Best Bet, imho
I agree with Kneale; just below the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon with kitchenettes and less than $40/nite for a week-long stay:Extended Stay America: Salt Lake City-Sandy
10715 Auto Mall Dr.
Sandy, UT 84070http://www.extendedstayamerica.com/m...e/?hotelID=844
Across the street from the ESA is a TGIF's with some killer happy hour specials: Split an order of chicken or beef nachos with a two-for-one Long Island Ice Tea and you'll be filled and buzzin' for under $10 pp.
Just down the road from the motel on the way to the Cottonwood Canyons is a ski shop on the right-side (someone will have to help me with the name; I stop there every time there but forgot what it's called) where you can snag discount lift tickets on your way up to Alta/Snowbird.
Also across from the ESA is a really good (but somewhat pricey) steakhouse; once again, I spaced on the name, but you can see it from the parking lot of the motel.