The Wasatch Mountains are enjoying one of their best and snowiest seasons in years, which makes Ski City, a.k.a. Salt Lake City, the ideal basecamp for urban après and spectacular spring skiing in the weeks ahead.

It’s just a forty minute drive from downtown Ski City to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude, four of the greatest resorts in the country, each one averaging 500” of snow each winter. Thanks to 19,000+ rooms in the valley, a vibrant après ski life and easy access to the mountains, Ski City is where it’s at. Here’s why:

Après Ski Redefined

After a day on the slopes, downtown is all about bars and brewpubs, from tried and true places like Squatters  to Desert Edge Brewery and Wasatch Brew Pub in Sugarhouse. Ski City has an amazing lineup of restaurants, diverse in style, taste and price. There are brand new places like George and Stratford Proper. Leading lights such as White Horse Spirits & KitchenLake Effect, Avenues Proper and  HSL. Sushi mavens swear by Takashi while Red Iguana has some of the finest Mexican food north of the border. After dinner, it might be time to head to Beer Bar/Bar X, owned by Ty Burrell of “Modern Family,” for a nightcap. Or make the scene at a nightclub like Urban Lounge.

The Ski City Super Pass is one of the industry’s most flexible and value-laden passes available and is good at all four Ski City resorts. One- and 2-day Super Passes are available as part of a hotel package or sold online in increments of three to 10 days of skiing (valid over a 14-day period), features no blackout dates and offers deep discounts on lift tickets. The direct-to-lift Super Pass also lets skiers bypass the ticket windows and comes with free transportation to and from the resorts on UTA ski buses and TRAX light rail, making renting a car an option rather than a requirement. It also offers equipment rental discounts at participating rental locations.