If I could choose to be a ski bum for a season anywhere it would be Jackson. Forget about getting an Alta pass. It really is not even on the same level as jackson hole. If you come to SLC you are best off getting Snowbird Tram pass or AltaBird pass. That is a much better comparison to jackson. But the terrain at Jackson is still more Rad IMO. Snowbird will have a much longer season though, like 2 months longer potentially.
The being near a city thing cuts both ways and the benefits are IMO being over rated by the forum here so far. If you are living there for a single season and skiing 5,6 days a week and milking the savings account you probably cant afford / won't have time to enjoy the amenities of a big city. If you have to work then the larger more diverse job market..
LCC also closes -- alot during and after big storms. So that's another fact of life you will need to deal with. Get up canyon before it closes. This cuts both ways, if you are locked in then you are having the time of your life. If you are locked out well... it sucks.
Another obvious problem is the accessibility of LCC. 1million people live in the valley. And the airport makes it very accessible as a destination for skiing. So when conditions are good, they don't last very long.
Another point of interest, and this really is more pertinent to a longer stay -- wasatch are tiny in terms of amount of BC terrain. Seems to be alot more BC to explore and less competition in Jackson.
Edited by tromano - 9/21/11 at 8:21pm