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Skiing & Snow Sports

Visit The Greatest Snow on Earth®

Skiers and snowboarders flock to Utah each winter to experience fresh powder that’s considered The Greatest Snow on Earth®. Salt Lake City offers visitors and residents the best of both worlds; a happening city and close proximity to 10 major ski resorts. Spend your winter vacation hitting the slopes and relaxing in style all within an hour from the Salt Lake City Airport. Once your plane comes into view of the Utah Mountains you will see why many consider it a playground all year long! Exquisite views surround an exciting urban center and nearby mountain resort destinations offer luxury lodging, fine dining, spas and winter culture.

Your Adventure Awaits

Utah mountains offer plenty of activities for every adventurer! Whether you’re looking to go snowmobiling, sledding, cross-country skiing, or helicopter snowboarding in Utah’s backcountry, your options are never limited. Looking for something more tame? You can go snow tubing, ice skating or explore ice castles with the whole family.

Take in a little of Utah’s history at the premier facilities that hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics in Park City where both elite and amateur athletes spend their time training. You can catch amazing athletes training to reach their dreams while visiting the Olympic Park. Feeling inspired and want to get in on the action? You can ride in the Comet Bobsled, skate at the Utah Olympic Oval or go Nordic Skiing at Soldier Hollow. Find out more here!

Utah has become a winter wonderland for snow enthusiasts looking for the greatest ski and snow destinations in the World. The greatest part about all of these epic winter activities is they are under an hour from the city! Utah is the place to travel and more than ever is the place many are choosing to relocate.

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Plan Your Trip

It’s important to plan your trip to Utah prior to boarding the plane or packing up the car to get the most of your adventure! There are a few basics you want to cover: How are you going to get to Utah? When is the best time of year to visit? Where are you going to stay? What adventures do you want to take on while you’re here?

There are so many amazing activities to chose from! Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, exploring the backcountry, cross country skiing, or just relaxing at a luxurious spa. We have put together a few different guides below to help you make the most of your trip or move to Utah where we live life elevated!

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Backcountry Exploring

Utah is famous for it’s backcountry and each day skiers, snowmobiles, snowshoes, boarders, hikers, and climbers enjoy easily accessible trail-heads into this pristine backcountry and sidecountry snow. There are hundreds of trails to explore but it’s important to remember you have left the protection of ski areas and need proper gear. When exploring backcountry you need standard avalanche rescue gear, avalanche training and you should regularly consult the Utah Avalanche Center www.utahavalanchecenter.org for critical avalanche safety information before heading out.

Know Before You Go: About Utah's Backcountry and Sidecountry

Remember that the gift of backcountry also comes with responsibility for avalanche safety. Each day, hard-working ski patrols make the terrain inside of ski area boundaries extremely safe from avalanches.  If you don't own avalanche equipment or feel that you have the right skills, no problem. You can utilize local guides listed below that can set you up with the proper gear, keep you safe and lead you to the good stuff to make the most of your vacation.

Get the Equipment: Everyone should have a transceiver, shovel and probe on their person and know how to use them.

Get the Training: Take an avalanche course to learn obvious clues to danger and how to read the terrain.

Get the Forecast: Consult the Utah Avalanche Center website before heading out for critical avalanche information and education resources.

Get the Picture: Recent avalanches on similar slopes mean dangerous conditions.

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Backcountry Skiing

People flock to Utah’s famous backcountry every day to enjoy the pristine snow and beautiful landscapes outside of ski boundaries. Utah’s backcountry is home to fresh powder, amazing views, fresh air, and serene sounds of nature. Prepare yourself with the proper equipment and avalanche skills for a successful and safe backcountry experience. There are multiple mountain resorts and trailheads along the Wasatch range which is less than an hour from the Salt Lake City International Airport. Looking for more exploration outside of trailheads? There are hundreds of thousands of acres throughout national forests and mountain ranges waiting to be explored. Utah is home to a diverse backcountry should you wish to bypass the trails.

Not too confident with your avalanche skills or lack the equipment? Feel free to take advantage of local guide operators who would love nothing more than to get you to the top of the perfect, fresh powdered run of your dreams safely. These guides will provide all the equipment and knowledge to deal with the terrain safely while finding you the best adventure. Even without avalanche skills, equipment or a guide, there are areas that you can safely backcountry ski in. Stick to terrain generally less steep than 30 degrees and out from underneath steeper slopes. Below are some excellent Guide Operators: 

Utah Mountain Adventures

Powderbird

Splitboard Education Company

Bear House Mountain Guiding

Red River Adventures

 

Snowmobiling

You can spend a day or a whole week exploring over 800 miles of groomed snowmobile trails throughout Utah. Whether you’re looking to cruise through the red rock canyons in Southern Utah or explore the rugged mountains in Northern Utah, there are plenty of options to have an amazing snowmobile adventure. Start planning your vacation, lodging, and tours now, so you can get out there and explore the trails offering unique sights, sounds, and adventures.

There are dozens of popular trailheads open throughout the mountain areas of Utah. The terrains range from advanced to beginner, so plan your adventure accordingly. You can climb steep hills or ride through a powdery meadow all within the same mountain range. If you have the proper equipment and avalanche skills you can access steep hill climbing terrain and steep, treed boondocking. Those without avalanche skills or equipment can still have a blast in gentler beginner-friendly terrain. 

Explore the Nine unique trail complexes are located across the state with interlinking trail systems. Check them out here!

