Cottonwood Canyons Resort Packages
Destination: Utah
Availability:   November-May

Difficulty

= Easy

Duration/Dates

2-7 Nights (or more)

Welcome to the Cottonwood Canyon Resorts, located 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City and 45 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport.  The Cottonwood Canyons are known as the steep and deep zones in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. These canyons host a handful of local lodge bars and restaurants, so if you are looking to enjoy the mountains and don’t need a barrage of nightlife, these are the resorts to visit.  Little & Big Cottonwood Canyons are also renowned for their quick approach for backcountry ski touring and ice climbing.

The Cottonwoods receive the most snowfall in Utah and are among the top most consistent snow totals annually, in North America.  The reason behind this is due to the “Lake Effect” they receive from the Great Salt Lake.  Incoming storms race across the Great Basin with lots of moisture and cold air, then travel up Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.  Here, they get trapped in the canyons, dump some of the deepest and fluffiest powder snow, and gives Utah the reputation of having the “Greatest Snow On Earth”!

The Cottonwoods are home to four world class resorts: Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, Solitude. Alta & Snowbird are located in Little Cottonwood Canyon and Solitude & Brighton are located 20-minutes away, in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  All four resorts have wonderful terrain for beginner to expert level skiers and snowboarders.  Whether you like floating through deep powder or carving endless corduroy, these resorts serve up the goods!

We have accommodations to fit all budgets throughout the Cottonwood Canyons and the Salt Lake Valley. Guest rooms, studios, suites, condos, and townhomes are available, so let us know the type of lodging that works best for your travel needs and we will take care of the rest. Regardless of whether or not you are looking for a weekend getaway or a full-week of skiing, Endless Turns arrange the perfect ski holiday for you!

GETTING THERE
Fly into Salt Lake City International with a 30 minute transfer from the airport to the either Alta/Snowbird or Solitude/Brighton (25 miles from SLC – Cottonwood Resorts- 40 km).
SKI SEASON
November – April
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RESORTS IN THE AREA

Alta Ski Resort offers 2,614 skiable acres, 119 designated runs, 10 lifts, 547″ of annual snowfall (748″ was the record, in 1981-82 season), and many
off-piste areas to explore.  There is also plenty of terrain for all ability levels, so whether you are planning on learning how to ski, fine tuning techniques, or an avid powder hound, Alta is the place to ski!

Alta is the oldest resort in Utah operating, since 1938.  Old timer “Altaholics” love the unpretentious vibe, where people focus on skiing and sharing their stories in one of the traditional lodge pubs over a frosty brew.

The resort is also one of Utah’s skiing only resorts (snowboarders not permitted), in addition to Deer Valley.  Alta is known for its unique geographical location at the back of Little Cottonwood Canyon that traps snowstorms until they dry up, boasting the deepest annual average of snowfall in Utah. Did we mention, Alta is a  great mountain for hike-to terrain and offering boundary gates to access the backcountry?!?

MOUNTAIN STATS

  • Lifts
  • Double 3
  • Triple 1
  • High-Speed Quads 2
  • High-Speed Triple 1
  • Surface 3
  • Vertical
  • Base Elevation 8,530 ft/2,600 m
  • Peak Elevation 10,550 ft/3,216 m
  • Vertical Drop 2,020 ft/616 m
  • Annual Snowfall
  • Average 563 inches (1430 cms)
  • Terrain
  • Skiable Acres 2,200
  • Beginner 25%
  • Intermediate 40%
  • Advanced 35%
  • Designated Runs
  • 119
  • Off-Piste & Backcountry
  • Yes, both are wonderful!
  • Heli Skiing
  • Yes
  • Snowmaking
  • Yes
  • Skiing Snowboarding
  • Skiing Only
  • Perks
  • Alta is all about deep powder with the infamous "Lake Effect", legendary terrain, and close proximity to Salt Lake City.

Alta Trail Map

Connected, and just down canyon from Alta Ski Resort (yes you can upgrade your pass to ski both the same day), Snowbird boasts some of the most challenging terrain in Utah.  Even though Snowbird is known by many skiers and snowboarders as the place to ride the steep and deep, it also has wonderful terrain for beginners and intermediates.

Snowbird Resort has 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, 140 runs, numerous bowls and chutes to explore, 14 lifts, a 3,240 ft vertical drop, a terrain park, and 500″ of annual powder!

