If you’ve lived in Utah very long, then you know that Utah has the best snow in the world. Skiers and boarders across the state are waiting anxiously for the snow…and the opening weekend at our amazing resorts. Of course, ski season doesn’t usually get into full swing until the end of November, which is still a couple months away. AND…though this may seem crazy to those who do ski or board…not every Utahn is a skier or snowboarder. It’s true.
Here’s the thing: you don’t have to ski or board to love Utah’s ski resorts. Believe it or not, they offer much more than just amazing powder.
1. Utah's ski resorts have great festivals.
If you haven't ever been to Snowbird's Oktoberfest, you're missing out! You don't even have to be a beer drinker to enjoy this festival that includes tons of activities, live music, performances and more.
2. You'll find billions of wildflowers here.
The alpine atmosphere is perfect for wildflower viewing - year round!
3. Some of the Beehive State's best hiking is found at our ski resorts.
With gorgeous alpine settings and a diverse mix of terrain, you'll find some of Utah's best hiking trails at our resorts. Pictured above is Alta Ski Area.
Here's a photo of hiking at Solitude Mountain Resort.
4. Our best looking, brightest pups live at Utah's ski resorts.
Sure, there are plenty of good-looking Utah pups...but Utah's ski resorts definitely have some of the top dogs. These guys are trained to find people trapped in avalanches, and they're amazing! This gorgeous dog lives at Powder Mountain.
This adorable baby is Tela Thundersnow, at Brighton Resort.
5. The views from the top? Can't be beat!
The whole point of Utah's ski resorts is that they're up in the mountains, right? Look at this view from Alta!
6. Fall foliage? Yes, please!
Don't wait for ski season to ride the lifts...the foliage up there is gorgeous! This is Brighton Resort.
7. Play a round of disc golf.
Many of Utah's ski resorts offer disc golf. This awesome game is for those who love to walk around a course, but hate to spend 20 minutes finding their ball after they send it into the woods. Pictured is Solitude Mountain Resort.
8. Don't forget about mountain biking!
Our ski resorts' steep trails are a mountain biker's dream.
And, you can throw your bike on the lift, so you can skip the climb and get right to the fun part!
9. Recreation opportunities abound.
Zip lines, alpine coasters and more! Many of Utah's resorts are all set up for spring/summer/fall fun. This is the zipline at Park City Resort.
10. Summer concerts are magical in the mountains.
You'll find summer concerts at many of Utah's resorts. There's nothing like enjoying a picnic dinner and a concert - everything from the Utah Symphony to your favorite rock band.
11. Visit Utah's ski resorts for excellent dining.
Why not dine with a view like this? Pictured is The Aerie at Snowbird, but you can't go wrong with any of the resorts' restaurants. Some are open year round.