Salt Lake City is so committed to skiing and snowboarding that the city runs regular buses from downtown right to the lifts of Brighton, Solitude, Alta and Snowbird. Plus, visitors can purchase a single lift ticket that allows skiing at all of these resorts.
Tucked into the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, these resorts are blessed with copious amounts of snow. After getting pounded all winter long with their signature powder, April in these canyons normally sees more than five feet of new snow. Believe it or not, the snow comes down fluffy and dry even in the spring.
Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon is the Utah champion when it comes to the longest ski season. It has kept its lifts running into May ever since it opened in the 70s. Some years, it stays open until the 4th of July. If you are planning to ski later in the season, speak with the locals to learn how the sun moves across the resort. Skiers and riders who plan correctly will be rewarded with some excellent corn snow. Itâ€™s an art.
The same weather patterns that bless Snowbird with exceptional spring snow also dump snow on Alta further up the Little Cottonwood Canyon and on Solitude Ski Resort and Brighton Ski Resort in the adjoining Big Cottonwood Canyon.
These four resorts are an easy 45-minute to hour-long drive from the Salt Lake City airport. In fact folk flying in from the East Coast can catch an early morning flight and make tracks in the afternoon.
Nearby Park City, only about an hour from downtown Salt Lake City, has three more world class resorts â€” Park City Mountain Resort, The Canyons and Deer Valley â€” surrounding a quaint old mining town. Park City Mountain Resort trails drop right into the town (however, in the spring skiers may be limited to skiing to the base area). Deer Valley, known for perfect grooming, has spectacular brass and glass cafeterias and hundreds of beach chairs set up to let skiers and snowboarders catch rays and watch the other skiers.