At the beginning of March Kenon and I headed up to Cache Valley in Utah to check out Cherry Peak Ski Resort. Cherry Peak is Utah’s newest ski resort and has been open since the 2015/2016 ski season. This ski resort is located not too far from Logan and has incredibly affordable prices.
Cherry Peak Ski Resort is the perfect resort for beginners or someone who just wants to sneak away from the crowds. With only 3 lifts and less than 30 runs, it is easily navigated. There are a mixture of groomed and ungroomed runs. The crowds are minimal – I’m not sure if I should even use the word “crowds” – the longest line we had to stand in was about 10 people deep and that was only one time when the lift was paused for a few minutes. Otherwise the lines typically looked like this:
The easy navigation and lack of people make it great for someone just learning how to ski. Beginners can move around the mountain at their own pace. The mountain itself is not very intimidating. There are a lot of wide open spaces and the terrain is fairly easy to read.
While we did hit a few powder runs, Cherry Peak is hardly getting the best snow on earth. The snow pack is more shallow than other Utah resorts and more exposed to sun and wind damage. They can have really good powder days, though. If you can plan to hit Cherry Peak on the right day, and since the crowds are small, you can get those powder runs practically to yourself.
Cherry Peak does have it’s share of interesting black diamond terrain. You can ride some steeps, get into trees, and kind of choose your own adventure on the way down. The top of Summit Lift is definitely the place to go if you want some aggressive black diamond skiing in unmarked terrain. There is also a terrain park near the Gateway lift.
Regular Cherry Peak hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm and Sundays from 9 am to 4 pm. Cherry Peak is open for night skiing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm. According to the website, this resort offers a huge night skiing area and the MOST vertical drop for night skiing in the state at 1,221 feet total.
The best part about Cherry Peak is the laid-back vibe. It feels like all of the workers are extended family, just showing up to help out. They all take the safety of the hill very seriously but also make you feel welcome and like you are part of the local crowd.
Lift tickets to Cherry Peak are incredibly reasonable for a small mountain. It is $40 for a full day and $35 for a half day. Night ticket prices vary based on how many lifts are open.
Cherry Peak also offers a little chalet where you can purchase food from the grill. This is also where you can purchase tickets and get rentals.
Other activities offered at Cherry Peak include tubing and Nordic skiing.
We went to Cherry Peak on a terrible day for snow. While we did sniff out a few good powder runs most of the mountain was wind-stripped or sun crusted. Let us know in the comments if you have experienced better snow in the past or if you do experience better snow when you visit!