Most Beautiful Ski Towns in Utah

Whether you’re a downhill demon or a bunny hill beginner, you’ve probably heard that Utah is home to “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” Sure, you want a workout for the body – but you also want a treat for the eyes. So, mirror, mirror: What are the most beautiful ski towns in all of Utah?

Tough call! Boasting the finest powder on earth, stunning landscapes, and breathtaking views, the Beehive State is a magnet for powder hounds from around the world. Do you go for the tranquility and wide open spaces of Solitude, the family-friendly vibe of Eagle Point, the buzz of Park City, or the rustic charm of Sundance? (And there’s more to choose from!)

Raring to go on a winter vacation – but not sure where? Start planning your trip with this guide to the top-rated ski resort towns in Utah. Feed that stoke!

Top-rated Utah ski resort towns

Park City

Want a site that blends tons of skiable slopes, awesome terrain parks, and top-flight amenities? Set your compass for Park City. Just 40 minutes from Salt Lake City, the Park City Mountain Resort is the largest and most popular ski resort in Utah. Clocking in at 7,300 acres and 341 runs, this place is huge.

But Park City isn’t just a “ski town.” Stroll Main Street for a whiff of its Wild West past as a silver mining town. Check out historic buildings that were given new life as cozy hotels and restaurants.

Park City Mountain

Park City Mountain Resort is known for its rockin’ après-ski scene – so keep some gas in the tank after your day on the slopes. But if fresh tracks are your priority, bunk down in ski-in/ski-out lodgings at the Park City or Canyons base.

If you want a more low-key vibe, scoot over to Deer Valley Resort. It’s just 8 minutes away and one of the oldest and highest-rated ski resorts in the country. Exuding a family-friendly vibe, Deer Valley features over 2,000 acres that welcome a wide range of skill levels.

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Treat yourself to Deer Valley’s world-class amenities – including fine mountainside dining, sumptuous day lodges warmed by wood-burning fireplaces, and luxury accommodations. Bonus for snow-seeking parents: childcare facilities for non-skiing kiddos.


The name says it all: An hour’s drive from Salt Lake City, Eden (population 800) is a slice of powder heaven. One of the state’s largest ski resorts, Eden is home to one of the most pristine skiing expanses in North America.

Nestled in the gorgeous Ogden Valley in the stunning Wasatch Mountain range, this rustic town boasts two ski resorts: Nordic Valley, a budget-friendly family resort, and Powder Mountain, a revered destination for park rats.

Powder Mountain in Eden, UT

With a peak elevation of almost 10,000 feet, over 500 inches of snow every year, and more than 8,400 skiable acres, Eden is a powder paradise. Want to get your bearings? Head to Powder Mountain’s Adventure Center for orientation with a Mountain Host. Explore hidden glades, chutes, and open bowls. Or hop aboard Snowcat Powder Safari for quick access to Powder Mountain’s best secret stashes.

Looking for a spot that’s family-friendly and easy on the budget? Zip over to Nordic Valley Resort at the heart of the Wasatch Mountains – and check out its fantastic ski school for kids and adult newbies.

Not a skier or boarder? Fill your itinerary with snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and fat tire biking. When it’s time to refuel, hit the mountainside’s lodges and cafes for some warming victuals. Or hop on the shuttle to Eden to explore intriguing shops and eateries in Eden’s historic downtown.


Looking for a Utah ski town that combines stunning natural beauty with rugged historic charm? Discover it in Ogden. Set in the gorgeous Ogden Valley, this frontier town lives up to its slogan, “Still Untamed.” But with a population of 90,000, it’s also a vibrant city with a thriving culinary and cultural scene.

As a gateway to popular resorts like Snowbasin, Ogden is a winner with powder hounds that favor steep verticals and lots of space. Blue and black level runs predominate, but there are plenty of green options for the less experienced. And the resort offers lessons that’ll up your game, no matter your skill level. If you’re a boarder, you’ll get a gulp of “big air” in three great terrain parks.

Snowbasin in Ogden, UT

For family-friendly fun, get the gang together for snow tubing at Wasatch Parc. Or cozy up for an enchanting dash through the snow with a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Wolf Creek.

Carve out time to explore historic downtown Ogden, a rustic gem filled with beautifully preserved art deco buildings. Take an intriguing stroll back in time on 25th Street. Originally a hideout for bootleggers and gamblers, this thriving neighborhood now buzzes with restaurants, bars, and a vibrant arts scene.


Craving a Utah ski destination that takes your powder obsession seriously? Then set your sites on Alta. The slogan is “Come for the snow. Stay for the snow.” Believe it! Alta proudly calls itself a “ski area” rather than a “ski resort.” Meaning: don’t expect high-end frills. This skiing-only resort is all about the slopes.

Set in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains, the Alta Ski Area is renowned for its bountiful 500” + annual snowfall – catnip for powder hounds. Over half the runs here are designed for more advanced skiers, but the varied terrain offers options for every skill level.

