Originally Posted by thunderman
We are looking for a resort that is a great value...
A resort that is close to an airport, at least shuttle distance. We have SW points so the flight is free.
One that has relatively inexpensive accomidations, a 1 bedroom condo is great!
One that I can get discount tickets to for 5 days of skiing. Even a place that does media passes (I work for NBC)
And one that has some bad ass skiing.
Right now we are looking hard at Deer Valley, a VRBO condo is cheap there and it is close to an airport.
Bottom line is that SLC sounds like where you want to go. Easy to get to the areas from the airport, lots of choice etc.
DV got one of the Ski mags "#1's" last year because of food, service and grooming
. If you want wall-to-wall cordoroy, unremarkable boring terrain, and gaperworld participants(Stratton/Okemo of the west) it's the place to go. It's expensive and caters to the "we only ski groomers" crowd, who are impressed with the food, apparently not having gone to Snowbasin. Check out DV's ads in the mags, full of cordoroy - if that's what you like, there's nothing this side of Beaver Creek that comes close.
The only up side to me is that it's border-free (but so is Alta), but really, if you want real terrain, DV is the last of the areas to consider - yes there's Empire Canyon, and yes, yes, it holds decent snow for a couple of days because the typical DV skier is allergic to non-groomers, but it's not that great in itself - really.
To me, the best of the PC bunch is the Canyons, but no, there's nothing "bad-ass" there either, although compared to DV it's Chamonix. Good tree skiing in Dreamscape, but why they put a fixed grip quad in a new area is beyond everyone I ask
Snowbasin sounds like what you want, but there's no lodging within about 20 miles of it. Discount tickets at some gas stations. Latest lifts, great terrain, outrageous $15 lunches, no crowds - BUT, it's farther from SLC (outside of Layton), so you'll need a car, and will have to drive daily. You can also go to Powder Mtn in that area, but I wouldn't bother - slowest, oldest lifts to be found in Utah, with flat terrain. Yeah, there's Cat skiing, but it's not that great either.
BCC has Solitude and Brighton which are both nice areas, and of course LCC has Altabird, which are the closest to real skiing in the area. You can stay in Sandy and get a jump on both BCC and LCC, and the discount lift tickets are fairly reasonable.