‘Tis the season for a long-standing tradition at Utah ski resorts: the torchlight parade.
What was once solely the realm of locals carrying candles while slowly skiing down a gentle slope has evolved through lanterns, flashlights and headlamps. Now, the ritual has morphed into a spectacle of all varieties, depending on which ski resort you visit. Snowbird, for instance, accompanies its winter celebration with fireworks and Santa rappelling out of the tram. Solitude, on the other hand, keeps the festivities a bit more low-key with a Glow Parade geared specifically toward the kids.
Regardless, most Utah ski resorts will have some version of this holiday pastime—often accompanied by free hot chocolate, cookies and visits from St. Nick—where you can watch lights magically snake down the hillside, temporarily setting a dark wintry wonderland aglow with holiday spirit.
Torchlight Parades @ Alta: Dec. 31, Alta.com; Deer Valley: Dec. 30, DeerValley.com, Park City Mountain Resort: Dec. 24, ParkCityMountain.com; Snowbasin: Dec. 24, Snowbasin.com; Snowbird: Dec. 24 & 31, Snowbird.com; Solitude: Dec. 30 & 31, SkiSolitude.com