Originally Posted by tromano
In some of your other posts you seem to be contrasting the low rent district in a Sandy office park (which emphatically is not SLC) to a Disney "ski town" in CO. SLC is alot nicer and has some cute neighborhoods. Have you actually spent any time in SLC or not?
Yes, of course I'm contrasting those two, because I was trying to offer a reason as to why people seem to go to CO more. I was answering as a tourist, not as someone looking to live in SLC. If you don't stay up IN the UT mountains, which can be very expensive since there isn't as large a supply as there is in CO, you try to pick accommodations close to the canyons, which is the suburbs. If you stay downtown you have to drive through the suburbs. When you ski in CO, you almost always pick accommodations in the mountains, unless you want to drive 3 or more hours every day. It's a different feel, staying in town vs staying in the mountains.
So yes, there are nice areas of SLC, but as a ski tourist, you generally aren't in them. And the surrounding areas are not attractive, at all, unless you look up. When many people are on vacation, they like to be surrounded by pretty stuff, Disney or not. There is great scenery in Utah, I never said there wasn't. I said CO has a little more picturesque look to it, and more things to do when you aren't skiing, which probably attracts more tourists.
I could be totally wrong, of course. I was just trying to answer the question. As a tourist to UT, which is what I am, this is my opinion. I have stayed in Deer Valley, Alta, Cottonwood Heights twice, and Sandy. I have spent hours and hours looking for lodging the times I went with groups of 10-12 and I was in charge of finding the house. Perhaps I'm missing something, but if I've been five times and missed it, then a bunch of other tourists probably have, too. I will keep returning, but I do much prefer staying up in the canyon. (Of course, once again, you are paying the same at Alta Lodge as you are at, say, Lodge at Vail, and the accommodations are 100 times, um, prettier at Lodge at Vail. Which doesn't really matter to me, but it does to 90% of vacationing families.)