thanks Tony. Yes, I've read enough on here about Snowbird to rule it out completely (given the other choices)!
Another question then. We're from Indiana, don't drive that much in the snow. How is the drive up the canyons if there has been snow? SUV's seem to be a lot more expensive to hire (of course), is it worth risking with a regular car?
If there has been snow and you don't have chains or a AWD/4WD you may get turned back on the way up in which case you can park and try to take the ski bus. Unfortunately if it is snowing enough to attract the locals after a snow drought the bus will packed and the road up will be a few miles of bumper to bumper. Head up BCC to solitude instead.
my 2 cents: In terms of safety would worry more about conditions on the way down. If you drive up in a regular car when there are no restrictions and it starts to snow heavily the roads can become very slick when you leave. Especially since there can be snow at the base area, and as you proceed down it turns to slush sleet and freezing rain.
Of the times times this scenario occurred to me, the first time I was in a regular rental and had a low speed spinout on the way down. Thankfully toward the mountain, not the cliff. The second time I was in a midsize SUV and traffic was inching down the mountain very slowly and heavy snow was accumulating on the windshield faster than the wipers could clear it. I had to drive with my head out the window. Not fun either but better than the first time.
Just one FYI: With most rental companies, if you reserve an SUV that does not necessarily mean they will have one with 4WD.