Resorts in Utah

Powder Mountain

Amazing terrain and a bus to take you back up from the base. Features $15 cat rides to Lightning Ridge. Powder country is huge and is little used. A real gem loved by the locals.


One of our favourites. Excellent runs, no crowds and Strawberry Gondola is a treat. There is no accommodation on snow here so only people who drive get to enjoy the powder. Great quality food and reasonable lift tickets make this a must visit.

Brighton Resort

Brighton is an SLC locals’ favorite for its low prices, kids ski free policy, and popular ski school. Many Salt Lake residents learned to ski at Brighton, continued to ski or board there as high school and college students, and now take their own children for skiing and boarding lessons. Brighton has a great mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. It shares Big Cottonwood Canyon with Solitude.

The Canyons

The Canyons is Utah’s largest ski resort, sprawling across eight mountains, so it’s great for skiers and boarders who like to explore. It’s undergone a lot of development recently, with a nice village, lodges, condos and restaurants and the latest high-speed lifts. The resort has had some financial problems, which in the past have affected maintenance and customer service, but The Canyons’ size and variety of terrain can make for a great day of skiing.

Deer Valley Resort – skiers only!

Deer Valley is the most luxurious of Utah’s ski resorts, for skiers only, and with amazing customer service, incredible dining, and incredible lodging. Deer Valley was rated the number one ski resort in North America by readers of SKI Magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2010. You’ll be pampered and well attended from the moment you arrive. It’s pricey, however. Deer Valley has the most lifts of any Utah ski resort but not the most overall acreage, so it’s highly developed, with a lot of beginner and intermediate terrain and some advanced. Overall, Deer Valley is great for intermediates and lovers of luxury.

Park City Mountain Resort

Park City Mountain Resort is huge, almost as big as The Canyons, with the most intermediate terrain of any Utah resort. It has a wonderful ski school with instructors from around the globe. Advanced skiers and boarders will love Jupiter Bowl. Park City Mountain Resort is known as much for its atmosphere as for the snow, and the resort is well integrated with the town of Park City (Town Lift connects directly with Park City’s Main Street). Sherman’s Travel calls Park City Mountain Resort one of the best ski resorts for non-skiers because of the wealth of non-skiing activities in the area. Park City Mountain Resort is popular and gets crowded, so stay with the higher runs for the best snow and least crowded conditions.

Snowbird Ski Resort

Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon is a hip, elegant resort and an advanced skier or boarder’s paradise, with piles of Utah powder and acres of challenging terrain. Along with Alta, it gets more snow than any other Utah resort, with the season sometimes extending from October to May or even June. It’s truly one of the best ski areas in the country and has repeatedly been rated number one in top ski magazines and websites. One tip: the ratings on Snowbird’s runs are a little low – their greens would be other resorts’ blues, their blues other resorts’ blacks, etc.

Solitude Mountain Resort

Solitude, in Big Cottonwood Canyon, lives up to its name with uncrowded conditions and untracked snow, especially in its famed Honeycomb Canyon. Like Brighton, the other Big Cottonwood resort, it supplies a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. Solitude includes a small village with some good lodging options.