The month of November is much anticipated in Utah by skiers and snowboarders alike. The vast majority of Utah’s 14 winter resorts open in November.
The greatest snow on earth is ready and waiting and it’s open for the taking starting November 15. Some Utah residents may already know the exact chairlift they’re headed to first. “Brighton, because my dad already bought passes,” says Tucker Morin, a Snow College student. However, those who are new to Utah or just looking for a new mountain to conquer might be wondering where to make their first tracks of the season.
Utah has something to offer any level or style of skier or rider, from the pro-sized terrain parks of Park City to the bunny hills of Wolf Mountain to the high alpine slopes of Snowbird.
The first resorts to open for the 2013-2014 season will be Snowbird and Solitude on November 15, followed quickly by Alta and Brian Head on November 16. Other resorts opening in November are: Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR), Brighton, Canyons Resort, and Wolf Mountain.
Snow College students can ski or ride at an affordable price at many of Utah’s resorts. Wolf Mountain and Beaver Mountain offer the lowest prices for one-day lift tickets: $32 and $45, respectively. Many resorts discount season passes for college students. Wolf Mountain has the best deal for a student season pass at $215. Sundance Resort offers a student midweek (Monday-Thursday) pass for $275. Night skiing is also a great way to shred more for less, but is only offered by some resorts at certain times during the season.
Many of Utah’s resorts are fairly close to Ephraim. Sundance Resort is by far the closest, just 87 miles away. Some other nearby resorts—PCMR, Deer Valley, Snowbird, Alta, Canyons, and Eagle Point are all within 120 miles of Ephraim and can be driven to in under two and a half hours, given good road conditions.
However, some resorts are simply favorites. “I would probably go to The Canyons, because the long-running tradition in my family is The Canyons,” says Snow College student J.R. Nemelka. “I like it because it’s pretty and not very crowded.” Canyons Resort boasts the largest area of lift-serviced terrain in Utah, with 4,000 skiable acres. Alta Ski Area is famous for its whopping average annual snowfall of 563 inches. Whether it’s large amounts of terrain to explore, deep powder, or just a small, friendly atmosphere, each of Utah’s resorts has something to offer.