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Utah Ski Resorts Ranked & Mapped

Utah has 14 major ski resorts, most centered around Salt Lake City, which is not surprising since that city held the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

The Utah Ski Season

The ski season in Utah typically runs from November through April, depending on the weather and snow conditions. Utah is known for its deep powder and dry, cold winters, which make for excellent skiing and snowboarding conditions.

In general, the ski season gets off to a slow start in November, as the mountains are often still covered in snow from the previous season. The snowpack builds throughout the winter, and by January and February, the ski resorts are usually operating at full capacity and the skiing and snowboarding conditions are at their best. March and April can also be good months for skiing and snowboarding in Utah, as the weather tends to be more stable and the snowpack is often well established.

The Most Popular Ski Resorts in Utah

There are several well-known ski resorts in Utah. Here are our top five:

Alta Ski Area

Alta

Alta can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 75% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.

Mountain Stats

Summit:  10,550′
Vertical:  2,020′
Base:  8,530′

Terrain Stats

Trails:  116
Lifts:  11
Acres:  2,200

Trail Breakdown

Beginner:  25%
Intermediate:  40%
Expert:  35%

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Located in the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City, Alta Ski Area is known for its deep powder and challenging terrain. The resort offers a variety of activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, as well as a range of amenities such as ski and snowboard rentals, dining options, and a variety of après ski activities.

Park City Mountain

Park City Mountain

Park City Mountain is one of the hardest ski areas in the country. It ranks in the top 10% of most-difficult ski resorts in all of North America, mostly due to the fact that it has 51% of its trails rated as expert-level, and a vertical drop of 3,200 feet.

Mountain Stats

Summit:  10,000′
Vertical:  3,200′
Base:  6,800′

Terrain Stats

Trails:  374
Lifts:  43
Acres:  7,300

Trail Breakdown

Beginner:  8%
Intermediate:  41%
Expert:  51%

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Located in Park City, Utah, Park City Mountain is the largest ski resort in the United States. The resort offers a variety of terrain, including trails for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, as well as a range of amenities such as ski and snowboard rentals, dining options, and a variety of après ski activities.

Snowbasin Resort

Snowbasin

Snowbasin is more difficult than the average ski slope. 80% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn’t leave much for the beginners.

Mountain Stats

Summit:  9,350′
Vertical:  2,950′
Base:  6,400′

Terrain Stats

Trails:  113
Lifts:  10
Acres:  3,000

Trail Breakdown

Beginner:  20%
Intermediate:  50%
Expert:  30%

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Located in Ogden, Utah, Snowbasin Resort is known for its diverse terrain and beautiful mountain views. The resort offers a variety of activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing, as well as a range of amenities such as ski and snowboard rentals, dining options, and a variety of après ski activities.

Solitude Mountain Resort

Solitude

Solitude can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.

Mountain Stats

Summit:  10,035′
Vertical:  2,047′
Base:  7,988′

Terrain Stats

Trails:  65
Lifts:  7
Acres:  1,200

Trail Breakdown

Beginner:  20%
Intermediate:  50%
Expert:  30%

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Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, Solitude Mountain Resort is known for its challenging terrain and natural snow. The resort offers a variety of activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing, as well as a range of amenities such as ski and snowboard rentals, dining options, and a variety of après ski activities.

Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley

Deer Valley is more difficult than the average ski slope. 73% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn’t leave much for the beginners.

Mountain Stats

Summit:  9,570′
Vertical:  3,000′
Base:  6,570′

Terrain Stats

Trails:  103
Lifts:  21
Acres:  2,026

Trail Breakdown

Beginner:  27%
Intermediate:  31%
Expert:  42%

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Located in Park City, Utah, Deer Valley Resort is known for its luxurious amenities and impeccably groomed trails. The resort offers a variety of activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing, as well as a range of amenities such as ski and snowboard rentals, dining options, and a variety of après ski activities.

