Greatest Snow on Earth

family out skiingUtah is beautiful. And fun. Eleven of Utah’s legendary ski resorts are less than an hour’s drive from downtown Salt Lake City. With 14 resorts in all, Utah is the place where countless magazine covers have been captured. And it’s not just the scenery. With such an amazing abundance of resorts—and with the resorts so close, skiers and snowboarders have limitless mountain recreation options only minutes from anywhere in the valley.

The world knows Utah’s resorts because of the exposure generated by the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Amazingly, Utah’s slopes have gotten even better since then. The state’s resorts have expanded and upgraded facilities that were already among the world’s best.

These world-class resorts are clustered in several areas: four are located in the canyons on the east side of the Salt Lake Valley—just minutes from Salt Lake International Air Port; three are in the Park City area; and another three are located in the scenic Ogden Valley.

Resorts are sprinkled amid the towering mountains that run north to south through Utah, from Beaver Mountain on the north to Brian Head on the south.

Just east of Salt Lake City, Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons, and Deer Valley resorts are all nestled within a fifteen-minute radius of Park City’s bustling historic district—which houses more than100 bars and restaurants. Incredibly, all three Park City resorts rank in the top 10 overall out of all North American resorts By SKI magazine.

Just south of these titanic resorts at the base of Mount Timpanogos—which is great for skiing in the winter and perfect for teaching the kids about the difference between stalactites and stalagmites in the summer—is the secluded Sundance Resort.

40 minutes or less by car from downtown Salt Lake City are Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons—home to Brighton, Solitude, Alta, and Snowbird resorts. Though just minutes from town, these resorts’ towering peaks feel light-years away from civilization.

Only 30 minutes north of Salt Lake City, Ogden is as entrenched in the outdoor industry as any city in the country. Ogden’s convenient location is the main reason why so many ski, snowboard and outdoor recreation companies consider Ogden their home. It is also less than a half-hour drive from three ski and snowboard resorts: Snowbasin Resort, Powder Mountain, and Wolf Mountain.

Cache Valley’s charming Beaver Mountain sits just north of Odgen, and is only an hour and a half from Salt Lake City. One of the last family-owned and operated ski resorts in the country; Beaver Mountain is worth the drive.

Though the scenery is markedly different, Utah’s southern resorts are a mere three hours south of Salt Lake City. Eagle Point and Brian Head Resort are both surrounded by national parks and scenic byways. Meaning skiing is just the tip of the iceberg of outdoor activity here.

 

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