Ski free in January in America’s Ski City. Yes. Free.
In the realm of ski vacations, there are many ski towns. Rustic, wood-paneled set ups where “nightlife” means a pitcher of yellow beer, a soggy plate of nachos, a dude with a guitar in the corner warbling out an Eagles tune and lights out at 10 p.m. Salt Lake, however, is a ski CITY. Located just 40 minutes away from four of the world’s most storied ski resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude), Utah’s capitol city is a base area like no other.
And this January you can create a ski vacation like no other and the ski part is free. Yes. Free. Here’s the deal, book a room from Jan. 1 to 31, 2018, at one of 86 participating hotels in the Salt Lake area (all mind-bogglingly close to the chairlift) and snag a two free Salt Lake Super Passes, for each night you book. Then, take your pick of Salt Lake’s four famous resorts. (There’s a limited supply of tickets so don’t wait.)
Salt Lake City offers unparalleled access to Wasatch Range paired with all the choices of an actual city. Drinks? Try a craft beer at one of Salt Lake’s award-wining breweries or a handcrafted cocktail at a long list of watering holes. Dinner? Choose from fine dining or a drink and a slice at one of Salt Lake’s best restaurants. How about some culture? Choose from a night at the ballet or a small club featuring your favorite indie band. Take in a touring Broadway play or sit courtside at an NBA game and much more. Check out this list of things you can only do in Ski City.
Salt Lake’s four resorts all offer unique experiences, individual character and, of course, world-class skiing and boarding on the Greatest Snow on Earth. Here’s a quick rundown:
There are precious few places in the world like Alta. The resort and its small town at the base grew organically around a united love of thrills on snow (which it has aplenty). Despite welcome upgrades to higher speed lifts and RFID lift passes, Alta remains proudly rooted in its past, an icon of a time when skiing was less of a business and more of a way of life. Tradition rules at Alta, which remains a skiers-only resort.
The experience of skiing at Snowbird is thrilling. Crowding into your first tram is an energetic, frenetic moment that recalls finding space on a New York subway during rush hour. The 100-capacity tram drops you off a top Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet above sea level and below you the most jaw-dropping panorama of high-alpine wonder. Take a moment to soak it up and then lock down your boots, strap on your board and roar down in.
Brighton is unpretentious and friendly, its sprawling runs attract a young crowd, a large contingent of brash snowboarders and has a well-deserved distinction of being the resort where most Salt Laker’s learn to ride the snow on skis and boards. Why? A combination of lower lift-ticket prices, free skiing for kids ages 10 and under, an appealing mix of beginner and expert terrain, wide, forgiving runs and a low-stress, mellow attitude like a snowboarder’s low-slung pants and bearded grin that says, “check this out, bro.”
Of the four Salt Lake resorts, Solitude is the most aptly named. Even on the busiest holiday ski days, there is a dearth of lines at the lifts and wonderful pockets of, yes, Solitude, to be found all over this intricate hill. It’s inexplicable how much elbow room there is to be had at Solitude—located a mere 6 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon, above a metropolitan area of a million people with three of the equally storied resorts just next door.
This deal is only good for January and there’s a limited supply of Super Passes to go with this deal, so book now. Remember, you get two passes for each night you book at one of 86 Salt Lake area hotels.
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