Updated: Jan 12
I love to ski and snowboard and it all started at Snowbird, Utah. I was 10, my dad took me down a double black diamond (and while traumatizing at first), I've been riding the Utah mountains ever since. Utah has a license plate claim to fame: "Greatest Snow on Earth" that's like gliding down whipped cream. It's one of life's greatest experiences and Utah has the best to offer.
Utah has 10 world class ski resorts, and they’re all within driving distance. Most ok the ski resorts are an hour from SLC International Airport with the exception of Brainhead (which is highly recommend - red rocks and white snow). As a Rider/Resident of Salt Lake, here's my guide to the Best Ski Resorts in Utah!
Solitude looks like it’s in the Swiss Alps. It‘s Tudor style architecture exudes all the charm of Beauty and the Beast. It’s the quintessential mountain resort. It’s the first up Big Cottonwood Canyon and next to Brighton.
Brianhead is real cool! The drive to get here alone is a scenic byway. It’s a windy canyon with white snow and red rocks. There’s even galactic green moss growing off the red rocks.
Brainhead is a midi resort and the best part about it is being able to park 20 ft from the box office and ski lift. There’s a medium and a small terrain park with kickers, lips, and rails. There’s large fire pits outside, a cafeteria downstairs and a saloon with entertainment upstairs.
There’s lodging, tubing and snowmobile rentals. There’s a lot to do as an individual or as a family. If you’re traveling up the canyon, stay a night, a weekend, or invest in real estate!
Brighton has big tricks and big dicks. It’s the resort with the hottest stoner boys who live the motto: IDGAF. The runs are humble. I never had the balls to hit the park like some of these people, but I loved to watch. I could watch all day! Nothing is more fun than watching skiers and snowboarders go big @ Brighton.
Ogden surprises me. Especially, Snow Basin.
Snow Basin is a world class resort with the luxury Stein Erickson Lodge skiing, pampering, and fine dining.
Park City Mountain Resort
Park City is Utah's ski town.
A village on its own with public transportation to the mountain, and a chair lift right in the heart of Main St.
It’s the cream of the crop. The best of the best. It‘s MAJOR. Big resort. Big runs. Big rails. All the millionaires and cool kids have a pass to PCMR.
Sundance in Jan - Feb.
I grew up riding Snowbird and it still excites me. It’s massive, has over 30 runs, and reaches 11,000 ft high. The freshest powder and incredible views are in Mineral Basin. My favorite runs are Baby Thunder, Baldy Express, and Tiny Tiger. There's a secret cave with a bong inside, and a delicious restaurant Mid-Mountain.
You can ski, lodge, dine, and swim at Snowbird. The pool is incredible, and has a deep view of Little Cottonwood Canyon. I love Snowbird. It’s the best Ski Resort in Utah.
If you're looking for a one-stop shop for all skiing/snowboarding Utah information is SkiUtah.com. Here you'll find information to plan a trip, all the different passes available, and the snow report in fresh inches.
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Where’s your favorite place to ski or snowboard? What's your favorite run and why?
Grab your skis and come ride the Greatest Snow on Earth!
@ValDouroux for VisitUtah.com