Ski City Downhill + Downtown
Salt Lake City isn't your regular ski town. It's the only Ski City. Big city amenities support 10 different resorts within an hour of SLC International, which means the best in downhill meets the best in downtown.
Explore the itinerary, then start planning your Utah ski vacation.
Salt Lake City isn't your regular ski town. It's the only Ski City. With big city, world-class amenities galore and 10 different resorts within an hour of Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), a trip to Ski City can satiate any skier's or snowboarder's bucket list, whether you come just for the weekend or add on some additional days.
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Why Ski City? Salt Lake City provides all the landmark establishments, high-rated dining and nightlife, mass transit, creative culture, urban edginess and local events you expect to find in a thriving metro area, with the convenience and affordability of a place that hasn’t been discovered by the masses. Salt Lake's official elevation is 4,330 feet (1,320 meters) above sea level, giving it a mountain town quality without the overload of quietude. We call this Life ElevatedⓇ.
Looking to the east, the foothills quickly give way to the airy 11,000+ feet peaks of the Wasatch Mountains, home to the Cottonwood Canyons and world-renowned ski areas of Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude, all within less than an hour's drive from downton Salt Lake. And while each resort offers slopeside accommodations running the full spectrum of amenities and budget, you can also ski like a local and make the easy run back down the mountain for dinner, a drink, a concert, a show, a Utah Jazz game or whatever suits your mood.
While we've set you up for a weekend of skiing options, we've given you enough ideas to fill at least four days, whether or not you ski everyday and whether you choose to apply your skills at a single resort or try sampling all four. (For the latter choice, we recommend the Ski City Super Pass, a lift ticket multipass for the Cottonwood Canyon resorts loaded with deals and discounts.)
How to use this itinerary:
- Day 1, we've filed an overview of Salt Lake City's coffee, dining and drinks. In other words, the essentials.
- Days 2 and 3 offer up ideas for two days of skiing the backyard Wasatch Mountains that can easily expand to four or more.
- Day 4 rounds out the itinerary's options with a few more stories about the city's culture, urban vibe and events.
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