Originally Posted by marznc
Not sure I understand what you mean about Liftopia having more flexibility. Unless you pay extra, a Liftopia purchase is only good on a specific date. The biggest discounts do sell out sometimes so need to make a commitment at least a few days before. When buying a discounted lift ticket at one of the SLC shops, can wait until the day before or even first thing in the morning of a ski day to decide where to go. Sometimes a particular shop is out of inventory but then can go down the street. At least that's what happened when we wanted Snowbasin tickets and the Lifthouse didn't have any left. They were happy to give us directions to a shop 2 min away who still had some. Plus my friends who needed a ticket for Snowbird the next day could buy it at the same time.
Of course, we are old school . . . no smartphone to buy online any where, any time.
I agree with this. While the Liftopia discounts can be substantial, the beauty of SLC is the options. If it's dumping I'm probably gonna go to a different resort than I would if it wasn't. Two or three days after a dump, I'm gonna go somewhere different than I did after those powder days previously to avoid crowds/continue to find stashes. So, for me, as others mentioned, I'll hit the local ski shops for a $10-$15 discount over Liftopia locked in.