From the moment you cross into Utah and see the beautiful landscape, feel the crispness of winter air lingering in your lungs, crunch along snowy roads leading to a rustic mountain lodge, and finally make it to the top of the ski lift, you’ll know why people spend so much time planning their winter vacations months ahead to Utah.
Skiing in Utah is nothing short of impressive. Utah is home to the greatest concentration of world-class ski resorts in North America, providing many options for skiers and snowboarders. Some of these ski resorts even have terrain suited for experts and daredevils, who can enjoy ski jumps and half pipes with snowboarding. During the season, you can expect to find year-round activities and events to attend at most of the resorts, including night skiing.
State-wide Utah typically receives the most snowfall in February, followed closely by March. Similarly, snow accumulation typically peaks at higher elevations in March, though there are often pockets to be found in higher elevations as late as April.
The ski season in Utah begins in late November, but most resorts open only in mid-to-late December. Skiing and snowboarding continue on until early April, with some major resorts staying open until early May or mid-April. In a state with five world-class ski resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Deer Valley and Park City are the other four) and numerous smaller, private ski areas, it’s easy to have your choice of slopes where the powder is deep, the trees are untracked and the sun is shining.
If you like wide open vistas and scenic views, then Utah is the place for you. With some of the most extensive ski resorts on the continent and a huge snowfall record, Utah is an excellent place to experience skiing. No matter how you feel about this frigid sport, you can’t deny that their mountains are breathtaking with their vast expanse of powdery snow and steep slopes.