SLC Activities: NBA, Ballet, Broadway + Skiing

Tips on Making the Most of SLC's Big Roster of Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Family Fun 

Broadway shows and big mountain skiing? NBA games and champagne powder? Oh yes.

Skiing in gorgeous solitude at Solitude.  Wray Sinclair | Courtesy Visit Salt Lake

Skiing in gorgeous solitude at Solitude. Wray Sinclair | Courtesy Visit Salt Lake

Family fun at Snowbird by day before downtown's cultural fun by night.  Chris Pearson | Courtesy Ski Utah

Family fun at Snowbird by day before downtown's cultural fun by night. Chris Pearson | Courtesy Ski Utah

Ski destinations with actual "world-class" entertainment and culture can be counted on one hand. Cities with actual kick-ass destination skiing and boarding located less than an hour from downtown’s heart are even rarer. Here's how to make the most of Salt Lake City's special mix:

By day, hit the snow at Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude. All four are distinctive in their own way—and if you advance-purchase the clever Ski City Super Pass, then you don't have to decide until you wake up each morning which of the four Cottonwood Canyon resorts you want to ski or ride. (We're not paid in any way to tell you about the Super Pass—we just think it's a truly smart tip. It nets savings of some 20% on lift tickets alone, includes a bunch of other bonuses, and lets you head straight to the lifts at the start of the day rather than monkeying around at the ticket window.)

Skiing exceptional mountains by day then enjoying exceptional ballet by night is standard operating procedure in Salt Lake City. D reamstime

Skiing exceptional mountains by day then enjoying exceptional ballet by night is standard operating procedure in Salt Lake City. Dreamstime

Live music of all genres fills Salt Lake City's nightly calendar. D reamstime

Live music of all genres fills Salt Lake City's nightly calendar. Dreamstime

Classical music is a rich part of SLC life, with frequent performances by the acclaimed Utah Symphony and Utah Opera. D reamstime

Classical music is a rich part of SLC life, with frequent performances by the acclaimed Utah Symphony and Utah Opera. Dreamstime

Make sure to stay hydrated, because you'll want your energy to bounce back after skiing. The city's calendar is lively, and most nights of the week offer several different picks. Book ahead for

For live music in smaller venues, check the line-up at The State Room, The Depot and The Urban Lounge.

For family fun, take the kids to The Leonardo, a cool museum that fuses science, technology and art. 

From the slopes of Alta...  Lee Cohen | Courtesy Ski Utah

From the slopes of Alta... Lee Cohen | Courtesy Ski Utah

...to the foyer of downtown's Eccles Theater for a Broadway Show ...  © Ski Travel Guru

...to the foyer of downtown's Eccles Theater for a Broadway Show ... © Ski Travel Guru

... means it's just another entertaining day in Salt Lake City  © Ski Travel Guru

... means it's just another entertaining day in Salt Lake City © Ski Travel Guru

SLC lies in a basin framed by the Oquirrh Range on the west and the Wasatch Mountains on the east and north.  Adam Barker | Courtesy Visit Salt Lake

SLC lies in a basin framed by the Oquirrh Range on the west and the Wasatch Mountains on the east and north. Adam Barker | Courtesy Visit Salt Lake