Probably the hardest part about being a Utah local is figuring out where to ski. Coupon books allow for flexibility while season passes provide savings, if you ski more than 30 days a season. There's also the clout that goes with owning a season pass.
Look into The Canyons' season pass for the best deal on the Park City side. The full pass is $899 compared to Park City Mountain Resort's pass at $1,250 and Deer Valley's $1,575 pass. Pass prices start to escalate after Sept. 30, 2009, so act fast. Students get the best deal with The Canyons' No Brainer Full Season Pass for $419.
Coupon books, preseason tickets, and skier cards are a great way to save money and sample a variety of Utah's Ski and Snowboard Resorts when you have a full-time job with only six days allowed for the (powder) flu.
The Canyons also has what they call the Cherry Picker Pass. You'll get five days of skiing (blackouts during Christmas and Presidents' Weekend) for $209 and you can purchase one additional lift ticket per day for $59 including holiday blackout periods as long as the pass is still active. The Deer Valley Adult Book of 10 daily coupons for $550 saves you $35 per day off their window price; 10-day books, valid Monday through Friday are $480.
PCMR also has a coupon book. Utah residents can purchase the Easy Access 10 Days book for $540.
Of course, you could always work for the resort; where they pay you to own their season pass. Go to SkiFriend.com for links to resorts that are hiring this winter.