ALTA - SOLITUDE utah US Rockies
Alta-tude is the manifestation of a complicated pleasure-pain principle. The resort is one of America's oldest and is home to some of Salt Lake's most spectacular terrain, much of which cannot be accessed by lift. And the lift-accessed stuff is steep, challenging terrain - it will push the beginning skier, but the payoff is worth it. For Salt Lakers who learned to turn at Alta, the saying goes, "If you can ski here, you can ski anywhere."
But don't worry. Alta skiers are a welcoming bunch (to everyone but snowboarders; it's skiers only at Alta), eager to share their arcane knowledge of hidden powder stashes, down-mountain strategies, and the history and lore of this classic American resort.
There are precious few places in the world like Alta. The resort and its small town at the base grew organically around a united love of thrills on snow (which it has aplenty). Despite welcome upgrades, including higher-speed lifts and digital lift passes, Alta remains proudly rooted in its past, an icon of a time when skiing was less of a business and more of a way of life. Its soul is from a different era: of wooden skis daredevil explorers in soggy woollen gear who practically invented the sport.
All four of Salt Lake's resorts have their devotees, fanatics, and worshippers. But Alta breeds Alta-tude.
It's not just about getting away; it's where you find yourself. Solitude's charming, European-style village hosts many appetizing restaurants, comfortable accommodations and Club Solitude, where you, your family and friends can enjoy a multitude of activities. You will also find Village Hosts who can help you find where you're going and suggest different things to do, such as ice skating, snowshoeing or making some delicious S'mores by one of the warm fire pits.
The tradition continues...Brighton has been creating unforgettable memories for families and friends for over 70 years. Fantastic conditions, huge powder, superb grooming and family friendly atmosphere are all reasons to include Brighton in your vacation plans.
ALTA - (no snowboarding allowed)
if snow is your obsession, Alta - rated #1 in the US in the category - needs to be top of your list.
Alta inspires a near-religious reverence in its throng of fans: They throw around words like 'mecca', 'heaven' and 'nirvana' to describe a classic, minimalist hill that brings in pilgrims from all over the world in search of one simple salvation; powder - lots of it.
Solitude Mountain Resort is located a short 40-minute drive from the Salt Lake International Airport. With over 1200 acres of skiable terrain, Solitude is one of Utah's most intimate and inviting winter resorts. Over 500 inches of annual snowfall covers: 65 named trails, three bowls and groomers for every ability level. The resort also offers a Fun Park, as well as a Nordic Center. And don't forget Honeycomb Canyon. It has some of the most awe-inspiring, lift-served terrain in the country.
Cosy, with super-friendly people. great skiing but don't look for lodgng or wild apres ski action.