Just went this past weekend and hit Snowbasin. If you like steep, untracked powder, go there. So much terrain that isn't touched. Huge, wide open faces. Super long groomers, as well, off the Strawberry lift. Seriously, I had a 3.5 mile run. Snowbasin is about equidistant from downtown SLC as the Cottonwood resorts are, and easier to drive to. Brighton is awesome for tree riding, but I prefer Solitude. Challenging blue runs, quality runs off of all the lifts, and even a sidecountry area (Honeycomb Canyon) make it awesome. Talked to several people about Snowbird and they all said the crowds can be rough on a weekend, so we avoided it this time. Still, it's a "bucket list" resort and sounds great.
You pretty much can't go wrong with SLC, but you're right about Park City, not as much snow as the Cottonwood resorts. Thing is, you're going at the end of February. By that time, there should be a lot more snow so just monitor base levels.
Last edited by philadendron; 01-31-2012 at 12:49 AM.