Ski Utah! Image courtesy of Karl Weatherly/Photodisc/Thinkstock.

When that first bite of fall weather takes a nip at your neck, and the warm summer breeze gives way to a chill in the air, it’s time to consider your winter getaway.  The tropical retreats that may usually call for you to escape just may fall on deaf ears this year.  I say we turn and face the cold, and dive in feet first.

Utah ski resorts average annual snowfall is 500 inches.  The locals say it is “the Greatest Snow on Earth”.  Why?  Well, the abundance of it is only one part of the equation.  The key to the claim is the fact that Utah is a desert, and the dry climate means the snowflakes are not saturated with moisture.  This dry snow is called “champagne powder”, and when you are knee deep in it and it’s falling all around you, you may just think you are a step away from heaven.

The local resorts have a very intimate feeling to them.  The amazing options of terrain, and proximity of all the resorts to each other translate to a veritable buffet of winter wonderland treats.  Get lost in the chutes with the local set at Snowbird and Alta.  Head over to Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon for a little, well… solitude.  If you want the big resort experience and a little bit more nightlife, Park City is your place.  It’s also where the Sundance Film Festival is held towards the end of January.  And if your idea of recreation is having your skis carried for you and dining on Zagat’s top rated food, descend upon Deer Valley.  The readers of SKI Magazine voted it the #1 Resort in North America the last 3 years in a row.

No matter if you are skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, snowmobiling or just tubing, the snow in Utah will give you something to look forward to every winter.

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Richard has been in the Essential Style for Men mix since its inception in 2009. When he isn’t busy serving as the ESM’s Director of Fashion & Style, you may find him on the beach playing volleyball, or working hard in Thailand shooting with a beautiful Brazilian supermodel.