My family typically ski's in CO, but this year we decided to try Utah. We based our trip with 2 nights in SLC arrival and departure nights. 2 nights in Huntsville by snowbasin and 2 nights at Solitude.
Our first day skiing was Sunday and we chose to Snowbird, it had been warm and we were looking for a high mountain without a million people on a Sunday. I should say that I am a 50 year old mom traveling with my snowboarder 22 year old son and 18 year old snowboarder daughter. Snowbird was mostly really hard, icy skiing in the morning due to refreeze. Mineral basin was really crowded but I don't know why anyone went down there more that once, conditions were not great and the lift line was about 20 minutes. We were happiest on the Gad 2 runs. Snowbird is a bit too difficult for me.
Day 2 was at Snowbasin. Snowbasin was my favorite. There were so many great areas to ski and so empty! It was warm on Monday and it didn't refreeze very hard overnight so it was warm and sunny and soft!
Day 3 was a POWDER day!! Snowbasin got about 11 inches of powder. The morning was quite blizzardy..so viability was awful but the snow was amazing! It cleared up about 11 and was fantastic everywhere all day. Our favorite area was the trees and powder under the porcupine lift.
Day 4 we were at Solitude. The cottonwoods got their snow a bit later than Snowbasin so we were hoping for another epic powder day. And we got it but there were a ton of people there and most of the main areas were totally tracked out by 9:30-10 am-crazy. However it was still great in Honeycomb and mostly off the Summit lift area. We spent most of the day there. Those areas were our favorite. The problem I see with Solitude is that most of the easier stuff is at the bottom and it gets very busy down there on a powder day with day trippers for SLC. (and their families) Lots of kids. Solitude had lots of bald or icy spots by the end of the day.
Day 5- after much debate we decided to head back up to snowbasin for our final day. We thought they might still have some nice snow left and we knew that Solitude probably would not be so lucky. We found Powderhound bowl of porcupine chair which must not have been opened the day before because it was untracked and deep! 2 days after the snow! We looped that a few times. Then we headed to the John Paul lift and then all the way to the top on the tram. We made it back down to the bottom on a very fast, groomed run. We then headed to Strawberrry but it was windy and icy over there.
We had a great time, my favorite resort by far was snowbasin. It has a lot of variety. I like sking in the powder and in the trees but not when it is really steep! Snowbasin had more of that than the others. I imagine Deer Valley and Park City offer more of that as well but we did not get there.
Since I am a CO skier from Michigan, I will give my comparison. Snowbasin is a bit like Snowmass or Steamboat. Snowbird like Aspen Highlands, Solitude ... I guess I don't have a comparison for that one.