Utah is a snowy and mountainous oasis for anyone interested in skiing the best America offers. Residents and visitors to the beehive state are spoiled for choice when planning ski trips. With a cluster of world-class gems within an hour of Salt Lake City, curating the exact skiing experience you desire is convenient and easy. However, the rest of the state offers other gems sprinkled throughout our scenic and pristine landscape that also deserve heavy patronage.
Best Ski Resorts in Utah
The need for speed overtakes us every year as soon as Best Snow on Earth starts to fall. We’re happy to share our favorite ski resorts, and we’ve sorted them into categories so that you can customize your desired experience. It’s important to note, however, that most of our top ski resorts are incredibly versatile. This means you can likely get an excellent challenge and fun for the kids in the same spot, but our ranking highlights the strengths and expertise that make each spot shine.
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1. Best Ski Towns in Utah: Solitude
The name says it all. This quiet little town provides everything it promises and fantastic service. The resort offers everything you expect from a premier resort: shopping, family entertainment, and diverse dining options. Solitude also connects to Brighton Ski Resort, so snowboarders in your party can experience the best snowboarding available in this world-renowned snow. Depending on when you travel, Solitude is often a more reasonably priced option compared to others on this list.
2. Biggest Ski Resort in Utah: Park City
This is Utah’s biggest and baddest ski resort. In fact, Park City is the biggest ski resort in the country. Its sheer size allows it to offer amenities and programs to appeal to skiers and non-skiers alike. The resort atmosphere and kid-friendly programs offer something for everyone. Nightlife in the nearby city is boosted by the fact that Deer Valley is also nearby.
3. Best Ski Resort for Beginners: Alta
Call me Al! This fantastic resort’s name is pronounced like the man’s first name (AL-ta). Alta is beginner friendly in addition to offering some challenges for veterans. Alta is a ski-only area. If you’re planning to stick to beginner slopes, you can access a reduced-price pass for specific days and times. Alta and Snowbird are also connected, which provides some variety and options for a group with diverse skills.
4. Best Ski Mountain in Utah: Powder Mountain
Powder Mountain is not part of the popular Epic or Ikon passes, so it provides private and uncrowded ski experiences. Enjoy ski-in and out lodging and quiet, peaceful evenings. This ski area offers off-piste options evenly distributed among beginner to advanced options for an intimate experience with the mountain.
5. Best Skiing for Families in Utah: Snowbird
This resort provides awesome skiing options for kids and a range of kids' programs and lessons. They also offer on-site daycare to ensure that everyone has a great time. Easy options are available, but Snowbird is famous for its expert offerings. Snowbird also connects with Alta via the Sugarloaf pass to offer fresh options for skiers.
6. Best Luxury Ski Hotel in Utah: Deer Valley
Deer Valley is, hands-down, the most luxurious, upscale ski resort in Utah. It is a ski-only resort with excellent dining, deluxe accommodations, and ski-in and out options. Deer Valley is priced like the high-end option it is, with many options to spend up for an even more opulent experience. Deer Valley offers an impressive range of options for skiers of all levels and is a renowned ski school.
7. Best Ski Resorts for the Off-Season: Snowbasin
Take advantage of the infrastructure built for the 2022 Olympics and enjoy the day lodges at Snowbasin. Snowbasin provides one of the longest ski seasons in the area and boasts an impressive snow-production infrastructure. There are ample choices for experienced skiers and snowboarders but relatively fewer easy options.
8. Best Utah Resort for Backcountry Skiing: Brighton
Brighton connects to Solitude for a well-rounded experience for everyone on your trip. Brighton is well known for the off-piste opportunities accessed at the top of the mountain and illuminates its slopes and pipes for a fantastic night-skiing experience. Brighton is an excellent destination for families, as kids under ten ski free.
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