As we trudge through the slate-grey slush of almost-snow, negotiate the howling blizzards, potholes, flooded roads, overzealous office heating systems and delayed trains during our overcast British winter, it’s fair to say that most of us long for a season that is at least certain of itself, so we can indulge in everything it has to offer.
Utah may not be the first place that springs to mind when considering how to do winter properly, but it should be. Not only is the skiing among the best in the world (Utah, dispelling the myth that the US can’t do puns, calls it “the greatest snow on earth”), but the colder months offer the opportunity to explore the national parks, hike the canyons, ford the narrows and soar in the clear blue skies, unencumbered by the pesky domestic tourists who crowd the state’s stunning landscapes in the summer months.
Touch down in Salt Lake City and, at the first opportunity, rent your ski equipment. It’s good to have it at your beck and call if you suddenly feel the urge. Head 35 minutes down the freeway for dinner and drinks in Park City, a picture-postcard town draped with fairly lights, frontier charm and many, many bars. It’s the ideal introduction to your trip. Make sure you try an Old Fashioned and the sirloin tacos at High West Saloon.