Utah & National Parks Ski Safari
Ski Utah’s famous powder, explore incredible national parks and experience the mighty Grand Canyon.
An inspiring adventure, this self-drive ski safari combines Utah’s snow-sure resorts with its stunning national parks.
Utah famously receives ‘the Greatest Snow on Earth,’ so you can pick and choose between powder meccas and immaculate piste skiing. There are six main resorts within easy reach of Park City (our recommended base), and you can ski them all on the same lift pass.
With fiery-red rock and gaping canyons, Utah’s national parks are astounding. Each is unique, whether you want to go hiking in Bryce, biking in Zion or sightseeing at the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas is an optional add-on at the end - a fun way to finish, it’s got everything from family-friendly hotels to 24-hour casinos.
Guardian travel editor Gemma Bowes experienced our Utah & Vegas Ski Safari and dubbed it ‘The Greatest Holiday in the World’.
Completely customisable, you decide which resorts and attractions you’d like to visit, and how long you’d like to spend at each. We’ll advise on the best options to suit you, and book each element to create your personalised itinerary.
Here’s our suggestion for a 10-14 night Utah & National Parks Ski Safari. Designed and tested by our Utah specialist, James, it makes a fantastic family holiday, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, or an unforgettable honeymoon.
Fly into Salt Lake City, pick up your hire car and drive 35-minutes to the historic mountain town of Park City.
Park City & Deer Valley - Our top Utah resort recommendations, Park City has the largest single ski area in the US and, as a former mining town, it makes a great base for your first week. Five-minutes’ drive or shuttle-ride away, Deer Valley is America’s most exclusive resort, with immaculate pistes and exceptional service.
Snowbird & Alta - A 45-minute drive from Park City, a daytrip to these interlinked powder meccas is a must for adventurous skiers. Alternatively, you could overnight in Snowbird to explore more of the off-piste.
Solitude & Brighton - With more time, Solitude’s in-bound backcountry makes it a fantastic second base, while neighbouring Brighton is Utah’s best resort for snowboarders.
National Parks & Vegas
Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park - Leave the snow behind and drive southwest to Utah’s desert sands and wind-sculpted rocks. With 3-4 days, you could experience the Hoodoo pinnacles of Bryce Canyon and the 15-mile canyon at Zion National Park, staying within the parks themselves. For activities in Zion see visitstgeorge.com/outdoor-adventures.
Arches & Canyonlands - With more time, we’d recommend a few days in these neighbouring parks, using the city of Moab as your base. In Arches, 2,000 sandstone arcs glow red at sunset and, in Canyonlands, the desert landscapes cut by the Colorado River are astounding. Visit discovermoab.com for more information.
Grand Canyon - Drive five hours past stunning national park scenery to the Grand Canyon. Experiencing this mile-deep chasm is a moving experience and, from here, you can either tour back to Salt Lake City or continue to Vegas.
Las Vegas - A huge amount of fun, there’s so much going on in this desert city. Aside from the casinos and bars, there are family-friendly theme parks, fantastic hotel pools and superb shows like the Cirque du Soleil, as well as helicopter rides to the Grand Canyon. It’s possible to fly home from here.
For more information on Utah's National Parks visit utah.com.