List of All Utah Ski Resorts

Over 72% of Utah-based ski resorts are a part of a national lift pass system. Vail’s EPIC system is associated with two resorts, while five resorts are a part of the IKON pass. The Mountain Collective (COLL) is associated with two.

ResortPassLocation
AltaIKON,COLLSalt Lake City, UT, 84121
Beaver MountainINDYGarden City, UT, 84028
Brian Head ResortBrian Head, UT, 84719
BrightonIKONBrighton, UT, 84121
Cherry Peak ResortRichmond, UT, 84333
Deer ValleyIKONPark City, UT, 84060
Eagle PointINDYHuntsville, UT, 84317
Nordic Valley (Wolf Mountain)Eden, UT, 84310
Park City MountainEPICPark City, UT, 84060
Powder MountainINDYCedar Valley, UT, 84013
SnowbasinIKON,COLLOrangeville, UT, 84537
SnowbirdIKON,COLLSnowbird, UT, 84092
SolitudeIKONSalt Lake City, UT, 84121
SundanceSundance, UT, 84604
Woodward Park CityPark City, UT, 84098

Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’

Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

The Most Difficult Utah Ski Resorts

Snowbird comes out on top as the most difficult ski resort within Utah. Park City Mountain may be the most popular, but it comes in second place here. Both resorts have a very minimal amount of beginner trails and have vertical drops in excess of 3,200 ft.

Tip: Use our Expert-Level Ski Trip for Salt Lake City to plan a ski trip in Utah.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Snowbird8%25%67%83%
#2Park City Mountain8%41%51%76%
#3Deer Valley27%31%42%66%
#4Snowbasin20%50%30%62%
#5Powder Mountain25%40%35%58%

The Easiest Ski Resorts in Utah

Woodward Park City is the most beginner-friendly ski resort in Utah. It has over 50% of its trails rated as “beginner”, and it has the least amount of trails and smallest vertical drop of anywhere in the state.

While Woodward would be a great place to learn how to ski, it will get too easy, very quick. Wolf Mountain or Brian Head are better ski resorts for those with at least a little bit of skiing under their belt.

Tip: Use our Beginner-Level Ski Trip for Salt Lake City to plan a ski trip in Utah.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty ScoreTM
#1Woodward Park City60%40%0%14%
#2Cherry Peak Resort30%45%25%40%
#3Nordic Valley (Wolf Mountain)20%50%30%42%
#4Beaver Mountain35%40%25%43%
#5Brian Head Resort30%35%35%45%

The Largest Ski Resorts in Utah

Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?

Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.

Park City is by far the largest ski resort in Utah. It has the most trails, and second-highest vertical drop and skiable acreage in the state.

Powder Mountain comes in as the second-biggest ski resort in Utah because of how its slopes encompass an incredible 8,400+ acres. In fact, Powder Mountain is actually the largest ski resort in the country, if basing it solely on skiable acreage.

Rank ResortSummit ElevationBase ElevationVertical DropAcresTrails
#1Park City Mountain10,000 ft6,800 ft3,200 ft7,300374
#2Powder Mountain9,422 ft6,900 ft2,522 ft8,464154
#3Snowbird11,000 ft7,760 ft3,240 ft2,500171
#4Snowbasin9,350 ft6,400 ft2,950 ft3,000113
#5Deer Valley9,570 ft6,570 ft3,000 ft2,026103

Neighboring States

Utah is neighbored by the states of Arizona to the south, Nevada to the west, Idaho and Wyoming to the North and Colorado to the east. All of these states have great-to-good skiing opportunities, with even a few close to their border with Utah. Colorado and Wyoming especially have some of the most iconic ski resorts in the US in Vail and Jackson Hole, respectively.

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Chris Cagle

I love traveling the United States. I hunt down fantastic places to visit in the summer and great slopes to ski down in the winter. The first national park I ever visited was the Smokies, but since then, I've been to dozens. However, my favorite by far has been Zion.