Utah Ski Lodging

Utah boasts 14 developed ski resorts, each with its own unique personality and loyal fan base. Excellent lodging can be found at or near each resort. Options range from luxurious for Deer Valley's business moguls to no frills for Alta's hardcore powder hounds. Most resorts offer ski-in, ski-out lodging options.

Here are some insider tips to help you plan your perfect ski vacation.

Recommended Lodging

Book early. That's very important if you hope to find lodging at a resort during peak season. Virtually every motel room in Park City is booked during the Christmas-to-New-Years period. They are also booked over President's Day weekend.

The Sundance Film Festival brings crowds to Park City in mid-January every year. It is fun to be in town during that week but expect motels to be booked solid. Also expect traffic congestion and long lines everywhere you go.

Salt Lake City offers very nice accommodations within easy driving distance from seven major resorts (the 3 Park City resorts and the 4 located in the Cottonwood Canyons east of town). You can stay in Salt Lake and ski a different resort every day. Salt Lake also boasts excellent restaurants and variety of clubs and bars for nightlife.

In Utah some resorts are almost always open for skiing by Thanksgiving weekend and some stay open into April (sometimes even May). Discounted rates are available during the early and late part of the season.

The first half of December almost always offers very snow conditions without the crowds that will come later in the month. As a bonus, you can often get discounted lodging rates during that period.

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