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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am flying into Salt Lake on a Saturday evening, and would like to avoid paying the high rates at the airport for car rentals. I would have to wait an hour to catch the next bus. I am looking for a hotel that would have an airport shuttle, and also on the bus route to get to Snowbird on Sunday. Is that do-able?
post #2 of 22
what high car rates, did you check orbitz? don't they go for less than $30/day, i don't call that high no way. you need a shuttle expert, there is probably a shuttle in the downtown slc hotels to the cottonwoods, but you are killing yourself to save a few dollars, very few. and you can stay in midvale for $50/nt. i know la quinta is $60/nt AAA and there are cheaper that are just fine. super 8 is.
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
what high car rates, did you check orbitz? don't they go for less than $30/day.
Your very own rental car - $30.

Not having to white knuckle said rental car up LCC at 5mph with hundreds of people with AWD/4WD/snowtires/used to driving in snow lined up behind you - Priceless!

Can't help you with hotels, but you have the right idea about the buses/shuttles!
post #4 of 22
Beware. The ski buses this year are horribly crowded. Especially #98. Some are white-line loads by 900 East. Those after 8am are OK.
post #5 of 22
If I am staying 4 weekday's at the Howard Johnson which in on N. Temple and 300 West do I(with ski's in tow leaving around 8am);

Hope on the Ski Bus close to the Hotel
Or
Do I ride the Trax down to the 7200 South Trax Station and then hop on the Ski Bus.

From my few experiences in Public Transportation it is faster to just catch the train and then catch the bus but every town is different.

Please help because I dont want to figure it out on MY SKI Time. I also plan to bug the hotel people about similar questions.
post #6 of 22
i skied snowbird dec 8th, early season, and the kids were "fighting" to get on the 5pm bus, to each his own. buses are for locals who have the time and knowledge to deal with them.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
i skied snowbird dec 8th, early season, and the kids were "fighting" to get on the 5pm bus, to each his own. buses are for locals who have the time and knowledge to deal with them.
First, I must say that I have never taken the ski bus but am planning on trying it on my first utah trip Jan 24 -28.

I have been checking the schedule and notice that since the early season that snowbird devotee mentioned they have added several more buses up and back at least on the #98 route.
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by bobcatalum05 View Post
If I am staying 4 weekday's at the Howard Johnson which in on N. Temple and 300 West do I(with ski's in tow leaving around 8am);

Hope on the Ski Bus close to the Hotel
Or
Do I ride the Trax down to the 7200 South Trax Station and then hop on the Ski Bus.

From my few experiences in Public Transportation it is faster to just catch the train and then catch the bus but every town is different.

Please help because I dont want to figure it out on MY SKI Time. I also plan to bug the hotel people about similar questions.

Personally I think, from that location, either option will be an ordeal. (I know, I work near there.) You'd have to take a bus to trax, ride trax, then ride the ski bus. Or ride a bus to the ski bus and then deal with the time it takes from that point. I'd either change my hotel reservation or get a vehicle.
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
The best price I found at the airport for is $244 for the week for a compact. Rentals are cheaper downtown, but closed on Sunday. Are you saying that SLC famous easy public transportation is a myth?
post #10 of 22
>Are you saying that SLC famous easy public transportation is a myth?
I "think" it is great for locals, super great for the kids! Those with local knowledge and some extra time on their hands.

but for someone taking off work, leaving home, spending $$$ on a plane ticket/hotel/meals out and lift tickets, and try saving a few bucks, (just a few if you can get a rental car and split it 3 ways) by trying to take the bus is a bad idea. What is your time worth? You have to worry about some schedule which you are not sure about, schlep your equipment to some stop, make all these stops, if it is a powder day it will be crowded, hope you are not at the end of the line. then at the end of the day, line up with the masses, wait for the bus, hope you get on(my partner saw the kids pushing and shoving to get in) make all the stops, schlep equip down street to hotel. no it is not worth it . if all that takes at least an extra hour per day, at LEAST!!!, probably more like 2hrs extra, and instead, you could have a cheapo car(just priced on orbitz $33/day with taxes). split by 2 or 3, how can you loose. is your time only worth $10/hr on vacation???

Of course a big storm is a problem, but that is a problem no matter what happens, even on a bus, if it is 4WD only, park at bottom of canyon, or ski PC or Snowbasin.

easy public transporation is a myth, except for locals!!! My crew had car problems last year(lost keys ha ha, stuck in boot liner) and some had to shuttle up and I heard it took 85 minutes for a 20 minutes drive with all the stops. They didn't find it easy whatsoever, no have I when I've done it. Enjoy your vacation!!!
post #11 of 22
I read all of your post and I have decided what I am going to do. I arrive in SLC around 11am on a monday. That allows me a day to check out the city and the ride the bus and rail system. It will let me ask around and see how far everything is from my hotel. If its obvious it will be difficult then I will go rent a car. If there is still hope then I will ride the public transit system the first day and if it is too difficult I will go rent a car. If not I plan to use the city bus system for 2 reasons. If it is or might snow I will ride the bus up the canyon anyways, but park in the park and ride lots, and to save money...Duh.....

