Yep, perfectly normal, not much of a hassle at all. Bend is fun, totally walkable, totally driveable, great food, good beer, good wine.
And no, if you're staying in SLC getting to Solitude or Brighton or Alta or Snowbird is super easy, esp if you have a full size SUV. Park City/DV is a bit more of a hassle but not at all terrible. Snowbasin is an easy day trip. The big limit is that 4K altitude constraint.