What would you recommend for a hotel in Salt Lake City that is super close to the ski resort bus that gets you to Alta and Snowbird?
Depends on your price range, there are a bunch on the bus routes (go to the UTA website for routes).
If you need a shuttle to your hotel from the airport, the Crystal Inn Midvalley has a free one. You just call them when you land.
It is on one of the routes, but there is only one bus per day in the AM and PM to and from Alta/Bird on that route, though they'll shuttle you to other stops.
Any of the hotels in Sandy would be fine. We stayed at the Hilton. It's nice enough. Call to confirm, but all the ones I checked had a free shuttle to and from the nearest ski bus stop.
Some advice that we found the hard way: if it's a weekend powder day, don't even try to go to Alta or Snowbird.
Just head up to Brighton or Solitude. Last year we got there on Sunday after a big overnight snow (12 inches at Alta), headed to the bus, waited for an hour with no Alta bus ever showing up. Finally, after seeing the 3rd Solitude bus, I said to my son, "let's hop on this one, at least it's going somewhere".
We sat in traffic for another 45 minutes until we got past the LCC turnoff. Then it was smooth sailing right up to a great day at Solitude with 6" of fresh powder.
I talked to some other bus riders the next day who had stuck it out, and they didn't get to Alta until 2 pm and ended up not getting home until after 9pm. Cars had the same problem unless you got in line at 6 am.
During the week we had 2 great powder days at Alta with no lines.
Anything on fort union blvd is the place to be. Any further south and you gotta drive a few minutes longer to get to downtown or park city. Staying further south than 7200s (fort union blvd) is alright if you are only in little cottonwood, but 7200s is just the perfect spot to be. You are close to 215, and you can get on i-80 in just a few minutes.
I have used the UTA buses during the spring without issues.I bet during the busy times of the year - especially on pow days, it will be a frustrating trip. I remember the bus being crammed and smelly. It was also a pow day, so the ride up and down was packed.
Car. Otherwise look up the bus routes on the UTA website.