Our First Utah Ski Season Recap

This was our first winter in Utah, so we wanted to take full advantage of the ski season! I’ve been skiing since I was 3, but only in Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan. I took Matt skiing a few times at Mt. La Crosse in our college town, but it was his first full season here in Utah. We got season passes to Brighton, a local Utah resort and were able to try a few other resorts with my corporate ski passes at work.

BRIGHTON

We’ve spent most of our season skiing at Brighton since we have an unlimited pass here. It’s been a great learning experience for us both, and it was the perfect place for Matt to learn. There are plenty of green and blue runs with lower elevation change for us to practice and improve our skiing! I love the atmosphere here, its a blend of college kids and young adults, and it is very relaxed and laid back. The resort sits at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, so the views are incredible of the Wasatch and Heber Valley.

SOLITUDE

This resort is right next to Brighton, and our season pass gets us 2 ski days here. We’ve gone once in January and on closing day in April, and we had so much fun exploring the resort. It definitely has a different vibe, with nicer lodges and less crowds, and less young adults. The terrain is steeper and has more blue and black runs, so it was a great resort to try later in the season. It was a powder day both times, so we had great snow conditions and got to try so many new runs due to no lines!

DEER VALLEY

This resort is well known for tourists and groomed runs. It’s tucked away in Park City and it’s a ski only resort. It’s the most expensive resort in Utah, but luckily our Brighton pass gives us 2 free days here. We felt a little out of place with how fancy this resort is, but it’s so fun! There are over 20 chairlifts, so the runs are endless and you can try so many areas of the resort in one day. I’ve gone once on a bluebird day and once on a powder day, and each experience was so much fun. I’d highly recommend trying this resort!

PARK CITY

Matt and I went to this resort with my work passes, and it was a great experience! We only explored one side of the resort near downtown, but there is so much more to see. The resort is the most well known resort in Utah and it has a lot of tourists. We went during the week so it was less crowded. I met people from all over the world on the chairlifts and we tried a different run the whole day. The runs are very wide, groomed, and perfect for someone new to skiing in the mountains. There is a wide variety of terrain throughout the resort.

ALTA

My friend Maggie and I went to Alta on a powder day with my work passes! This is the only other ski only resort besides Deer Valley. It was my first time skiing during a white out blizzard and we had so much fun. The terrain was so amazing and it was my first time using my new all mountain skis, and it felt great to move through the powder so easily. We skied both sides of the resort, and I liked the east side at the top of the canyon the most. It was less crowded and there are more tree runs to explore. You can take a tow rope between each side and that was unique!

SNOW BASIN

Matt and I went to Snow Basin up in Ogden Canyon with my work passes. It’s about an hour north of Salt Lake, but it’s so worth it! The views here are so different from the Cottonwood Canyons but it is a beautiful resort. The lodges here are fancier and it was fun to explore all sides of the mountain. There were very few people on the day we went, so we had the runs to ourselves and the snow was amazing the day after a snowstorm!

CANYONS

I went to the Canyons side of Park City with my work passes while my friend Emily was in town from the Midwest. We got to meet up with a few other friends from Minnesota and ski most of the resort. I loved this resort because there were over 20 chairlifts, and you could ski a different run all day! Most of this side of the resort is blue runs, so it wasn’t as touristy as the Park City side. There are plenty of cat track runs as well, so you can soak in the views while skiing. The snow conditions weren’t the best because of the warm temps, but it felt so good to be warm while skiing! We even got pretty sunburnt that day. Can’t wait to try this resort again next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Weekend at Brighton

This weekend I went skiing for the first time in Utah, and it was a blast! I’ve been skiing my whole life in WI and once in CO, but I’m so excited to have a season pass to a mountain ski resort right in my back yard 🙂 My friend Maggie and I went Sunday morning right away to pick up our season passes and hop on the chairlifts that were open! They were making snow with the machines, but Brighton already had a good base of snow from the past month. They were able to open before any of the other Utah ski resorts! There were 3 chairlifts and about 8 runs open, ranging from Green (easy) to Blue (moderate) difficulty. The trails were perfectly groomed in the morning and got a bit icey in the afternoon, so it was worth it to start early and beat the afternoon crowds! We went on about 15 runs and left around 2pm. We met up with some other friends and coworkers as well, and we all grabbed a beer in the Chalet at the end of our day. I can’t wait to go all season long and when all of the lifts and ski runs are open 🙂 Praying for lots of snow this Thanksgiving weekend!