Utah is one of the snow meccas in the US, boasting 14 ski areas, 10 of which are conveniently located within an hour drive from the city. It’s known for its monster dumps of fluffy powder bolstered by the Great Salt Lake effect. We’ve got an insider’s rundown of the area but here are our picks:
- Ditch the crowds
- Lots of powder (all in the name)
- Cheap Cat Skiing
- Slightly out of the way
- Limited amenities
KNOWN FOR: Powder ski, intimate environment, uncrowded experience
Powder Mountain deserves a place on our list not just because of the skiing (rest assured, it’s great!) but the intimate environment and conditions it goes to great lengths to preserve. The resort limits daily ticket sales to 1,500 skiers and riders. We won’t do the math here, but with over 8,400 ac of skiable terrain of which 2,876 ac served by lifts, 507 ac accessible via cats and 5,081 ac open to hike-to adventures (don’t worry, there are shuttle services to bring you back) – that’s a marvelously private and uncrowded experience. With such a small number of skiers across such a wide area, it’s no surprise that the all-natural powder (that’s right, no snowmaking at Pow Mow!) lasts for days after a dump.