Planning a ski trip to Salt Lake City, Utah? Staying in downtown Salt Lake City puts you in the perfect location. You can take your pick of nine major ski resorts within a 40 minute drive, and also enjoy an emerging restaurant and bar scene and plenty of fun things to do after hitting the slopes.
Read on for my top recommendations for things to do during a ski trip in Salt Lake City, Utah!
Start the day off right at Alpha Coffee.
We stumbled upon this coffee shop our first day in town. It was so good that we ended up going back every single morning. Perfectly situated at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Alpha is a convenient stop before heading out to Brighton or Solitude. But with an ultra-cool ambiance, killer views, and super friendly staff always ready with a recommendation, you might be tempted to cancel your plans and idle the day over a “Viking” (their specialty version of Bulletproof coffee and an absolute must-try). Put your mind at ease knowing your caffeine addition is going toward a good cause. Alpha is completely Veteran-owned and operated, and they send a portion of every batch of coffee roasted to deployed troops.
Take your pick of epic terrain to shred.
It’s true what they say: nothing rivals Utah for snow. Each day of our visit, we enjoyed gorgeous, bluebird days and light, fluffy powder fresh from overnight snowfall. In five days we were able to hit Deer Valley, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbird, and Alta. Sounds ambitious, but we were able to cover much of the terrain. Lift lines were at a minimum even over the holiday weekend, and Alta and Snowbird share a lift, making it easy to hit both in one day.
Better yet, the Ikon Pass covers all of these resorts, so we didn’t have to juggle multiple passes or wait in long lines at ticketing. Deer Valley was the only resort that required us to convert our Ikon Pass to a traditional day pass at no extra cost; at all others we were able to breeze right in.
Especially if it’s your first visit to Utah, I would suggest this same approach. Sample different resorts and pick your favorites for a return visit!
Kick back and enjoy the view at Collin’s.
Nestled mid-mountain at Alta, Collin’s Grill is the perfect place to (literally) kick off your boots and get cozy. A welcome respite from the typical, chaotic ski resort dining hall, Collin’s staff will immediately offer you slippers before leading you to your table. Linger over a glass of wine (or two) and enjoy the view.
Take après-ski to the next level at Deer Valley.
Montage Deer Valley sets the après-ski bar high. Located just outside the resort in Empire Village, the Veuve Clicquot-themed Après Lounge is a sight for sore skiers’ eyes. Pop in for some bubbly and enjoy the ultra-cool vibes.
In the lower level of the resort, Daly’s Pub & Rec serves hearty comfort food and local microbrews in an environment that’s at once upscale and laid back. After a long day on the mountain, enjoy rousing recreational pastimes such as shuffleboard, darts, vintage arcade games, and even bowling.
Enjoy a night out on the town at Beer Bar.
Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Beer Bar specializes in delicious German sausages and fries, paired with over a hundred local brews on tap. Break out a board game at the long, beer hall-style tables and enjoy a relaxed time with friends. Fancy a more, well, fancy night out? Slip next door to its sister scene at Bar X, with a smooth speakeasy, cocktail-lounge vibe.
What are your favorite things to do on a ski trip in Salt Lake City?
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