1. Getting There
Get price alerts from Google Flights. Enter your location and Salt Lake City (SLC) and Provo (PVU) for Northern Utah ski resorts or Las Vegas (LAS) and St. George (SGU) for Southern Utah resorts. Then, select Track Prices for select or any dates, and it will email you alerts on price changes.
Bookmark the Delta Sky Miles Destination page for great price and mileage deals to Salt Lake City (SLC).
2. Staying There
If you have an Ikon Pass, get a big bang for your buck by choosing to lodge in Salt Lake City. Utah’s largest city has all types of accommodations — from five-star hotels to short-term rentals — at every price point. The worst-kept secret is that it sits within 45 minutes of all six Utah Ikon resorts (Alta Ski Area, Brighton, Deer Valley Resort, Snowbird, Solitude Mountain Resort and Snowbasin Resort).
Ogden Valley, just north of Salt Lake City, is home to top-ranked Powder Mountain, luxurious Snowbasin and local gem Nordic Valley and Beaver Mountain and have great deals on lodging compared to better-known Park City.
If you plan to stay in Park City, check your hotel points balance and use them here.
If you’re traveling with a large family or multiple families anywhere in Utah, rent a condo or house for much less money per person over separate hotel rooms.
3. Dressing There
Locals layer, and you should, too. Insulated jackets have limited use in Houston (on average, two days in December), but a Stio waterproof shell will protect you from the elements all year. Then, add my favorite micro-puffy — the perfect travel jacket — underneath for insulation.
4. Playing There
Buy your lift tickets in advance. A multi-resort pass, such as Ikon Pass, Epic Pass, SLC Super Pass, Indy Pass, Mountain Collective or others, offer significant savings on lift tickets and more, such as gear rentals, lessons, food and drinks.
Chase the storms! Download the OpenSnow app and track down which resort is expecting the biggest powder. Why is this a price saver? Because with resorts spread across the state but accessible through interstate and state highways, including Beaver Mountain and Cherry Peak up north and Eagle Point and Brian Head Ski Resort down south, Utah skiers and snowboarders have more choices than most when it comes to “chasing pow,” and many of these resorts are a bargain.
5. Eating There
The best way to save on dining at home or on vacation is to cook it yourself. Make this chore easier and cheaper (because you won’t be tempted to buy extras) by ordering groceries or even prepared meals for pickup or delivery at local grocery stores, such as Whole Foods, Harmons or Smiths.
Frozen dinner, such as lasagna, is a huge hit with hungry families after a day on the slopes. It’s also cheaper and easier than getting dressed and heading to a restaurant. Simply pop it in the oven when you get home, hit the hot tub, put on your sweats and slippers and enjoy your cheesy delicious meal. Frozen family-size meals are available at local grocery stores and specialty markets, such as Caputo’s in Salt Lake City, Valley Market in Ogden Valley or The Market in Park City. Grab dessert, too!
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