions.
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Utah Powder Tour
GUIDED SAFARI (+ optional coaching) for SKIERS
12 Days | 11 Nights | 9 Skiing | 5 Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Whether you're a solo traveler or a small group, join DreamSki on this epic powder adventure & see why Utah is famous for its deep dry powder. This tour is for SKIERS ONLY & visits Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Snow Basin & Powder Mountain & includes daily guiding (& coaching if you want) with qualified guides/instructors.
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USA Snow Road Trip
SNOWBOARD PROGRESSION TOUR
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
PARK CITY POWDERCATS
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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