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The Greatest Snow on Earth Utah
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Enjoy the "greatest snow on earth"
Utah is known for producing some of the finest quality snow in the entire world. Professional skiers and meteorologists say unique weather patterns produce a colder, drier powder perfect for downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding. In fact, this reputation for awesome snow conditions brought the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to Utah. Thirteen major Alpine ski areas plus a half dozen cross-country areas provide a visitor with quite a selection from which to choose. Some are famed slopes, while other resorts have managed to remain quaint and welcoming to residents and tourists alike.
Utah's ski industry features some of the oldest and largest resorts in the country. Gigantic resorts such as The Canyons and Park City Mountain Resorts on the “Wasatch Back”, and Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon, offer modern facilities, numerous runs and unsurpassed nightlife opportunities. While smaller resorts such as Alta, Brighton and Beaver Mountain call back to simpler times when all that mattered was the quality of the ski run. Whether you want to bask in the amenities of the larger resorts or experience a more historical resort, you are sure to enjoy winter in beautiful Utah.
Little Cottonwood Canyon - Utah 210 east of Salt Lake City
Alta: At Alta, known as "A skier's mountain", you will find some of the best powder in the world. Beginners and more seasoned skiers alike will find the slopes at Alta a wonderful place to enjoy the snow. There are 115 runs, and Alta is one of only two Utah ski areas to not allow snowboarding.
Snowbird: Snowbird is a well-planned modern ski area which features great ski runs, shopping, tennis courts, swimming pools, restaurants, spas, bars and more. Some runs range up to 3 1/2 miles in length. Ski and snowboarders can choose from quad lifts, double chairlifts and the famous Snowbird Tram to access 85 runs, and a terrain park.
Big Cottonwood Canyon - Utah 190 east of Salt Lake City
Brighton: This resort has been called "the place Utah learns to ski." The resort, which started in 1936, combines the simple charm of yesteryear with high-tech, high-speed quad lifts and double and triple chairs. About 39 percent of the 66+ runs are rated for experts. Brighton also features three terrain parks, two half-pipes, and some of Utah's best night skiing. Trails link the resort with the neighboring resort Solitude.
Solitude: This resort has been compared to a Swiss village, complete with community firepit and ice rink. The resort offers a high-speed quad chairlift, double chairs and triple chairs servicing some 65 runs and one terrain park. Solitude also has over 20K of groomed Nordic trails, and many marked snowshoe trails.
Park City area Resorts
Only 32 miles from Salt Lake City, Park City was once on track to becoming a ghost town. Today, the city features three of Utah's largest ski areas - Park City, The Canyons and Deer Valley Mountain Resorts - and some of the most luxurious restaurants, shopping areas and spas in the world. Aside from great skiing, visitors can enjoy a hot-air balloon ride, take a moonlight sleigh ride, go ice skating, enjoy a snowmobile trip and attend the world-famous Sundance Film Festival. The area hosted many of the 2002 Winter Olympics events. The town also serves as the headquarters for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and has been the site of numerous World Cup and professional competitions.
Park City Mountain Resort: One of Utah's largest resorts has 108 runs, 650 acres of bowl skiing and more than 3,300 acres of terrain. A super-pipe and three terrain parks round out the mountain's options. In addition, the Town Lift runs right from the bottom of Historic Main Street to access mid-mountain. There are runs catering to children and expert skiers alike.
Deer Valley Resort: Located just east of Park City, this resort has been called "the crème de la crème of ski destinations." From the perfectly groomed powder on ski runs to the fine china dishes on which dinner is served in four-star restaurants, Deer Valley provides a luxurious experience. The resort features 17 lifts and one gondola servicing five areas with 100 runs. Deer Valley is the other Utah Resort to not allow snowboarders.
The Canyons: Located north of Park City, The Canyons is Utah's newest mega-resort and is the state's largest at more than 4,000 acres. The resort offers some of the best powder in the world with little waiting time thanks to eight quads, eight triple lifts, two doubles and a gondola. There are 176 runs, two terrain parks, and six natural half-pipes. Snowboarders also rank The Canyons high on their list of best place to “ride” in the nation. New this year is the heated bubble chair lift.
Sundance: Located off highway 92 in Provo Canyon, this resort is owned by actor Robert Redford. Named after the character Redford played in the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," the resort is also a film and arts center. The resort is described as small, quiet and tasteful and boasts wonderful views of 11,788-foot Mt. Timpanogos. Three lifts lead to 42 trails on about 450 acres. Beginners and experts alike will find adequate runs at Sundance. The resort also maintains 26K of Nordic trails, and some 20K of snowshoe trails.
Closest BBIU Member inns are located in Midway
Ogden Valley resorts
Powder Mountain: Located northeast of Eden off highway 158. This resort features 135 runs including one of the best night ski runs serviced by chairlifts designed to cover a huge ski area. Resort facilities are located at the top of the ski area. Great views of the sun setting over the Great Salt Lake and the Cache Valley are plentiful from the ski area. In addition to two terrain parks and one half-pipe, Powder Mountain's snowcat, shuttle assisted, and heli skiing, adds 1000's more available acres.
Wolf Mountain: Located northeast of Ogden on highway 203. This quaint resort is the smallest in the Wasatch Mountains. The resort features 15 runs, all of which are lighted at night. Two double chairlifts also service a terrain park. The resort is a great place to teach people the art of skiing.
Snowbasin: Located on Utah 167, Trappers Loop Highway, east of Ogden. This resort is the ideal place for the intermediate skier. With 113 runs and a vertical drop of 2,900 feet skiers can enjoy long scenic runs. Snowbasin hosted several events of the 2002 Winter Games and has become one of Utah's super resorts. Two high speed gondolas, a high-speed quad, double and triple chairs and a small tramway transport skiers to some of the best scenery in Utah including great views of the Great Salt Lake and Mt. Ogden. Three terrain parks and a Superpipe complete the options.
Northern Utah resorts
Beaver Mountain: Located on U.S. 89 at the top of Logan Canyon near the Utah-Idaho border. This small family-operated resort features three double chairlifts servicing 47 runs and two terrain parks. Beginners to experts will enjoy skiing at the resort. Cross-country skiing opportunities are plentiful thanks to U.S. Forest Service trails near the resort. In addition, Crystal Hot Springs located in nearby Honeyville provide a relaxing way to end a day on the slopes.
Closest BBIU Member inns are located in Logan and Providence
Southern Utah resorts
Brian Head: Located south of Parowan on Utah 143. With the alpine atmosphere associated with the state's northern resorts and the scenery of southern Utah, skiers will enjoy the quaintness of this unique resort. Six lifts service 63 ski runs and three terrain parks including paths under 11,307-food Brian Head Peak. On a clear day, skiers can enjoy views of red-rock deserts including Zion National Park.
In addition to the above, numerous cross-country (Nordic) skiing opportunities are available throughout the state. In the Park City area, for instance, White Pine Touring, Soldier Hollow (2002 Winter Games Nordic site) and The Homestead in Midway, Beaver Creek on Utah 150, Sundance Resort, Alta and Solitude, all maintain trails for both Classic and Skate skiing, as well as dedicated snowshoeing. In the southern areas, Brian Head, and Ruby's Inn provide extensive Nordic experiences.
For more comprehensive information about skiing in Utah go to www.skiutah.com