Why I Love Skiing in Utah

If you are a skier, you surely must know that Utah claims to have the greatest snow on Earth. It’s even written on the state license plates: “Greatest Snow On Earth.” But with hundreds and hundreds of outstandingly beautiful alpine ski areas in the USA alone, can Utah make that kind of claim?

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Deer Valley Resort in Utah

Bragging to have “the best” snow in the world may be subjective, but I think what makes the difference in this case is the density of the snow. The Wasatch Mountains may not have the driest or the most abundant snow compared to The Sierra Nevada or the Rocky Mountains, but they surely have the right blend and consistency.  It may be a combination of quantity and quality of snow that makes Utah snow feel like the perfect snow on the planet. The wind isn’t blow hard enough to pack it down and the snow falls often enough. This combination creates the perfect powder.

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We usually ski in Park City, at Deer Valley Resort. Deer Valley is particularly attractive because it is a ski only resort, thus having perfectly groomed runs. No snowboards or carving boards to mess them up!  The resort has a reputation of being like a country club, but it really isn’t. There are however a few things that set it apart from the other resorts: the food is far superior, they manage their snow better, plus they provide free boot warmers and overnight ski storage.

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If you try skiing in Utah once, you’ll become addicted to the snow and you might not like skiing anywhere else. It happened to us a while ago. For years and years in a row, we just kept coming back to Utah every winter. This lasted for a while, until the airlines made it so difficult to travel with your own ski equipment that we had to give it up.

For the last few years, we found it more convenient to drive our truck to Lake Tahoe, California. It’s a 7-hour ride from Los Angeles, but the advantage is that we can load whatever we want in the truck and don’t have to pay extra like on the plane. As for the snow… there’s no comparison. So for us, Utah still has the best snow on Earth.

 

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16 Comments on “Why I Love Skiing in Utah

    • I’ve heard only good things about New Zealand, Samiya, and I’m sure they have great ski areas too. Let me know how it goes.

  1. The opportunities in the USA never cease to amaze me. I never would’ve thought skiing in Utah would be a thing.
    Thanx for hosting the linkup!!

  2. I’m not a good skier, my husband doesn’t ski at all, and I keep hesitating whether I should push my kids into skiing every year or not. My son doesn’t care too much for it, my daughter will try anything. I know people who absolutely love skiing and it sounds like Park City is a great place for those who love good snow and “just skiers” atmosphere. Thank you for sharing your experience. I’ll have to keep that place in mind.
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    • I think you should push them, Jolanta, and more importantly I think you should push yourself. I think skiing is a wonderful sport, although sort of expensive…

  3. Besides the slopes Park City offers fabulous dining, shopping, and art galleries. Day trips to Sundace or the nearby wilderness areas are astonishing. Thanks for writing about Park City, one of my winter favorites!

  4. There is nothing better after a day of powder skiing than dinner at The Goldener Hirsch!

  5. Hi , Anda , Enjoy skiing and make use all the opportunities to do that !

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