Park City (pictured), Deer Valley, and The Canyons are
all within a few miles of each other so you can spend a
week in Utah and never make the same run twice.
With an average annual snowfall of 500 inches (and a record 700" during the 2007-2008 season) Utah boasts "The Greatest Snow on Earth".
Today, Utah remains a mecca for winter sports adventurers from the US and around the world.
As the snow piles on, so do the skiers, who have a choice of 13 major
ski resorts all within an hour's drive or so from Salt Lake City.
The closest, and one of the most luxurious of Utah ski and snowboard
resorts is Park City, (formerly The Canyons) just 30 minutes away from SLC offering more than 3,000 acres of variable terrain on 8 mountains with 155 trails, two state-of-the-art terrain parks and six halfpipes.
Also within an easy drive from Salt Lake City, the 3,200 skiable acres at Snowbasin encompasses one of the oldest resorts in the country offering breathtakingly beautiful scenery and 113 trails.
Along with its serious role as the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, fun winter adventure is the order of the day at Snowbasin which also offers world class snowboarding terrain, snow tubing runs, and cross country trails.
Another famous association with Utah is, of course, the annual Sundance Film Festival. where in January movie fans and filmmakers alike gather to mingle at the nearby Park City Mountain resort or Sundance ski resort by day, then watch showcase world premiere films by night.
For really serious skiing (snowboarding is still NOT allowed) travel further south to the Alta
ski area in Little Cottonwood Canyon -- an hour's drive from SLC boasting some of the deepest best dry powder in the state.
Atla attracts some the most skilled skiers in the country to its 10,550 ft. elevation and 2,020 ft. drop. Along with some of the most challenging terrain anywhere, Alta also features great beginner and intermediate terrain.
More about Utah ski resorts around the Web:
Ski Utah - This is your first stop for major ski resort information current snow reports, trip planning, lodging and vacation package deals, related event calendar, photos & videos.
Utah Ski Resorts - The state's official travel site features at-a-glance information for all ski resorts including maps, photos, mountain stats, snowboarding info and related resources.
OnTheSnow.com - Here's a good overview plus statistical comparisons of more than a dozen major Utah ski resorts including current weather, snow and surface conditions, star-rated visitor reviews and photos.