I will come back after my trip to let others who plan on taking the trip to SLC in the future know how my trip went. I hope to get some good pics.
post #12 of 22
The town buses dry up on Sundays and at night. Most routes do not run.
Also, Trax won't get you down to Midvale/Sandy before 9.30am on Sundays.
The ski buses run every day. The 7am - 8am ones are very crowded. The 4pm - 5pm ones are even more so. You'll watch several of your route leave full, from the back of the crowd.
post #13 of 22
Keep in mind that the traffic you see at that time is not indicative of the traffic you would encounter going to the mountains in the morning. I was there last year solo and opted to rent a car and was glad I did. The flexibility is well worth the extra cost.

If you are landing at 11:00 and rent a car, you can get to one of the Park City resorts and ski for free on your day of arrival. You need to sign up before hand on the web-site (forgot the site) and then bring the form and boarding pass to the ticket window.
post #14 of 22
bobcatalum05, what are you trying to prove, if your plane arrives by 11am you can rent a $33/day car(with tax) and ski free the frist day at a PC resort! My delta flight arrives by 10:30a and I always am on the slopes by 12:30a.
post #15 of 22
There are lot's of hotels out by the airport (west north temple area) but if you stay in that area you really need a rental car.

It is easier to catch either a bus, or train, from the Temple Square area, but you want to be careful and ask questions with your hotel if you are not familiar with the area. As others have noted, things can be crowded and you may need to make multiple connections which is a mess, if you don't check carefully. There used to be a direct bus that ran from right across the street from the downtown Marriot, but I don't if that is still running.

Another option is a hotel in Midvale/Draper area. You would generally need a car to get to the hotel, but I suppose you could take a taxi. Some of the motels in this area are close to ski bus stops (I think there is a days inn that is close enough to walk to the bus, again you will want to ask carefully). So if you are really car adverse, this could be worth checking out as well. There would be less changes to manage in any event.

If you are planning to stay in SLC, I think I agree that a car is the way to go. It certainly gives you more flexibility in terms of getting around, and if you shop specials carefully you should be ok. If you are afraid of driving the canyons in snow, or if there are restrictions, you can always park in the lots at the mouth of LCC and BCC. But be sure to get there early on powder days, as the lot's tend to fill up fast.

Good luck and have a good time.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
bobcatalum05, what are you trying to prove, if your plane arrives by 11am you can rent a $33/day car(with tax) and ski free the frist day at a PC resort! My delta flight arrives by 10:30a and I always am on the slopes by 12:30a.
Not trying to prove anything. I am gonna spend the first day hanging out in SLC. I have never been and I bet there is much to see. If I am lucky and it snow's I will not drive up the cannon's. I have done this many times in summit county and it can get pretty hairy at times. I would rather take a shuttle. Last year I took a shuttle from Silverthorne to Copper 3 out of the 4 days and I liked it just fine. I love to ski, but the stress of having to drive around can ruin one's trip. Your suggestions are noted and if it is as bad as you say it is I might rent a car. I know some people that would have complained about riding the shuttles in summit county, but for me it meant just relaxing and riding the bus.
post #17 of 22
I have used the bus in the past from 7200 and it was fine.

If I went again, I would stay in Midvale close to the TRAX station. That way you only have the bus ride to get to and from resorts. TRAX can be used for evening access to the city centre.

I should point out that all the hotels, as opposed to motels and self catering accommodation, seem to be central. As for airport shuttles, well even the Ramada has those - but a taxi is cheap, as the airport is not far.

I take the point about not wanting a rental car. It seems wasteful just to get to the resort and back. In my case I would also have to get used to driving on the wrong side of the road again. If you also want Snowbasin, Powder Mountain though you cannot do it without a car.
post #18 of 22
The shuttles in summit county are brilliant, reliable, run every day and are FREE.
The SLC public transport system is, to be blunt, a joke.

Check night and sunday schedules carefully before relying on it. The ski buses are the only routes unaffected by Sundays and Public Holidays.
post #19 of 22
I am Skiing on Jan 16-Jan 19 (tuesday-friday). Thanks for all the help. What time does last bus pick up at the mountains??????
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by bobcatalum05 View Post
I am Skiing on Jan 16-Jan 19 (tuesday-friday). Thanks for all the help. What time does last bus pick up at the mountains??????
schedules and route maps
http://www.utabus.com/schedulesAndMa...routeGroupID=8
post #21 of 22
I'm not sure about bus access, but check out the hotels in Sandy. It is right at the base of the Cottonwood canyons and there are a ton of hotels.
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by wasatchskier View Post
I'm not sure about bus access, but check out the hotels in Sandy. It is right at the base of the Cottonwood canyons and there are a ton of hotels.
Are you sure you don't mean Midvale/Draper at 7200S? Most of the motels I am aware of in this area are actually closer to I-15, so not exactly at the base of the canyons.
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