Alta Ski Resort

For expert skiers, Alta’s off-piste lines across the mountain are ideal. Up for a serious challenge? Shred it up at Alta Ski Area’s High Rustler, one of the longest continuous steep runs in the country.

Skiers of all levels can polish their skills at Alf Engen Ski School. And if you’ve got tots in tow and want a break, the Alta Children’s Center offers all-day care for the kiddos.

Ready to recharge? The Alta Ski Area has you covered with a bevy of spots to dig into soul-warming food and libations.

Want to hunker down for the night? Check Alta’s great selection of accommodations, ranging from rustic Alta Peruvian Lodge to the luxurious ski-in/ski-out Alta’s Rustler Lodge.


Do you dream of whisking down snowy slopes in solitary splendor? Well, you can – just about – in Solitude. Nestled in the Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch Mountains, Solitude is a wide-open powdery paradise.

Just 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, Solitude Mountain Resort features over 1,200 acres of skiing and boarding terrain, including some of the most challenging off-piste routes in the country. Lucky for you: it’s one of the less-visited resorts in Utah, so you’ll feel like you’ve got the slopes to yourself.

Solitude Ski Resort

With a laid-back, family-friendly vibe, this resort offers a great mix of terrain for every skill level. Whether you’re into easy-going groomers, deep powder stashes, or challenging backcountry terrain, you’ll discover it in Solitude.

Want to sharpen up those snow skills? Riders and gliders of all ages and skill levels are welcome at the Solitude Ski School.

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Looking for a change of pace? Glide over to the Solitude Nordic Center, where you can cross-country or snowshoe across 12 miles of tranquil trails. It’s the perfect way to slow down, savor the seclusion, and connect with nature.


Want to savor a spot with some serious snow cred? Then hustle up to Brighton. Once a haven for the area’s silver miners, Brighton Ski Resort earned its bragging rights in 1936 when it became the first ski area in Utah.

Famous for its Ski and Snowboard School, Brighton is legendary as “the place where Utah learns to ski.” It’s kept a laid-back, unpretentious vibe that makes even novice skiers and boarders feel welcome. And it’s very affordable. This site isn’t about the off-mountain frills: it’s all about the hill!

Brighton Ski Resort

Set in Big Cottonwood Canyon, about 45 minutes from Salt Lake City, Brighton gets a big dose of “The Greatest Snow on Earth” – over 500 inches a season! And with over 1,000 acres of skiable terrain, you’ll find your happy place whether you’re a fan of gentle groomers or Black Diamond. And boarders and freestylers will flip for the selection of five awesome terrain parks featuring incredible rails, jumps, and bumps.

Unwind in the rustic mountainside charm of the Brighton Lodge. Head down the road a couple miles, and you’ve got a great selection of private chalets, ski-in/ski-out cabins, and luxury rental properties. Or hop aboard the 4-minute Canyon Ski Shuttle into Solitude for even more accommodation options.


Does the name ring a bell? The brainchild of actor Robert Redford, Sundance has achieved legendary status as a cultural hub. But it’s not just a moniker beloved by indie film nerds: Sundance Mountain Resort is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and powder plankers who are looking for luxe with a decidedly rustic flair.

Nestled at the base of the iconic 12,000-foot-high Mt. Timpanogos in the Wasatch Range, Sundance is swaddled in 5,000 acres of protected wilderness. But don’t worry about getting lost: with 42 runs spread over 450 acres, Sundance is “small” by Utah standards – making its offerings all the more accessible!

Sundance Resort

And it offers plenty. Choose from a wide range of blue, black, and green runs, a ski school, night skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, a terrain park, and even a winter zipline.

Want to swap the slopes for the studio? Unleash your inner artist with painting, pottery, jewelry-making, and soap-making classes at the Sundance Art Studio. Feeling zen? Book yourself a meditative, muscle-melting session at the resort’s spa.

The big draw at Sundance – aside from the movie star imprimatur – is its enchanting rustic simplicity. Savor the charm of wooden log-style cottages and award-winning restaurants that nestle in the mountainside. With their rough-hewn beams, wood stoves, and stone fireplaces, they’re a perfect reflection of the stunning natural beauty that cradles them.


On the hunt for that special blend of terrific mountain terrain, family-friendly skiing, and budget-friendly rates? Look no further than Eagle Point Resort. Minutes away from the town of Beaver, this low-key venue is a three-hour jaunt from Salt Lake City. And it may be one of the Beehive State’s best-kept secrets.

Gather the gang and sweep down to Utah’s newest ski resort. Set high in the stunning Tushar Mountains, Eagle Point Resort in Beaver offers 650 skiable acres, small crowds, runs that will satisfy everyone and boatloads of powder.

It’s the perfect place to break away from the hustle of mega-resorts to enjoy quality time with family and friends. Check out Eagle Point’s great range of options, including everything from tyke-friendly terrain to some of the steepest lift-serviced landscapes in Utah.

