Keep The After-Hours Moving With Night Skiing, Riding In Utah
If standing in lift lines is getting you down, turn on your night light and go skiing and riding at half of Utah's 14 resorts.
Skiing and riding under the lights can be an out-of-worldly experience. All seven mountains charge for a night-only ticket, but some combine with day tickets for a discount. Check websites for day-night tickets, night-only deals, or if multi-mountain season passes work.
The only night skiing in the Cottonwood canyons or Park City area, Brighton turns on the lights at 4 p.m. for skiing and riding on 200 acres, four lifts, and the main terrain park. After-dark carving runs Monday-Saturday -- with rentals and lessons, too.
The Ogden-Logan area has the largest concentration of night skiing in Utah, with five choices. Night skiing has been one consistency in Nordic Valley's tumultuous history. Kids 12 and under ski free on 23 trails. Hours are 3-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Eden, Utah, mountain.
On certain nights, Beaver Mountain limits its tickets to 275 per night. Check website. Regardless, two lifts run from 5 to 9 p.m., with lessons and rentals available every evening except Sundays.
Utah's newest Cherry Peak gives night skiers and riders all 1,222 vertical feet on all days except Sundays, even though the mountain is closed Monday-Wednesday. Groups can rent the evening -- 150 or more get discount.
Ski and ride any night of the week at Powder Mountain. Hop the lift at 3 p.m. and get an extra hour on the mountain. Sundown chair and Tiger rope tow out of base serve 550 vertical drop until 9 p.m.
South of Salt Lake above Provo, Sundance keeps the majority of its front side lit Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Terrain park gets lighted, too.
And in the southwest corner of the state, Brian Head tacks an add-on price ($12-14) to a day ticket to include night skiing and riding. Blackfoot triple spins from 4 to 9 p.m for 432 vertical drop on mostly green runs.