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Snowbasin – Ski FREE!

Monday, October 8th, 2018

That’s right! Believe it or not, you can get a free ski lift ticket to Snowbasin Ski Resort!

After flying on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday with Alaska Airlines during valid time periods, you can get a free Ski lift ticket by visiting Snowbasin Resort and presenting your ID, email, and a Visit Ogden confirmation. Confirmation and free ski lift ticket must be obtained within 24-hours of flying, and be used the following Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday after purchasing the ticket.

For more information or to book a ski trip yourself, be sure to call the team at www.Utahstate.com today & save BIG on your vacation!

Ski Staff

For Skiers & Boarders — Top 5 Reasons Why Midvale is the Best Utah Base Camp

Friday, October 5th, 2018
You’ve heard it said “location, location, location” and that’s important for folks who want to ski and board at multiple Utah resorts. Nothing beats the Ski Bum vacation packages with lodging in Midvale, Utah. These packages combine affordability and quality at a superb central location with easy access to 4 major Utah ski resorts. Here are the TOP 5 REASONS why Midvale is the best Utah base camp!
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1.) AFFORDABLE SKI PACKAGES WITH LODGING AT QUALITY HOTELS. The best value for Utah ski vacations are the Ski Bum vacations sold by UtahState.com. There are two types of Ski Bum packages with prices starting at $435 per person. The Classic Ski bum vacation features lodging at The Crystal Inn and the Premium Ski Bum package features lodging at The Hilton Homewood Suites. Both packages include lodging in Midvale Utah  and feature ski passes at four major resorts (Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, Solitude) along with shuttle service from the hotel to the slopes via the UTA ski bus. 
2.) CENTRAL LOCATION IN MIDVALE OFFERS EASY ACCESS TO FOUR MAJOR RESORTS.  For skiers or boarders who want the option to ski at a different resort everyday, there is no better lodging location than Midvale Utah. It’s central location makes it easy to enjoy the “Greatest Snow on Earth” at multiple resorts. The hotels featured in the Ski Bum packages are 17 miles from Alta, 18 miles from Brighton, 15 miles from Snowbird, 16 miles from Solitude. But wait there’s more! The hotels in Midvale are so close to restaurants, microbreweries, movies, shopping that you will never be at at loss for things to see and do after a day on the slopes.
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3.) NEARBY RESTAURANTS AND MICROBREWERIES. It’s true that either the Classic Ski Bum package or the Premium Ski Bum package includes most meals! However after a day on the slopes you may want a different dining experience besides the meals that are included with your stay at the Crystal Inn or Hilton Homewood Suites. Your base camp in Midvale affords you many nearby dinning options to satisfy any appetite. Some of  the local favorites include the Epic Casual Dinning, the Landmark Grill and the GR Kitchen. Not to be missed are two popular nearby microbreweries,  Hoppers Brew Pub and Red Rock Brewing Company at Fashion Place.
4.) NEARBY ACTIVITIES AND SHOPPING.  If you decide to take a day off from skiing the “Greatest Snow on Earth”, there are many activities close to your base camp in Midvale. Nearby attractions include The MegaPlex Movies, The Fashion Place Mall and the Wheeler Historic Farm. If you want to venture a little further, your ski pass is also valid for FREE transit on the UTA Trax train to Salt Lake City’s charming downtown. In downtown you can enjoy an unlimited number of restaurants and shops. Not to be missed is Historic Temple Square. On most Thursday nights and Sunday mornings you can enjoy a FREE 30 minute concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. You may also may want to catch a game of the Utah Jazz or visit the Clark Planetarium. Thinking about Park City? It takes about 45 minutes to get to Park City from Midvale. Park City can be added to the Classic Ski Bum or Premium Ski Bum package. Go for a day of skiing at Park City or just for an evening dinner
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5.) DISCOUNT SKI LIFT TICKETS AVAILABLE. Enjoying the “Greatest Snow on Earth” is not cheap…however it can be affordable. Discounts are available here on lift tickets. The more you ski, the bigger the savings. The best value is the Ski Salt Lake Super Pass. It is one pass that is valid at your choice of either Alta, Brighton, Snowbird or Solitude. If you think you’re up to it, you can ski all day at Brighton and stay for night skiing. It will only count as one day usage on your Ski Salt Lake Super Pass.
This is the best local web site to book discount lift tickets and complete Utah ski /board vacation. See you on the slopes!

