I’ve been skiing in the East Coast for almost three years now, but it is more like ice skating out here. It doesn’t compare to the snow and slopes they have in Utah – where greens are more like blues and blues are blacks. Whether you’re an avid skier or just looking for a fun winter getaway, I would encourage you to take a trip to Salt Lake City!
Best Time to visit Utah for skiing: Late January to mid-March
Ski Trial/Slopes Rating:
- Green – The easiest trails to ski
- Blue – Intermediate trails that are steeper than beginner trails. Used more for advancing beginners and intermediate skiers
- Black Diamond – Difficult trails for advanced skiers
- Double Black Diamond – Extremely difficult trails that are recommended only for expert skiers
Ski Trip to Salt Lake City Utah
I took a flight from DCA – SLC, and back both one ways since it turned out to be much cheaper than a round trip. Flight total was $303.08, which were bought a month before my trip.
We stayed at Residence Inn by Marriott Salt Lake City Sandy which was a 25-minute drive from the Airport and a 30-minute drive to Solitude Mountain Resort. We booked a 2 Bedroom Suite since there were 5 of us and also ordered a rollaway bed for the living room.
Address: 270 10000 S, Sandy, UT 84070
We purchased our ski rentals from Ski ‘N See and they also offer discounted lift tickets for different resorts.
Ski Rentals – $35/day
Lift Ticket to Solitude Mountain Resort – $75/day and $140 for two days. If you purchase the ticket at the resort it will cost $85 for the day.
We went to Solitude Mountain Resort, which was a perfect time to go since it snowed the day before so the runs were nice and smooth. Try and get there early because parking is not easy to find.
If you’re a beginner, you should stay on the bunny slopes for a few hours before hitting the greens. When you’re ready head to the Moonbeam lift, most of the greens are located there. Make sure to pay attention to the signs because the greens also connect to the blues trails.
Yes, I was scared the first time I went down the green, especially since I was unfamiliar with the trail. You have to pay attention to the maps to know where we’re going. After 5 hours of skiing and freezing my butt off – it was time to eat.
Where to eat:
Thank you Yelp! We used Yelp to find the best places in Restaurants in Salt Lake City and we were not disappointed.
Address: 12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon – Entry 1 (On the Solitude Resort)
This is located on the resort where you can some decently prices food and beer – liquid courage could help.
Kobe Japenese Cusine
Address: Olympus Hills Shopping Center, 3947 Wasatch Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84124
I got the Tonkotsu Ramen(creamy pork flavor) for $8.95. It was my first time Japanese Ramen noodles and it will not be my last. It might not as appealing to some people, but it is a must try!
Address: 9604 State St, Sandy, UT 84070
This is a famous burger place in Utah, that everyone says is a must before you leave so we had to check it out. I got the crown burger ($5.95) with pastrami – yes! Random but it was good.
Until next time Utah!