Utah is known to have “The Best Powder on Earth.”
To help you figure out which resort you want to hit first this season, we’ve created a list of the top three ski trails in Utah, and why you should check them out. Let us know if you agree in the comments below!
1) Alf’s High Rustler (AKA Highboy) at Alta—Chances are, if you’ve skied Alta, you’ve at least taken a look at High Rustler (probably with a look of awe-inspired glee plastered across your face). It is up-front and just off to the left when looking at the mountain from the base lodge. One does not simply ride High Rustler; It’s a steep charger with lots of vertical terrain. Getting down without taking at least a couple of breaks is impossible without bionic legs of steel. But while you need to earn every turn on your way down, I guarantee you won’t stop smiling. Once you make it down, you can ski right to the lodge and brag to everybody about what you just did.
2) Eagle’s Nest at Alta—Just off the other side of West Rustler Peak, Eagle’s Nest is a parallel to Alf’s High Rustler, not only in terms of location, but also in its level of difficulty. It’s sort of High Rustler’s scrappy cousin. Be prepared to drop in on some steep terrain peppered by trees at the top. Then, you are faced with an age-old choice: moguls or rock-lined chutes? Do chutes look scary? Yes. Do they take courage to even consider? Yes. But to make it out of a chute and ride away is just awesome. Towards the end of Eagle’s Nest, the mountain takes pity and completely opens up for some mellow turns before you hop back on the lift and take another lap.
3) Dragon’s Tail at Snowbird—Unlike the other two, this trail can be easy, depending on how you ride it. You can choose to take it as slowly as you wish. But be forewarned, the best part about this trail is full-on hauling down with blatant disregard for the laws of physics or restraint yielded by common sense. It takes you from normal trail riding into wide-open glades and down a bobsled-type luge through the trees. The bobsled is the fun part. Charging down a semi-narrow banked trail through the woods is straight exhilarating.