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Ski Utah

The Salt Lake City, Utah USA area was Home of the 2000 winter Olympics and one of the best locations to ski for a reasonable rate anywhere in the US. Nestled in the Northern Rockies, there are 4 world class resorts within an hour drive of down town Salt Lake. On the Southern side of the city you have the advanced terrain of Altus and Snowbird and in the Northern side the large Park City and the family friendly Deer Valley. Room rates, car rentals, and lift ticket prices are all a fraction of the resorts of Colorado. You can even catch a Jazz basketball game on your visit.

Truth be told, the city of Salt Lake is not that much fun, but its better than it used to be. The downtown area has a handful of wannabe trendy bars like those you might find in the Greenville area in Dallas, but its still home of the Mormons so, what can you really expect. Salt Lake City is very inexpensive, safe, convenient, and unlike Denver, the slopes are 1 hr door to door from downtown. The mountains just outside the city are truly special, as good as anywhere in Colorado. The Jazz are the show of the town if your looking for some excitement.

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Snowbird\Alta, if not my favorite place to ski, is definately in the Top 5 with the likes of Jackson Hole, Vail, and Wolf Creek. Great vertical and great snow without the cost and crowd of Colorado. It's simply one of the premier mountains in the US for expert skiers. You can Ski both mountains on the same ticket and both of them together are the size of a large resort. There is good lodging at both camps, which I highly recommend over the city, if your budget permits.

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 Park City, is probably the "Hippest" town in Utah. The mountain is huge with something for everyone. You won't find the amazing powder that you will at Snowbird, nor as frequently, but there is all the vertical most can handle, and for the brave some good cliff jumping. Deer Valley is a great place for the kids and those looking to be pampered. They even have elevators from the top restaurant level to the bathrooms down below. Or at least they used to. I don't make it to Deer Valley very often anymore.

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