The Utah Olympic Park: An Adventure Awaiting your Arrival

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Just 25 minutes uphill from Salt Lake toward Park City lies the Utah Olympic Park site of the bobsleigh, luge, ski jumping, skeleton, and Nordic combined Olympic events. On top of this location boasting a fascinating Ski Museum and day lodge, there are plenty of activities for us non-Olympians to check out.

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From professional athletes to young children to adolescents,  a large assortment of ages and skill ranges train at this facility, making it possible for locals (and non-locals) to really push themselves to reach the peak of their potential in Winter Sports performances (and, sometimes, rise in the ranks to true prominence).

The Utah Olympic Park also contains a rope courses enjoyable for both adults and children, along with a Drop Tower that boasts a 377-foot-long zip line through the mountainous treetops. And, at the end of the zip line portion of the ride, you get to step off a platform for a thrilling 65-foot free fall.

In the winter, you can pay to have a professional bobsled pilot take you and a friend down the Olympic bobsled track. (Yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds.) During the summer, you have access to the aerial training splash pool where skiers soar off jumps, practice tricks, and splash gracefully into the welcoming waters below.

The Olympic Park is truly a place where anyone, professional athlete or not, can put their skills to the test and enjoy a little adrenaline-fueled adventure.

UtahState.com Discounted Ski Lift Ticket (Super Pass) Prices Now Up!

Friday, August 24th, 2018

UtahState.com’s discounted Ski Lift Ticket prices for the 2018/2019 Ski Season Super Pass are now officially up! The Ski City Super Pass allows you access to 4 of Utah’s most prestigious ski resorts for the price of one pass! For one low price, you can get access to the Snowbird, Brighton, Alta, and Solitude Ski Resorts.

Ski City Super Pass 4 Resorts

Number of Days Our Prices (Adult/Child) Save Up To
1 $88 / $49 $6
2 $168 / $98 $10
3 $266 / $148 $10
4 $348 / $193 $20
5 $423 / $232 $27
6 $509 / $279 $31

Snowbird’s Oktoberfest – A Utah Tradition

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
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It’s about more than just bending elbows. Oktoberfest at Snowbird is a family-friendly affair with activities, food, and, of course, brews for days — weeks actually. It begins each August and lasts through October, taking place every Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. Indeed It’s the greatest beer festival Utah has to offer, so don’t miss out!
Snowbird’s Oktoberfest at Snowbird Utah  attracts more than 80,000 visitors each year making one of the largest festivals in Utah. Every Saturday and Sunday, you can party and play with thousands of attendees. The staff at www.SnelgroveTravel.com and www.UtahState.com say don’t miss it! Admission to Oktoberfest is free and the event runs from Noon – 6:30 pm. You don’t want to miss it.
“Oktoberfest at Snowbird  is one of Utah’s greatest cultural events,” says Bob Bonar, President of Snowbird. It’s been a Utah tradition since 1973. What’s more, Snowbird’s annual festival was voted one of America’s 10 Best. It’s a great way to get ready for Utah ski season at one of Utah’s best ski resorts. Call UtahState.com 801-544-1800 for packages. You won’t be disappointed.

Legislative Proposal Suggests Utah Ski Resorts and Forest Services Swap Land

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

The Central Wasatch Commission, which sprouted from the Mountain Accord process, is contemplating a resolution endorsing a new federal designation in the Wasatch canyons. The area would get 8,000 acres of new wilderness in a proposal suggesting land swaps between the U.S. Forest Service and the Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Solitude ski resorts.

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The proposal, called the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area Act, involves nearly 80,000 acres of federal land in several National Forests. Beyond enhanced protections for the land in question, the main idea is for ski resorts to trade out more pristine land higher in the mountains for land at the base of their property for infrastructural expansion. Some of these compromises managed to scrape by over the years. However, they’ve started running into a few obstacles. For example, Alta Ski Area officials stated earlier this year that the popular backcountry area “Grizzly Gulch” is off the table for a potential trade.

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Many organizations remain on board with the proposal, though they claim it needs more work before it is ready for introduction in Congress, particularly as it relates to backcountry.

