Utah is home to some of the country’s top family ski resorts. With its bountiful 500″ of dry light powder snow, actually trademarked the “greatest snow on earth”, frequent sunshine, and its proximity to Salt Lake City airport (within an hour to most Utah ski resorts), Utah is prime for a family ski trip. Here are our favorite Utah ski resorts for a family ski vacation:
Deer Valley feels almost private, its posh with high marks for service and well groomed snow. Deer Valley is pricey – but the best things in life aren’t always free, take skiing for example! Kids will love the adventure zones and mascots, parents will love gorgeous aspen groves, the on mountain dining and luxury hotels like Montage, St Regis and Stein Eriksen Lodge. Warning: no snowboarders allowed at Deer Valley – consider instead next door Park City Mountain for the riders in your clan.
Park City Mountain is mega – 7,300 acres including the Canyons, now a Vail Resort on the Epic Pass. Tons of terrain, US Ski Team and Olympic caliber terrain parks, mountain coasters, six-pack lifts, and two ski-in ski-out villages make Park City ideal for family ski vacation. Historic downtown Park City is cool for teens and tweens, while the Canyons slopeside village is convenient for families with young kids. Yes, snowboarders and non-skiers (read: shoppers) are welcome here.
Solitude in Big Cottonwood is as it sounds – quiet, off the beaten path and not as busy as other Utah ski resorts. A quaint on-mountain village has just what you need for family vacation, and Solitude mountain has something for everyone, swift lifts, open powder bowls and lots of groomed blue squares to build your egos.
Snowbird and Alta in Little Cottonwood abut each other and you can ski back and forth like in Europe, no snowboarders at Alta though. Snowbird’s amazing base to 11,000′ summit aerial Tram to the new Summit Lodge at Snowbird is worth a trip. Staying at the Cliff Lodge is convenient for the diehard ski family, with ten stories of rooms, and views, plus two spa areas. Alta, on the other hand, has an old-school ski area feel, with hearty terrain and a great ski history – since 1938. Steep chutes and big open snowfields make Alta a skiers only paradise. Staying at Snowpine Lodge at the base is the perfect accompaniment to Alta’s serious skiing, with its decadent spa, lounges and living rooms, and modern alpine chic rooms with a view. Kids will love the Game Room and the outdoor pool and hot tubs, while parents will appreciate Gulch’s apres ski pub.
Snowbasin hosted the Olympic Downhill speed events, and will host your family with over 3,000 acres of snowy terrain. Not only does Snowbasin have Utah’s best snowmaking, it also has incredible on-mountain lodges for ski in lunches, three gondolas, and gorgeous views of four states. Kids will love skiing the Olympic downhill courses, parents will like the posh ski lodges. Snowbasin is sister resort to Sun Valley Idaho – same owners, same stylish look. Stay nearby at Compass Rose Lodge for a boutique ski hotel experience, or Lakeside Resort for spacious condo-units, and enjoy great ski and stay values without the crowds of Park City or Vail.
Powder Mountain may be Utah’s best kept secret, in the town of Eden, this huge ski area, over 8,000-acres, has classic groomed runs, plus tons of side-country to explore with a guide or by cat skiing. Powder is great once the kids are ready for alpine adventure, exploring its in-bounds side country – you hire a guide, catch a shuttle bus from wherever you end up, or take a cat for $25 a ride to access Powder’s natural snow bowls and glade skiing. Owned by the Summit Group, this is also where the cool young execs come for mountain inspiration – the Summit Series. Alpine modular hoems ar popping up around Powder’s otherwise serne slopes. Lodge in the valley of Eden at Powder Mountain Getaways for a full condo home with amenities. Ski nearby Snowbasin during your trip too!
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