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Any inexpensive SUV rental in S.L.C. ?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
We'll be in Salt Lake City 2/23 - 3/1/08 and staying in Park City. We'd like to rent a S.U.V. for traveling to Alta a couple of days. I haven't been able to find a S.U.V. rental for under $400.00 for this period. I checked all the usual suspects, Travelocity, Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline, et. al. Does anybody know of any cheaper alternatives? Does one really need a S.U.V. out there to go between P.C. and Alta? Do any rental places out there supply chains?

I really enjoy EPICSKI. I live vicariously through your stories. 22 months till retirement and hopefully a lifestyle upgrade. Thanks for any feedback.
post #2 of 17
You can get much better price for the SUV if you just book any car through usual suspects and upgrade when you get there. For some reason they will offer you better deal. That is of course, if they have SUVs available on that particular day. We did it couple of times already and it worked fine.
If there is no snow storm the day you are driving to Alta, you don't need the SUV. If there is a snow storm, park at the entrance of the canyon and take the UTA bus.
I will be there 2 weeks before you, I'll let you know how the car upgrade went this time.
post #3 of 17
if you are staying in PC primarily skiing PC resorts, then you won't need a 4-wheel drive. If is isn't or hasn't just snowed, the road to Alta will be accessible with any vehicle, save your dough. And if it is snowing, why bother with all the travel in weather, just ski PC resorts, it'll be nice there too.

The cheapest SUV i know of is Hertz - Subaru or Forester. I book them on Orbitz.
post #4 of 17
Check out Kayak.com for prices, it searches just about every other site and it doesn't charge service fees (click on the Ad Words if you want to be nice to them).

Although the best deal I'm seeing is a Jeep Liberty available from Advantage for $56 / day.
post #5 of 17
I bid and won a Priceline SUV for much less than $400. Bid aggressive!

Also I think Avis has some kind of club or something - a friend of mine always gets week long rentals for less than $300.

BUt anyway, as someone has said - why rent a SUV if you're staying in PC? You can catch the Canyon Hop for around $80 including lift ticket over to Alta. I did this without even renting a car in PC a few years ago and it was doable. If you've never been PC has a lot of great skiing (although the hard core crowd will claim not, some great stuff exists).

Then again if you're near retirement, why worry about little things like money? Go for a limo and stay at Deer Valley .
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
if you are staying in PC primarily skiing PC resorts, then you won't need a 4-wheel drive. If is isn't or hasn't just snowed, the road to Alta will be accessible with any vehicle, save your dough. And if it is snowing, why bother with all the travel in weather, just ski PC resorts, it'll be nice there too.
I partially agree. Unless it's currently snowing, typically you won't need 4wd to get up the LCC ( you still have to be careful of icy spots in the mornings and evenings though, 4wd doesn't help for this anyway ). They typically clear the road quickly. And if they don't, just take the UTA bus. It only takes 20 minutes to get to snowbird from the UTA lot on 94th south and 20th east.

About the "if it's snowing, why bother" comment, I pretty much disagree. PC resorts 90% of the time don't get anywhere near the powder that snowbird and alta do, and when the PC areas do have new snow, it gets tracked up MUCH faster than Alta and Snowbird ( which still gets tracked up too quick IMHO, but not ANYWHERE near as fast as PC resorts ). But then again, you have to be a better skier to be able to ski the areas in snowbird/alta that don't get tracked up as fast. So, it being worth it or not depends on your ability.

Good luck.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by ct55 View Post
If you've never been PC has a lot of great skiing (although the hard core crowd will claim not, some great stuff exists).
LOL, I guess I'm hard core then.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post
LOL, I guess I'm hard core then.
No, just thick.

There is some very good skiing at Park City. It's just a lot more work to get to and easily overshadowed by LCC/BCC.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
No, just thick.

There is some very good skiing at Park City. It's just a lot more work to get to and easily overshadowed by LCC/BCC.
LOL, I'm "thick" then as well. There may be some "very good skiing" at PCMR, but the best available at PCMR doesn't compare to the best at Alta or Snowbird. There's also a good majority of PCMR that looks just like a something you could find somewhere on the other side of the country.
post #10 of 17
I don't disagree with that even a little bit, and I spent a season skiing it.
post #11 of 17
yeah ... I know PCMR/DV/Canyons is not LCC (or BCC for that matter). But it's pretty good, about the same amount as a place like Jay Peak here in the east. You guys are just spoiled by all those tons of dry snow you get in the canyons all the time!

You just have to know where to go for expert stuff. And be a little more relaxed about the skiing experience once in a while - sheesh ....
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice. I think we'll probably rent a couple of mid sizes for now and see if any deals turn up.

The PC vs LCC/BCC discussion is interesting. Alta has been my favorite place to ski but we wanted to try a couple other places while we're out there. One of our group instructed at PC for three years so he wanted to spend some time there and show us around.
post #13 of 17
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One of our group instructed at PC for three years so he wanted to spend some time there and show us around.
Do it. Plus if you aren't like me and don't need 12 hours of sleep for every ski day, you can enjoy Park City in the evening.
post #14 of 17
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Alta has been my favorite place to ski but we wanted to try a couple other places while we're out there. One of our group instructed at PC for three years so he wanted to spend some time there and show us around.
Ahh, if you skied some of the harder stuff at Alta, and/or have skied there on powder day, you'll probably be disappointed by PCMR ( and you'll end up paying more for it ).
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post
About the "if it's snowing, why bother" comment, I pretty much disagree.
If you are staying at Park City, then you are looking for a different type of trip than the guy looking to ski the Cottonwoods. DONT fret that you are getting 3" while LCC is getting 12". Just accept it. Because almost EVERY single day the conditions will be better in CC.'s. Amazing how much slush i have seen in PC on the lower halfs of mtns, on my annual late feb trips where i usually give PC half a day. (note: but, If i moved to SLC, it would likely be PC and I would be quite content to pick my days and terrain, there is tons there, just doesn't have the "density" as the other side of the hill, but i only get to ski half dozen days per year.).

Once, I rented a house in PC(late feb), and evey single day, we made the trip to LCC, because the conditions were so much better. And incredibly, the last day, awoke to bluebird & 1" in PC, while Cirque had thigh deep and lower Blackjack had knee deep. I still can't get that morning out of my head.

If you want the amenities of PC, you are going to have to give up snow quality. If you are so concerned about that extra snowfall, stay down in the city. But it is well worth it to have a cheap car, so you can make an easy trip to CC.'s, some dining, maybe Snowbasin, etc, and easier airport transfers.(give bags to valet before handing car in)
post #16 of 17

Back to the Topic

There is a small company called Canyon Hop. Think the number is 435-649-3999. They charge $39 round trip and will offer package of transportation and lift ticket. Might be cheaper if you are not going to Alta with too many people on too many days.
post #17 of 17
jupp - I mentioned that one - used it last time I was in PC. Very convenient.
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