Originally Posted by mdf
..... For that money, I can skip the car and stay at Snowbird instead.....
If you're looking at that option, you might also consider one of the lodges at Alta. I stayed at the Peruvian last year, and will definitely be returning.
All the lodges at Alta include meals. I can vouch that the food at the P-Dog is really good.
To me, the overall experience at a place like the P-Dog is more memorable than what you get at a suburban motel or even modern slopeside hotel. The floors may be creaky, the carpet may be worn, the rooms may be tiny. Instead of the typical hotel disinfectant smell, the aroma is a more earthy blend of wood smoke, chocolate chip cookies, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and drying ski boot liners.
You wake up in the morning, and have a couple of cups of coffee by the fireplace in the lobby. Some people will be checking their laptops for the snow report. If you're lucky, you might find that an interlodge is in effect.
Then you head to the dining room for a breakfast buffet. You'll eat at a table with guests who come from many different areas of the country and world. You'll get to know a bunch of interesting people. And some really interesting...characters.
After breakfast you grab your skis from your locker and head out the door. If you're skiing Snowbird that day, you can hop on the shuttle that brings you over there.
You can return to the lodge for lunch and a midday break if you want. If you're like me, you'll have eaten so much at breakfast that you'll skip lunch. Maybe grab a snack or cup of hot soup around 2:00 somewhere on the mountain.
At the end of the day, you return to the lodge to the smell of fresh baked cookies and cakes in the lobby. You grab a quick shower and some dry comfortable clothes. You might head for the bar for a couple of cold ones. Or relax in the lobby chatting with some (by now ) familiar faces. Or, you can change into your swimsuit, grab a a plate of appetizers from the lobby and a couple of PBR tallboys from the shop, and head out to the pool and hot tubs.
By dinner time, you'll be totally relaxed and hungry. The conversation and the laughter will flow effortlessly among the people with whom you share a table. After dinner, you might check out the movie that is playing in the Alf Engen Room. (there are no TVs in your room). You probably will find yourself nodding off before the halfway point of the movie. You'll head to bed with the most mellow buzz imaginable, and be in a deep sleep within seconds of your head hitting the pillow,without a worry in the world.