Utah has a significant tourism industry, much of which is related to the knowledge that Utah contains “The Greatest Snow On Earth.” What you might not know, is that not only is it a marketing slogan, but it is a fact backed by science. It all comes down to a single word: flotation. Perfect skiing conditions occur when light snow falls on top of the base and has enough body to feel “bottomless.” In most parts of the world, these “just right” conditions are hard to achieve, but here in Utah, ski conditions are very often perfect. Utah enjoys frequent and predictable snowstorms that produce perfect floating snow conditions, so much so that 5 out of the 7 resorts for “best snow in America” are right here in the Wasatch.
Below are 10 of our favorite Wasatch resorts all located within about an hour or less of the Salt Lake City International Airport. This list is not exhaustive and doesn’t include some of the Utah resorts that are further to the north or south of the Salt Lake Valley, such as Beaver Mountain, Cherry Peak, Brian Head, and more. Whatever your desire for skiing or snowboarding, Utah has something to offer. Locals deciding on which resort to head to as well as travelers coming to experience Utah for themselves are encouraged to review the information below prior to making any decisions on which resort(s) you want to ride.
Ready to ski and snowboard but wondering when to schedule your trip? Most Utah ski resorts opening dates are in late-November or early-December. Generally, you can plan on plenty of Utah skiing in December, however ski resort opening dates are impacted by weather and snow conditions. Cold weather allows many resorts to make a base of snow with artificial snow-making machines, however if the weather stays warm and precipitation is low, opening dates could be pushed back. Most Utah resorts are open until late-spring and skiing in April is almost always available, again dependent on weather. The Utah skiing season is long and often skiing begins in November for Thanksgiving and can go into June!
Sundance: The vision of this incredible Utah resort is to create an unspoiled and authentic experience where art, nature, and commerce unite to inspire. The resort has been preserved and has avoided development by investors to create the current haven inspired by the Ute tribes that first inhabited the canyon. Sundance offers something for everyone, with every level of terrain as well as exciting freestyle features in a diverse terrain park.
Travel From SLC Airport - 55 miles, or 1 hour
Brighton Ski Resort: Located at the top of the beautiful Big Cottonwood Canyon along the Wasatch Range, Brighton prides itself on its word of mouth advertising from their loyal local customers. They cater to the day riders looking for the freshest powder! Brighton has a bit of everything from an impressive terrain park to incredible big mountain riding and everything in between. The only ski resort that gives 100% access to its terrain, find out how by visiting Brighton’s ski resort website below.
Pricing - $$ (Kids 10 and under are free)
Travel from SLC Airport – 36 miles, or 50 minutes in regular traffic
Website - https://brightonresort.com/
Powder Mountain: Further north than Snowbasin, Powder Mountain claims the title of most skiable acreage in the United States at 8,464 acres. Powder Mountain was the first resort in Utah to allow snowboarding in 1984, and has since expanded to offer a full complement of resort features that are expected from the world-class ski experiences offered in Utah.
Travel From SLC Airport - 64 miles, or 1 hour 15 minutes
Solitude Ski Resort: Located right below Brighton Ski Resort, Solitude is the closest Ski Resort to the Airport. Solitude features incredible snow, spectacular scenery and truly friendly staff. Don’t forget to stop by their village for some souvenirs…but don’t think you need them to remember this snow-filled experience. See website below to plan your Utah skiing vacation.
Pricing – $$
Travel from SLC Airport – 34 miles, or 45 minutes in regular traffic
Website - https://www.solitudemountain.com/
Park City: Located in a historic mining town, Park City Mountain Resort is a unique Utah ski destination. With terrain for every ability level, multiple dining establishments, guided tours, lodging, lessons and apres-ski entertainment, Park City offers the ability to make your Utah skiing experience your own. Park City strives to have skiing available on Thanksgiving Day with the help of their snow-making abilities. If you are looking for early-season action, and some of the best terrain park features in the state, look no further. PCMR offers multiple terrain parks with features for every experience level, including a half-pipe, massive kickers, and endless rails. If the terrain park is your jam, you will want to check out the fantasy-themed Neff Land. Click below for more information.
