Snowbird Resort   |  Scott Markewitz


To put it simply, the riding in Utah is epic. Thirteen snowboarding resorts are scattered along the state's mountain ranges that are perfectly positioned for dumps of fluffy powder all winter long, most of which see an average of 500 inches of snow each year. Best of all, there are eight world-class, snowboard-friendly resorts within an hour’s drive of Salt Lake City, so you can easily ride new terrain every day of a week-long vacation.

Utah's Easy Access Snowboarding Resorts

Snowboarding Resorts

Snowboarding in Salt Lake City

With 13 of Utah's 15 resorts open to snowboarding (Deer Valley and Alta are skier only), it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. 

Salt Lake City is arguably the best hub for snowboarding in the United States; with eight world-class, snowboard-friendly resorts within an hour’s drive of the airport, Salt Lake is the perfect place to launch the ultimate winter vacation. Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon are nestled right alongside Salt Lake’s greater metro area, giving easy access to the renowned resorts within, including:

  • Brighton: One of the oldest resorts in Utah, Brighton is a local boarder favorite. It’s packed with carefully arranged terrain parks, glade skiing and plenty of hidden stashes.
  • Snowbird: The 'Bird is a snowboarder's dream come true, with terrain to scratch any freeride itch you may have. The resort offers the consummate big mountain snowboarding experience, from steep and deep terrain to open powder fields, endless chutes and cliffs and immaculate groomers. 
  • Solitude: Boarders looking for more accessible terrain can stop by Solitude Mountain Resort for a mostly intermediate-friendly front half and a seriously fun back half packed with hidden cliffs, powder-stashing woods and backcountry runs that stretch for miles, keeping even the most skilled snowboarders entertained. 

About 40 minutes north of Salt Lake, the town of Ogden is another gateway to world-class snowboarding, including: upscale Snowbasin, intimate Nordic Valley and expansive Powder Mountain. And just south of Salt Lake near Provo, you'll find the cozy Sundance Mountain Resort.

Snowboarding in Park City

Luxury, comfort and snowboarding truly come together in Park City. While Deer Valley is one of the nation's few resorts that doesn't allow snowboarders, Park City Mountain and Woodward Park City welcome them with open arms. 

  • Park City Mountain: Featuring more than 7,300 acres, Park City Mountain boasts the most lift accessible acreage in the U.S.; it’s common for snowboarders and skiers who’ve been riding this resort for years to still find areas they’ve never explored. The massive resort seamlessly blends into Park City’s charming downtown, making it convenient to grab a bite to eat at a local eatery or simply explore this pleasant mountain town.
  • Woodward Park City: Utah's first all-in-one action sports mountain center is a park rider’s dream. With an expansive indoor training facility just as impressive as the outdoor lift-served terrain parks, it is an easy choice to put your snowboard tricks to the test. The fun doesn't stop at snowboarding and skiing. You can also go tubing, mountain biking or utilize the indoor and outdoor facilities for skateboarding, BMX, scooter, parkour and cheer. (Read: Woodward Is Fun For the Whole Family)

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Woodward Park City

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Terrain Parks

In 2002, when Utah was the host of the Winter Olympics, many ski and snowboard resorts put in world-class terrain parks and features for athletes to train and compete on. If park riding is your idea of a perfect day on the slopes (and why shouldn’t it be?), these are the resorts for you.

  • Brighton - Four terrain parks are regularly redesigned all winter long and are great for all ability levels.
  • Park City - Six terrain parks, one half pipe and a mini pipe. Excellent terrain for everybody, whether it’s your first park lap or you’re a seasoned pro.
  • Powder Mountain - Home to Utah’s only public boardercross course, along with a handful of terrain parks and a halfpipe.
  • Woodward Park City - Utah's first all-in-one action sports mountain center, with three types of terrain venues — learning, experiential and performance.

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Utah's Snowboarding Season

Thanks to The Greatest Snow on Earth®, Utah’s resorts usually open by early December and can often stay open into April or May. Start planning your snowboarding trip with updated resort operations, snow totals and more.

Current Snow Conditions How to prepare

Getting There

Consider carpooling or taking the bus to help reduce traffic congestion. Traction law requires the use of 4WD and snow tires or chains. When driving, make sure your vehicle is well-equipped and that you practice safe snow-driving behaviors by driving slowly and smoothly.

Road Conditions & Safety


Everything in its Right Place

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Bring your snowboard on your Brighton Ski Resort trip. Visit the six terrain parks – with new designs each week – to add some exhilaration to your ski vacation.

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Learn to Snowboard

Even if you’ve got a few seasons of experience, we can all afford to brush up on our fundamentals. Every resort offers snowboarding lessons for all ages. Private adult ski lessons are an excellent way to acclimate to Utah’s terrain. Plus, if you feel confident in your ability level, signing the kids up for ski school is a perfect way for the entire family to get some time riding at their own pace.

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Backcountry Riding & Splitboarding

Miles and miles of rideable acreage lie just outside the boundaries of Utah’s resorts. Each year, thousands of early risers follow their favorite skin track to the top of untouched stretches of powder. While it’s an excellent way to escape the crowds, backcountry snowboarding can be dangerous. Before you head out, make sure you have the necessary avalanche gear and know the day’s avalanche forecast.

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Ski City Downhill + Downtown

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Ski Southern Utah: High Alpine Trails + Red Rock Wonder

Southern Utah is home to two high-elevation ski areas that contain generous helpings of what we call (with authority) The Greatest Snow on Earth®. Things can be a little quieter down here this time of year. Give yourself at least five days to combine the thrills of Southern Utah skiing and boarding with exploring the wintertime wonders to be found in Utah’s red rock country.

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Weekender Ski Park City

So you've made the decision to ski Park City for a weekend. That decision alone will be rewarded with three resorts that eclipse over 9,000 acres of Utah's renowned skiing and riding.

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