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Where Cheaper is Better

by Colleen Clark

Skiing in Utah

Ski vacations have come to be about the scene, especially at pricey resorts like Utah's Park City where designer snow bunnies push cranberry-dusted caribou loin around their plates and prance around lodges where a night's stay costs more than a season lift ticket. If, however, you booked a ski vacation because you actually want to, well, ski, please direct your goggles toward the wide-open groomers, challenging tree runs, and untracked bowls of Snowbird in nearby Little Cottonwood Canyon. Due to a perfect, ahem, storm of location and lake effect, Snowbird gets an average of 500 inches of fresh powder a year to Park City's 350, extending the ski season into May (typically a full month longer than Park City). While your adrenaline will be pumping on the slopes, you will also get a rush from saving about $20 a day on lift tickets and a lot more on lodging. Rooms at the Inn at Snowbird start at just $100 a night and include kitchenettes and wood-burning fireplaces. Of course, their restaurants and bars lack some of the glam factor of their Park City neighbors, but who wants to waste time primping for the après when you're really here for the ski?

The Inn at Snowbird
Utah Highway 210
Little Cottonwood Canyon
Snowbird, Utah
Tel: 801 933 2280

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