Salt Lake City skiing in Utah is a great place to be this time of the year. Here in Chicago we still have yet to get enough snow to ski once, but in Salt Lake City they only wonder if they will get 300, 400, or 500 inches of snow in a given winter up in the Wasatch Mountains.
There are four major ski resorts near Salt Lake City in the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons: Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, and Solitude. Solitude actually has a Nordic Center with over 20 kilometers of cross-country ski trails. A few years ago I went through a morning training session at Brighton and was soon hitting the blue diamonds.
Here in the Midwest, we are slaves to the weather because it is so unpredictable, especially during winter and spring. This is the beauty of Salt Lake City. You pretty much can bet on snow in the mountains up there between November and April.
What is interesting about the four resorts is they each have their own unique vibe despite sharing the same mountains and canyons. For instance, Alta does not offer snowboarding, so it is a little more old school and has a more traditional ski chalet feel to it. The resorts often work together for package deals so skiers can visit multiple resorts on a give day. Check out Visit Salt Lake’s webpage to find some of these deals.
Here is a snowy photo essay from the four resorts in Utah.
This trip back in 2011 was sponsored by Visit Salt Lake, but my opinions on the beauty and the great times had at the four resorts in the Wasatch Mountains are my own.
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