Me and a buddy are hoping to take a week-long trip to Alta this year. We're both new to Utah, and we're hoping to score some steep & deep in Utah. (I've heard the snow is behind schedule this year, but anyway...)
We have been somewhat reeling at the lodging costs at Alta. For a 2-doubles + private bath hotel room, Alta vacations quoted us rates ranging from just under $500/nt all the way up to almost $900/nt (not including lift tickets)!! They reiterated many times that Alta lodging includes meals, and I'm not forgetting that, but... damn!
We were almost ready to give up and just do Park City instead (there seem to be waaaaay more affordable lodging options over there) but then I thought about checking Snowbird's lodging options, and it seems much more reasonable. Found one package for $275/nt including lift tickets! (albeit SB only.) Seems to me like the savings would more than cover the ticket upgrade to ski Alta as well as food.
So my questions are: Am I missing something here? Is there some elephant in the room that I'm not seeing? If Alta were what we really wanted to ski, how much of a handicap would it be to stay at Snowbird? (I'm assuming we would see what SB has to offer too, but the intention of the trip was to see Alta.)
Any advice appreciated!