Deer Valley and Alta are only open to skiers, not snowboarders. For more help planning your ski vacation, see our article on the best ski resorts in Utah . Snowbird. Deer Valley. Park City Mountain Resort . Alta Ski Area. Snowbasin. Powder Mountain. Solitude Mountain Resort .
The Best Beginner and Intermediate Ski Runs in Utah Alta boasts a lot of classic expert terrain, but it also offers one beautiful bonus to beginners—the “Sunnyside @ Three” program. Deer Valley is a favorite among many beginners because the resort is particularly attentive when it comes to both grooming and guest services.
It’s likely that most people who perceive snowboarders as obnoxious are skiers , because historically there has been some friction between skiers and snowboarders . This friction derives from a lack of understanding about each other’s sports and a frustration with the impact it has on other slope users.
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.”
Based on average daily snowfall, a metric that I prefer because it adjusts for the number of days in each month, the snowiest months are January and February , although again, the difference relative to December and March is very small.
Utah better scenery, weather, less libs and more wide-open spaces. Colorado is beautiful, no doubt about it (well, the western half at least).
Once you near Saint George the whole climate changes, and it rarely snows. It can get really hot down there though. The whole area is called Utah’s Dixie and is one of the fastest growing places in the country. Kanab is a bit cooler than Saint George with relatively little snow still.
Utah Resort Lift Tickets | Most Current Pricing
|Resort||Child Weekday||Adult Weekday|
|Alta Ski Area||–||–|
|Beaver Mountain||–||US$ 50.00|
|Brian Head Resort||–||US$ 42.00|
|Brighton Resort||US$ 0.00||US$ 85.00|
Brighton Ski Resort
The ski runs, while not as impeccable as those at Deer Valley nor as plentiful as those at the Canyons, are diverse and easily available. In other words, Park City Mountain generally opens more runs than Deer Valley or Canyons earlier in the season depending on the snow.
Where to Stay Salt Lake City: Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Brighton Ski Resort. Park City: Park City Mountain, Deer Valley. Ogden: Snowbasin Resort, Powder Mountain, Nordic Valley. Provo/ Utah Valley: Sundance Mountain Resort. Heber Valley: Deer Valley, Sundance Mountain Resort.
With 60% of its terrain marked as beginner or intermediate, and boasting the most skiable acres in the U.S. (7,300+ acres), Park City is a great ski destination for families of all sizes, ages and skills.