Snowbird also hosts the World Extreme Skiing Championships and North Face Snowboarding Masters each season. Snowbird’s iconic tram runs 125 people to the top of Hidden Peak every 7 minutes, allowing a 360 degree descent from the top.

MOUNTAIN STATS

  • Lifts
  • Double 6
  • High-Speed Quads 4
  • Aerial Tram 1
  • Surface 2
  • Vertical
  • Base Elevation 7,760 ft/2,365 m
  • Peak Elevation 11,000 ft/3,353 m
  • Vertical Drop 3,240 ft/988 m
  • Annual Snowfall
  • Average 500 inches (1,270 cms)
  • Terrain
  • Skiable Acres 2,500
  • Beginner 27%
  • Intermediate 38%
  • Advanced/Expert 35%
  • Designated Runs
  • 140
  • Off-Piste & Backcountry
  • Yes, plenty of both
  • Heli Skiing
  • Yes
  • Snowmaking
  • Yes
  • Skiing Snowboarding
  • Yes
  • Terrain Park
  • Yes
  • Perks
  • Wonderful terrain for all ability levels, 500" annual snowfall, challenging steeps, and 45 minutes from Salt Lake City.

Snowbird Trail Maps

Brighton Resort has a true locals mountain vibe and with its world class terrain, should not be missed!  Brighton is home to 3 terrain parks, over 1,050 acres of skiable terrain, 500″+ of annual snowfall, 7 lifts, 66 runs, and numerous off-piste bowls/chutes/glades begging to be shredded!

Brighton also has a community of amazing snowboarders and free-ride skiers, which is not surprising, considering the great backcountry access gates located at the tops of their lifts.

MOUNTAIN STATS

  • Lifts
  • Triple 1
  • Quad 1
  • High-Speed Quads 4
  • Magic Carpet 4
  • Vertical
  • Base Elevation 8,750 ft/2,667 m
  • Peak Elevation 10,500 ft/3,200 m
  • Vertical Drop 1,8755 ft/571 m
  • Annual Snowfall
  • Average 500 inches (1,270 cms)
  • Terrain
  • Skiable Acres 1,050
  • Beginner 27%
  • Intermediate 41%
  • Advanced 33%
  • Designated Runs
  • 66
  • Off-Piste & Backcountry
  • Yes. Backcountry access is some of the best in the Wasatch!
  • Snowmaking
  • Yes
  • Skiing Snowboarding
  • Yes
  • Terrain Park
  • Yes
  • Perks
  • Terrain abounds for all ability levels, tree skiing is superb, 500" annual snowfall, and backcountry terrain is phenomenal.

Brighton Trail Map

The name says it all, a great mountain to get out and escape the crowds!  Solitude Resort is located a few miles down canyon from Brighton Resort and can be skied with the same pass the same day.  Both resorts are connected via the Sol Bright trail, so you can start your day at one resort and end up at the other to enjoy some well deserved apres-ski.

With over 1,200 acres of skiable terrain, 82 designated runs, 9 lifts, 2,494 feet of vertical drop, 500″ of annual snowfall, and access to some of the most exciting off-piste terrain in Utah, it is no mystery why this is a locals favorite mountain.

In the infamous Honeycomb Canyon on the backside of the resort, there is plenty of advanced terrain and powder to keep you busy for weeks on end.  If this still is not enough, then try heading out-of-bounds via the Highway to Heaven to explore the infinite number of backcountry bowls, chutes, faces, and glades that abound!  After a day at the Tude you will be smiling and yearning for more.

MOUNTAIN STATS

  • Lifts
  • Double 1
  • Triple 1
  • Quad 2
  • High-Speed Quad 4
  • Vertical
  • Base Elevation 7,994 ft/2,437 m
  • Peak Elevation 10,488 ft/3,197 m
  • Vertical Drop 2,494 ft/760 m
  • Annual Snowfall
  • Average 500 inches (1,270 cms)
  • Terrain
  • Skiable Acres 1,200
  • Beginner 10%
  • Intermediate 40%
  • Advanced/Expert 50%
  • Designated Runs
  • 82
  • Off-Piste & Backcountry
  • Yes, both are spectacular!
  • Snowmaking
  • Yes
  • Skiing Snowboarding
  • Yes
  • Perks
  • One of the best kept secrets in the Wasatch. This gem has it all, perfectly spaced tree skiing, long cruisers, steep chutes, and deep powder bowls.

Solitude Trail Map