5 Ways to Avoid Trouble while Traveling

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

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.

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February 23rd, 2018

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Park City Quick Start: Ski Free First Day

February 1st, 2018

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PLEASE NOTE: the Park City Quick start will NOT be offered for the 2017-2018 ski season. However, click here  for lift tickets and discounts to all major Utah ski resorts.

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The Park City Quick Start used to mean you ski for FREE on the day you arrived at any Park City resort. Free Park City skiing is a BIG CLAIM & here is how it used to work before it was cancelled: Catch a morning flight to Ski Park City from almost anywhere and you can be on the slopes in Park City the same afternoon. The Park City Quick START  (Ski Today and Ride Today) Vacation lets you convert your airline boarding pass into a same-day lift ticket to the Park City resort of your choice. It’s your chance to get a free same-day lift ticket at Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort or Deer Valley Resort. Unfortunately, it isn’t being offered this year. However, if you are looking for discounts on Park City lift tickets then call UtahState.com at 801-544-1800 or click here If you have any questions about the Park City Quick Start.

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Discounted Lift Tickets & Hotel Prices with the Ski City Super Pass!

January 17th, 2018

Crystal Inn Ski Bum

If you’re planning a Utah ski vacation, you’ll want to stay someplace where you have limitless dining and entertainment options after your day on the mountain. And that is what we here at Utahstate.com are all about. 2000 restaurants. 200 bars. 19 unique neighborhoods filled with breweries, distilleries, music, art, sports, and a whole bunch of other fantastic entertainment options. And to make your stay even better, make sure you get a great deal on a hotel and lift tickets.


If you’re gonna ski or board Salt Lake this year, the Super Pass is your ticket to getting a whole lotta stuff for less: For starters, the multi-day Super Pass gives you a deep discount on lift tickets – and you can customize your Pass for 3-10 days. Also, you can use your Pass at any of Ski City’s four resorts – Alta, Solitude, Brighton, or Snowbird – and bypass the ticket line, giving you faster access to the mountain. Also, every Super Pass comes with FREE transportation to and from the resorts on UTA ski buses and TRAX light rail. And a Super Pass gets you equipment rental discounts at participating rental locations.

Deer Valley & SLC International Airport

January 12th, 2018

Flown by 10 major airlines, Salt Lake City International Airport is not only one of the western U.S.’s major hubs, but also boasts the highest rate of on-time arrivals of all the U.S. international airports. On-time flights mean less stress when traveling, especially with ski gear. The airport is close to both the city and public transportation; it’s about 10 minutes from downtown SLC and 40 minutes to Deer Valley. After one trip into Salt Lake City International Airport, you’ll wonder why you ever flew into airports that are located miles from town and even further from the mountains.


Traveling with ski gear can be a challenge! However, flying into Salt Lake City is extremely convenient. Located only 36 miles from Deer Valley Resort, it’s possibly the quickest way to get on the slopes. It isn’t uncommon to leave a major U.S. city and land in Utah by mid-morning, allowing you to lap your favorite ski  run by the afternoon.

 Speaking of convenience–nothing is more convenient when traveling than having a travel agent to personally tend to your vacation! Feel free to contact one of our travel agents at (801)544-1800 or visit www.utahstate.com today & save!

Ski Staff

Discount Lift Tickets Available

January 3rd, 2018

Ski City Super Pass 4 Resorts

Discount ski Utah lift tickets are available from UtahState.com. We are the #1 ski desk for Utah ski vacations.Combine the quality of our resorts and the one-of-a-kind Ski Salt Lake Super Pass and you have the best way to access all four of Salt Lake’s world-class resorts. Save up to $20 on the Ski City Super Pass. The Ski Salt Lake Super Pass is a convenient pass that allows you to experience one of our resorts and take on a new adventure every day. Call 801-544-1800 to speak to a ski agent at UtahState.com about discount lift tickets. For each day purchased, you may redeem it for any ONE of the following:Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort: All-day Tram & Chair pass

Solitude Mountain Resort: All-day lift pass

Alta Ski Area: Full-day pass (snowboarding not permitted)Brighton Resort: Super Day lift ticket (9 am to 9 pm, when night skiing is available)

So ski all the resorts, or pick just the one (or two) you want to enjoy.
Plus free UTA Transportation (Round-trip travel on UTA ski buses and TRAX light-rail.) for each day.
Call the team at the Utah Ski Desk at UtahState.com for maximum savings!


