Originally Posted by tromano
As a destination UT is great for convenince (easy and cheap to get to from many places), accessibility to many quality resorts within an hour from SLC, and cheap lodging. But the ski rates at Alta ($66), brighton ($58), or solitude ($62) are not inexpensive. And the passes, fuggedaboudit. Discounts are available in some cases but they are not that great. I actually think those prices make the tram pass at the bird look like a good deal for just a few $ more. Also the salt lake valley is not really all that great in its self, mostly poluted sprawling strip malls and suburbs as far as the eye an see.
If you want to visit for a longer trip then air fare is amortized over a more days or you can just drive. I think CO with the cheap pass is much more intrigueing.
This sounds like you want to keep the slopes to yourself
Good move, I owe you a beer!
You must be smoking some sweet hooch if you think that Alta, Brighton, and Solitude at those rates are expensive though! Plus you didn't mention that you can go to Canyon Sports around SLC, in PC, or in Sandy and get another $8-$12 bucks off the lift tickets easily- the locations are convenient, I use them every time.
You got one thing right though, it is a sprawl town, and in my opinion, some of the most mediocre dining you can find in a major city in the entire US. I'm consistently disappointed with the options and the meals in SLC, Provo, and Orem. I am lucky enough to have a buddy to crash at his place and use a kitchen! My only saving grace!