The “Greatest Snow on Earth” is the affectionate nickname given by Utah residents, to describe their home state. Skiing is a way of life for many hardcore “snow people” in the Beehive State. They share remarkable stories of how the powdery snow is so dry and plentiful, ideal conditions for snow sports. Utah has the advantages of great unrestricted landscape, allowing for excellent sport style skiing and boarding.
Check out our top five Utah skiing destinations. Before heading off on your ski vacation, make sure you have all the proper equipment. To help you pick it out, here is a list of good ski/boarding helmets, and reviews on goggles.
- Deer Valley Resort
SKI Magazine has named Deer Valley resort in the top three ski resorts in North America numerous times. Located inside Park City, the family friendly resort covers 2,026 acres of diverse terrain. The resort has an average of 300 inches of snowfall per year, complimented by an extraordinary cutting-edge snowmaking machine. The thick powder remains assiduously groomed by the friendly Deer Valley Resort staff. Whether you prefer bowl skiing and glade skiing, Deer Valley has something for everyone.
- Park City
After you spend the day at Deer Valley Resort, head over to the Park City Mountain, also located in Park City, Utah. This historic mountain established its first ski lift in 1963. It has maintained the same family friendly atmosphere since the grand opening, in spite of the significant growth that occurred as it merged with one of its neighboring resorts, “Canyon’s Resort” in 2015. This large merger made it the largest ski resort in the United States. The more than 7,300 skiable acres offer a variety of slopes from beginner to expert level. This mega-resort contains over two dozen restaurants, nine hotels, and numerous family activities. Perhaps the coolest part of the whole resort is the ability to take a ski lift to and from downtown Park City, landing on Main street.
- Snowbird Ski Resort
If you love light powdery snow, Snowbird Ski Resort is the place for you! It has an annual snowfall of 560 inches per year, due to the lake effect. The dry and light powder piles up on the mountain tops filled with a variety of terrain for all levels. Most skiers classify it as being more of an ‘intermediate to advanced’ level terrain, but Snowbird has some trials specifically for beginner skiers.
For the advanced skiers, Snowbird offers a variety of entertainment through their challenging tree glades, steep bowls, chutes, and long groomed trails, with numerous trail surprises. Take a couple of days visiting Snowbird and then head on over to Alta Vista for an extended vacation.
- Alta Vista
Located just a mile away from Snowbird Ski Resort, Alta Ski area covers 2,200 acres of diverse leveled skiable terrain. Just as in the neighboring Snowbird Resort, Alta Vista gets an estimated 560 inches of snow per year. Opening its first lift in 1939, it is one of the oldest ski resorts in the country. Perhaps the most attractive quality about this resort, for the avid skier, is their strict policy forbidding snowboarding or any other winter recreational activities. They do not even allow mechanical vehicles on the mountains. It is truly a “Skier’s Mountain”. There are only two other resorts in the country that restrict their property to skiers.
Snowbasin resort offers something for everyone, though 60% of their trails are focused towards intermediate skiers. Advanced skiers enjoy 30% of their 106 trails, while beginners can choose among the remaining 10% of the trails. The resort clearly caters to the experienced skier, but has a variety of trails for beginners to venture down. This resort boasts the many benefits of the classic Utah powdery snow.
Their three terrain parks appeal to all skiers through their assortment of trails with snowy glades, wide bowls, and well-groomed paths. For an added fun activity, glide down the tubing hill on a rubber tube. There is no doubt that your family will create memories in this seasoned Utah gem.