With lift tickets about half the cost of resorts closer to Salt Lake City and some of the lowest-priced lessons in the state, Eagle Point Resort is easy on the wallet. But it’s also an awesome site to ski!

Explore hundreds of acres of scenic tree-lined groomers, steep runs, and a terrain park. Whatever your skill level, you’ll find something that works for you (and your fledgling rippers). This resort gives off a low-key, welcoming vibe that’ll make your crew feel right at home.

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Recharge mountainside at the rustic Canyonside Lodge Bar & Grill, where refreshments come with a side of spectacular views. Grab a beer in the bar and let the kids blow off steam with foosball and shuffleboard in the gaming zone.

Book in at one of the site’s premium condos, villas, or cabins, and you’re guaranteed a jumpstart on tomorrow’s powder.

Brian Head

If you’re looking to fly high, Brian Head is the place to do it. With an awesome base elevation of 9,600 ft, this unassuming Utah mountain village (population 154) just happens to hold the title “Highest Resort Town” in America.

Then there’s the star attraction. Three minutes away is one of Utah’s premier skiing destinations: the Brian Head Resort. Set in the beautiful Dixie National Forest, three hours from Las Vegas, Brian Head soars skyward to a jaw-dropping elevation of 10,920 ft.

If you haven’t experienced desert skiing, you’re in for a treat. Hop aboard the Giant Steps Express lift, and get a bird’s eye view of this extraordinary skiing landscape. The sight of fiery red rock cliffs dappled with fresh Utah powder is sure to leave you breathless.

Cedar Breaks National Monument in Brian Head, UT

The resort boasts over 650 acres of skiable terrain that stretch across two mountains. The mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs is generous, so you’re bound to find what works for your skill level. Rates are budget-friendly, and the slopes are uncrowded.

If you’re craving a change of pace, slip on some cross-country skis, strap on snowshoes, or lace up some skates to glide through the evergreens at Brian Head Ice.

Weekends are family-friendly party time at the resort’s Giant Steps Café. When the dinner bell rings, head for the Last Chair Saloon and dig into mouthwatering Kansas City-style BBQ and cornbread (served up by the Kansas City ex-pat owner). Then head out into the night and feast your eyes on the blazing starscape that arches across this dark-sky preserve.


Don’t let the quaint name fool you. Snowbird in Little Cotton Canyon is where rippers come to dig in their talons and do some serious shredding. Considered the most challenging resort in the state, the Snowbird Resort offers a minimal amount of beginner trails – concentrating instead on intermediate and advanced runs. It maxes out with hair-raising vertical drops of over 3,200 ft. (Yikes!)

Deep snow, steep slopes, 2,500 skiable acres, and a season that can extend beyond Memorial Day. No wonder this destination is a powder pro favorite!

Snowbird Ski Resort

Snowbird is one of Utah’s most scenic ski resorts, so if you’re not sure about hitting the hill but you want to take in its spectacular beauty – no problem! Step aboard the iconic Aerial Tram Ride for a breathtaking seven-minute journey to Hidden Peak.

The resort’s highest elevation at 11,000 ft., The Peak offers access to almost all the areas of the mountain. It also serves up incredible 360-degree views of some of Utah’s most breathtaking terrain. Take a break and dine at The Summit, then glide back to base on the Tram.

Or test your mettle in a mountain showdown.

Slip into your planks and discover some of the best chutes, cliffs, and moguls to be found in the rugged Wasatch range. They all add up to make “The Bird” one of the most exhilarating and diverse ski destinations in the state. You’ll earn the burn.

Back at base, head to The Tram Club for some après-activity. Brews and glove bumps all around!


Trying to track down a terrific ski destination that’s family-friendly, newbie-welcoming, and won’t put a huge dent in the credit card? Then make tracks for Logan. Set in northeastern Utah in the Bear River Mountains of beautiful Cache Valley, Logan is one of the state’s prized skiing secrets.

Logan is home to two terrific resorts. Head for the northeast face and you’ll discover the longest-running family-owned ski site in the country: the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort. This local favorite began operations in 1939, and it’s stayed wide open to families and novices ever since – all for the best rates in Utah ski country.

“The Beav” offers 828 acres of skiable terrain and a 1,700 vertical drop. The most important stat: 75% of its runs are designed for beginners and intermediates. And the site’s remote location and low-key vibe mean that you won’t be jostling with crowds who want to get their laps in. Enjoy the quietude as you take your time wending your way through the mountain’s beautiful terrain.

Chow down at the main lodge. For an accommodation option with a twist, bunk down in the resort’s cozy (heated) yurt. You’re guaranteed first crack at the morning’s fresh powder.

Head to the other side of the Bear River range, and you’ll discover a newcomer on the ski scene: Cherry Peak Resort. Also family-run, this 400-acre new kid on the block has a distinctly youthful vibe. With a diverse skiing terrain, affordable lessons, tubing, night skiing, and ice skating, this newbie gives veteran resorts a run for their money. Check it out!


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