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Sponsored trip to Salt Lake City thanks to Visit Salt Lake

The author just returned from a whirlwind three day trip in Salt Lake City, Utah. Thanks to Visit Salt Lake, Brighton Ski Resort, Alta Ski Resort, Snowbird Ski Resort, and Solitude Ski Resort for being such great hosts.

Salt Lake City skiing

Beautiful Salt Lake City area mountains

New York bloggers pose the question if Salt Lake City is hip and/or trendy? I am not hip and certainly not trendy, so I am unqualified to answer, but I believe the city is a great gateway for amazing adventure.

Five reasons to travel to Salt Lake City

5. The beer

One does not think beer when they think Salt Lake City, but believe it or not they have bars and more importantly they have several micro-brews that satisfy will satisfy even the most discerning of craft beer aficionados. They do not call Utah the beerhive state for nothing.

Salt Lake City

The beer will make you fuzzy in Salt Lake City

Uinta’s cutthroat is a tasty pale ale that is slightly hoppy that will have consumers drinking like a fish and for those who like to taste a beer that will put a little hair on the chest then try Wasatch breweries polygamy porter. The word around town is you cannot have just one. I am living proof of that as I gulped down two.

Salt Lake City beer

Delicious Salt Lake City beer served on a frosted counter top

4. The food

I did not have a bad meal during my tenure in the city. Even though Tin Angel Café did not have a set of wine glasses that were the same their Chicken Al Forna made a perfect match for the growl in my stomach. Other highlights included the coconut flavor soup at Kimmi’s Mountainside Bistro which was incredible, and in a word the Log Haven restaurant was “lovely.”

This is not a food blog, so let’s get to the meat and potatoes of the list:

3. The resorts

Snowbird and Alta are up the Little Cotttonwood Canyon and Solitude and Brighton can be found in the Big Cottonwood Canyon.  The resorts are only 20 minutes from downtown Salt Lake and only a half hour from the airport.

Salt Lake City skiing

Having a blast skiing in Salt Lake City

All four are awesome, but each one is slightly different and have their own unique ambiance and strengths. For instance, Solitude not only has great alpine runs, but they also have a complete Nordic Center with lessons, rentals, and miles of trails.

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2. The snow

They call the Utah snow that falls on the Wasatch Mountains the greatest snow on Earth. The snow in Utah is second to none. Storms pass over the Sierras and then dry up over the desert. They proceed to dump copious amounts of powdery snow on the mountains near Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City snow

Amazing snow build up in the Wasatch Mountains outside of Salt Lake City

Jared Ishkanian from Snowbird and formerly of Boston has skied all over the west and in his experience the quality of snow found in the area is second to none. Many people that I met in Utah were like Jared as they came to Utah to ski for a weekend or season and then never left.

Salt Lake City snow

Amazing snow drifts entering the ski resorts in Salt Lake City

1. The Wasatch Mountains

Freelance ski writer Peter Oliver said it best when he talked about the appeal that Salt Lake City has for adventure travelers. When it comes down to it the most important trait in a ski destination is the terrain. You can have the best resorts in the world, the most snow, but without the terrain there is nothing. The Wasatch Mountain range that surrounds the city provides the city not with a sensational back drop, but also the terrain for gnarly skiing and other adventure.

Salt Lake City skiing

Beautiful skiing in Salt Lake City

Come to Salt Lake City, Utah and eat, drink beer, ski, and it is impossible not to be merry.

Adventure on!

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