With 15 major resorts in one state, the most incredible landscapes and proclaimed ‘Greatest Snow on Earth’, Utah is paradise for snow lovers.

The only issue you may have? Deciding which ski resort to visit first.

We’re here to help, narrowing down the best destination for every kind of skier and snowboarder, whether you’re still perfecting those turns or looking for the gnarliest run that the USA may have to offer. And bonus – when you’re ready to book, Travelplan Ski is ready to help get you the best earlybird deals.

The skiing connoisseur

Love being on two planks? Alta Ski Area is the place for you. It’s one of the only resorts in the country that prohibits snowboarding (the other being Deer Valley, more on that below). An exclusive haven for skiers seeking their thrills, 500 inches of annual snowfall and 2200 acres of terrain to explore will ensure you have plenty to discover.

The go-big-or-go-home type

Park City Mountain. Photo: Park City Mountain Resort

If you want room to roam free, you’ll want the biggest ski resort in the country. Park City Mountain Resort is home to a massive 7,300 acres of terrain, offering over 330 trails, 43 lifts and six terrain parks. And with so much terrain, there’s bound to be something to make every wandering heart happy – from dedicated learning areas to the more challenging chutes, glades and double-black diamond Jupiter Bowl.

The luxury lover

Deer Valley Ski Resort, Utah. Photo: Utah Office of Tourism

For those who like their skiing with a side of luxe, there’s no going past Deer Valley Resort. This upscale destination, also a skiers-only destination, is known for impeccable customer service, meticulously groomed slopes, and high-end amenities, including ski valets, free hot chocolate and heated sidewalks. Enjoy ski-in ski-out après at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, or indulge in the complimentary s’mores by the fire pits every afternoon at Montage Deer Valley.

The adrenaline junkie

Snowbird Ski Resort is the place to be if you want the steep, deep and fun. With over 2,500 skiable acres and legendary steeps, Snowbird is great for those who crave the backcountry, with the safety blanket of remaining in-bounds. And while the resort is essentially one big, natural terrain park, there are extra thrills to be found in the Snowbird x Woodward manmade terrain park, featuring jumps, rails, and halfpipes for progression.

The photographer

Photo credit: Solitude, Utah.

Every resort in Utah comes with a side of spectacular views, but those partial to snap a photo or two will be especially fond of Solitude Mountain Resort. It lives up to its name, with an uncrowded, serene atmosphere making for amazing skiing among the tree-lined trails and spectacular surroundings. The Honeycomb Canyon powder stashes don’t hurt either.

The intrepid explorer

Powder Mountain, Utah. Photo: Utah Office of Tourism

Powder Mountain is your go-to. They cap lift ticket numbers at 1500 per day, so it’ll feel like you have the entire mountain to yourself. Plus you can amp your time on the slopes up to a whole new level with snowcat-assisted laps to the expert terrain off Lightning Ridge or Raintree, setting you back just $25 per lap with a valid lift pass.

The national park nerd

Ski Utah Brian Head
Brian Head. Photo credit: Ski Utah

If you’ve come to Utah not just for the skiing but for the spectacular national parks, you’re in luck. Brian Head is just a 1.5hr drive from both Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, making for the perfect road trip. You’ll also be rewarded with incredible views while skiing at Brian Head, with deep red rocks contrasting with the pristine white snow in winter.

The powder hound

Brighton Ski Resort. Photo: Ski Utah

Want snow, and lots of it? Brighton is the resort for you. Located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, which is famous for its snowfall, this spot sees over 500 inches of the light, fluffy, dry stuff every winter.

Bonus – the Ski City Super Pass gets you access to not only Brighton but Alta, Snowbird and Solitude too. Talk to the team at Travelplan Ski. about customising your pass for any length of trip between three and 10 days and get discounts at the rental shop, along with free transportation on UTA ski buses and TRAX light rail.

The convenience-seeker

Snowbasin, Utah.

10 of Utah’s ski resorts are less than an hour from Salt Lake City. This includes Snowbasin Resort, an easy 35 mile (or 56km) drive from the city. It’s perfect for those looking for an easy journey to a resort after a long flight – but with 3,000 skiable acres and 3,000 vertical feet, it’ll keep you busy once on the mountain.

The family-friendly

Soldier Hollow Resort, Utah at Heber Valley, Utah. Photo: Utah Office of Tourism

Heber Valley is just minutes down the road from Park City and only 45 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport. It’s been transformed into an experience the whole family will love, complete with tubing, sleigh rides, dark sky viewing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, a famous ice castle display plus geothermal hot springs.

Ready to stay and ski Utah?

Save up to 15% for 7+ nights at selected properties when you book anytime with the team at Travelplan Ski. Or book by June 30 and save up to 25% for 10+ nights.*  

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