Utah has all the makings of the perfect ski destination: the singular climate and topography of the central Wasatch Range yields some of the best powder anywhere, while Olympic-level resorts and facilities make the rugged terrain accessible—without taming it in the least. The capital and first stop for any visitors flying in is, of course, Salt Lake City.  Conveniently positioned in the heart of the mountains, at the crossroads of all the major highways, Salt Lake is the ideal base camp for a trip into the mountains.

However you plan your Utah getaway, be sure to put the following cross country ski areas on the itinerary. Though they range from the subtle to the celebrity-owned, they all have one thing in common: they specialize in getting skiers of every age and ability out into the unparalleled wintertime world of the Utah backcountry.

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