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Helicopter Ski & Snowboarding

Can you see the perfect line down the mountain but it can’t be accessed by lifts or a hike? The unreachable mountain face you once examined, where you see a promising run of snow with bottomless powder fields is now reachable. Helicopter skiing and snowboarding will take you to new heights and untouched snow guaranteed to be the best run of your life.

Perhaps you’ve skied at every resort and you’re ready for a new challenge? Or you’ve heard tales of the particular Wasatch mountain steep that you need to check off your bucket list this winter. If you’re a skilled skier who knows no bounds and is prepared to spend a little extra for the thrilling freedom of backcountry snow, this is the activity for you. Get beyond the boundaries and book your helicopter flight.

You will be transported in warmth and comfort as you take in the views all the way to the top of untouched powder runs. What makes this experience even better? You will have the security of avalanche-experts looking out for you with detailed knowledge of the land and eyes on you if you should need it. Utah helicopter skiing the flight and ride of a lifetime and the cost is well worth it.

Find a local guide to take you up below:

Powderbird Helicopter Skiing

Park City Powder Cats & Heli Ski

Diamond Peaks Heli Ski Adventures

Kite Skiing

This relatively new winter sport has all the hype this year and is one you will definitely want to get into quick. Snowkiting, also known as kiteboarding (kite snowboarding) or kite skiing is the beautiful marriage of snow skis/boards and paragliding sails into one very exhilarating activity. Imagine sailing across snow and ice propelled by a power kite and wind or carving and jumping on mountain tops.

Central Utah's Wasatch Plateau in Sanpete County, which boasts some of the globe's most ideal conditions for snowkiting is at the top of our list. The expansive terrain of Powder Mountain Resort near Ogden in Northern Utah also has great terrain for learning to snowkite or mastering your technique of this relatively new outdoor winter sport.

The Utah Skyline Drive Snowkiting Area blends crosswind attacks ranging from 5 to 20 mph at a breathtaking 10,000 feet with the natural splendor of Utah's high country. Want to get into snowkiting but don’t know where to start? Visit the Utah Snowkite Center for lessons!

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Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing may be the easiest and quick way to get out there and explore Utah’s expansive national forests and state parks. Adventure through Wasatch Mountain, Bear Lake and Antelope Island on the invigorating snowshoe trails with the whole family. Utah's famous national parks offer scenic and otherworldly experiences like trails through the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon and bird's-eye views of the Moab-area red rock from the La Sal Mountains.

Some of the most renowned snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing terrain is near the breathtaking Cedar Breaks National Monument sitting at 10,000 feet elevation! Bryce Canyon is an extraordinary national park to visit in the winter, Ruby's Inn is nearby and accesses nearly 19 miles of groomed trails and stunning views for snowshoers.

Northern Utah, home to the beautiful Wasatch Range offers a wide array of snowshoe trailheads accessible in under an hour from downtown Salt Lake City. This backyard playground offer dramatic landscapes during the winter with an up-close and personal foray into the wild. The canyons along the Wasatch Front begin in North Ogden and continue south past Spanish Fork Canyon to the stunning terrain around Mount Nebo, the highest peak in the Wasatch Range. In each of these canyons snowshoe trails weave their snowy way deeper into this winter wonderland.

Whether on snowshoes, hiking boots or plain old sneakers, you can explore the winter trails of Park City’s Round Valley. With easy terrain on packed, groomed snow trails that offer beautiful views of the Wasatch Mountains, this hike is popular with local families. For more information or details on snowshoeing trails visit www.SnowshoeUtah.com.

Cross Country Skiing

Whether you’re looking to fit in a calorie-burning cardio workout or a day cross-country ski with the whole family, Utah’s famous snow has the perfect adventure waiting for you. The community for cross-country skiing in Utah has grown tremendously resulting in well organized and groomed trails. You can explore the trails stemming from resorts or trek deeper into Utah’s backcountry for a rewarding skiing experience.

Utah has hundreds of roads and trails perfect for exhilarating cross-country skiing journeys. There are classic mountaintop routes, tracks through snow-dusted red rock, historic trails, and even numerous snowed-in golf courses and  state parks that get into the act.

Here you'll find a great list put together by Utah.com with a combination of groomed trails popular with families and people of varied skill levels and access to trailheads that lead into the backcountry – with guided tours if desired. Be aware that weather events are unpredictable but always check current conditions and snow reports before venturing in the backcountry and learn more about backcountry safety below.

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Know Before You Go: About Utah's Backcountry and Sidecountry

Remember that the gift of backcountry also comes with responsibility for avalanche safety. Each day, hard-working ski patrols make the terrain inside of ski area boundaries extremely safe from avalanches.  If you don't own avalanche equipment or feel that you have the right skills, no problem. You can utilize local guides listed below that can set you up with the proper gear, keep you safe and lead you to the good stuff to make the most of your vacation.

Get the Equipment: Everyone should have a transceiver, shovel and probe on their person and know how to use them.

Get the Training: Take an avalanche course to learn obvious clues to danger and how to read the terrain.

Get the Forecast: Consult the Utah Avalanche Center website before heading out for critical avalanche information and education resources.

Get the Picture: Recent avalanches on similar slopes mean dangerous conditions.

Get out from Harm's Way: Travel one at a time on avalanche slopes and get out of the way at the bottom.

Utah Avalanche Center

No matter where you are in the state, always make sure to check local conditions before entering Utah backcountry. For current avalanche conditions throughout Utah, education on avalanche preparedness, or to sign up for workshops/tutorials, please visit: www.utahavalanchecenter.org