By Kate Schwartz
Move over Colorado, Summit County isn’t the only amazing spot for a ski vacation. As snow begins to blanket the west, Utah is seeing a good amount of powder and an even better base. Most runs are open at Utah ski resorts, and ski enthusiasts are coming out of the woodwork. Whether you are a local looking to make first tracks before hitting the office, or a visitor taking advantage of some of the best terrain out West, a Utah ski vacation will not disappoint.
There are many stand-out ski resorts in Utah. Here are just a few of the most popular:
Alta: Alta is the one of the last ski-only resorts in the country. Committed to “preserving and protecting the skiing experience,” Alta is a great place for those who don’t want to share the slopes with boarders.
Snowbird: With 2,500 acres of skiable terrain to explore, its no wonder Snowbird and Alta were named the #1 ski resorts in North America in 2008 by Outside Magazine. Unlike sister mountain Alta, Snowbird is boarder friendly.
Deer Valley: Utah ski resorts are raking in all sorts of awards, with Deer Valley named the #1 ski resort in North America by readers of SKI Magazine an impressive three years in a row — in 2008, 2009 and again in 2010. Located in Park City, and only 36 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, Deer Valley is a convenient choice for a ski vacation.
Park City Mountain Resort: Park City Mountain Resort is unique in that it offers both night skiing and non-traditional mountain activities. Visitors should check out the Alpine Coaster, a toboggan-style roller coaster experience that sends riders down the mountain on nearly 4,000 feet of track. Regardless of your interests, I think Park City Mountain Resort is a great place for an epic ski vacation.
Kate Schwartz is a marketing coordinator for Orbitz. When she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking advantage of them! From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.