If you like to ski and fly the same day, a flight into Salt Lake City Utah has
you skiing at Snowbird and Alta, or Deer Valley, Park City and The Canyons all
within a half hour of the airport. These are all big ski resorts, with on slope
ski lodging at the base. And Utah gets Lake Effect snow from the Great Salt
Lake, up to 500-inches of snow each ski season. What makes Utah skiing so great is the ski resorts are
so close, and the lodging is primo. In a week you can ski
Solitude plus Snowbasin and Powder Mountain. In
fact, the Utah Interconnect, also called the Utah SkiLink, is currently being considered, it
would connect Deer Valley, Park City, Canyons, Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, and
Brighton for a near European ski experience of guided skiing from village to
village, resort to resort in the backcountry.
For now you can ski Deer Valley, The Canyons and Park City all from one
beautiful ski in ski out hotel. Then move over to Little and Big Cottonwood
Canyons for more skiing at Snowbird and Alta, Solitude and Brighton. Then you
can venture on to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain staying in the town of Ogden.
Utah hosted the Olympic Games in the Winter of 2002, so during your Utah ski
trip you can visit the Nordic ski jump, try the Olympic bobsled and luge, and
pass the Olympic Torch.
And don’t worry about Utah’s drinking laws; the liquor laws have
loosened up. You can order a shot to cap off your day of powder shots.
Deer Valley is the most upscale ski vacation you will find. Lift ticket sales
are limited, snowboarders are banned
(sorry riders) and they have the best on mountain dining of any ski area.
Lodging at Deer Valley, most every luxury condo at the Silver Baron has a fireplace and private hot tub on your
mountain view deck. Granite counters and steam showers add to the Deer Valley
amenities at Deer Valley’s premier properties. Other Deer Valley lodging options
are the mid mountain at Stein Eriksen Lodge and Spa – if you don’t stay here at
least go for an après ski toddy. You might even meet Olympian Stein himself.
Deer Valley has several swank hotels including the Montage and Deer Valley St
Regis. This is the resort you have heard about where the ski valet carry your
skis. There are many reason Deer Valley is rated #1 for skier services. Did I
mention that extravagant seafood buffet each week?
The Canyons is now Utah's biggest ski area
with 4,000 acres,
and offers a variety of terrain with a new base village, your first stop on the
way out of Salt Lake City too.
Snowbird is legendary for its terrain served by an awesome base to summit tram,
and neighboring Alta is old school, no snowboarders allowed, with gritty chutes
and steep terrain. Read our Snowbird review
staying at the Cliff Lodge, and our ski review of
Alta's Rustler Lodge. Solitude is like
Utah's secret ski resort, great snow and not many skiers and riders enjoying the
slopes and the lovely mountain village.