However, despite the organizations supporting the proposal, the Alta withdrawal is causing concern among multiple groups, including the Wasatch Back Country Alliance and Save Our Canyons. Residents spoke out about the potential legislation, which would be carried by Rep. Mia Love, at the commission’s last meeting in June.

Granite Community Council member Bill Clayton wrote to Love, telling her the measure is being falsely proposed as a consensus measure when there is in fact conflict. ”The discord is evident from multiple parties, including private property owners, members of the backcountry community, ski resorts, environmentalists, mountain bikers, hikers and community councils both individually and collectively,” stated Clayton.

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Big Cottonwood Canyon resident Norm Henderson also wrote Love, asserting that he had a “cloud of suspicion and bad faith hovers over this proposal.” Henderson also sued the Mountain Accord alleging the planning for the proposal and other items in the accord’s process violated Utah’s open meetings law. A judge, however, has ruled that Mountain Accord did indeed fall under the open meetings law and the discovery phase is underway in the litigation process.

Henderson asked Love to hold off while the litigation continues, and pointed out that while the proposal contemplates more development in the canyons with ski resort expansions, said measure fails to address the already troubling transportation issues.

Snowbird is More Than One of Utah’s Best Ski Resorts… Summer Fun is Waiting!

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

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Snowbird This Summer — The Fun Is Waiting!

Your friends at UtahState.com want you to know about the best summer value at Snowbird! Enjoy unlimited access to multiple activities and rides for one low price. Includes the Mountain Coaster, Aerial Tram, Woodward WreckTangle, Vertical Drop, Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampoline, Tree Climb, Summer Tubing and more! It’s Snowbird Utah for fun and sun as well as Utah skiing.

Call one of our agents today & Save

Save up to 29% when you buy online.
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Toddler Pass

  • $15 per person
  • Ages 2 – 6, suggested ages 2 – 4
  • Includes Aerial Tram, Kids’ Inflatables, Mini Ropes Course, Mini Tree Climb

All-Day Activities Pass – Under 42″ Tall

  • $36 per person
  • Under 42″ tall
  • For the little ones it Includes Kids’ Inflatables, Aerial Tram, Bungee Trampoline, Vertical Drop, Mountain Coaster lap-rider, Tree Climb, Summer Tubing and more. Can include Ropes Course if the under 42″ child is accompanied by a 48″+ climber and the safety harness fits correctly.
  • Excludes Peruvian Chairlift and Woodward WreckTangle. For fun! The team at UtahState.com in Layton Utah wants you to come up and enjoy! We are #1 for Utah ski trips & more!

All-Day Activities Pass – 42″ Tall & Over

  • $49 per person
  • 42″ tall and over
  • Includes Mountain Coaster, Woodward WreckTangle, Alpine Slide, Vertical Drop, Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Bungee Trampoline, Tree Climb, Summer Tubing and Peruvian Chairlift.
  • Woodward WreckTangle Liability Release - If you are under 18 years of age and your parent/legal guardian isn’t accompanying you to purchase your All-Day Activity Pass at Snowbird, please have them print out and sign this release. The team at UtahState.com in Layton Utah wants you to come up and enjoy! We are #1 for Utah ski trips & more!

All the activities, lift openings, terrain access and hours of operation are conditions permitting and may change at any time. Call UtahState.com at 801-544-1800 or 800-754-4136

Snowbasin Resort Season Ski Passes 2018-2019

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Snowbasin Resort is excited to announce season passes for the 2018-2019 season. Season passes go on sale today Friday, March 16.  With the purchase of a 2018-2019 season pass guests get to ski  free the rest of this season.

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By purchasing  next year’s season pass this spring, Snowbasin Resort skiers and snowboarders lock in the best rates, hit the slopes for free the rest of this season and can take advantage of passholder exclusive discounts the rest of the season. Adult 2018-19 season passes start at only $529 and the lowest available pricing is valid through April 15, 2018. New this year, a Military Midweek Value pass is available for just $189!

All 2018-19 Premier Season Passes offer unlimited skiing and snowboarding with no blackout dates. Additional passholders perks include 50% off day tickets at all 15 Mountain Collective resorts including Alta, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Aspen Snowmass, and Big Sky, five free days at Sun Valley, 2018 summer gondola access and more.