Ski Season Now On Sale!

December 28th, 2017


4 nights lodging with 3 day ski pass

This UtahState.com ”Ski Bum” package is priced per person & includes:

- Airport shuttle service (if needed)
- 4 nights lodging (quad occupancy) at The Crystal Inn Mid Valley
- Full breakfast & dinner
- 3 day multi-resort ski pass
- Ski shuttle transfers to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, & Solitude (about 30 mins.)
- Ski rental discount coupon & FREE $50 “Ski Cash” future vacation credit
- All taxes are included
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Ski Resorts Starting to Open for Business

November 28th, 2017

As the winter storms begin to plow through the mountains and valleys alike, many ski resorts are starting to open up their slopes for any who wish to ski! The first resort to open, this past Tuesday, was Brighton. Brighton has currently opened around 3 slopes for 2 ski lifts, and is planning to open more in the coming few weeks, with ticket prices starting at $45, and the total amount being sold limited to avoid overcrowding.


However, on November 22nd, just one day after Brighton had opened its doors, two other ski resorts had opened theirs! Both the Snowbird and Park City/Canyon ski resorts were allowing anxious skiers down their slopes. In the span of just two days, it would seem that the corporate race of the 2017-2018 ski season had begun!

Snowbird Ski Resort

However, there are still many competitors who are looking to make a powerful entrance once the month passes. Alta ski resort has its projected opening day at December 1st, and Brian Head has scheduled a temporary 3-day opening on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of December!

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Utah Ski Season’s Kicking Off — Hoping for our Third Record Year in a Row!

November 17th, 2017

It’s mid-November, and natural snow is found in high concentration at the highest mountain elevations, Ski Utah President Nathan Rafferty observed Tuesday in his annual news conference to kick off the ski season.


But with cold-enough temperatures most every night, snow-making machines will allow a handful of resorts to open a few of their runs for Thanksgiving weekend. And, with any luck,  this winter’s storm pattern will duplicate last year’s, producing abundant mountain snow and another year of record visitation at all Utah’s 14 active resorts.

Optimistic, Rafferty said he believes the mid-August purchase of Deer Valley by a company that has yet to select a name reflects positively on the state’s growing reputation as a ski destination.

“It’s indicative of people wanting to do business in Utah,” he said of the sale to the company now challenging Vail Resorts for supremacy in the ski industry.

In just the past year, the unnamed company formed by KSL Capital Partners and Henry Crown and Co. has put together an intimidating group of resorts, including four around Aspen in Colorado, three in the Lake Tahoe area of California and now Deer Valley in Utah. “Our industry is on a tear,” Rafferty said. “This is the place to be.” Utah’s dozen or so resorts were all independently owned. But in the last few years, six of the seven resorts in the Cottonwood canyons and Summit County have changed owners, with Alta being the only exception.


“I know of nothing happening on the horizon,” said Rafferty. “November is hand-wringing month, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed and looking forward to what we think will be a third record year in a row. Momentum is on our side.”

And momentum has been on the Utah’s ski industry’s side since the winter of 2001-02 — Salt Lake City’s Olympic winter — when just under 3 million skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes. Since then, visitation has blossomed steadily, peaking last winter at a new record high of 4,584,658, which beat the previous record (set just a season earlier) by 125,000.


Ski Utah’s also focused its sales campaign in California, Texas, New York, Australia, France and the United Kingdom, Rafferty said. That promotion complements the Utah Office of Tourism’s winter campaign, dubbed “Mountain Time,” which puts emphasis on just how little time is spent reaching resorts from Salt Lake City International Airport, leaving more time for family, friends, and fun.

Dave Williams, the office’s associate managing director, said the $3.5 million campaign has been launched digitally in Chicago and in East Coast markets — New York; Boston; and Washington, D.C. — and will begin later this winter along the West Coast.

Television advertising also is planned in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, claimed Rafferty, with billboards in Las Vegas touting two southwestern Utah resorts, Brian Head and Eagle Point.

Are you interested in observing Utah’s Ski Season for yourself? Feel free to call one of our agents at (801)544-1800 to book & save on a vacation today!

Ski Staff