The Greatest Snow on Earth®
Utah. The destination where you can find The Greatest Snow on Earth®. And no, we aren’t exaggerating, the powder in Utah has literally been trademarked The Greatest Snow on Earth®. Atmospheric scientist back up the claim – you can’t argue the facts!
Not only is the snow the greatest, but there’s a lot of it too! Utah averages a massive 13 metres of snowfall each season, meaning the powder days are aplenty.
With so much of The Greatest Snow on Earth® falling across the whole state of Utah and its 15 ski resorts, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to go.
How will you decide?
10 of the 15 resorts are within one hours drive of the new Salt Lake City International Airport.
Stay in Salt Lake City, otherwise known as Ski City and The Greatest Snow on Earth®. From vibrant Salt Lake City, four amazing resorts nestled amongst two great canyons are accessible – Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, Solitude.
Just 35 mins from SLC is the iconic Park City. The historic mining town turned ski town is home to two world-class resorts – Park City Mountain and Deer Valley. Park City Mountain is the largest resort in the United States! And just 5 minutes up the road is Deer Valley, an upmarket skiers-only resort that offers some of the highest service standards in the world.
Or head up to Northern Utah where you’ll find Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, and Nordic Valley. Base yourself in small historic and vibrant city Ogden for a rugged and rustic, yet cool and urban atmosphere. Hot tip: the quieter atmosphere means quieter mountains, shorter lift lines, more untouched pow.
Alternatively, venture beyond the one hour radius from SLC and head to Brian Head resort. What the location of this resort lacks in proximity to SLC Airport, it makes up for in amazing scenery and unique landscapes. Brian Head is also just a stones-throw away from The Entertainment Capital of the World – Las Vegas.
Each resort offers lift tickets, but if you’ve already got your hands on a pass you may want to use it on your Utah holiday.
If you have an Epic Pass, head to Park City Mountain or Snowbasin.
Going to Deer Valley or Ski City - an Ikon Pass, has you covered.
Otherwise, the Ski City Super Pass is available for access to its four resorts.
What to do when the chairs stop turning?
Park City is the ultimate ski town; there’s plenty to do off the slopes. From exciting outdoor activities like dog sledding, fat tire biking, snowshoeing and more; to nearly 150 dining options and a lively après scene. Some unique experiences include the world’s only ski-in distillery, High West, where you can warm up with some whiskey, and Alpenglow bubble dining - scattered around town, you’re invited to step inside a private bubble for a dining experience away from the crowds and out of the cold.
If you want incredible skiing with big city living, Salt Lake City is where you need to be. The states Capital has a vibrant culinary and entertainment scene with 180 bars (and counting), 2 THOUSAND restaurants, and numerous breweries and distilleries. Catch an NBA game, check out the Utah Jazz scene, go shopping at the malls, markets, or small niche shops, or take the family to one of the multiple zoos and museums. You won’t be short of things to do in Salt Lake City.
While you can certainly find nightlife in Northern Utah, the vibe is less all-night-long-après and more farm-to-table dining, great performing arts, and museums. The bread and butter of the area is their fervent love for their outdoor recreation. So really even when the chairs stop turning, there’s still skiing to be done. Take a snowcat up Powder Mountain, where you can shred totally untouched powder and have The Greatest Snow on Earth® all to yourself!
Being down in Brian Head means you’re closer to The Mighty 5 National Parks of Utah – Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef. Combine your ski trip with a visit to one (or all) of these seriously impressive national parks. Hiking through these iconic parks you will feel as though you’ve left Earth and landed on Mars. The Mighty 5 are a truly once in a lifetime thing to see.
So… that may not have made the decision-making process any easier. There are so many amazing experiences are waiting for you in Utah. Wherever you end up in the state, you can’t go wrong!