Utah is a choice ski destination, dozens of world-class ski resorts all within an hour’s drive of Salt Lake City airport. You can fly and ski in the same day, one reason we love these Best Utah Family Ski Resorts. Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyon feature some skiers’ paradise resorts. Park City and Deer Valley make a great ski trip – these ski resorts abut each other with one historic après ski town and plenty of lodging at the base of Deer Valley, Park City and the Canyons at Park City.
Park City Mountain is a mega ski resort, emanating from both the town of Park City and The Canyons base area. Park City Mountain features dozens of modern lifts including gondolas and six packs, terrain parks and over 300 trails, with 7,300 acres making it Utah’s largest lift serviced terrain.
Deer Valley is a skiers paradise offering numerous groomers and a vast lift and trail network, impressive real estate and beautiful lodges. Deer Valley is one of just three resorts in the country that still do not allow snowboarders.
Alta is a skiers’ classic and one of the first resorts in the country in 1938. At the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta receives over 500 inches of snow annually. Spread out across two valleys, this skiers-only (no snowboarders allowed at Alta) mountain offers fabulous challenging terrain to go with its copious snowfall.
Snowbirds signature 2,900′ vertical foot aerial tram serves up some of the most expert and varied terrain off its 360 degree 11,000′ Hidden Peak summit.
Snowbasin is sister resort to Sun Valley Idaho, with stunning on-mountain day lodges, gorgeous long groomed runs and wide-open bowl skiing. Snowbasin is a great ski area! There is no slopeside lodging here. Snowbasin’s nearest ski lodging is Compass Rose in Hunstville, or Lakeside Resort condos, or 30 minutes down the road in the city of Ogden.
Powder Mountain is more rustic, this vast resort offers 8,464 acres including in-bounds cat skiing and guided tours into the side-country. Powder’s new Summit Group ownership is creating an alpine bohemian village atmosphere amid the private land resort with skiing at 9,000′. Snowbasin and Powder complement each other well for a family ski vacation -within a half hour proximity.
Utah hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002 and hopes to host the games again in 2030 or 2034. Utah has everything you want in a ski vacation – big mountains close to a major airport (SLC debuts a brand new airport in 2022), high elevation, big snow, vast ski acreage connected by efficient lifts, gorgeous mountain scenery, with top ski lodging like Ritz Carlton, Montage, St Regis, Waldorf Astoria, and fun après ski resort activities.
You can also lodge very affordably in Salt Lake since its an easy drive to each ski resort. You will be happy you sought out the abundant dry light snow – which Utah deems “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” Come along for a ride, bring the family skiing, and read our ski reviews of Utah.