Salt Lake City
When I travel to Utah, I occasionally like to arrive late on a Thursday night and go directly into Salt Lake City (a 10-minute drive from the airport) to steal a few hours of sleep at a hotel. Then I wake up early so I can be at a mountain when the lifts open the next morning. (Snowbird and Alta are 25 miles away, Park City, 30.) Those who don't feel the need to sleep in a ski-resort setting should consider staying at a hotel in Salt Lake City the whole time. What's lost in alpine atmosphere is more than made up for with a restaurant scene that has been thriving since the 2002 Winter Olympics.
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