Are you moving to Utah? I tried skiing around my first year there and documented it, including my hunt for lift ticket deals, in this thread. The MCP is definitely a great deal for exploring around. Attend one of the Warren Miller film screenings in the fall--they should have a couple of nice freebies. KSL.com's classifieds can be a good spot to look, and up to now at least some of the resorts have offered tickets that can be legally resold (and you can likely get away with it at other spots, but buyer beware). Deer Valley and PCMR day tickets are through the roof expensive. If you really want to check out PCMR, buying one of the Epic products now while they're on sale is the most affordable way on a per-day basis. Deer Valley this past season gave out free days to passholders at Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, and Solitude... and they offer January-only discounts at some ski shops. Sundance and Powder Mountain have the best track record for offering good Liftopia deals, in my experience. And details on next season's MAX Pass should be out soon--for this season, they offered 5 days at Brighton + 5 days at Solitude (plus other areas farther away) for $600. Probably only worth it if you're definitely going out of state at least once.
@New2PDX thank you for the info! I have read through many posts on your thread and it was very informative (although I should take a closer look to remember what you said about traffic).
I am thinking about moving to Utah at some point, and my two big skiing questions were 1) is it worth living closer to LCC/BCC to save time driving into the mountains on the weekends? It sounds like the answer is no, it doesn't really save that much time (especially since I expect more jobs would be in the downtown area).
In terms of question 2) ability to ski many different areas economically, thanks for your advice! It sounds like MCP is the best deal going. I will definitely have to check out the Warren Miller films. Glad to hear that Powder Mountain and Sundance have deals. Those mountains are further down in my list of mountains to try, but I would still love to give both a shot. Based on your thread I think I might actually end up really liking Powder Mountain. It sounds like the MOST economical way to ski of course is to get a season pass, and that's awesome that Alta/Snowbird season pass holders get tickets to Deer Valley. My issue is I also want to spend exploring Solitude, Brighton, PCMR, etc. If the MAX Pass is able to add in another Utah area resort it starts to sound much better to me! The Epic Local pass is surprisingly inexpensive compared to the other season passes here, but my guess is that more of the time I would want to be skiing LCC/BCC? But then again, one long weekend to Whistler or Tahoe and all of a sudden the Epic Local pass sounds like a great deal.