The fun in Utah really runs year round. Although the slopes do have to shut down from the period of about May through early November, those six months still pack a serious punch for visitor action. But when the snows start falling, they really start falling.
Some of Utah's major ski slopes report an average annual snowfall of 500 inches plus. That's right, 500 inches plus. This means most of the powder here is genuine, from the sky, pristine.
Considering its major snowfalls, the Utah region is not only home to some great ski opportunities, but also other favorite wintertime sports. Possibilities here also include snowboarding, snowmobile riding, skating and more.
Add to that the fact the resort areas are noted for their dining and entertainment opportunities and its clear this state's offerings for skiers and off-season visitors are amazing. Cuisine ranges from ethnic and five-star to good old fashion American hot dogs and apple pie. Shopping, cultural events and mountain explorations also combine to make the Utah region great for ski vacations or summertime visits to the mountains.
When it comes to the "off season" for skiing, Utah's many lodges are ideal for visiting. The mountains come alive in the summer months with wildlife and flowers. Ski lifts offer the perfect view to see it all while enjoying the crisp mountain air. Summer offerings at the lodges range from scenic tours to hiking, biking and more.
Those who want to see a bit more of the state while hitting the slopes no matter the season will find a number of attractions. The state is home to Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef national parks in addition to a number of national monuments, including the Rainbow Bridge.
If winter rules in Utah, than skiing is king. And despite the popularity of this state for those who love to explore the great outdoors with skis strapped firmly to their feet, it is also home to a host of other activities year-round. The great outdoors is just waiting to be explored in some major glory in Utah.