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Salt Lake City

Have you ever considered staying in Salt Lake City? It’s just 35 minutes from the Wasatch Mountain Range that is home to seven world-class ski resorts. Here, you can easily ski a different resort every day of the week. The city is filled with cultural amenities and awesome attractions. In addition, Salt Lake is only minutes from snowmobiling, bobsledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. Staying in Salt Lake City will not only help you stretch your vacations dollar, but it allows you to have the best of two worlds.

Seven Ski Resorts

The Ski Salt Lake Resorts are Alta Ski Area, Brighton Resort, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, and Solitude Mountain Resort—all just 35 minutes from downtown and 40 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport. Alta and Snowbird are in Little Cottonwood Canyon; Brighton and Solitude are in Big Cottonwood Canyon. These two canyons are located in the southeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley. These resorts all receive an annual snowfall of 500 inches that’s more than 41 feet! Other ski areas near SLC are Park City, Deer Valley Resort, and Canyons Resort typically receive more that 350 inches of snow annually.

What facilitates this vast amount of snow is a lucky combination of geologic features that gives the Ski Salt Lake Resorts the driest, softest, most skiable snow in the world. In fact, national skier surveys consistently give these resorts top spots for snow quality and quantity. This phenomenon is due to a process called orographics: the jet stream, laden with storms from the Pacific Coast, dries out over the Nevada desert. Salt Lake is nestled between a high desert plateau known as the Great Basin and the western rim of the Rocky Mountains. As storm clouds travel east from the Pacific Ocean, they move over the Great Basin, pushed by cold fronts in the jet stream. When the clouds hit the mountains, the jet stream forces them to rise quickly into the cold, high air, dropping moisture at very low temperatures and creating light, dry snow with a very low water content.

Salt Lake City, host to the 2002 Winter Olympics, is a first class city with numerous lodging choices, fine dining, noted attractions, historic sites, great shopping, and a thriving cultural center. This city is home to one of the nation's finest regional symphony orchestras, a world-class opera, dance, and theater companies, and a myriad art galleries. Salt Lake is also the gateway to ten National Parks within a day's drive. A beautiful, safe, and vibrant city, Salt Lake combines unparalleled access to natural recreation, a bustling economy, dynamic nightlife, remarkable history, warm hospitality, and of course Utah's great snow.

Getting Here

Salt Lake City International Airport is the 26th busiest airport in the United States and has eight major airlines including American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, SkyWest, Southwest, United, and US Airways. 

Vacation Coupons

Find discounts on Salt Lake City lodging, deals on ski resort lift tickets, coupons of the area's top dining, and other savings on activities and adventures.

*Information provided by Eric Thompson Director of Tourism - Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, 90 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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