Pros: Great terrain variety, super lifts, excellent facilities, GREAT grooming, seldom busy
Cons: Not as much snow as the Cottonwood Canyons (but still lots of snow)
Don't let my title spook you out. I'm just joking.
I live in Jackson Hole, which should say a little bit about the type of ski area I prefer, and Snowbasin is my favorite Utah ski resort. The variety of terrain at Snowbasin is endless, from wide, sweeping, immaculately-groomed runs all the way to seriously-steep challenges. I absolutely love the long, sparsely-wooded ridge-and-gully terrain over toward the Strawberry gondola. For a real challenge, ride the little gondola from the top of the John Paul lift and the ski down the entire Grizzly run, which was the site of the men's downhill at the 2002 Olympics. As you navigate the drops and turns, imagine doing that run at an average speed of nearly 70mph.
The lifts are fast and uncrowded. The base and on-mountain restaurants are open, easy to get to, and serve good food at moderate prices. The bathrooms are, of course, legendary.
Snowbasin is a true gem of a ski resort and well worth a visit.