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It seems that your plane has barely touched down at the Salt Lake City airport and you’re already riding a lift into the winter-white wilderness. Of Utah’s 14 ski resorts, 11 are less than an hour’s drive from the airport. Several are clustered together, offering a combination of activities and terrain for a wide range of abilities. Here’s an overview of what you’ll find.

AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES
Just 29 miles from the airport is Snowbird, which has a range of slopes for skiers and riders. It’s connected to skiers-only Alta, right next door. The two combined have 4,700 acres of powdery paradise. For chilling out après-ski at Snowbird, the place to be is the Cliff Spa, which has a view-filled rooftop pool and hot tub.

The drive from the airport to Solitude takes about 45 minutes. You’ll find a cute European-style village at the mountain’s base, and 1,500 acres of skiable terrain. Drive five minutes more and you’re at Brighton, one of the state’s most popular resorts for families both for its affordability and for its terrain.

PARK CITY RETREATS
Resorts in the Park City area include Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons and Deer Valley. All are less than 36 miles from the airport and have state-of-the-art lifts—including Canyons’ Orange Bubble chair, which has heated seats—and terrain to please a wide range of abilities. What’s more, Park City itself is within 15 minutes’ drive. Its Main Street is lined with shops selling one-of-a-kind fashion and jewelry as well as bars and restaurants of all sorts. A plus: Many buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, since Park City was founded during the silver boom. A short drive away is Sundance Resort, with 6,000 acres at the base of Mount Timpanogos.

NORTHERN DELIGHTS
Thirty minutes north of Salt Lake City is Odgen, a former railroad town that’s a hub for outdoor enthusiasts. Three ski resorts are within a half-hour’s drive: Snowbasin, Wolf Mountain and Powder Mountain. The latter, known as Pow Mow, is North America’s largest ski area, offering 7,000 acres of skiable terrain. Even on the busiest days, you can find yourself skiing alone on untouched corduroy. In Ogden itself, consider a visit to iFly, an indoor sky-diving simulator that’s so effective, sky divers use it to train. Farther north but still only 90 minutes from Salt Lake City is family-owned Beaver Mountain.

SOUTHERN GEMS

Utah’s southern resorts, Eagle Point and Brian Head, are a bit farther afield. Three hours south of Salt Lake City, they deliver reliably good conditions all season long, with plenty of fresh powder.

NOTE: Information may have changed since publication. Please confirm key details before planning your trip.


THE DETAILS

Snowbird: 9600 Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd; 801.933.2222; www.snowbird.com

Alta: 210 Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd; 801.359.1078; www.alta.com

Solitude: 12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd; 801.534.1400; www.skisolitude.com

Brighton: 8302 S Brighton Loop Rd; 801.532.4731; www.brightonresort.com

Park City Mountain Resort: 1345 Lowell Ave; 435.649.8111; www.parkcitymountain.com

Canyons: 4000 Canyon Resort Dr; 435.615.8042; www.canyonsresort.com

Deer Valley: 2250 Deer Valley Dr S; 435.649.1000; www.deervalley.com

Sundance Resort: 8841 Alpine Loop Scenic Byway; 866.259.7468; www.sundanceresort.com

Snowbasin: 3925 Snow Basin Rd; 801.620.1000; www.snowbasin.com

Wolf Mountain: 3567 Nordic Valley Way; 801.745.3511; www.wolfmountainutah.com

Powder Mountain: Utah 158; 801.745.3772; www.powdermountain.com

Beaver Mountain: 1351 East 700 North; 435.753.0921; www.skithebeav.com

Eagle Point: 855.324.5378; www.eaglepointresort.com

Brian Head: brianhead.com/winter