Pricing - $$$
Travel from SLC Airport - 37 miles, or 45 minutes
Website - https://www.parkcitymountain.com/
Deer Valley: The classiest of the Utah resorts, Deer Valley limits daily ticket sales to ensure a quality ski experience with minimal waiting in line. Deer Valley is luxurious, first class, and offers over 2,000 acres of incredible Utah skiing just above the town of Park City. The Deer Valley difference is noticeable in the curb-side valet, in-town car service provided by Cadillac, and premier lodging, dining, and drinking experiences. Similar to Alta, Deer Valley Resort does not allow snowboarding. For those looking for snowboarding in the Park City area, PCMR and Canyons are the better option. For skiers looking for a day without a snowboarder resting their board on your skis on the lift ride and having first-class service at every turn, Deer Valley is for you.
Travel from SLC Airport - 39 miles, or 46 minutes
Travel from SLC Airport - 39 miles, or 46 minutes
Canyons Village: Only 35 minutes from the SLC International Airport, Canyons Village is the first area to welcome visitors into Park City. In recent history, Canyons operated as an independent resort, but has now been acquired by Vail and combined with Park City Mountain Resort. Combining Park City and Canyons created a 7,300 acre resort, making it the largest in the nation. Being a part of the extensive group of Vail-owned resorts allows Epic pass holders to access Park City and Canyons Village at no additional cost. Local to Utah and trying to decide what season pass to buy? Consider that in addition to access to Park City and Canyons, the Epic pass allows you access to over 20 ski resorts all over the world including Telluride, Sun Valley, Snowbasin, 6 resorts in the Canadian Rockies, 21 European resorts, access to Hakuba Valley’s ten ski resorts in Japan, and much more. For the avid snowsports traveler, the Epic Pass is hard to beat.
Pricing - $$
Travel from SLC Airport - 34 miles, or 35 minutes
Snowbasin: Located to the north of Salt Lake City, Snowbasin is home to some of the most stunning and diverse terrain in the region. Home to multiple 2002 Winter Olympic events, Snowbasin is famous for amazing snow and terrain. Depending on weather conditions, Snowbasin typically begins the season in late-November. Snowbasin is only a 51 minute drive from the SLC International airport, but if that is too long you can also fly into the Ogden-Hinkley airport and have about a 20 minute drive from the airport to the resort. Snowbasin offers terrain for all levels, but the majority is considered intermediate, and includes a competitive terrain park offering.
Travel From SLC Airport - 47 miles, or 51 minutes
Alta Ski Resort: Located at the top of the breath-taking Little Cottonwood Canyon along the Wasatch Range. Alta is an independent ski resort and has been family owned since 1938! Infamous deep powder, average 547” annually, what more could you ask for? Prefer to experience the steep slopes on a snowboard? If so, Alta isn’t the place for you. Alta Ski Resort along with Deer Valley Ski Resort does not allow snowboarding. Alta generally has one of the longer Utah skiing seasons, often extending into June! See website below to plan your Utah skiing vacation. For local insight click here for more information.
Pricing - $$
Travel from Airport – 32 miles, or 45 minutes in regular traffic
Website - https://www.alta.com/
Snowbird Ski Resort: Along with Alta, Snowbird’s home is up Little Cottonwood canyon. Famous for its deep Utah powder, beautiful lodging and restaurant at 11,000 feet, Snowbird is a complete vacation package. In addition to the fantastic slopes, Snowbird offers; Heli-Skiing, Avalanche training, Guided Backcountry Tours and more. See website below to plan your Utah skiing vacation.
Pricing - $$$
Travel from SLC Airport – 32 miles, or 45 minutes in regular traffic
Website - https://www.snowbird.com/
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$ = $80 or Less
$ = $81 - $114
$$ = $115 or More