Utah Ski Passes - A Local Guide

Utah has the best snow on earth and is known for its incredible mountain ranges and world-class skiing. If you’re planning a ski trip to Utah, Seven Slopes is a great tool and resource for those looking for local tips. Depending on price and level of difficulty, Utah has many unique and great resorts. Some local favorites however are Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, Brighton, Canyons, and Deer Valley. No matter where you are within the valley a ski resort is practically within a 20-minute drive from you. 

If you are looking for a day ski pass, Ski-'N-See has great options and offers passes at a discounted price. Purchasing from a local ski shop saves you some money and time spent waiting in line. Who doesn't want to skip the line and start shredding?

SkiUtah is also a great option if you're looking for a discounted skiing day pass. Ski passes are typically discounted by 10%-30%. Ski Utah will have lists of prices available at the cheapest option for each particular day.

If you're looking to buy directly from a resort we recommend checking out their home pages. Alternatively, if you plan ahead, you can most likely find day passes at discounted prices as well.

Learn About Utah Ski Resorts

SNOWBIRD RESORT

Snowbird, UT
Snowbird Tram
Snowbird Utah is located in what we locals call Little Cottonwood Canyon. “The Bird” is known for its steep mountains and great powder. 

Runs range from beginner blues like Big Emma, intermediate runs such as Bananas and little cloud, to double blacks and other advanced runs, such as the Cirque, to name a few. If you’re looking for an awesome bowl to plow through, the cirque is a Snowbird favorite and will test you on your skillset, form, and technique. If the cirque isn’t for you, no problem at all. Snowbird also offers a bunny hill for beginners and kids, instructor lessons for you or your little ones, and if you want to ski a few runs Snowbird offers guests daycare options. 

Day passes range from $88-$110 for adults and $44-$55 for youth (7-12 years old). Not only is Snowbird a great place to ski, but it has great amenities and has a culture like none other. If you’re up to the challenge, “The Bird” is waiting for you.

ALTA SKI RESORT

Alta, UT
Alta is located at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon and shares a mountain with Snowbird. It is a skiers mountain, which means that snowboarders are not allowed. Like Snowbird, Alta has great beginner, intermediate and advanced runs for skiers of all skill levels. The Crooked Mile makes for a perfect introductory run as it is fairly wide open and narrows in some places, which is good for practicing speed checks and tighter turns. The Ballroom is allegedly the best intermediate powder bowl. But if you are really looking for a thrill, you might want to try something more advanced like the Extrovert run. This run is one of the fastest runs at Alta and sends you directly under the Sugarloaf lift.
Alta skier
Alta offers a first-time skiers introduction to skiing course for kids ages 8-14, as well as private lessons starting at the age of 3 for skiers ranging from beginners to experts. Regular Day Passes for adults are $104-$141 and for children (12 & under) are $50-$71. Alta is open daily 8 AM - 4:30 PM during ski season, which is typically mid-November through April. If you are planning on driving, it is important to keep in mind that parking might be an issue as the parking fills up fast on busy days. Alta has a wide range of services that not only include skiing, but spa and wellness, and even weddings! If skiing is more your thing, Alta is the place to visit on your next trip to Utah.

SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN

Brighton, UT
Solitude Mountain Resort is next up on the list of favorites. This resort is located up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Solitude has a simplistic aspect to it and the most stunning and varied terrain. The best part about this resort is the ways locals treat you, so be ready to be apart of a family-fun atmosphere. Looking for a wide variety of runs? Solitude has 82 named runs with 10% of the runs made for beginners, 40% for intermediate, and 50% for advanced/expert. Hours of operation are from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM daily. Day pass prices start at $45 for children 5-7 years old, $69 for children 8-12 years old, $115 for adults, and $85 for people ages 65+. If you feel like taking a break from sending yourself down a steep hill at high speeds, Solitude's Nordic Center offers Nordic Valley skiing as well as snowshoeing.

