If you fly Delta into SLC and arrive before noon, show your airline ticket at either Deer Valley, Park City Mtn Resort, or the Canyons Resort, and you get to ski free for the afternoon. Only these 3 resorts offer that deal in Utah.
The four resorts in the Cottonwoods offer a a 1 pass for for the 4 resorts.
Mind you, Alta and Deer Valley both do not allow snowboarding.(let's not get into he pros and cos here)
From the slc airport to any of resorts is no more than any hour by car or shuttle service. You can rent you skis from Uath Ski and Golf at the baggege claim at, walk outside/ across the street to the car rentel, and off you go.www.deervalleylodging.com
has many options for lodging in the PC area. Not just the multi $$ homes, but hotel rooms as well, from Main Street locations, to ski in ski out.
No night life to speak of in the Cottonwood Canyons, but still a must visit to ski. Theres the UTA Ski bus that will take you up the canyon from the valley, and bring you back. People who ski the Cottonwoods, stay down in Sandy stay at Extended Stay. There is a combined AltA/Snowbird Pass called AltaBIrd. Both reosrts on one pass, you will not ski everything during your stay
Or there are plenty of options to sty in downtown SLC
If you stay in the PC area, the local transit system runs between all 3 reosrts, as well as all over town. The Park City area also hosted more Olympic events than any other place in Utah. You can learn to ski jump, take a bobsled ride, explore The Utah Olympic park. Go tubing outside of PC at a little hill ran by PCMR.
Take a guided snowmobile tour witha couple of differant companies in the PC/ Heber areas.
And if your really adventureous, try the Utah Interconnect.
A guided tour for intermedate and above skiers, that starts at Deer VAllley, and ends at Alta.
You ski with back country guides, and ski 5-6 differant resorts and two differant canyons, all in one day. Then your shuttled back to Park City.www.skiutah.com
is the place to go for the most info on Skiing/ boarding in Utah.
If you go to Colorado, you have at least a 2 hour drive on a good day to Vail.
Tahoe, you could get stuck due to major storms (9 feet last Thurs/ Friday). DOT does thier best to keep roads open, but they do enforce the chainlaw/ 4 wheel drive/ snow tire law.http://skitahoe.com/tahoe/SITE/top/l...y/601/0/direct
this site has links to all the Tahoe Resorts.
However Tahoe has the best nightlife out of any ski town in this country. And the views of the lake and mtns are awesome
Avoid the holidays at any of the resorts. Lines are long. Best time to ski, early to mid week, you will feel like your the only one at the resort.
So come out west , to where the real skiing is.