Discover Top Winter Getaways in Utah
The variable mountain climates draw skiers of all types and skill levels while the desert attracts those avoiding the snow. These are some wonderful resort options for outdoor and wellness enthusiasts to check out across Utah.
Find the best pockets of powder and zip down slopes surrounded by snow-covered red rock. The slope culture is unparalleled and some resorts are conveniently within a stone's throw of one another.
Take your ski excursion from on the mountain to online at Snowbird. Download the Snowbird app to check the weather report, track your ski day (or the entire season), connect with friends, and check real-time chairlift wait times. There are a variety of stay options at Snowbird. Besides classic, hotel-style lodgings, there are also luxury condominiums both on and off-site. The on-site condos offer ski-in/ski-out options while the off-site condos are just a short walk to the tram. Be sure to come off the slopes hungry. There are plentiful dining options from quick and casual to stately, fine-dining settings. Many of the casual eateries are easily accessible from the slopes and offer gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains.
Alta Ski Area
Since 1938, Alta Ski Area has nurtured a vibrant community that is perfect for families with children of all ages. The Alf Engen Ski School is an excellent place to learn skiing basics or take your alpine skills to the next level. Try out new hardware via the on-site ski shops that have gear for rent, demo, or sale. Need someone to look after the kids while you hit the powder? The full-service childcare facility takes care of infants, toddlers, and youngsters while you enjoy the mountain. The Alta community has a variety of stay options from four-star experiences to all-inclusive resorts. There are 4 casual dining venues for on-mountain meals but the base of the mountain is where you'll find fine-dining, farm-to-table eateries, and cozy fireplaces to snuggle in front of with a warm beverage.
Brian Head Resort
Brian Head Resort gets an annual snowfall of more than 360 inches and has the highest base elevation in all of Utah. The 650-acre resort spans 2 mountains with 71 runs and 8 chairlifts. If that seems daunting, it's best to check out their Winter Sports School where lessons are available for all levels in skiing and snowboarding. Looking for something with a bit more horsepower? Snowmobiles and ATV rentals are available through Thunder Mountain Motorsports. The lodging and dining spots near Brian Head Resort are homey and reasonably priced.
Spas and Retreats
The desert is the perfect place for restorative treatments and relaxation. Whether you're taking some solo time away for self-care or enjoying a couple's weekend, Utah has some of the most secluded, yet luxurious, spas around.
Amangiri sits on 600 acres of land in Canyon Point in Southern Utah. The resort's spa is 25,000 square feet and features a steam room, cold plunge pool, and water pavilion with sweeping desert views. The substantial list of treatments, massages, and restorative therapies take their inspiration from holistic Navajo traditions. The breathtaking views continue through the dining room's floor-to-ceiling windows where guests enjoy seasonal menus made with locally sourced ingredients. Active guests can sign up for classes including yoga, pilates, and Thai boxing, or go hiking, climbing, and horseback riding. Take to the skies in a hot air balloon for ariel views of Lake Powell and the Vermillion Cliffs.
Red Mountain Resort
Many of the treatments at the Sagestone Spa and Salon at Red Mountain Resort can't be experienced anywhere else. Influenced by wellness rituals from around the world, they custom-blend indigenous desert botanicals, mineral-rich clays and muds, salts, and local honey for their restorative treatments. They also offer Thai reflexology, personalized massages for individuals or couples, vibrational sound therapy, and an extensive menu of facials. To get the most bang for your buck, book a spa package for a mix of treatments and massages. Try the "Hike and Spa" package and start the day with a beginner-level 4-mile hike through the surrounding desert. Return to the spa for a 50-minute personalized massage as well as access to amenities like the Relaxation Room.
Sorrel River Ranch
In Moab, Utah, Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa focuses on bringing nature into every spa experience. After outdoor adventures in the desert, like hiking and yoga, get the "Hiker's Foot Relief" foot scrub and massage. Sink into a Himilayan pink salt bath infused with vetiver and geranium oil with the "Ultimate Quench." The bath is followed by a luxurious body scrub and relaxing massage. Dining at Sorrel River Ranch is farm-to-table with many ingredients sourced from the resort's on-site garden. The ever-evolving seasonal menu showcases classic, American cuisine with a southwestern flair.