Table of contents

  1. Skiing and Snowboarding
    1. Campus Clubs
    2. Rentals and Lessons
  2. Hiking and Backpacking
  3. Cycling
    1. Road
    2. Mountain Bike

Skiing and Snowboarding

Enjoy Utah’s famous “The Greatest Snow on Earth” with world-renowned skiing and boarding less than an hour from the U of U campus.

In the Cottonwood Canyons to the south of Salt Lake City proper are

  • Solitude - The most accessible resort, tons of intermediate terrain and some epic stuff in Honeycomb Canyon.
  • Brighton - The most popular snowboarding resort. Really popular for terrain park lovers.
  • Snowbird - The most famous and (one of) the most expensive resort. Lives up to the hype.
  • Alta - Skiers only. Some of the most technical terrain, but also a ton of beginner terrain. Gets the most snowfall (903” in 22/23!). A more old-fashioned ski town vibe.

Over in Park City,

Up north a little ways,

  • Snowbasin - Where the 2002 Olympic downhill ski events were held. Golden faucets in the bathrooms.
  • Powder Mountain - Largest resort in North America. Cat skiing. The lodges are at the top.

All of these resorts are world-class you will have a great time at any of them. Each resort sells day passes and season passes. Multi-resort passes are also very popular.

  • Ikon - Unlimited uses to Solitude. Limited days, depending on pass level, to Brighton, Snowbird, Deer Valley, and Snowbasin.
  • Epic - Unlimited uses to PCMR/Canyons.

Both multi-resort passes get days to resorts outside of Utah, so they are very useful if you intend to travel and ski during the winter.

Campus Clubs

There are a few clubs on campus that you can join to give you significant discounts on season passes/multi-resort passes. All are fairly similar, so look around and see which fits your vibe and desired pass discount best.

Rentals and Lessons

The Outdoor Adventures office provides ski/snowboard rentals at about the best prices you’ll find. They also have discounted lift tickets to Solitude and Brighton.

Brighton offers an intro package of a rental + lift ticket + 2 hour beginner lesson at one of the best prices you’ll find. Another great option is Alta’s learn-to-ski program.

Hiking and Backpacking

Some local favorite trails (in no particular order)

Remember to bring plenty of water and snacks, the high altitude can hit you hard. The OA is a great place to rent backpacking and camping gear.


See the commuting page for info on bike shops/etc.


These are some route ideas to get you started.

Mountain Bike