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Park City - shuttle enough or rental car?

post #1 of 8
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Considering a first time ski trip to Utah:

 

Have Epicpass (includes PCMR/Canyons); is it of any major advantage to have a rental vehicle?  Or is there enough accessible by foot or bus, to keep me interested for a week, if I don't have a vehicle.    Airport is 35-40 miles, shuttles run ~$90 roundtrip.  I'd be by myself this trip. 

 

Thanks

post #2 of 8

PC/Deer Valley area does not demand a car...depending on where you lodge.  But it's always handy -- for going out at night, for driving to the Cottonwoods in case you want to ski elsewhere, for convenience getting around (PC is small enough to walk places, but big enough to make it a pain sometimes).  And rentals are cheap.  I just got a week of a standard-size car for $200 total.  I've gone both with and without, and I've moved over to the rent-a-car camp.

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Originally Posted by stevescho View Post
 

Considering a first time ski trip to Utah:

 

Have Epicpass (includes PCMR/Canyons); is it of any major advantage to have a rental vehicle?  Or is there enough accessible by foot or bus, to keep me interested for a week, if I don't have a vehicle.    Airport is 35-40 miles, shuttles run ~$90 roundtrip.  I'd be by myself this trip. 

 

Thanks


If you are staying close to the slopes and only plan to ski Park City, probably don't need a car for a solo trip.  That said, if there is any chance you would like to check out Alta or Snowbird or Snowbasin for a day then renting a little 2WD drive car makes sense. Also opens up the option of finding cheaper lodging a little farther out.

 

When are you thinking of going?

post #4 of 8

uberSKI is a new option in SLC for getting to LCC/BCC, Park City, or Ogden.  Supposed to be AWD with roof racks for skis and snowboards.  Priced as uberX or XL with a $4 surcharge.

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If you are staying close to the slopes and only plan to ski Park City, probably don't need a car for a solo trip.  That said, if there is any chance you would like to check out Alta or Snowbird or Snowbasin for a day then renting a little 2WD drive car makes sense. Also opens up the option of finding cheaper lodging a little farther out.

 

When are you thinking of going?


mid-January; found small condo in-town.  Not sure of the distance/layout of things there.   Probably could walk to lift or shuttle.  Is 2WD generally OK in winter on these routes or do you get stuck in chain control/slide all over the place?  I can live without a car if I don't need one.

post #6 of 8

2 WD is fine 99% of the time.

 

The free in town shuttle is good and better than using your car IMHO. This is providing your condo is reasonably close to a bus stop. Check on the bus map. [my link is broken] NB rental companies have been known to be economical with the truth, a short walk translating to 3/4 of a mile. 

 

I never used my hire car in town, always rode the shuttle bus. 

post #7 of 8
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well thanks for replying on xmas day: 

 

based on that, I got a flight/car orbitz package - basic 2WD car is $221 extra (all-inclusive) for 8 days; I probably could have found cheaper messing around with the minute-minute fluctuations on orbitz, but I don't have the patience today and all I care about is if the car has a fold down seat that will fit skis and it does.  It's only $130 more than those shuttles; maybe I'll find some use for the car.  I'm getting into SLC midmorn so I can ski a half-day upon arrival before condo check-in, and also a half day before my late flight out on the last day- sort of use the car as a ski-locker (I can rationalize anything).  I'll see how this all goes. 

 

I just hope there isn't another post later on saying I need a Humvee, shovel, snow-shoes, or crampons and rope (like you would going to Kirkwood, today).

post #8 of 8

better check if your condo includes parking or you might find that having the car is not so economical or convenient after all!

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