Skiing in Utah is second to none. Utah has some of the best ski and snowboard resorts in the world.
If you are looking for an amazing place to ski, you will find many world class ski areas in Utah. Skiing started here more as a necessity than a sport in the late 1800’s, when miners in the back country snowed in during the winter, determined that they could ski to get from one place to another. In the early 1900’s, skiing became a sport in Utah.
As skiing has become a phenomenon worldwide, Utah has become known for some of the best skiing. In the 1940’s, skiing became competitive in Utah, and in 1993, the Utah Winter sports Park began being built and was completed in 1995. This became the Utah Olympic Park and was the site of the Winter Olympics in 2002.
Some of the most visited and well known areas for skiing in the state are Brian Head Resort in Southern Utah . Brian Head, considered the premier alpine destination in the southwestern United States, is well known for its beauty and for its great skiing and snow boarding, as well as spectacular views. Brian Head has been honored as the “Top Family Getaway for Family Travelers” and is located about 3 hours north of Las Vegas near the town of Cedar City, Utah. It is Utah’s highest elevation resort, receiving over 400 inches of snow per year, and features runs and instruction for skiers of all levels and all ages. In addition to all this, Brian Head features a snow tubing park, which is like a giant frozen water slide. If all this is not enough, there is great snow mobiling and snow boarding. In the summer, visitors can explore the area on horseback, mountain bike, hiking and off roading. There is no lack of beauty or activities in Brian Head.
Park City and Sundance feature world renowned state of the art skiing amidst wonderful ski resorts in and around both towns and are synonymous for skiing Utah. Three world class resorts are the highlight of Park City. Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley and The Canyons are all known for incredible skiing, snowboarding and other snow and winter activities. Home of the Sundance Film Festival, Sundance offers similar activities as Park City and both towns have a variety of amenities for every taste and budget. The scenic byway to nearby Mirror Lake is spectacular, and the Olympic Park is just minutes away. To top it all off, there is an abundance of nightlife and concerts, including over 100 restaurants on or near Main Street in Park City, including one of the world’s top 10 restaurants, featuring gourmet Asian food. Of course, during the spring and summer, activities such as golf, hiking, biking , off roading and more are enjoyed by locals and visitors to the area.
Beaver Mountain located near Logan in northern Utah, hosts excellent skiing and is both exciting and affordable. Locals flock to Beaver Mountain, and it is considered one of Utah’s best kept secrets. It has been family owned and operated since 1939, making it the oldest ski resort in Utah. Popular for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, Beaver Mountain provides a variety of outdoor activities during the off season including fishing, hiking, horseback riding, boating and more.
Near Ogden in Northern Utah, there are several excellent ski areas including Snow Basin, Powder Mountain and Wolf Mountain. In addition to skiing, this area provides excellent and extensive snowmobile trails. Nearby Pineview Reservoir offers incredible sport fishing with aggressive tiger muskies, smallmouth bass, perch, bullhead catfish and trout. Since the reservoir is surrounded by mountains, the winds are gentle and minimal, helping keep the water calm – making Pineview perfect for water skiing and wake boarding. The sandy shores surrounding the reservoir are a great for relaxing and sunning. Other activities include horseback and hiking .
There are four more areas in Utah that are extremely worthy of being explored. First, Alta, located in 25 miles south of Salt Lake City, Alta is considered to have the purest snow in Utah. The incredible scenery and the amazing snow create a spectacular area for skiing. Another splendid area is Snowbird, which is also ranked as a top ski area in the U.S. by SKIING Magazine. Skiers of all ages and skills can enjoy the pure, light powder of Alta and Snowbird at an excellent value, by buying one pass that allows you to ski both areas. In addition, Brighton, located 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, is another top notch ski area for the entire family. Brighton offers some innovative values. It is the first ski resort in Utah to offer free skiing and snowboarding for kids age 6 and under, as well as ALL DAY SKIING for kids for $25.00 per day. This makes skiing Utah one of the best values in the world. Brighton was voted #1 for child/family terrain and a best value for the past 6 years. Last, but not least, Solitude is another special area for skiing in true solitude, boasting 1200 acres hidden away and uncrowded. A world class resort, Solitude includes an old-world style alpine resort, a low, unhurried pace and impeccable ski runs which are groomed to perfection early each morning. Solitude is a magical place to visit for skiing and for leisure time with family or friends.
From north to south, there are many choices for skiing Utah. All of the areas we have discussed are special in their own way, are easy to find and offer loads of activities and amenities. Explore the ski scene in Utah for one of the great ski adventures in the world.
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