If you like to ski and fly the same day, a flight into Salt Lake City Utah has
you skiing at Snowbird and Alta, Solitude and Brighton, Deer Valley, or Park City all
within a half hour of the airport. These are all big ski resorts, with on slope
ski lodging at the base. And Utah gets Lake
Effect Snow from the Great Salt
Lake, up to 500-inches of snow each ski season. What makes Utah vacation skiing so great is the ski resorts are
so close, and the lodging and apres ski is
excellent. In a week you can ski
Solitude plus Snowbasin and
Powder Mountain. In
fact, the Utah Interconnect, also called the Utah SkiLink and One Wasatch, is currently being considered,
this would connect Deer Valley, Park City, Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, and
Brighton for a near European ski experience and the
largest lift-served skiing area in North America of 18,000 acres, 100 lifts, and
750 runs, skiing from village to
village, resort to resort in the backcountry.
For now you can ski Deer Valley and Park City all from one
beautiful ski in ski out hotel and a short shuttle. Then move over to Little and Big Cottonwood
Canyons for more skiing at Snowbird and Alta, Solitude and Brighton. Then you
can venture on to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain staying in the town of Eden or Ogden.
Powder Mountain is now owned by
this ski community of the elite has plans to build a ski village for the fest
and brightest in Eden. Nearby is Snowbasin, sister resort to Sun Valley, this
ski resort is posh, plentiful and beautiful.
Utah hosted the Olympic Games in the Winter of 2002, so during your Utah ski
trip you can visit the Nordic ski jump, pass the Olympic Torch, and
ride the Olympic bobsled at Utah's Olympic Park. Salt Lake and Park City
hope to host another Winter Olympics, perhaps 2026.
BTW: don’t worry about Utah’s drinking laws; the liquor laws have
loosened up. You can order an après ski shot to cap off your day of powder shots.
Just be wary of tap beer- its often only 3%.
Deer Valley is the most upscale ski vacation you will find. Lift ticket sales
are limited, snowboarders are banned
(sorry riders - same goes at Alta in the next canyon) and they have the best on mountain dining of any ski area.
Lodging at Deer Valley, you can choose from The Montage, St Regis Deer Valley,
or a host of beautiful Deer Valley and Park City condos and hotels. Most every luxury condo at the Silver Baron has a fireplace and private hot tub on your
mountain view deck. Granite counters and steam showers add to the après ski
amenities at Deer Valley’s premier properties. Other Deer Valley lodging options
are the mid mountain at Stein Eriksen Lodge and Spa – if you don’t stay here at
least go for an après ski toddy. You might even meet Olympian Stein himself. This is the resort you have heard about where the ski valet carry your
skis. There are many reason Deer Valley is rated #1 for skier services. Did I
mention that extravagant seafood buffet each week?
Park City is now Utah and the US's biggest ski area
with 7,300 acres,
and offers a variety of terrain with 17 peaks and 14 bowls, plus two base villages
- Park City village and The Canyons at Park City. Your first stop on the
way out of Salt Lake City is Canyons at Park City, now owned by Vail Resorts, part of the
Epic Pass with one lift pass
to the biggest ski terrain in the US.
Snowbird is legendary for its terrain served by an awesome base to summit tram,
and neighboring Alta is old school, no snowboarders allowed, with gritty chutes
and steep terrain. Read our Snowbird review
staying at the Cliff Lodge, and our ski review of
Alta's Rustler Lodge. Solitude is like
Utah's secret ski resort, great snow and not many skiers and riders enjoying the
slopes and the lovely mountain village. Look for news on Solitude's future now
that Deer Valley has purchased this quiet but incredible ski resort.