Although they are closer to Salt Lake City than Park City, these resorts are no less worthy of your attention. Because of Great Salt Lake–affected snow patterns, these resorts receive almost twice as much snow as Park City. The four resorts east of Salt Lake City sit 30 to 45 miles from the downtown core at the end of two canyons. In summer, access the numerous hiking and biking trails that lead off from both canyons.
Follow Hwy 190 up to family-oriented Solitude and skier fave Brighton in Big Cottonwood Canyon. In summer you can continue over the mountain to Heber City and Park City. To the south, Little Cottonwood Canyon is home to the seriously challenging terrain at Snowbird and the all-round ski-purist special, Alta.