This Utah Powder Ski Safari visits many of the best areas in this state of patented “greatest snow on earth.” Flying into Salt Lake City, you can be in the mountains in just a half hour. Fly and ski the same day with an early departure, with a 10am arrival, you are on the slopes by noon! These are all worthy ski resorts, stay at least a night at each – ideally more – make it a week Utah ski tour!
Here’s our recommended ski tour and itinerary:
Salt Lake City (SLC) – Solitude – 45 Minutes
Solitude – Brighton – 2 Miles apart or you can ski between the two (lodge in Solitude)
Brighton – Snowbird – 45 Minutes
Snowbird – Alta – 1.5 miles apart. You can ski between the two areas too! Lodge at Alta or Snowbird. Of note: Alta does not allow Snowboarding.
Alta – to Salt Lake City – SLC – 38 Minutes
We recommend driving, renting a car, on this ski tour. Also bring your own equipment, otherwise you will be spending time at each ski area rental shop, or use Ski Butlers (delivery or pick up) for the duration of your ski trip at one of their 50 locations!
Buy an IKON Pass prior to your visit, as all these ski resorts are part of that conglomerate, saving you money versus buying daily lift tickets, just do the math!
Solitude is such a fun Utah ski mountain, a perfect resort to start your Utah skiing, acclimate to the high dry air, get your ski legs. With 1,200 acres, located in Big Cottonwood Canyon just before Brighton, Solitude is easy to reach from SLC, next valley over from Snowbird and Alta. Solitude is ideal for families with one base area, modern lifts and a well-planned pedestrian skiers village. The front side trails are beautiful, often in the sun, while the patrol-gated chutes and glades in Honeycomb Canyon offer 400 acres of challenge and backcountry from the 10,035’ summit. See our review on Solitude skiing
Brighton is right next door to Solitude, in fact you can ski to Brighton on the side country SolBright trail. Or it’s just a 2 mile drive. Brighton is a small but neat ski area with 4 quads, 1875’ vertical and 66 trails, plus terrain parks. This can just be a day visit of skiing, heading back to Solitude or up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird for lodging, or stay affordably in Sandy or Cottonwood Heights in between.
Snowbird is legendary for steep and deep, often abundant soft snow. It also has a compact skiers’ village with the beautiful Cliff Lodge, and mountainside condos too. The iconic Tram takes you up almost 3,000’ vertical to 11,000′ Hidden Peak where you can ski 2.5-mile-long Chip’s Run to the base, or drop into Mineral Basin, or the Cirque for high-alpine adventure. There’s a lot to see and ski at Snowbird, don’t miss the Summit Lodge panorama. Snowbird is worth at least two days to truly explore. See our Snowbrid ski review. The ‘Bird is interconnected to next door Alta – but snowboarders are not allowed at this skiers’ only area.
The drive Snowbird to Alta is 1.5 miles, unless its buried in snow! Little Cottonwood Canyon is know for big snow, and interlodge which is the equivalent of being “snowed in” or road closed – and you’re out!
Alta is cool, a retro ski mountain with hearty terrain and kind-of cult following amongst the regulars. Staying overnight in this closed canyon is special, at the classic Rustler Lodge or the chic Snowpine. A few days in Alta and you’ll be a fan too. Alta Ski Resort review.
From Alta, its just 40-minutes back to Salt Lake City (SLC airport).
How’s that for an IKON-ic ski trip to Utah?!
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