One of the greatest things about living in Salt Lake City is having seven world-famous ski resorts within an hour’s drive. Each of the Salt Lake area’s ski resorts has its own personality, pros, and cons, and most Salt Lake skiers have a favorite.
Alta is for skiers only (no snowboards) and shares Little Cottonwood Canyon with Snowbird. Fortunate geography blesses Alta and Snowbird with more snow than other Salt Lake area resorts. Alta is great for no-nonsense advanced skiers, but beginners and intermediates will also find plenty of runs at their level. Alta is sometimes described as “steep, deep, and cheap,” a skier’s ski resort with not too much emphasis on dining or nightlife, although you can certainly find plenty of good food and drink.
Brighton is an SLC local’s favorite for its low prices, kids ski free policy, and popular ski school. Many Salt Lake residents learn to ski at Brighton, continue to ski or board there as high school and college students, and take their own children for skiing and boarding lessons. Brighton has a great mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. It shares Big Cottonwood Canyon with Solitude.