Skiing and Snowboarding

For cheaper season passes, buy early (prices go up after September/October). For even more discounts, check out the Utah Freeskier Society:

Alta has a ski FREE after 3pm program. One lift is open for everyone from 3 to 4:30pm. This single lift offers several trails: two green, one blue, one “black” trail through the trees, and a one mile long dummy trail which is the Summer road – it's perfect for teaching skiing). Alta also offers several 100-200 meter dummy trails with ropes open for everyone all day long. Free after 3pm gets a little bit crowded on weekends and has several blackout days.

  • Snowbird -Little Cottonwood Canyon Linked in the back with Alta, this resort is commonly ranked among the top 3 resorts in North America, and usually number 1 in the United States. Averaging slightly less snowfall than Alta, but home of more intense terrain, the bird is for skiers and boarders alike who know what they are doing.
  • Alta -Little Cottonwood Canyon 2 miles past the bird is the home of the skiers mountain. Alta is linked to Snowbird on the backside and it is possible to buy a single pass for both mountains. Alta ranks second in average annual snowfall behind Brighton. Self-deemed the locals mountain by those who snub diversity on the slopes…Alta is a skiers mountain only.
  • Solitude -Big Cottonwood Canyon Possible to buy ski passes by the number of lifts you would like to take, Solitude makes it economical to come up for a couple runs before the end of the day (or before classes start). Great access to back country if you have the right equipment. Moderate terrain for the more timid.
  • Brighton -Big Cottonwood Canyon A little past Solitude, Brighton has become a boarders mountain. The draw of the highest snowfall in the region, moderate terrain, terrain parks, and the highest density of snowboarders has served this mountain well. Additionally they offer night skiing and decent deals on their tickets.
  • The Canyons -Park City A more eastern oriented mountain with groomers and definite trails. Unlike the ski attitude of the other mountains, the Canyons has thick forests that will keep you on trails for many runs. A great mountain for families and learning. The cheapest college seasons pass in town.
  • Deer Valley -Park City
  • Park City -Park City
  • Snowbasin -Ogden Pumping tons of cash into this mountain for the Olympics, Snowbasin has five star lodges with comfortable carpeting and amazing chandeliers. Due to its distance from Salt Lake City, this mountain usually has small crowds and is a locals mountain.
  • Powder Mountain -Ogden This mountain is another good boarders mountain, however it too is a bit of a drive from Salt Lake City. Snowy days make the pass dangerous to get up and down, so beware. Small crowds here due to the drive from Salt Lake City.

Cross-country and Touring

  • Wasatch Tours The definitive guide to ski touring in the Wasatch, written by SoC’s very own Dave Hanscom.
  • Mountain Dell and Soldier Hollow