I love driving into the Salt...
I love driving into the Salt Lake Valley and seeing the surrounding mountains and the city below. It almost looks as though the mountains are painted. I would probably take someone who has never been here to Temple Square, The This is the place monument, The Great Salt Lake, The capitol rotunda, up above the city to look over the valley, the salt flats where they have filmed many movies including parts of Independance Day, the mountains, Cathedral of the Madeline, there are so many. I probably miss the people and the mountains. The different seasons.
an excellent place for all skill levels
Salt Lake City is packed with places to ski and snowboard, give each resort a try while you're here.
From Downtown you can access 7 major resorts via public transportation. If you're headed to Park City Resort, The Canyons, or Deer Valley Resort, then take a UTA bus headed for Park City. If you are driving, you will head up Parley's Canyon by way of I-80 East. Park City is a very popular resort for skiers and snowboarders, they have a number of terrain parks and a halfpipe. Deer Valley caters only to skiers, snowboarding is not allowed.
The less-expensive resorts can be found in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Brighton and Solitude are located up Big Cottonwood, prices in the mid $50's for an all-day pass. Brighton also offers night skiing and snowboarding at $30 from 4-9 pm Monday thru Saturday. Brighton is a strong resort with the locals, they cater to snowboarders with a number of terrain parks around the mountain. Short lift lines and affordable pricing makes this a popular and enjoyable resort. They just added a new high-speed lift to the Millicent side of the mountain, opening up the best powder terrain of the resort. This is where the film "Johnny Tsunami" was filmed ;)
Brighton and Solitude are located on public land, which makes for an awesome "open bounds" policy. If you are feelin up to treading out of bounds it's perfectly legal. Be aware that there is no ski patrol beyond the bounds of the resort, so if you hurt yourself you are on your own. But, there are some very mellow hikes off the top of Great Western, Crest, and Millicent in Brighton that access some sweet pow pow, and drop you back into the bottom of the resort. Find some locals at the top and see if you can tag along.
Alta and Snowbird are located up Little Cottonwood Canyon, again really close to Downtown SLC. These resorts are a bit more expensive than the Big Cottonwood resorts, but they have great terrain. As mentioned before, Alta is a skiers-only resort, no snowboards allowed. They are able to have these restrictions because the resort is on private property. Snowbird caters to the tourist, they have all ranges of accomodations and restaurants. The terrain is great, they also have a ski/snowboard park full of rails and jumps. Snowbirds biggest attraction is probably the tram which takes you all the way to the top and accesses some fantastic terrain. Most of the trails from the top are intermediate/expert runs, so ride accordingly.
Enjoy your trip to Salt Lake! Bring your own, or there are PLENTY of places to rent around town. Most resorts have rental equipment on site, at triple the price.
I thought DC had a very unique idea of promoting art with all the colorful giant pandas located all over the city. Well Utah, Salt Lake City used the same concept using Buffalo sculptures painted with all different designs and located them all over the city. I had the pleasure of seeing at least two located on Antelope Island. I've read that in Wyoming they used Horse Scultpures and Sedona AZ, they used Javelinas. So head over to the Visitors center and pick up a book that will tell you where each is located. I love art and I think this gives the artist and the communiy a way to share in eachothers pride in their community
Kampai Sushi in Park City,...
Kampai Sushi in Park City, Utah
This restaurant is ideal for a big group. Even with our rowdy party of 16, the restaurant and staff were more than accomodating. All the items we tried were great; however, the 'Funky Philly' is definately a MUST HAVE!!!
O.k., it's a very touristy thing to do, but if you have limited time (like us--we only had 24 hours in Salt Lake City), or conversely have alot of time but want a good overview of the city which will enable you to select which places you want to spend more time in, then I recommend the Gray Line City Tour #3.
Cost: $30 per person
Tour time: 5 Hours
Highlights: Salt Lake Temple, Mormon Tabernacle, Organ Recital, State Capitol and Governor's Mansion, Pioneer Heritage Village, University of Utah, Olympic Stadium, Beehive and lunch at the Lion's House, Eagle Gate, Temple Gardens, Union Pacific Station, Trolley Square, etc.