One of the best reasons to vacation in the Wasatch is that a short drive from the valleys to the mountains will make you feel like you're getting two seasons in a single day. Winter is long in the mountains (ski resorts buzz from December to as late as June), but much more manageable in the valleys. In March, when snow is still piling up at the ski resorts, you can golf, hike, bike, or fish in any of the Wasatch valleys or foothills. If you don't mind sometimes capricious weather, spring and fall are opportune seasons to visit. Rates drop and crowds lessen. Spring is a good time for fishing, rafting on rivers swollen with snowmelt, birding, and wildlife-viewing. Hikers hit the backcountry from June through Labor Day.