Family-Friendly Options in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City isn't your regular ski town. It's the only Ski City. With big city, world-class amenities galore and 10 different resorts within an hour of Salt Lake City International Airport, a trip to Ski City can satiate any skier's or snowboarder's bucket list. Best of all, it's family-friendly and budget-friendly. See what makes Utah one of the best ski destinations in the western U.S. for families on a budget.
Easy Access to Salt Lake City Skiing
Within an hour of Salt Lake City International Airport, you'll find 10 different resorts nestled in the Wasatch Mountain Range. Head to the slopes for big mountain skiing and enjoy the big city amenities between trips to the mountain.
The city boasts well over 1,000 restaurants and 150 hotels, and Ski City's four resorts — Solitude, Brighton, Snowbird, and Alta — are each a little more than 30 minutes from downtown. These four resorts each see an average of over 500 inches of The Greatest Snow on Earth per year. The amenities, accessibility and affordability make these some of the best family ski resorts on Earth.
Alta: For Skiers Only
Alta is a skier's dream (no snowboarding allowed) that receives 550 inches of the fluffy white stuff per year on average. This powder skiing paradise offers challenging terrain as well as great beginner and intermediate skiing options with 10 lifts to access 116 runs. With a 2,020-foot vertical drop, you'll find plenty of elevation to get your laps in with a view you won’t soon forget. Snowcat skiing is available in Grizzly Gulch Bowl and Nordic skiers can enjoy 5 km of groomed track for classic or skate skiing.
The resort offers ski-in/ski-out lodges, with packages that include breakfast and dinner, as well as fireplaces and cozy gathering spaces. Home and condo rentals are available with convenient shuttle service to the lifts. Up high on the mountain, your dining options range from hamburgers to white tablecloth options for a fancy night out, if you've included it in your budget. Check out Alta Lodge, Rustler Lodge and the Peruvian, among other Little Cottonwood Canyon-area lodges. (Alta is adjacent to Snowbird Ski Resort.) The least expensive options on the slope are typically dorm-style rooms or browse accommodations in the nearby Salt Lake Valley, below.
Brighton: Family-Friendly Resort
This family-friendly ski and snowboard area is a great place to learn the sport and many locals take their first laps at this resort. With mellow runs and a friendly attitude, this is one of the best family Salt Lake City skiing destinations in the area, frequently drawing younger skiers and snowboarders and families. The 66 runs are accessed from six different lifts and you'll enjoy 1,875 vertical feet of exploration. This resort shares a boundary with Solitude and you can access both resorts with the Sol-Bright Pass. The park and super pipe area has 40 rails and boxes, a booming sound system, and a 350-foot-long super pipe that's 15 feet deep to practice tricks and catch a little air. vacation home rentals, the 20-room Brighton Lodge where children under 10 stay free, Molly Green's Tavern, and places to grab a burger and some nachos. Three miles down the road is the shuttle-served Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant, Big Cottonwood Canyon's only bed and breakfast. (Brighton is next to Solitude Resort.)