The snow in Utah is well known in North America. As their number plates state, they are proud to have ‘the best snow on earth’. The snow in Utah is definitely impressive. Utah gets light and dry powder – with several resorts known for having an annual average of over 12 metres. Three resorts (Park City, Deer Valley and the Canyons) are all centrally located in the town of Park city, offering fantastic skiing along with great dining, lodging, and a buzzing nightlife. Utah’s biggest drop? Check out Alta (one of the three areas in the United States reserved for skiers only!)
“Utah is home to some of North Americas lightest and driest snow. As their numberplates states, maybe this is home to the ‘best snow on earth ‘ “
Park city ski resort is a world-renowned resort that sits right about the cosmopolitan Park City town in Utah, USA. One of the biggest drawcards of PCMR is the quality of snow. Utah is known for its light and ‘desert dry’ powder, and Park City gets plenty of it. What we really like about Park City is its terrain parks. Not only has PCMR got a superpipe and mini pipe, but 4 terrain parks including a megapark where you can watch the pros do their stuff. Park city is perfect for intermediates, with plenty of groomers and an excellent ski school. However there is still variety for advanced skiers and riders, with challenging steeps, excellent tree runs and powder filled back bowls.
The deer Valley ski resort in Park City Utah is a true ski resort, Ie, snowboarders are prohibited. It has an upmarket and elegant ambiance and has attracted a strong following of skiers. It caters for guests who enjoy exclusivity and are willing to pay for it. In 2002, the resort hosted the alpine slalom, freestyle moguls and aerial ski events.
Overall, this resort is small compared to other Utah resorts, but it offers terrain for all ability levels. However due to the excellent falls line groomed runs cater well for intermediates, and there is great terrain for beginners. For advanced skiers there are plenty of bowls, glades and moguls. Not really for the expert skier, Deer Valley only offers a few chutes, which get chopped up quickly.
The Canyons is Utahs newest resort and one of the largest in the state. For freeriders, you’ll be in awe by not only the extent but the variety of freeride terrain on offer. Check out the tombstone express to get yourself to some awesome terrain. Also, check out the southside chutes if you like your steeps. For beginners, there really isn’t a wide variety of terrain (only 14% of the mountain is suitable for beginners.) If you like your freestyle, this place has a few parks and some great natural hits, as well as natural pipes and banked walls.
Off snow, the Canyons have some on snow accommodation, however you’ll have more choice staying in Park City or back in Salt Lake city.
Snowbird is a mountain for good skiers and riders. Beginners will quickly find that Snowbird is not really suitable and might get a bit bored with the lack of availability of beginner runs. Freeriders should take the mineral basin lift off the back of hidden peak which accesses some epic terrain and great snow, particularly on a powder day. For freestylers there is a halfpipe and beginner terrain park.
Off slopes? There is very little in the way of local services. At the base of the mountain there are a couple of lodges with a few restaurants and bars, but don’t expect anything cheap.
Alta is one of the oldest ski areas in the US, and you can now access neighbouring Alta via the lifts. Like Deer Valley, Alta prohibits snowboarders. This place has a bit of reputation for its hard core ski culture, unsurprising given it attracts plenty of advanced skiers. This resort has great lift infrastructure and plenty of terrain, with a good spread of beginner slopes, blue cruisers and of course challenging steeps and tree skiing for experts.
The village at Alta is quite traditional in the sense that this place does not call itself a resort, rather a ski area. The facilities and night life is limited, but perfectly fine for those families who just want to focus on their skiing. Rustic lodging is the typical style of accommodation – if you are after something flashier, check out Park City or Salt Lake City for more options.