Looking for a long ski run down under a bright blue sky? How about a secluded powder stash in the trees? Or a luxurious après ski experience with friends or family?
Readers of Ski Magazine praise the western state’s resorts for virtually every aspect of a ski experience, from the ample snow to the stunning views. It should also be noted that ten of Utah’s 14 ski resorts are less than an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, the area’s hub. Here are a few more details about what you’ll experience when you’re skiing in Utah.
Utah’s combination of mountain geography and plentiful storms that drop their bounty along the eleven ski resorts in the Wasatch Mountains lead to huge stashes of snow. The state’s mountains consistently deliver an average of more than 12 meters of snow annually.
According to research about snow quality in the Cottonwood Canyons by University of Utah atmospheric scientist Jim Steenburgh, unique climate conditions produce a “just right” frequency and quantity of snow for ideal flotation when skiing and riding Utah’s powder. If you’re really ambitious and want to test this thoroughly, try to ski all the runs at Park City Mountain Resort/Canyons, the largest ski resort in the United States.
Easy Access to Skiing
Stay anywhere along the Wasatch Front (Salt Lake City, Park City, Provo or Ogden) and you’ll find a winter paradise nearby. Salt Lake City, for instance, is home to cosmopolitan amenities and an easy-to-navigate urban setting, just a short drive from the mountains. Among the closest world-class ski resorts are Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and Alta Ski Area (a ski-only property), amazing sister resorts with plenty of fresh powder and incredible views.
A Luxurious Experience
How do you define relaxation or rejuvenation? For some, Utah's long runs on pristine snow are enough to unplug from daily stress. For others, a luxurious brunch and mimosas followed by a tranquil day at the spa are the right remedy for modern living. Consider soaking in the morning sun or watching the evening begin at the Terrace Cafe at St. Regis resort.
Adventure Beyond the Slopes
Snow does not discriminate when it falls on Utah. Beyond the slopes of the resorts, Utah’s snow piles up on national forests, sweeping plateaus and wide-open backcountry making Utah a great destination for snowmobilers and snowshoers.
Or try a new favorite among daring winter enthusiasts, snowkiting, where you’re pulled across the snow by a kite. Get fluent in the sport at Powder Mountain’s Adventure Center or on the Wasatch Plateau. There are lessons for beginners or fields of adventures for the experienced.
Article courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism. Go to visitutah.com to find out more information about Utah and its all-season experiences.