Utah has good and bad. Good is that you are 15 minutes from the airport and good jobs to skiing. Other places you are 60+ minutes away from the airport and good paying jobs to skiing. You also have deer valley and Alta. Spend 1 day at deer valley, you won’t regret it.
There are small hucks at Alta. There’s tons of bowls there too.
The bad is while Utah has become more progressive, especially with liquor laws since the first time I moved there in 2008. Utahns are definitely unique and quirky. Ive lived in Utah 3 times 2008 salt lake, 2012 Layton/ Eden and 2014 Provo/ Heber city for work. The people, not the skiing is why I now live in California and zero Utahns were engineers at the airplane factory I was a contractor at in Layton. There’s the term “utard”. The poorly run company Saga is also from Utah. Make sure you spend tons of time in the community, not just tourist spots like ski areas. You want to get a feel for how the people you will be living near, not tourists are.
I liked Arizona. People were nice and much better drivers versus California. Only problem I had was it’s too damn hot (I’m from Minnesota).
Id also check out Portland. Virtually year round skiing 60-90 minutes from Portland, countries largest night skiing area and no quirky people baggage like in Utah. I’m doing a exploratory trip myself first week in March.
There’s a huge need for smart people to be imported into Utah. The state is falling over themselves handing out tax credits and grants to move companies there, problem is the local population mostly can’t fill those jobs. Remember, “utard”. Not a coincidence that zero engineers out of over 100 at the airplane factory I worked at weren’t from Utah.
Foxtrotx1I'll definitely hit Alta. So far in my life I've only skied Stevens, AZ snowbowl, Mammoth and Purgatory. I picked salt lake partly for the skiing, but also to get the vibe of the area for a potential life changing move. If anyone knows any SLC companies hiring freshly minted bio PhDs next December... I'm def not staying in Arizona.
Is it pretty ez to find some baby hucks at Altabird? Never really been in terrain where I could try it, at least now that I feel I won't die trying.
Thanks for the suggestions on skis guys. Getting some conflicting advice, which probably means there are no bad choices.