There are many great places to snowboard across the United States, but the vast majority of them are in the western part of the country.
When it comes to snowboarding, the state of Utah might not be as well known as its next-door neighbor, Colorado, but it offers some amazing options for resorts and mountains.
With great snow and often fewer crowds, the wide countryside is well worth exploring.
My name is Lorraine, and I’m a certified snowboard instructor. I’ve been to a lot of places snowboarding. Here is a look at the best places to snowboard in Utah if you ever want to take a trip to the Beehive State.
1. Park City
Park City Mountain is at the top of the list of the best places to snowboard in Utah. It earns this spot for a few great reasons, but one is its sheer size.
With 7,300 acres of rideable terrain accessible from over 40 different lifts, Park City is one of the largest ski resorts in the world. That means there’s something for riders of all skill levels and style preferences.
As the name suggests, the terrain parks here are truly amazing.
If you love to play in the park, then Park City is for you. The resort has also been home to several gold medal-winning slopestyle riders over the years.
There is just about any type of terrain you can imagine at the resort, ranging from easy-to-handle beginner slopes to steeps that can hold a lot of powder when the conditions are right.
Park City is also awesome because it sits close to a major metropolitan area in Salt Lake City. That means you can fly into the city and be on the slopes in a little over an hour.
The airport here is also international, so you can arrive from just about anywhere. That kind of accessibility is hard to match, and with so much terrain to explore and excellent snow in the winter months, Park City seems to have it all.
There are also a bunch of great lodging and dining options in the area and right near the resort which makes it a great destination for people from all over the world.
Whether you’re looking for an affordable place to take the family on a weekend trip or you want some fancy accommodations, you’ll be able to find an option that works best for you.
If you love good food, there are a large number of delicious options to enjoy before or after a day on the slopes.
Another one of the best places to snowboard in Utah is Brighton. This resort isn’t the largest, and it’s nowhere near the level of Park City, but it’s perfect for riders who enjoy boarding over quality snow.
Brighton averages over 500 inches of legendary Utah powder a year. If you time your trip just right, you’ll get endless face shots all day long.
This resort is also really close to Salt Lake City which makes it easily accessible for many different visitors. It only has around 1,000 acres to ride and four lifts, but don’t let its smaller size fool you into thinking you can’t have a great time there.
I personally have had one of my favorite powder days of my life at Brighton, and it’s typically less crowded than the larger and more well-known resorts in the area.
Brighton has less of a big resort vibe, which is why so many locals choose it over other options. In addition, it’s also home to some incredible dining spots, and there are many lifties that share the same love of snow as you.
That creates a pleasant atmosphere everyone can enjoy. It may not be large, but Brighton has a great park and plenty of variable terrains that offers options for riders of all ability levels.
3. Powder Mountain
Powder Mountain is another solid choice with some of the best snowboarding in Utah.
This area officially holds the title as the largest ski resort in the U.S., with over 8,000 acres for snowboarders and skiers to enjoy. That is so much space that you could literally ride a new run every week at the resort and never get sick of it.
The mountain also limits the number of people that are allowed on the slopes on a given day, which cuts down on crowds.
This mountain is all about snowboarding. You won’t find many of the lodging and dining accommodations here as you would with more well-known mountains scattered across the west.
However, if you really want to have an enjoyable day or week, this location comes highly recommended. It can hold fresh powder for days and there’s almost always an untouched line, especially if you arrive early in the day.
Powder Mountain earns its name (and its spot on this list) largely due to what its name implies: it has a ton of powder.
As there is such a vast amount of terrain to explore and not many crowds, this serves as an excellent Utah destination that should be on every real rider’s list.
It doesn’t have a developed base area, and you might need to stay off-mountain, but the resort will always give you a memorable experience.
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Utah is a great snowboarding destination. The above resorts provide enough snowboarding area to keep you occupied for years.
If you’ve never been to Utah before, be sure to take these options into consideration the next time you want to have an amazing winter adventure.
You won’t be disappointed with any of them, I guarantee it. If you like it so much that you decide to move there, keep in mind there are many other resorts to explore as well.About Lorraine