Park City, UT

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.

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
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%65%
#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%
#2Nordic Valley (Wolf Mountain)20%50%30%42%
#3Beaver Mountain35%40%25%43%
#4Brian Head Resort30%35%35%45%
#5Solitude20%50%30%53%

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 ft7,300341
#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.