I just returned from my second four-day trip to Utah this season (this time, to Solitude, Snowbird, and The Canyons)... and I'm a huge fan. There's little if anything to dislike about Utah's ski areas, and as I mentioned in an earlier thread, the only reason that the SLC area is not completely overrun with skiers is a lack of marketing initiative.
Solitude is friendly, inexpensive, full of snow, and -- even on a Saturday afternoon -- almost completely empty. It makes for a perfect half-day warm-up after arriving on a morning flight from the East Coast. About the only complaint is the somewhat odd lift layout, and -- with the exception of one high-speed quad -- slow uphill capacity. So I was happy to see that they're planning to install two new lifts for next season: a high-speed quad to replace the slow-poke Moonbeam lift out of the main parking lot, and a lift to get you out of amazing Honeycomb Canyon, thus eliminating a really long runout back to the front of the mountain.
Snowbird reminded me of a smaller version of Jackson Hole, both in topography and attitude. It's a high-testosterone ski area, with lots of local gunners jumping off cliffs and smoking through tight chutes. Although much of the ungroomed terrain resembled a hard, lunar surface (I left three days before the big dump on Thursday), I had lots of fun doing laps on the two high-speed quads in Mineral Basin.
For some reason, I went to The Canyons expecting to hate it (my longstanding bias against big destination resorts), but it's an absolutely fantastic area... not to be missed. It's really unlike any other ski area I've been to... instead of one main mountain (or two), it consists of nine separate peaks with dozens of canyons, ravines, meadows, Steamboat-like Aspen groves, and rolling, narrow New England-esque trails running through the pine trees. You could spend weeks exploring all the amazing off-piste terrain, and if it there hasn't been any fresh snow for a while (unfortunately, the case for my trip), it'll take several days to exhaust all the marked runs.
The rap against The Canyons is that, due to its layout, you really can't nail the 3,000+ vertical in one shot (most of your runs will consist of 1,000 - 1,700 ft. vertical), and that many of the runs end in LONG run-outs. True, but the tradeoff: a jaw-dropping amount of terrain, lots of high-speed lifts, and no lines. Just remember to wax your skis and you'll be fine.