Originally Posted by JoeUT
I will leave the scenery alone, because that's a totally subjective matter. But more things to do when you aren't skiing?? That's an argument for Utah, not Colorado. You want a ski town with as many activities/restaurants/shops as Colorado, but with a more interesting ski history (Olympic Park), you go to Park City. also subjective You want a more diverse selection of metropolitan activities (sports games, theater, symphony, etc. etc.) you ski the Cottonwoods and stay in Salt Lake. Or ski the Cottonwoods and visit Salt Lake. Activities and convenience are one of the biggest draws for Utah resorts.
I have traveled every year with several different groups of people, who come from Europe, East Coast, West Coast, etc. I have helped plan these trips, found lodging, dining, etc. Not once has anyone wanted to go to the theater, the symphony, a movie, or a professional soccer game on a ski trip. What they want to do is ski, apres ski, shower, and either go to the hot tub or take a sleigh ride, or maybe go ice skating or get a massage or on an off day go snowmobiling or dogsledding. They want to be in a pretty mountain town, not a suburb that looks like where they spend the rest of their time.
And I'm done with this. I am just giving my impression, now I'm sorry I answered. Maybe others don't feel that way, but in that case maybe more people would travel to SLC than to CO ... wasn't that the question? By the way, did I say how much I love skiing in Utah?
Ok, I lied -- one more thing to say (husband stole my computer, had to skype). The brown factor is subjective, perhaps, but it's real. People like trees. I know this because I live in Denver, which is very similar to Salt Lake. When you are landing at DIA, it looks terrible outside. New visitors comment on it, and freak out because they think they are going to an alpine setting. People who move here from the east or south (or almost anywhere) are very often shellshocked at the lack of green. Usually they come around when they realize that they miss humidity even less, but many never get used to it.
So, on the basis of those observations, I believe that tourists prefer more trees than Utah has. Park City is nice, a lot like Breck, but it still sits right on the edge of nothingness. It is probably a much better place to live, since it has better sun and you don't struggle to breathe due to altitude. But there is a lot of brown.Edited by segbrown - 5/2/11 at 1:32pm