In The Mag: Greatest Snow on Earth

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Utah may use it as a marketing ploy, but the slogan rings true at renowned ski destinations along the Wasatch Front.

No longer Utah’s best-kept secret in the aftermath of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the ski scene outside of Salt Lake City now draws travelers from around the world looking to tackle the renowned slopes along the Wasatch Front.

For well-traveled veterans of the South Florida ski community, the rich, diverse offerings at mountain resorts in Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon may not come as breaking news. But for enthusiasts just getting their ski boots wet at destinations around the country, Utah has its share of bucket-list allure.

From the world-class accommodations and cuisine at Deer Valley to the intimate, family-friendly vibe at Solitude, the alpine resorts in north-central Utah offer more than enough to satisfy powder hounds of all levels.

See for yourself.

Park City Mountain Resort

The Big Deal: Ski Magazine readers ranked Park City Mountain Resort among North America’s top five resorts, and it’s easy to see why. Known for its diversity, the resort offers 13 signature runs (which virtually end in Park City itself) and a variety of extreme terrain park challenges for thrill-seekers, from the dramatic jumps on King’s Crown to the 22-foot halfpipe walls at Eagle Superpipe.

Don’t ski? Whiz down nearly 4,000 feet of varied mountain track in a Toboggan-style car on the Alpine Coaster ride, or soar through the air on the two-person Flying Eagle zip line, both rides you won’t soon forget.

The Vibe: Though the crowds here are young and laidback, the Resort has something for everyone, including youth programs and horse-drawn sleigh rides. In January, of course, Park City and its slopes become the center of\ the alternative film industry and its celeb culture during the Sundance Film Festival.

Don’t Miss: The resort offers an unforgettable Viking Yurt adventure that begins with a 25-minute snowcatpulled sleigh ride. Guests enjoy stunning views of the valley below and the stars above as the snowcat ascends 1,000 vertical feet to a cozy yurt snuggled into the mountainside. A mug of hot-spiced glogg welcomes diners into the yurt, where they’re seated for an elegant five-course dinner with live music.

Contact: 435/649-8111, parkcitymountain.com

Where To Stay:

The Lodge at the Mountain Village (435/649-0800): The Lodge offers a variety of rooms, from studio to fourbedroom condominiums, and is just steps away from Park City Mountain Resort activities with ski-in/ski-out access.

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