BRIGHTON RESORT

Brighton, UT
Brighton Ski Resort is known for its five-star grooming and chutes. This means there are also three terrain parks located on the slopes. Brighton is a great family resort and is known to have more snowboarders than skiers. Therefore, if you like to ride this resort is for you. Alongside of being a family resort, Brighton is affordable. Kids ten and under ski/ride for free. You can also buy an A.M. or P.M. ticket and night ski or board if you're looking for a different and fun activity. Night skiing is offered Monday-Saturday until 9 P.M. Brighton is known for the largest amount of night-skiing terrain available anywhere in Utah. Brighton is exceling in this department, with more than 200 acres on lighted runs, night skiing is the perfect way to sneak in some extra laps on your vacation. Adult passes range from $69 (for a 7-hour senior ticket) to $99 (adults). Youth over the age of 10 passes are around $55 for a 7 hour day. Big cottonwood canyon is a blast and this resort is a well-known and beloved snowboarder favorite.

CANYONS RESORT

Park City, UT
Canyons Resort, one of three Alpine ski resorts located at the Park City Mountain Resort, is a part of the largest ski resort in the United States. If you are looking to be a part of the rich history of Park City, Canyons Resort is for you. Park City hosted four events and at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, you will feel like a true Olympian yourself after visiting Canyons. Adult day passes start at $87 per day and children passes start at $45 per day. Canyons Resort has everything from premium skiing to a variety of family-friendly options.

DEER VALLEY RESORT

Park City, UT
Deer Valley is another ski-only resort and is known for offering first-class service in the mountains. They compete by catering to a more upscale audience than its neighbors, offering free ski valets, free parking shuttles, and fine dining. So,  if you are thinking about purchasing a day pass here, do not hesitate because the resort limits ticket sales to 7,500 per day to avoid overcrowding. They sell three different types of single-day tickets, beginner, foot passenger, and half day (12:30-4:15 pm). Pricing (for all ages) at beginners is $60 and $30 for foot passengers. Deer Valley is located in Park City, and is a popular resort for skiers.

Season Passes vs. Day Passes

Ikon & Epic Season Passes

The Ikon pass is a well-known coast-to-coast favorite. Offering customers 44 destinations and countless adventures. The Ikon Pass has 3 options. First, is the classic Ikon Pass, which gives you no blackout dates and is $999 without the return customer $100 off. You get 15 unlimited skiing and riding destinations and up to 7 days at 28 locations. The second option is the Base Pass. The Bass Pass is $729 without the $80 return customer discount. With this pass, there are some blackout dates and offers 13 destinations with up to 5 days at 28 remaining destinations. For the last pass option, it is the Ikon Session Pass 4-Day. This pass has restrictions with blackout dates and gives you 4 days total at 37 destinations. It is important to know though, that this pass does not offer a returning customer discount and you have to be 23+ years in order to purchase. 

In conclusion, the Ikon is worth it if you are an avid Solitude skier/rider because you get unlimited skiing at this resort. If you prefer Alta, Snowbird, and Deer Valley you are allowed to ski only a handful of times.

As for the Epic Pass, they usually go on sale in May and are reduced by 20%. An adult pass which is ages 13+ are $783 (regularly $979) and for children ages 5-12 $399 (regularly $499). The Epic pass gives your access to Snowbasin and Park City. If you are a Park City or Snowbasin fan, this pass could be for you.

Regardless of what pass you choose, you'll have a great time enjoying the slopes with your Ikon or Epic pass.

Day Ski Passes in Utah

Honestly, if you're only going to go skiing a handful of times and want to try out multiple Utah ski resorts, it would be more beneficial to buy day passes at the resorts or ski shops instead of buying a season pass. There are also other options available such as the Alta Gold Pass, which costs $150 for the pass but gives you 50% off day passes. 

Another great way to ski/ride is to buy passes with season pass holders. A major tip is if you know someone with a season's pass directly from the resort or is an Ikon or Epic pass holder then you can usually get day passes for 20% less.
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