On a good year, ski season starts in late November, and can last until late May. Precipitation is high, the powder plentiful, and the scenery spectacular. Winter is the busiest time in SLC, especially when the Sundance Film Festival kicks off in January. Visiting during the fall means fewer crowds, beautiful fall colors, mild temperatures, and cheaper accommodations. Summers are hot, dry, and exciting; festivals, concerts, and activities abound. Downtown SLC is walkable, but you’ll need a car to get off the beaten track or into the mountains.