If you can see it, you can ski it at Snowbird, the industrial-strength resort with extreme steeps, long groomers, wide-open bowls (one of them an incredible 500 acres across) and a kick-ass terrain park. The challenging slopes are particularly popular with speed demons and testosterone-driven snowboarders.
The lowdown: 3240ft vertical drop, base elevation 7760ft; 2500 acres, 27% beginner, 38% intermediate, 35% advanced; four high-speed quads, six double lifts, one tramway. The only conveyor-pull tunnel in the US links the need-for-speed Peruvian Gulf area and intermediate terrain in Mineral Basin. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, one lift remains open until 8:30pm for night skiing.
Snowbird has the longest season of the four Salt Lake City resorts, with skiing usually possible mid-November to mid-May.