While Colorado gets all the attention with regards to skiing in the Rocky Mountains, Utah is finally emerging as a serious competitor with its powdery slopes offering ‘the greatest snow on earth’ and cheaper resorts. While Utah may lack some of the glamour and infrastructure of its neighbours, it more than makes up for this with challenging ski slopes and unspoilt character.
Alta Ski Resort
Alta is one of the most popular of Utah’s ski resorts with easy transport links and excellent slopes tailored to a range of abilities. The focus here is very much on the skiing with après ski activities limited to food and lodging, although of a high quality and with friendly service. Alta is also a very environmentally aware ski resort which has a high degree of respect for its surroundings, something often missing in other resorts in the US and Europe. Alta is located in Cottonwood Canyon which is widely considered one of the globally up and coming areas for skiing.
Beaver Mountain Family Ski Resort
Beaver Mountain is a family orientated resort near Logan in the north of Utah. The slopes are primarily geared for beginner and intermediate skiers, although there are some advanced runs available. The travel links are not as easy as with Alta and this can make it difficult for visitors from overseas without access to a car, but the area is certainly worth the trip. The ski passes are very cheap making this an excellent option for large families or other visitors on a budget and, although remote, the resort makes up for this with a stunning setting and fantastic views from the runs.
Powder Mountain Utah’s Resort
Powder Mountain is considered to have some of the best runs in the region, if not the world and the locals are very proud of this. It is also an enormous resort set in the centre of Utah with good transport links. The size means that even when the place is very busy the slopes can seem very sparsely populated, a marked difference from the packed slopes of Colorado. The prices at Powder Mountain are quite high compared with other resorts but this only reflects the quality of the skiing on offer.
Eagle Point Ski Resort
Eagle Point is a newer ski resort in southern Utah. It provides excellent snowboarding opportunities as well as skiing, and since it is located just three hours drive north of Las Vegas its fast becoming very popular. The prices here are about average for Utah’s ski resorts and there are facilities for children, although most of the runs are at intermediate or advanced level. The accommodation and après ski activities here are also extensive and there are additional activities for anyone who wants to try something other than skiing during their visit.
Best Accommodation around Utah’s ski resorts
The Cliff Lodge and Spa in Snowbird, UT
Offering a ski shuttle service to Utah’s Alta ski resort, The Cliff Lodge and Spa in Snowbird is ideal for ski and nature lovers.
Guest Rating: 7,00
Crystal Inn Midvalley, Murray
With easy access to the ski slopes, Crystal Inn Midvalley Hotel provides guests with comfortable rooms and quality service.
Guest Rating: 8,00
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