Utah is a place that has captivated the attention of skiers and snowboarders for decades; it’s truly a mecca for some of the most accessible powder days on the face of the planet. Whether you live here or vacation here, the following Experience pages were developed to help you discover the finest of the Wasatch Mountains and Utah's 14 world-class ski resorts. Have trip planning questions? The Experience pages have answers.
As your plane makes its final decent, it becomes obvious: to describe Salt Lake City’s proximity to the mountains as “close” is an understatement. Welcome to Utah, one of the most accessible ski destinations on the planet. Direct flights from more than 80 U.S. cities arrive here every day. Once you land, 11 resorts are just an hour’s drive from the airport.
The Greatest Snow on Earth® is a pretty hefty claim in the highly competitive ski industry. While Utah has been marketing The Greatest Snow on Earth® slogan since 1962, it wasn’t until the statement was stamped on Utah license plates in 1985 that it became a household saying. If you’ve ever picked up a ski magazine or surfed the web for ski shots, you’ve no doubt seen some mind-blowing images of skiers practically needing a snorkel to navigate the bottomless powder blanketing Utah’s hallowed ski resorts. In fact, Utah is so well known for its snow that in 2010 the state took seven of the top 10 spots in SKI magazine’s snow rankings (including a clean sweep of the top five).
Read more » to take home a new Scrabble word and some knowledge about the science behind the The Greatest Snow on Earth®. Hint: It's all in the orographic effect.
Ski, play, sleep. Repeat. In Utah, our legendary snow is so close to our terrific lodging options, you can do more of everything. Luxury hotels and rustic lodges with slopeside access and seriously decadent après ski? Absolutely. Ski-in/ski out condos? Boutique hotels and B&Bs? Definitely. Dorm-style bunks for the hard core? Of course.
Hungry? Thirsty? We hope so, because you're going to want to take a big bite out of Utah. And to go with it, a few swigs of our award-winning small batch liquor and microbrews. Our chefs are as focused on farm-to-table and local ingredients as chefs anywhere—year-round. The depth and breadth of the wine cellars at our ski resorts is nothing short of stellar. Our brewmasters can barely catch their breath between craft beer festivals and national award ceremonies. From skiers' breakfast buffets to après ski fare and pristine sushi rolled by masters, we promise you won't stay hungry—or thirsty—in Utah for long.
Bliss. That wonderful moment when skiing or riding just feels right. Whether it’s a white-knuckle steep, a placid green circle, a mogul field, or a fresh groomer, when you really nail it on skis or a board, all is right with the world. Every one of Utah’s 14 resorts staff enthusiastic, PSIA-certified instructors waiting to show you how to make it happen. Programs and clinics run the gamut from silly-fun kids’ lessons where belly laughs are as important as morphing pizza turns into French fries to specialized camps.
Utah’s world famous snow is what brought you here, and our diverse attractions will keep you coming back. Save time in your ski vacation itinerary for some of the great activities our state has to offer. As tempting as our hotel lobbies and hot tubs may be, resist the urge to hunker down. Instead, get out and explore more!