Ski City—a.k.a. Salt Lake—is the perfect basecamp for skiers and riders heading to the Wasatch Mountains this winter. It’s just a forty-minute drive from downtown Ski City to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude, four of North America’s greatest resorts, each one averaging 500” of The Greatest Snow On Earth each winter.
SKI CITY IS THIS CLOSE TO SLOPESIDE
Ski City lodging is affordable and family-friendly for all budgets, thanks to the 19,000+ rooms throughout the valley. The urban-flavored après ski on offer is incredibly varied, from cafes to dozens of brewpubs to cool urban bars serving a perfectly made martini. With dining ranges from stellar Mexican food and creative burgers to extraordinary sushi and elevated fine dining choices, not to mention numerous new and exciting after-hours places, Ski City has it covered. Add in a roster of music, dance and theater, as well as Utah Jazz games and a bevy of museums to stretch the mind, and it’s no wonder that Ski City is one of the most unique and extraordinary ski destinations in the world.
Everyone planning to visit Ski City this winter should grab a Ski City Super Pass, one of the industry’s most flexible and value-laden passes, good at all four Ski City resorts. One- and 2-day Super Passes are available as part of hotel packages, while passes sold in increments of three to 10 days of skiing (valid over a 14-day period), with no blackout dates, and offering solid discounts on lift tickets, are available online. The direct-to-lift Super Pass also lets skiers bypass the ticket windows and comes with free transportation to and from the resorts on UTA ski buses and TRAX light rail, making renting a car an option rather than a requirement. It also offers equipment rental discounts at participating rental locations.
All four resorts are also members of the Ikon Pass, which gives pass holders discounted access to 41 resorts in the West, Canada, Japan, Switzerland and Australia.
SKI RESORTS NEWS 2019-2020:
Alta Ski Area
- Alta Ski Area has expanded the Alta Ski Shop from the Wildcat Base Area to the family-oriented Albion Base Area. The resort will once again dedicate up to 25 percent of the Wildcat parking lot for carpoolers with 3+ per vehicle. Alta’s Alf Engen Ski School is now partnering with the Snowpine Lodge and the Alta Peruvian Lodge, with new performance ski camps for the 2019-20 season.
- Brighton Resort has added additional snowmaking on the Canyon run near the Milly Base area, enabling easier access to the Milly lift. Brighton is also launching a redesigned purchasing portal for online sales, which should greatly improve the customer checkout experience. A new Brighton Resort app is also in the works for the winter. Brighton has the most night skiing terrain in Utah with 22 runs on more than 200 lighted acres and, as always, kids 10 and under ski free.
- Snowbird recently opened SeventyOne at the Cliff Lodge, a 70’s flavored nostalgic return to the resort’s roots. The new restaurant features American grill favorites, an open kitchen and a retro vibe, along with expansive mountain views. And Snowbird still offers Utah’s longest ski and snowboard season.
Solitude Mountain Resort
- Solitude Mountain Resort is catering to skiers on the go with a new walk-up waffle window at the Moonbeam Center, offering Liège-style waffles with a variety of toppings, as well as other take-away snacks and beverages. Solitude’s grooming, long a point of pride, should get even better this winter thanks to its new Prinoth Leitwolf snowcat, the latest addition to the mountain’s grooming fleet. Solitude is introducing tiered pricing and preferential parking to encourage carpooling. While the mountain has long provided free UTA Ski Bus access to its season pass holders, that benefit has now been extended to all Ikon Pass holders for the entire season.
For more information, visit the Ski City website with lots of info about what makes this urban center the ideal basecamp for skiers and riders, where “A Different Adventure Every Day” is much more than a tagline, it’s a fact.