Utah boasts some of the best skiing in the west. Here’s five reasons to get up to altitude, and quick!
There’s no better time than now to visit Utah for a ski vacation. Between December and March, the Wasatch Mountain Range gets nearly a foot of fresh powder every week. The resorts are well on their way to another record season, and the options are endless, with 15 world class ski resorts to choose from.
Salt Lake City is in close proximity to all the major resorts—Brighton, Solitude, Alta, Park City, Snowbird, the list goes on—so flying in and staying nearby is a breeze. If you’re itching to get to the mountains for some real powder, but don’t have a ton of money to spend, Utah mountains should definitely at the top of your list, and here’s why.
Fresh Snow (and lots of it)
There’s a reason locals call it “The Greatest Snow on Earth!” With over 500 inches of snow every winter, you never have to worry about dates when booking your vacation. And at a lower altitude than most Colorado resorts, you won’t have to worry about altitude sickness. Ski in and ski out without headache and enjoy the fresh tracks!
It’s Totally Affordable
When buying multi-day passes, it’s markedly cheaper to ski here than in other resorts across North America. And lodging and food prices aren’t so bad either.
You can get that peaceful, away-from-it-all feeling up in the mountains while just 30-45 minutes away from Salt Lake City. You could fly into SLC and ski in the same day without an overly long drive up winding mountain roads.
Sundance Film Festival
If you time it right, you could ski during the day and go check out the film festival afterwards. The Sundance Film Festival is held every January in Park City.
It’s Good for Your Health
Get a jumpstart on that New Year’s Resolution you make every year. Skiing and snowboarding decreases anxiety, improves your mood, tones major muscle groups, burns calories and most importantly, strengthens bonds with friends and family. The memories made are worth it in itself.
You Can Soak When You’re Done
Any day of skiing and boarding call for a hot tub once off the mountain. Get the whole crew together and bring the happy hour libations and let the steam roll over you. There’s also natural hot springs in the Utah mountain and in the spring you can go to Fifth Water. The scalding hot springs can peak at around 107 degrees, but the natural stream that runs alongside the pools will help cool you off.
The Steeps and Epic Bowls Are in Full Supply
Drop into a deep bowl full of waist deep powder full of glory faceshots that you can brag to your friends about. You can also poke around the chutes and narrow cliffs that flank almost every mountain. Double black = double fun. (But really, be careful).