Winter Sports

Winter Sports

The Winter season is here, which means there will be lots of snow! Here in Utah we are known to have “The Greatest Snow on Earth!” Utah also has a lot of places to go for snowboarding and skiing. Here is a list of some great places in Utah that you can go to:

  • Deer Valley

  • Park City Mountain

  • Snowbasin

  • Big Cottonwood Canyon Resorts

  • Little Cottonwood Canyon Resorts

Deer Valley 4.4 Stars  Ratings from Google
If you don’t like sharing the slopes with snowboarders, Deer Valley is the place to go. This upscale resort only caters to traditional snow skiers–no snowboarding allowed. Deer Valley is located in Park City, and has been rated as the top ski resort in North America by Ski magazine, not only for its slopes but also for its focus on customer service such as ski valets who carry your skis from your car to the the base of the slopes. Deer Valley is located Deer Valley Resort 2250 Deer Valley Drive Park City, UT 84060.

Park City Mountain 4.3 Stars You can actually take a ski lift from the heart of downtown into this oldest still-operating resort in the Park City area. The Town Lift rises over city traffic and places you directly on the slopes of Park City Mountain. Especially appealing is the Jupiter Bowl area just below the mountain peak, where some of the steepest terrain and ungroomed powder in the region can be found, along with spectacular above-the-tree-line mountain views. Park City Mountain Resort 1310 Lowell Ave. Park City, UT 84060.

Snowbasin 4.7 Stars Open for business since 1939, Snowbasin is one of the oldest ski areas in the U.S. At the 2002 Olympics, the resort hosted the Downhill, Super-G and Combined events. Though the area may be lacking in the nightlife and shopping of the Park City resorts, a big plus for Snowbasin is its quick and easy accessibility from Salt Lake City International Airport. This is a good place to go when you just want to ski without all the pomp and circumstance that usually accompany resort life beyond the base lodge. Snowbasin Resort 3925 E. Snowbasin Rd Huntsville, UT 84317.

Big Cottonwood Canyon Resorts 4.5 Stars The two Cottonwood canyons near Salt Lake City contain four different ski resorts that are especially popular with residents and tourists staying in the city. These canyons are located in the Wasatch Front that looms high over Salt Lake Valley. The ski areas here receive a heavier amount of snowfall than other Utah resorts due to the lake-effect snow off the Great Salt Lake combining with normal precipitation patterns. Brighton and Solitude resorts are located in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Brighton offers night skiing on many of its slopes. Solitude is a favorite with more experienced skiers for its less-crowded Honeycomb Canyon area, featuring black-diamond runs, bowls and plenty of tree skiing. Brighton Resort 12601 Big Cottonwood Canyon Road Brighton, UT 84121.

Little Cottonwood Canyon Resorts 4.5 Stars Don’t let the word “little” fool you when it comes to Little Cottonwood Canyon. It may be a shorter canyon lengthwise than its cousin, Big Cottonwood, a few miles to the north but it has steeper and more jagged terrain, making for some extreme skiing. The two resorts in this canyon–Snowbird and Alta–are connected to each other, and have been named together by Outside Magazine as the No. 1 ski resort in North America. The two resorts are so interconnected, the nickname “Altabird” is often used to refer to them. While most Utah ski areas close in early-to-mid April, Snowbird and Alta–due to the heavy amount of snowfall and less sunlight-exposed terrain in the canyon–usually have extended ski seasons lasting into late spring or early summer. Alta Ski Area Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon Alta, UT 84092.

These are just a few resorts you can go to for skiing and snowboarding. The Winter has so much to offer for us. What’s your favorite Winter sport? Here is a list of some of fun activities you can do in the snow:

  1. Skiing

  2. Snowboarding

  3. Snowmobiling

  4. Ice skating

  5. Bobsleigh

  6. Lug

  7. Sledding

There are so many snow sports, but why not see which one you think is the best! I took a survey at our school to see what you all thought:

Snowboarding was the top, Skiing was second, Ice skating was third, Other sports fourth, and Snowmobiling in last place.

Winter is awesome and new ideas for more Winter sports are still in the making. Winter may be cold but that doesn’t mean you should watch TV all day, instead, get off the couch, play a sport and get active.