Coming off the third best season on record with 4.16 million skier visits, the state of skiing and snowboarding is on pace for a increase in skier day visits as well as a 7.4% gain in occupancy compared to last year.
Once again, Utah dominated the SKI Magazine Reader Survey Rankings with our key strengths of snow and access.
Utah resorts were featured in the following categories:
Five of the top ten listings for snow:#2 Alta, #3 Powder Mountain, #5 Snowbird, #6 Brighton, #7 Solitude.
Seven of the top ten best resorts for access: #1 Deer Valley, #2 Park City Mountain Resort, #3 Canyons, #5 Snowbird, #6 Alta, #7 Solitude, #8 Brighton.
Powder Mountain received the top rating for Value.
Forbes also ranked the top ten ski resorts in the United States for 2014 where Snowbird was ranked #2, Alta #3 and Solitude #10.
ESPN ranked the University of Utah as one of the best college for skiers, based on accessibility to skiing, airport and a community of people who share the same passion.
The upcoming 2014-2015 season features the opening of Utah’s 15th resort, Cherry Peak. Cherry Peak Resort features three chair lifts, snow making, night skiing and a five lane tubing hill.
This season Beaver Mountain and Brain Head celebrate anniversaries marking 75 and 50 years respectively.
With temperatures dropping and snow stacking up, Utah’s 15 ski and snowboard resorts are getting ready to fire up the lifts! Here’s a current list of projected opening dates.
Alta Ski Area: Nov. 21
Beaver Mountain Resort: TBD
Brian Head Resort: Nov. 22
Brighton Ski Resort: Nov. 22
Canyons Resort: Nov. 28
Cherry Peak Resort: Dec. 13
Deer Valley Resort: Dec. 6
Eagle Point Resort: Dec. 20
Nordic Valley: Nov. 28
Park City Mountain Resort: Nov. 22
Powder Mountain Resort: Dec. 12
Snowbasin Resort: Nov. 26
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort: Nov. 22
Solitude Mountain Resort: Nov. 21
Sundance Resort: Dec. 5