GETTING THERE: Several airlines fly from Washington's three airports to Salt Lake City, among them Western, Republic, Continental, United and American.
Western has a flight departing daily at 7:15 a.m. from Washington National. After a stop at Dulles, departing at 7:50 a.m., the flight continues nonstop to Salt Lake City, arriving at 10:36 a.m. (Mountain Time). The lowest Western air fare currently offered is $258 round trip, based on a 30-day advance purchase and departure on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. The rest of the week the fare is $298.
GETTING AROUND: It is not necessary -- except for convenience -- to rent a car while staying at the resorts nearest Salt Lake City. Frequent bus service, offered by two bus lines, is available to all the resorts from the airport and downtown Salt Lake City. The Red Horse Express serves the Park City area; adult fare is $9 one way. The Utah Transit Authority serves the other resorts ($6 one way).
There also is frequent shuttle bus service between adjacent resorts (within Park City; between Alta and Snowbird; and between Brighton and Solitude). Additionally, there's a once-a-day skier's shuttle between the Park City resorts and Snowbird/Alta, departing in the morning and returning when the lifts close. Snowbird/Alta and Brighton/Solitude also are linked by bus.
WHERE TO STAY: Accommodations are varied and come in all price ranges. Park City has the greatest number of rooms and condos and several reservation services to help you find a place. Snowbird offers first-class lodging in a self-contained resort. Alta has limited accommodations, ranging from dorm to first-class. Salt Lake City offers hotels and motels from budget to luxury. Check package rates at all the resorts.
INFORMATION: The Utah Ski Council offers a 64-page magazine, "The 1985/86 Ski Utah Planner," describing all the state's resorts and listing full details on transportation, accommodations, ski facilities and costs. For a free copy, contact: Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, Capitol Hill, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114, (801) 533-5681.
For lodging and other information on the seven resorts described in the accompanying article:
*Alta: Alta Ski Lifts, Alta, Utah 84092, (801) 742-2040.
*Brighton: Brighton Ski Bowl, Brighton, Utah 84121, (801) 359-3283.
*Deer Valley: Deer Valley Resort, P.O. Box 889, Park City, Utah 84060, (800) 453-3833. For Stein Eriksen Lodge, P.O. Box 3177, Park City, Utah 84060, (800) 453-1302.
*Park City: Park City Ski Corp., P.O. Box 39-UP85, Park City, Utah 84060, (800) 222-7275. For Old Miner's Lodge: 615 Woodside, P.O. Box 2639, Park City, Utah 84060, (801) 645-8068. For Chateau Apres Lodge: P.O. Box 579, Park City, Utah 84060, (801) 649-9372.
*ParkWest: ParkWest Ski Area, P.O. Box 1598, Dept. P85, Park City, Utah 84060, (800) 392-WEST.
*Snowbird: Snowbird Central Reservations, Snowbird, Utah 84092, (800) 453-3000.
*Solitude: Solitude Ski Area, P.O. Box 17557, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117, (801) 534-1400.