The obvious draw for a Utah vacation in January is the skiing, and we’re not gonna lie, that really is the No. 1 reason to go. But Utah is a big state, and even if the slopes aren’t calling you, January is the best time to check it out. The big, red desert parks (Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon) in the southern part of the state especially aren’t nearly as packed as they are during the summer. Plus, they’re often covered in a soft dusting of snow. Farther north, there’s Salt Lake City, one of the more underrated cheap vacation spots in America, and just a short day trip to all the big-name ski resorts. And hotels can be a fraction of what they cost six months ago. Then there’s the Sundance Film Festival in Park City from January 23 through February 2, when Hollywood descends on the beehive state.
For a hidden gem of winter sports, check out Ogden, about 40 minutes from Salt Lake. It’s home to Powder Mountain, an 8,000-acre resort that’s largely overlooked by tourists leaving lift lines short and slopes easy to navigate. The city is also home to the Shooting Star, the oldest continually operating saloon in Utah, and the New World Distillery if you need something to warm you up on the slopes. Oh, and as of late 2019 you can finally enjoy a beer with a more regular ABV.
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