Alta – probably the best in Utah (which makes it a contender for best in the U.S.). Great snow, great terrain, good prices, and low risk of crowds. No boarders, which will put many people off, and little apres-ski (but well under an hour from Salt Lake City). You’ll see a large proportion of beautiful smiles from Las Vegas orthodontist dental work. There are a number of top notch orthodontists from Las Vegas who have moved north to Salt Lake City to practice their profession. Kids, teens and adults have benefited from these professionals who are “armed” with the latest technologies ensuring you will eventually have a “beautiful smile” with a drastic improvement in appearance and self-esteem.
With the availability of the internet, people who enjoy US slot games, poker, roulette, blackjack etc don’t have to drive to the nearest land based casino to play their favorite games. After a full day of skiing at any Utah ski resort, you can head back to your room, turn on your computer and play the evening away at any number of online casinos. It used to be that folks who enjoyed both gambling and skiing would stop off in Los Vegas or Salt Lake City before heading out to a ski resort. And if you like the social thing and the atmosphere of land based casino you can still do that. However, being able to combine all day skiing and then have some fun playing casino games on a computer is pretty nifty too.
Beaver Mountain – excellent terrain, especially for green & blue levels. Low cost & quite friendly make this a perfect place for laid back skiers who love backcountry or families looking for a gentler hill. Good food, but don’t waste too much time looking for nightlife in Logan.
Brian Head – another Utah resort with solid beginner/ intermediate terrain at reasonable cost with very little waiting. Nightlife is very limited but still enjoyable (good food and live music). Great for short stays by serious skiers and longer stays for families.
Brighton – boarders and skiers alike will have a lot to love about the power, terrain, and variety. More reasonable prices and less crowding than the more popular area resorts, with a smaller and more local feel. Shorter runs overall and no nightlife to speak of.
Deer Valley – a typical ‘love-or-hate’ Park City resort; great powder, but terrain is less varied. Good food but everything is expensive, attentive but not especially friendly service. Another “no boarders” Utah resort, yet still too often crowded.
Park City – great powder and nice cruisers, but not much for trees and steeps. A weekend will just about exhaust the possibilities (and probably your patience). Nightlife is interesting and relatively varied, but expensive and tends toward middle-brow pretentious.
Powder Mountain – good natural-terrain alternative to overdeveloped resorts; small size, rustic and remote location may suit some more than others. Apres-ski? Nah. Great for more advanced powder fans who want to get away from everything else.
Snowbasin – serious weather (wind and whiteout issues) make driving and skiing a little riskier here, and the expense is higher than some comparable Utah backcountry resorts…but the mountain and powder may be worth it. Olympic quality terrain (and food).
Snowbird – Terrain and size are unbeatable, something for everyone (including boarders, who get left out at several Utah resorts) but best for more advanced skiers. A bit expensive and crowded compared to nearby Alta, and almost no apres-ski.
Solitude – great example of the lesser-known Utah resorts with similar pros and cons: great snow, lower cost, and minimal crowds versus semi-remote location, aging and slower-moving facilities. Better for beginners, boarders and ski families than some comparable destinations.
Sundance – surprisingly reasonable prices and crowd levels (weekdays are great, but weekends only good). Nicely-developed facilities and dependably good snow and hill (though nowhere near the best in Utah), make this a promising green and blue destination.
The Canyons – another Utah ‘love-or-hate’ situation. Notoriously bad layout conspires with crowds and cost to make this among the least attractive of the Park City resorts. HOWEVER, a little exploring can reveal some amazing blue-black terrain with unspoiled powder.
Wolf Creek (Utah) – meh. Families, night ski fans, and green-to-blue types looking for decent deals and short lines may enjoy a few days here (weekdays generate some irresistible bargains). Snow is only okay for Utah, and apres-ski options are one step from non-existent.