A guide to family skiing breaks in Salt Lake City

Friday, 28 December 2014 2:38 PM

If you and your family like to go on skiing breaks, and are searching for a new resort that has all of the facilities you would expect, look no further than Salt Lake City. This corner of Utah has four ski resorts - Brighton, Alta, Snowbird and Solitude.

Each resort boasts many advantages to holidaying there, so you might decide to move between them all during your stay to make the most of your family ski holiday to America. Whichever option you choose, the four ski resorts of Salt Lake City each offer something unique.

Alta is the place to head to if you prefer your resorts to cater to skiing only, rather than lots of other winter sports such as snowboarding. The so-called purist mountain has welcomed keen skiers on to its slopes since 1939, and if you come here you will understand why it has proven popular all of this time.

One minute you can be enjoying leisurely skiing on one of the traditional powder runs and the next tackling a section of tricky terrain that is more suited to intermediates. As you practise your moves on the slopes, you can soak up the sight of the stunning scenery.

To gain some in-depth knowledge about the resort and the surrounding area, it is well worth booking on to one of the ski tours headed by a ranger. As you ski across the landscape, the local expert will explain lots of interesting facts about Alta, such as its mining history and winter ecology.

These tours are free and are held in holidays and on weekends between December and March, so keep this in mind if you plan to whisk your family off during one of these months.

Brighton is one of the other ski resorts in Salt Lake City. One of the highlights of booking a family ski trip here is that you can experience tackling the slopes together under nightfall. Indeed, the resort is home to 22 lighted runs that are open from 16:00 to 21:00 local time on Mondays to Saturdays during holidays and weekends.

Another bonus of coming to Brighton is the Milly Express Lift, which services all of the terrain at the resort. No one wants to hang around at the bottom of the slopes waiting for a ride to the top, and the high-speed lift ensures you and your family can enjoy maximum time on the powder.

The skiing school at Brighton is a particular draw for parents, as many people in Utah come here to teach their children to ski. You can, therefore, rest assured that your little ones will be in safe hands if you decide to drop them off at the skiing school while you and your partner hit the slopes.

Solitude and Snowbird are the two other ski resorts in Salt Lake City. Snowbird features the first ever ski area tunnel in the whole of North America and is neighboured with Alta. This means if you purchase a dual-resort lift ticket, you can effortlessly switch between the two destinations.

With 500 inches of dry and light powder falling on to the slopes of Snowbird every year, it enjoys an impressively-long ski season from mid-November all the way through to the final week of May. Similarly, the season at Solitude also typically kicks off in November and is a convenient 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport.

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