Well I took the plunge, bidded $35.00 on priceline and got the Extended Stay Americas on Auto Mall drive in Sandy? Anyone familiar with this location? Pretty happy with the price and it looks decent. We will be coming in Dec 8th - 14th. A little worried about snow conditions but even if we don't ski we will have fun. What's the percentage chance Alta wouldn't be open by Dec 8th? Also should we take the public transportation or just drive directly to the resort in our rental car. I found one place, I think it was called Ski Breeze which rents Ski's, poles and boots for $14.97 per day, not bad. I was thinking we could get a ski rack rental for the rental car and rent in town to save money? Does this make sense? I must say I am excited, I have never skied or seen more than 3-5 inches of snow as I am a southerner (Georgia). Now I need to hit Ebay for some gloves and snow pants, any cheap recommendations?