I'm a long time lurker and occasional poster on Epic. I have been going to Colorado 2-3 times per season, which I am also going to do this winter, but additionally I am planning a trip with a buddy to SLC March 5-9 and flying in from Metro Detroit on Southwest. We will be arriving Thursday the 5th on the last flight, so probably around 8pm or so. We leave on Monday the 9th on the last flight out, to allow for skiing the last day.
Neither of us have ever been to Utah. I have the Epic Local pass, so with that in mind we will be skiing Canyons and Park City. If time/budget allows, we would also like to hit up Snowbird one day.
Can you all offer some insight on the area? I'm used to the Denver gig where you're pretty much required to get a rental car and drive 2 hours. Do we need a rental car or will there be free/cheap/affordable transportation to Park City and Canyons (and Snowbird for that matter)? If we do have some form of transportation from the airport, will we need it once we reach our destination, or can we get around town on some form of public transport?
How about lodging? What's the skinny on affordable lodging for two dudes? Obviously ski-in/out would be cool, but it's really not a deal breaker since we're not skiing the same place every day. We are used to using AirBNB and staying in Frisco or Silverthorne when we go to CO--is that the best option in SLC? Or should we even stay in SLC? I'm totally clueless here...
Thanks in advance for any advice!