Nothing quite compares to the sights of Utah’s famed fall colors—until winter comes along, that is. From morning views of snow-capped mountains that promise an unforgettable day of excursion to serene Summit Creek evenings spent unwinding over hot chocolate, ski season is eagerly awaited. Fortunately, for those who call Summit Creek home, we enjoy coveted proximity to several acclaimed ski resorts and, even better, a sanctuary away from the mountain crowds at the day’s end.
Sundance Mountain Resort
Sundance Mountain Resort, one of Utah’s most sought-after ski resorts, is just a 40 minute drive from Summit Creek and offers every reason to get excited for the winter season. The resort opens on December 6th to welcome skiers and snowboarders for a day (or night session!) on the slopes. And when you’re not working on your turns, try out one of the many activities the resort offers off the slopes, such as soaring through breathtaking views at 65 miles per hour on the Winter Zipline or skiing by the light of the moon at an unforgettable Full Moon Cross Country event.
Park City Mountain Resort
Just an hour and a half drive from Summit Creek, Park City Mountain’s incredible trails await. Make sure to score season passes soon, as they are available for purchase before November 18th. Whether learning from the expert guides at the Ski & Snowboard School program or enjoying activities ranging from sleigh rides to snowmobile tours between sessions, Park City Mountain Resort is a favorite winter destination. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Snowfest from December 20th through January 5th, which features live music and family-friendly activities in both the Park City Mountain Village and Canyons Village.
Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley Resort is well worth the short hour and a half drive from Summit Creek. The resort recommends pre-purchasing tickets online to guarantee access, especially during the holidays. This year, make a visit to snowmobile, meet Santa Claus or watch the the Deer Valley Torch Parade while staying warm with with hot cider and cookies. Whether you spend most of your time on or off the slopes, there is much to be enjoyed during the season at Deer Valley Resort.
Opening on November 29th, Snowbird offers a plethora of adrenaline-fueled winter activities, from guided heli-skiing trips to snowmobile tours. Whether spending a half-day on the mountain or purchasing a season pass, Snowbird offers various ticket options to fit your needs and is located just an hour drive from Summit Creek. While at Snowbird, check out their Avalanche Training Center and Avalanche Education programs, where you can learn the skills needed to safely navigate the backcountry. Snowbird also offers various family-friendly activities, including everything from snowshoeing outings amongst stunning landscape to free guided nature tours with a ranger.
Alta Ski Resort
Alta Ski Resort is located just over an hour and a half from Summit Creek, and celebrates its opening day on November 29th. At Alta Ski Resort, explore the mountain through backcountry adventures, guided tours with a ranger, or Alta races. Sure to unveil your competitive side, Alta’s race program consists of community racing with Alta Town Race Series or gate skiing for recreational racing. Alta Ski Resort also offers the opportunity to rent our the race arena and create your own special racing event.
Brighton Resort’s mountain, under an hour and a half from Summit Creek, averages 500 inches of snow each year and boasts various winter activities for all levels. Get comfortable on the slopes with lessons from Brighton’s Snow Sports School, enjoy a ranger tour with a Naturalist from the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation on easy to intermediate ski runs or hit the slopes for snowboarding and skiing—day or night.