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Bear Lake Northern Utah
Castle Country Central Utah
Uintah County - Vernal Northeastern Utah
Uintah County - Vernal
San Rafael Country South Central Utah
San Rafael Country
Heber Valley North Central Utah
Zion National Park - North Rim Grand Canyon Southern Utah
Zion National Park - North Rim Grand Canyon
Moab Southeast Utah
Ogden Valley Northern Utah
Park City North Central Utah
Salt Lake North Central Utah
San Juan County Southeast Utah
San Juan County
Sevier County - The Center of it All South Central Utah
Sevier County - The Center of it All
Capitol Reef Country Central Utah
Capitol Reef Country
Cedar City & Brian Head Southern Utah
Cedar City & Brian Head
Logan - Cache Valley Northern Utah
Logan - Cache Valley
Box Elder County Northern Utah
Box Elder County
Bryce Canyon Country Southern Utah
Bryce Canyon Country
Foothill Cultural District Salt Lake City
Foothill Cultural District
Utah - Life Elevated Statewide
Utah - Life Elevated
Flaming Gorge Country Northeastern Utah
Flaming Gorge Country
Palisade, Colorado Western
Discover Blanding Southeastern Utah
Holiday River Expeditions Utah, Colorado and Idaho
Holiday River Expeditions
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Choosing between the several Utah ski resorts can be daunting when you're not from the area, and once you have you may think the snow is whiter on the other side of the mountain. First things first: consider Utah climate and geography.
Storms visit the Beehive state by way of the Pacific Northwest and on average dump two thirds of their snow on the western slopes. The eastern resorts still get plenty of snow, mind you. Park City is eastern facing and incredibly famous.
The northern (Beaver Mountain, Snowbasin, Wolf Creek and Powder Mountain) and southern (Brian Head) Utah ski resorts are eastern as well, and get about the same amount of snow as Park City. This clears up a common misconception that being farther to the north means colder temperatures and more snow. Not true, at least about the snow, but because the mistake persists the prices for these resorts are much cheaper and the slopes less crowded.
Physical realities in hand the choice usually comes down to weighing accommodations, slope features and competition with fellow visitors. Weekdays and Sunday mornings are best.
Alta and Deer Valley are for skiers only, Deer Valley catering to larger budgets with condos and such. Snowbird ("The Bird") and Brighton are loved by locals but Snowbird is more of a resort while Brighton sticks to quality slopes and very basic everything else. If Brighton is too bare bones turn around and drive 5 minutes back to Solitude, which looks and feels like a Swiss village.
Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort are huge and very popular with visitors. They are easy to get to and offer world-class accommodations. Sundance is similar but smaller, more isolated and home to a film festival every January.