|Originally posted by Utah49:
If your looking to learn powder skiing Then don't leave Alta off your list. Flying into SLC is easy It's less then an 45 mins from SLC Airport to Alta. You can stay in SLC in an inexpensive motel and drive up the Canyon. Lift passes at Alta are cheap If you want to take a lession in Powder skiing why not take one where Powder skiing was invented? In a typical season Alta will get at least 500 inches of dry Utah Powder. If you need or want more Snowbird is right there. They now offer a joint pass for Alta and Snowbird.
Exactly. Or more generally, SLC. You've got a big choice of accomodations and Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton, Snow Basin, Powder Mountain, Sundance, Park City, Deer Valley, The Canyons, all within easy access. It is a true statement that we get good lodging deals in SLC. Plus, SLC is a hub, so you get the flights to there. Also, everything is close to the airport. This is way more than one mountain. You also get discount tickets at places like Canyon Sports in town. In terms of resort ratings, Whistler is rated #1. You don't need a car, you stay in the well designed village. It is big, 7000 acres. But air fare to SLC and lodging has to beat air to Vancouver and lodging prices on the mountain at W/B. Plus you have all those mountains in SLC as well. There is another aside to this. The snow in SLC is...er...legendary. The bases of Alta and Snowbird are at 8-9,000 feet. The snow is dry at any of the above resorts. But Whistler can frequently get fog and slush on the lower mountain as well as rain. Also, do keep in mind that snow was not so good last year at W/B, but Alta got 550". But people rate Whistler #1. It's nice. But check out lodging and flights in/to SLC. Also, think about this: If price really is an issue, you fly into SLC, get in around noon, and get a half day of skiing. Plus, on the day you leave, you ski until 1 or 2 pm, then get a flight back. The Canadian dollar might be a better value, but you've gotten a day of skiing without paying for lodging in SLC. (Our eastern ski group has haggled over this many times).