The crown jewel of Utah’s memorable mountains, Little Cottonwood Canyon is home to both Alta and Snowbird Ski Resorts.
I’ll start with the Cottonwoods, Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons- what locals refer to as LCC and BCC. The resorts that can be found there are Snowbird , Alta , Brighton , and Solitude . Every resort offers some beautiful accommodations.
Brighton is located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon , just 35 minutes southeast of downtown Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake International Airport.
Snowbird is an unincorporated community in Little Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. It is most famous for Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, an alpine skiing and snowboarding area, which opened in December 1971.
Solitude grooms a larger portion of its terrain that all of its competitors, save Deer Valley, making Solitude a great choice for families, beginners and intermediates. The village that sits at the bottom of the resort’s Apex chair is small, but of a scale that fits the resort .
Deer Valley is a ski only resort. Guests on alpine, telemark or mono ski equipment with feet placed side by side and facing forward are allowed. Snowboards and carving boards are restricted from use.
Skiing and snowboarding at Solitude is simple. There are plenty of casual, aprés ski options, from mid- mountain decks to base favorites near our lodging.
Little Cottonwood Canyon lies within the Wasatch-Cache National Forest along the eastern side of the Salt Lake Valley, roughly 15 miles from Salt Lake City , Utah. The canyon is part of Granite, a CDP and “Community Council” designated by Salt Lake County.
Brighton . Many Salt Lake families bring their kiddos to Brighton to learn to ski or snowboard, and for good reason. The resort is un-fussy, affordable, and offers wonderful family-friendly ski instruction with has ample beginner terrain.
Utah’s tallest ski area, Alta, tops out at just over 11,000 feet, while Colorado has several with summits over 13,000, as well as the highest chairlift in North America at Breckenridge Ski Resort. “ Colorado is at a higher elevation and generally has lighter, fluffier snow,” Thayer says. “It just doesn’t get as much.”
Best skiing is January through March for the Park City areas, and all the way through April for the higher Snowbird , Alta, Solitude, Brighton, Snowbasin. Spring skiing is great, powder in the morning and tee shirts in the afternoon.
The Best Beginner Ski Runs in Utah Alta . With three beginner lifts, Alta is one of the best locations for families, as it also features tons of expert terrain. Brighton. Close to Salt Lake City, Brighton is home to tons of beginner terrain, and offers plenty of kid-friendly instruction. Eagle Point . Powder Mountain .