When to go: Look out the window. Is there snow on the mountains? This is when people who know how to ski are skiing. We know. It’s cold.
Why learn now? No idea. You’re the one who moved to Utah. You’re like, “Mom. No. I’m not going to turn Mormon. Yes. I know, skiing is dangerous. I’ll take a lesson. Hey, can you pay for the lessons?”
How much? January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month. Score! All 14 Utah resorts offer deals at around $50 for rentals, tickets and lessons for first timers. They want you to learn to ski, along with UtahisRad83 on Tinder.
Where to go: Tough question. Alta and Snowbird both have the reputation of “if you can learn here you can ski anywhere” and that’s true. Plus, you can put an Alta sticker on your car. (Wait? Did you put an Alta sticker on your car already? You’re not supposed to do that.) We like Brighton, it’s cheap and its ski school has been teaching generations of Salt Lakers for, umm, generations. Solitude is cool too. They have some transferable ticket packs that won’t break the bank. Park City is huge and Deer Valley is super plush. Snowbasin isn’t as far a drive as you think and Powder Mountain is the best secret in Utah. But really? You do not know how to ski, so what do you know about anything? Just pick one! They all have great ski schools and deals for 35 year olds who want to ski just enough to meet bearded Utah guys on Tinder.
What about snowboarding? We have no idea. It looks like you fall on your face, like literally on your face, a lot. Just learn to ski already. UtahisRad83 isn’t going to stay on the market forever.
What to expect: Mostly the recurring loss of dignity that comes with trying to learn to ski after the age of 10. Also falling on cold snow.
To find out more about learning to ski in Utah, visit the experts at Ski Utah.
Originally published in Salt Lake magazine, January 2018 issue.