Utah is home to the greatest snow on earth and, if you love to ski or snowboard, a trip to Utah during the winter months is well worth it. Before you book an airplane ticket and wax up those skis, be sure you are headed to a resort that fits your skiing style and your personality. Utah is full of top-notch ski resorts, so choose the one where you’re most likely to feel at home.
Best Night Life
If you’re looking for some fun after the sun goes down and you’ve skied the day away, choose Park City. In this quaint mountain town, you can ski until your heart’s content and then head into the town for fine dining, clubbing and plenty of shopping. Park City is home to some of the best restaurants in the country, so take time for a delicious steak dinner or a slice of the best pizza in the west. Or you can head to one of the many bars and clubs and socialize with the hip younger generation that gravitates to Park City. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even spot a celebrity or two.
If you’re coming to Utah for some nice powder, you’ll want to choose Alta. This resort is known for the pure, unspoiled snow and is respected for its classic powder skiing. And the views from the top are absolutely spectacular. Alta is a great resort for skiers of all abilities as well. There are plenty of challenging trails for advanced skiers, as well as beginner and intermediate sections.
Best Night Skiing
If you like to hit the slopes after the sun has gone down, head to the Robert Redford founded Sundance Resort. Skiers can enjoy day and night skiing, as well as snowboarding and cross country skiing. Relax after your time on the slopes in a rustic mountain cabin, enjoy award-winning dining, and even go for a unique spa experience.
Best Family Resort
If you’re bringing your family on a ski vacation, head south to Brian Head. Here you’ll find Southern Utah’s only full-service resort with dining, hotels, cabins, and even night life. One of the great aspects of Brian Head is that there are shorter lift lines and less crowded runs, which means you’ll have more time on the terrain. With a ski school and an entire mountain dedicated to beginners, this is a great place to bring the entire family.
Best Ski Resort in North America
If you want to head to the resort voted #1 by your peers, it’s Deer Valley. In fact, Deer Valley has been voted #1 ski resort in North America for five years in a row by SKI magazine. Enjoy excellent powder, on-mountain dining, and top-of-the-line amenities. You’ll be offered nothing but first-class service at Deer Valley. Plus, Deer Valley is nestled right next door to Park City, so if you want the fun night life, you’re never too far away from a good time.
Tyler is an avid skier and snowboarder. When he is not enjoying the great snow and powder on the slopes he is blogging for USCharterService.com