Utah is an ideal ski trip getaway destination, especially since it’s home to legendary snowfalls interspersed with bright sunny days and blue skies. Escape to Utah for world-renowned ski areas that offer great options in terms of elevation and terrain. The state also boasts the Great Salt Lake effect, which is a phenomenon where precipitation is converted into light, powdery snow. As for accommodations, there is a wide variety of cozy Utah vacation rentals to choose from. That said, here are the most noteworthy ski resorts in Utah.

1. Park City Mountain

People gathering on the ski slope

Park City Mountain Resort, the largest ski resort in the United States, is just 35 minutes away from Salt Lake City Airport in the historic town of Park City. The resort has an amazing 7,300 acres, 41 lifts, and almost 350 trails. Additionally, further enhancements include eight terrain parks, a superpipe, a mini pipe, and six natural half-pipes. You also have ski-in-ski-out access to the town’s Main Street. The resort offers instruction for skiers at various skill levels, including a special peak-to-peak guided ski experience. Park City, home of the world-famous yearly Sundance Film Festival, used to be an Old West mining town and still retains its wonderful historic ambiance. Enjoy browsing through the designer boutiques, art galleries, and other eclectic shops on Main Street. Don’t miss a visit to the George Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum at Utah Olympic Park, which features exhibits highlighting the history of skiing in Utah and the 2002 Winter Olympics held in and around Salt Lake City. When you’re hungry, check out The Farm, a rustic yet elegant restaurant near the base of the Red Pine Gondola.

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2. Snowbasin

overhead view of snow covered mountains
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Snowbasin Resort on the eastern side of Mt. Ogden lies about 40 minutes from Salt Lake City and just a few minutes from the city of Ogden. The resort’s 3,000 acres have a great diversity of terrain for all levels of skiers, steep chutes, high alpine bowls, deep powder glades, and challenging downhill courses. In the 2002 Winter Olympics, the downhill, slalom, giant slalom, and super-G events all took place at Snowbasin. Ogden, the gateway to Snowbasin, is Utah’s oldest settlement. Visit historic 25th Street to shop for antiques, artwork, and souvenirs. Stop in at New Image Day Spa for relaxing massages and luxurious soaks after a day on the slopes. For dinner, enjoy the Old West ambiance while you feast on rib-sticking steak meals and delicious desserts at the Prairie Schooner Steakhouse in Ogden.

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3. Beaver Mountain

ski lift on Beaver Mountain
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Family owned and operated since 1939, the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort is near the top of Logan Canyon in the Bear River Mountains close to the city of Logan in northeastern Utah. The resort has almost 1,000 skiable acres, almost 50 runs over a diversity of terrains, and five lifts. Private and group lessons are available for children, adults, and women only. Although the resort is extremely popular with residents of Logan and the surrounding region, the slopes are less crowded than those in facilities closer to Salt Lake City. Vacation rentals in Logan in lovely Cache Valley offer convenient access to Beaver Mountain. When you take a break from the slopes, shop for antiques at Cache Valley Antiques or Country Village Antique Mall. The Sportsman on North Main in downtown Logan offers rentals and repair of ski equipment. For some excellent Italian cuisine, check out Le Nonne Ristorante Italiano.

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4. Sundance Mountain Resort

slope running through Sundance Resort
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Founded and owned by actor Robert Redford, the Sundance Mountain Resort lies just 20 minutes northeast of Provo in central Utah. The resort has 45 runs, five lifts, and almost 500 skiable acres surrounded by 5,000 acres of breathtakingly beautiful protected wilderness. The resort offers an acclaimed ski and snowboard school for children and adults. Another popular attraction is the Sundance Zip tour that takes you on a zip-line over awesome winter terrain for almost 4,000 feet with a vertical drop of 2,100 feet. Don’t miss viewing Robert Redford’s private collection of western memorabilia and Native American art. The resort also imported from Wyoming the original rosewood bar from the 1890s used by Butch Cassidy’s Hole-in-the-Wall gang. The nearby city of Provo provides numerous opportunities for shopping and relaxation between ski sessions. Check out the Provo Towne Centre mall for eclectic shopping. For a unique and healthy Mediterranean-style fine dining experience, try Aubergine and Company.

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5. Eagle Point

mountains behind the snowy slope
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Located in the Tushar Mountains near the town of Beaver in southwestern Utah, Eagle Point Ski Resort offers over 600 skiable acres, 40 runs, and five lifts. Averaging 400 inches of snow a year, the resort is known for its spectacular scenery and diverse terrain suitable for beginning, intermediate, and advanced skiers. Another advantage is its lack of crowds compared to resorts closer to big cities. Certified instructors provide lessons for all ages, as well as specialty workshops to hone advanced skills. Famous as the birthplace of the outlaw Butch Cassidy, the town of Beaver provides a lovely and relaxing location for your vacation rental. Savor some excellent American cuisine at the Timberline Restaurant.

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6. Brian Head

winter scene at Brian Head Ski Resort

Brian Head Ski Resort lies in southwestern Utah near Cedar City. Its base elevation of 9,600 feet is the highest in Utah. The resort has over 650 skiable acres, 71 runs, and eight lifts. Brian Head, renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere, has a special kids’ camp that offers young children individual instruction as they learn to ski. If you want to do a little sightseeing, Cedar City is in close proximity to the natural wonders at Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Browse through the shops in the historic downtown area of Cedar City for antiques and arts and crafts. When you need to soothe tired muscles, head for Healing Tree Massage, and when you’re hungry, check out the Depot Grill on North Main Street.

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