 “We’ve received over 76 inches of snow in the last month and the spring skiing conditions are prime,” commented Megan Collins, Communications Coordinator for Snowbasin Resort. “Purchasing a Snowbasin Resort season pass this spring offers you the best value.”

Adult Value  Passes are also available for 2018-19 for $529 as well as a Midweek Pass for $429 and only have 13 blackout dates. The 2018-19 Senior Value Pass (ages 75+) is on sale for $49 and the Child Value Pass (ages 6 and under) is $10. New this year, Snowbasin Resort is offering a $189 Military Midweek Value Pass for active and retired military members and their spouses.

Snowbasin Resort currently offers the 2018-19 Premier Season Pass for Adults (ages 27-64) for $729; Young Adults (ages 19-26) for $479; Teens (ages 13-18) for $329; Youth (ages 7-12) for $229 and Seniors (ages 65-74) for $499. The 2018-19 Premier Season Pass is available for active and retired military members for $489.

5 Ways to Avoid Trouble while Traveling

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

One of the last things you’d want to experience is being in an uncomfortable situation, thousands of miles away from your home, when you’re supposed to be at the winding down and relaxing or having the time of your life at a ski resort. Unfortunately, for uninformed travelers, this happens a lot more often than it should.  So we here at Utahstate.com have prepared a list of 5 ways you can avoid running into any unfortunate situations when you go off on your dream vacation.

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1 – Travel Insurance

It’s unsettling to think about, but accidents (and incidents) do happen. Lost luggage, injury, illness or missed flights are all things which, unfortunately, just happen sometimes. In the end, purchasing travel insurance is the safest way to ensure you’re never lost in a foreign country without medical or financial assistance.

2 – Plan for the Unexpected

A lot goes into a vacation. You could have a plan to fly on, a hotel to stay at, a bus to take… But unfortunately, the more that’s present, the higher the chance there is for something to go wrong. The bus could break down, you could injure your leg when you’re out hiking, or perhaps your plane flight could be delayed due to a thunderstorm. Even when planning for the perfect vacation, it’s always a good idea to keep yourself prepared for the worst. Spare food, water, and medical kits can go a long way.

3 – Pay Attention to What You’re Booking

This one might seem self-explanatory, but it’s very easy to forget. Always double-check flight dates, vacation costs, and read the fine print! Once you start the vacation, not much action can be taken to correct past mistakes, so the best idea is to make sure they’re never present.

4 – Be Kind

Vacations generally come hand-in-hand with new experiences and new people. Chances are you don’t know the ins and outs of the native culture for your destination. So it’s always a good idea to be kind to those you meet, and know beforehand what may or may not be considered rude. If you’re intentionally rude to someone on your vacation, whether it’s a local in a different country or waitress at a diner a few states over, it never hurts to go the extra mile and show them some respect. Having a bad brush with someone has the potential to ruin an entire vacation.

5 – Use a Travel Agent

Travel agents are experienced. They know travel, inside and outside. Years of experience both traveling themselves and booking vacations for others can be put to use in order to help you avoid making common mistakes when analyzing cost, availability, or even just what to expect when you arrive at your destination.

Have any questions or wish to book a vacation? Feel free to visit our website at www.utahstate.com or call us at (801)544-1800

Ski Staff

Alta Ski Resort: History & Passion

Thursday, March 8th, 2018
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Indeed there is a spirit to Alta. Perhaps it is because generations of skiers have been able to pass on their love for the mountain. It may be because there is a bit of a “purist’s” feel for those who choose to ski here. Whatever the reasons, Alta is a place that many local and destination skiers choose to call home.
Alta was the first ski area in Utah to install a lift, two years behind Sun Valley, Idaho’s installation in 1936. Alta grew slowly, building new lifts as the numbers of skiers grew and working with businesses in the area to provide day shelters and eventually lodging.  Alta became a ski area the winter season of 1938-39. A passionate group of local businessmen and relief from the tax burdens of a long-time Alta miner were the catalysts for the formation of Alta.
Alta has been referred to as a “skier’s mountain” for many reasons. It is known for its scenery, diverse terrain and for the uncanny quality of snow that it receives season after season. Also, Alta does not allow other types of winter recreation other than skiing. It is a watershed, so no mechanized vehicles are allowed. The ski area has decided to be “just for skiers”, so other snow-sliding equipment is not allowed. It is one of three areas in the United States that does not allow snowboarding.