They say variety is the spice of life, and never is that old saying truer than with Ski Utah's latest promotion.

For $499, the new Yeti Pass gives skiers or riders a full day at every one of Utah's 14 ski and snowboard resorts during the 2011-2012 season. The price computes to $35 a day, regardless of where you strap ‘em on.

Ski Utah spokesperson Jessica Kunzer said that the Yeti Pass fits right in for parents of students in the Ski Utah Fifth and Sixth Grade Passport program, which gives youngsters one free day lift ticket at each of the state's 14 resorts.

To receive a same-day lift ticket, a pass holder must present a photo ID with a completely intact Yeti Pass booklet resort voucher at the resort lift ticket window. A Yeti Pass cannot be used by anyone other than the person who purchased the pass.

In addition, all Yeti Pass holders can compete in the inaugural Yeti of the Year contest. The first pass holder to successfully ski or snowboard at all 14 resorts will win a day of heli-skiing with Wasatch Powderbird Guides. To participate, pass holders must take a photo of themselves at each resort ticket window with their lift ticket and Yeti Pass booklet, post it on the Ski Utah Yeti Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/theskiutahyeti) and tag each photo "Ski Utah Yeti."  Pass holders may only visit one resort per day, and only advanced skiers or riders can cash in the heli-ski day, but beginners and intermediates will get alterative prizes. Deer Valley won't accept Yeti Passes from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, due to its ticket-limit policy.

To purchase a Yeti Pass, go to www.skiutah.com/yetipass, or call (801) 534-1779. A limited number are available.