Each winter, Utah's Wasatch mountains and 14 resorts attract skiers and snowboarders from across the globe, wanting a taste of The Greatest Snow on Earth as well as the lickety-split access of 10 world-class ski resorts within one hour of Salt Lake International Airport.
This winter there is a new allure. Powder Mountain has added two new chairlifts and 1,000 new acres of terrain which now gives Utah the two largest ski resort in the entire country—Park City Mountain and Powder Mountain.
Each of these two impressively massive resorts arrived at current day by very different routes. And now the question that everyone wants answered: Which resort is the largest in the U.S.? We'll let the numbers do the talking, but rest assured that Powder Mountain is very proud of the fact that by limiting season pass sale and daily lift tickets, while expanding terrain—now boasts the lowest skier-density of any major resort in North America. And Park City Mountain is proud of the fact that almost every nook and cranny of their 6.5 mile-wide resort can be reached by chairlifts.
It's important to clarify that "Lift Served" means that terrain is accessible via chairlfit. Simply put, you can ride a chair to the top, ski/snowboard down to a chairlift and repeat until your legs tell you it's time for a lunch break. On the other hand, "Lift Accessible" means that terrain is accessible via chairlift but requires a small hike or a bus/cat ride to return to the chairlift. And finally, "Adventure Terrain" is terrain accessed with a guide and/or cat.
Here's another look at the numbers.
For those of you still hungry for more stats, Park City Mountain boasts 19 restaurants across the resort. Not to worry, as you'll never be far from food. Ten of these dining options are located on-mountain and nine restaurants are accessible from the base areas. You'll also find 15 separate lodging properties located across Park City Mountain's base areas. While Powder Mountain only has a few on-mountain dining options, they have nachos and authentic street tacos covered, with the latter representing a unique offering within the ski world.
If you would like to see how the rest of Utah's ski resorts stack up in terms of size, snowfall, etc. . . check out Ski Utah's resort comparison tool.
Now that you have the facts, you decide, which is the largest resort in the U.S.?
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