The secret is out; Utah has the best snow on earth and some of the best winter resorts in the world. This is something that locals have long known, but Utah is now a very popular ski destination known around the world. Along with the popularity come increased prices, and increased crowds. A day ticket at a large ski resort in Utah can run up to $150. Not all is lost though if you want to ski on the cheap in this great state. If you know where to look, you can still find a great deal and enjoy the Utah snow for an affordable price.
Solitude Mountain Resort
Solitude Mountain Resort is located up Big Cottonwood Canyon and is about a 40-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City. A ski bus also runs from the various stops in the Salt Lake Valley to/from the resort. https://www.rideuta.com/Rider-Info/UTA-Ski-Service
By going through Liftopia for a lift ticket, you can usually find tickets for about 30 to 40 percent off the normal day ticket price. Sample ticket prices with the discount are usually $53 – $63 depending on the day, and how far in advance you purchase the ticket. The more days you purchase, the deeper the discount will be on the daily price. https://www.liftopia.com/solitude-mountain-resort
This resort is also located up Big Cottonwood Canyon and has great night skiing deals. They have over 200 acres that are very well lit. Night skiing runs from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and as days get longer you’ll have even more time to ski in natural light. If you are taking the ski bus up Big Cottonwood Canyon, the last bus down from Brighton leaves at 8:36 p.m. https://www.rideuta.com/Rider-Info/UTA-Ski-Service
The deals for night skiing depend on the day of the week.
- Monday – four night lift tickets and a large pizza for $99. This deal is purchased online, and all four lift tickets will need to be used that night, so find some friends.
- Wednesday – Go to an Arctic Circle and order a combo meal, and receive a buy one get one free night lift ticket. Night tickets are usually $44 so this will give you a $22 each ticket.
- Thursday – You get a two-hour lesson and a lift ticket for $50
- Friday – Visit X-96’s website, a local radio station, and sign up for their X-96 card (free) to receive a $25 night lift ticket. http://x96.com/workersunion/
- Buy one get one free night lift tickets are available any day of the week if you go to the Ken Garff West Valley car dealership to get a coupon.
Sundance Mountain Resort
Sundance Mountain Resort is located up Provo Canyon and is about an hour from downtown Salt Lake, 25 minutes from Provo, Utah, and 50 minutes from Park City, Utah.
If you have a membership to Costco, most stores in Utah sell a two packet of lift tickets for $104.99. You’ll receive the vouchers at Costco when you make the purchase, and you can use them independently, they don’t have to be used as a buy one get one free. The vouchers are redeemed at any ticket booth at the resort and are good for any day of the week and there are no blackout dates.
If you visit this resort, be sure to have a drink in the historically decorated Owl Bar.
Nordic Valley is about an hour north of Salt Lake City, and only 30 minutes from Ogden, Utah. This is a great little resort, especially if you are just learning and don’t want to spend a lot of money practicing. They have great pricing for children and even allow those six and under to ski for free! A ski day of -10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. during the week is only $30 for an adult, $22 for a child aged 7-18, and free for kids six and under!
If you really want to avoid the crowds, head to central Utah and visit Eagle Point. Eagle Point is located in Beaver County and is about half way between Salt Lake and Las Vegas, being about three and a half hours from either, and only two hours from St. George, Utah. The resort is open Friday – Monday, and if you buy your lift ticket in advance you can get a weekend day for under $30. They also have very affordable lodging and a full-service bar and grill. If you visit after President’s Day, be sure to stop by Maria’s Cocina for dinner at the mouth of the canyon.
Brian Head Resort
This 650-acre resort has Utah’s highest base elevation and is located in Southern Utah. Located three hours north of Las Vegas and an hour and a half north of St. George, Utah, it is also only 40 minutes from Cedar City, Utah. Weekday lift tickets start at $38 and weekend days start at $59, kids five and under also ski free with a paying adult.
https://www.liftopia.com/ also has discounts available at a few other resorts in Utah. You can select the state/region and date you want to ski and it will show you the available discounted rates. Discounted rates are usually offered during midweek.
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