SALT LAKE CITY

United States, Utah

SALT LAKE CITY

Urban-based ski vacation

It is no wonder that Salt Lake is named Ski City; a combination of urban activities and amenities found in a big city; world-class skiing at Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude; 500 inches of Utah’s ’’ Greatest Snow On Earth”; unbeatable accessibility.

Why go there ?
Exceptional snow
Hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics
9 skiable mountains

Alta is one of those areas that never changed its desire to preserve and protect the ski experience of its guests. The Alta “skiing emphasis” attempts to match the number of skiers with its facilities. Check out the new Wildcat Base Area – Alta’s first big facelift in years. There is little question that the small cluster of classic ski lodges atop Little Cottonwood Canyon is home to one of the finest ski experiences in the world. If you need a big city fix, Salt Lake City is just down the canyon.

Skiable surface
2200 acres
Average snowfall
551 inches
Lifts
551
Trails
116
Beginner
25
Intermediate
40
Advanced
35
Summit elevation
3215 meters
Base elevation
2600 meters
Vertical drop
615 meters

The mountain averages 500 inches of snow a winter. The snow is traditionally light, fluffy and dry making it a paradise for riders and skiers. Brighton is located directly in the path of winter storms and it is also at the very top of Big Cottonwood Canyon so it gets the very best of the “greatest snow on earth,” and lots of it.

Skiable surface
1050 acres
Average snowfall
500 inches
Lifts
500
Trails
66
Beginner
21
Intermediate
39
Expert
40
Summit elevation
3200 meters
Base elevation
2668 meters
Vertical drop
532 meters

Deer Valley prides itself on its commitment to customer service – and consistently raises the bar for itself in this regard. A posh, but comfortable resort, Deer Valley was designed and built to bring a new sense of elegance and excitement to the skiing experience. Located in Park City, the area has gone to great lengths to keep its slopes uncrowded and the skier experience one of heightened enjoyment and excitement.

Skiable surface
2026 acres
Average snowfall
300 inches
Lifts
300
Trails
101
Beginner
27
Intermediate
41
Expert
32
Summit elevation
2916 meters
Base elevation
2002 meters
Vertical drop
914 meters

Like a number of bigtime ski areas Park City was once home to miners in search of precious metals. Today, a new breed of searcher comes looking for the area’s legendary snow. Main Street is lined with boutiques, galleries, and restaurants that have managed to blend old with new. Nightlife, despite some long-held misconceptions to the contrary, bustles. The mountain itself is broad and steep, and offers some of the most varied terrain in the Wasatch range. Park City is home base for U.S. Skiing, the parent corporation of all the American snowsports teams. The resort is also the official training site of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams. New for 2006/07: Park City Mountain Resort has installed the Silver Star chairlift, a triple giving guests additional access to the mountain. It will also open up three new intermediate runs. The resort has also added 14 new snowmaking guns and three new snowcat machines.

Skiable surface
3300 acres
Average snowfall
355 inches
Lifts
355
Trails
104
Beginner
17
Intermediate
50
Expert
33
Summit elevation
3048 meters
Base elevation
2103 meters
Vertical drop
945 meters

Snowbird has the largest vertical rise in Utah and is among the top ten in the nation. Located a mile down canyon from neighboring resort Alta, Snowbird offers a challenging brand of skiing and riding, along with enough intermediate terrain to entertain guests of average ability. Snowbird has 2,500 acres to play in with 11 lifts serving 89 runs. The area is 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport, making same-day arrivals and skiing a logistical reality.

Skiable surface
2500 acres
Average snowfall
500 inches
Lifts
500
Trails
89
Beginner
27
Intermediate
38
Advanced
35
Summit elevation
3352 meters
Base elevation
2365 meters
Vertical drop
987 meters

In a complicated world, time spent with the family and friends is more precious than ever. Twelve miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon, and just a half hour from Salt Lake City, lies the perfect place to come together. It’s a simpler, more peaceful world that can only be described as “solitude”. Up here, over 500 inches of annual snowfall covers 1,200 acres of terrain, while a complete lack of over-crowding assures nothing and no one will ever stand between you and your Solitude.

Skiable surface
1200 acres
Average snowfall
500 inches
Lifts
500
Trails
66
Beginner
20
Intermediate
50
Expert
30
Summit elevation
3058 meters
Base elevation
2435 meters
Vertical drop
623 meters

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