Why A Colorado Mama Skis Utah

Posted by Amber on October 15, 2009

amber-chairlift (amber-chairlift)When my husband and I skied Park City Mountain Resort last season, we were amused by our chairlift conversations.

“Wait. You’re from Colorado and you’re skiing here?”

“Did you take a wrong turn and accidentally pass by 10 of your state’s ski hills?”


I love the resorts in my own backyard but let’s face it: sometimes the snow is whiter on the other side. My first job out of college was extolling the virtues of Utah skiing. Park City Mountain Resort will always be one of my family’s favorite ski destinations for the following reasons:

The Snow—Some call it champagne powder, others the lightest, driest power playground on the planet. Either way, Park City averages 360 inches of snow annually and it ain’t called The Great Snow on Earth for nothin’.

Proximity—Park City Mountain Resort is located just 36 miles from Salt Lake International Airport. The best thing about the direct route is you don’t have to worry about precipitous mountain passages; it’s all interstate driving. As an added bonus, PCMR is the only resort with ski-in/ski-out access to Park City’s historic Main Street.

The Town— Park City is two-faced in the best way possible. On one side, it has the appearance of a picturesque, nineteenth-century mining town. The other is a modern alpine resort. Whether you’re looking to splurge or save, party it up or kick back, this fun town has something for everyone.

The Resort & Beyond—If the 3,300 skiable acres, nine powder-filled bowls, eight epic peaks, up to 50 immaculately groomed runs and four award-winning terrain parks don’t keep your family busy, try tubing at nearby Gorgoza Park, careening down PCMR’s Alpine Coaster or bobsledding at Utah Olympic Park.

 If you can miraculously find the time.


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Comment posted by mike on October 23, 2009 8:32 AM MDT

Vail Resorts passes aside, Colorado typically has the most competitively priced season passes. If someone is skiing more than 6 days per year, people should definitely consider a season pass instead of lift tickets.

I will say for my friends that prefer lower altitude skiing, Utah is their choice. They also like easy access from Salt Lake City.

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Comment posted by Krista on October 22, 2009 12:09 AM MDT

Thanks for the tip Mike, especially coming from someone who works for Vail Resorts ;)

As a Colorado native, I agree that there is good skiing in both states. Utah may just be a little easier to get to.

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Comment posted by mike on October 21, 2009 10:11 PM MDT

What about value? I think most families are looking for a great experience at a great price.

I agree that Utah has some good skiing, but I think there are better deals to be found in Colorado and California. Take for example the Epic Pass- You can ski Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge, Heavenly, and Arapahoe Basin unrestricted and unlimited for $599.

A Park City adult pass is $1450 for 1 mountain. Heck, a 10 day pass to Park City cost more than the Epic Pass.

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