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Salt Lake City skiing

Even in downtown the mountains lie in the distance

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.

Solitude snow totals

400 inches of snow by February

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.

Brighton:

Salt Lake City skiing

Entrance to Brighton Ski Resort on a beautiful day to learn skiing

Brighton Ski Resort

Brighton Ski Resort from the lift

Salt Lake City skiing

Brighton Ski Resort

Brighton Ski Resort

Brighton Ski Resort

Salt Lake City skiing

A snow squall coming through as if this area needs more snow

Brighton Ski Resort

Brighton Ski Resort

Alta:

 

Alta Ski Resort

Going up, up, up at Alta

Alta Ski Resort

The Wasatch Mountains surrounding Alta Ski Resort

Alta Ski Resort

Alta Ski Resort

 

Snowbird

 

Salt Lake City skiing

The ski lifts have quite a view here

Alta Ski Resort

A lone skier tackles the Snowbird gradient

Snowbird Ski Resort

The iconic Snowbird trolley car

Snowbird trolley car

View from the Snowbird trolley

Salt Lake City Skiing

Snowbird Ski Resort

Solitude

 

Solitude Nordic Center

Solitude Ski Resort Nordic Center

Solitude Ski Resort

Moon over Solitude Mountain

Solitude cross-country skiing

Hitting the cross-country ski trails at Solitude

Solitude Village Ski Resort

Check out those amazing mounds of snow at Solitude Village

Utah cross-country skiing

Solitude cross-country ski trail

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.

Stay tuned,

TT

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