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a few transportation questions (staying in cottonwood heights - alta)

post #1 of 10
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All 4 properties I am looking at are in the "Oaks at Wasatch" community in Cottonwood heights.

They are all about the same, so I am trying to figure out which one is the closest to where the shuttle comes to pick you up to go to alta or snowbird.
Is it one location the bus comes to in cottonwood heights? Or one location it comes to at the oaks at wasatch? many? What's the intersection of where it comes? Can you park at the shuttle pick up area and then ride it?

Also, for day parking at the two LCC resorts and the two BCC resorts- 1. does it exist? 2. how much is it? - because if the shuttle was pretty far away from the house, we might just drive up there. What did you prefer - car or shuttle? Did it depend on the weather?

Thanks a lot. And I am in the process of asking the owners how far away it is from the shuttle, but i wanted to do some of my own research as well.
post #2 of 10
Can't comment on the bus, but the parking is free at all of them and if you get there early you can park VERY close to the lifts at each.
post #3 of 10
you've gone a long way from wanting ski in/ski out to schleping it up on the shuttle. Shuttle stops at base of Little & Big Cottonwood Canyons, elsewhere you will have to figure out some maps. Of course you can park your car at the ski resort, its' free.

Driving up is so much easier unless you are a townie or have to take it because you don't have 4 wheel and it snows.
post #4 of 10
Keep in mind that if you're planning on driving up that you better rent a 4-wheel or all wheel drive vehicle or when the conditions are the best (new snow), you probably won't be allowed to drive up the canyon.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
you've gone a long way from wanting ski in/ski out to schleping it up on the shuttle. Shuttle stops at base of Little & Big Cottonwood Canyons, elsewhere you will have to figure out some maps. Of course you can park your car at the ski resort, its' free.

Driving up is so much easier unless you are a townie or have to take it because you don't have 4 wheel and it snows.
Yea, things change, plus, its skiing, as long as I get the chance to ski, I really don't care how I get there or where I am staying.

On the issue of cars, most definitely need an AWD or 4WD. What's better, 4WD or AWD? Should we get an SUV? Some kind of crossover vehicle? Got any suggestions on models, and where to rent the car? I'm thinking obviously one of the rental companies that are at the salt lake city airport.
post #6 of 10
I've usually been able to get a Subaru Forrester from Hertz which is the cheapest AWD/4WD option, but i can't seem to find it this year on Orbitz or Hertz. Can anyone find that car.

A regular car is $30/day(get a ski rack) and 4WD is $70/day. You have about a 35% chance of snow on a 4 day trip, if it snows, the canyon will only be open to 4WD/AWD only and you'll have to hop on a bus, which will likely be crowded, because lots of people have the same problem. Rental cars are cheap and conventient at SLC airport, no reason to go off airport. Orbitz etc.

I've done both options. Note: you can reserve a 4WD and watch the weather, if high pressure is in, you can downsize.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
we'll definitely get a 4WD/AWD.

Just not sure what company to rent from. I can get some good deals through Avis/From Avis (500 midwest airlines miles!), and also some discounts through my alumni discount card. But I dunno - any thoughts on Avis? They are just GM cars (yuck), but probably just fine for 4WD or AWD for a week.
post #8 of 10
We tried these guys last year and had a great experience and excellant prices to boot!
http://www.ruggedrental.com/index.html

They will PU at the airport, then run you over to their rental site (off-site). When returning, just park the car at the airport parking lots and take the free bus to the airport.

Do a search here for them.
post #9 of 10
The Oaks is a great place to stay. Convenient location to the skiing.

First -- It is not a shutle, it is a city bus and the bus stop is across the street from the Oaks at Wasach entrance. Try Google maps or Mapquest to get an idea of the distance.

The city bus makes frequent runs and even if it is crowded it is kind of a unique experience to ride it. The bus also gives some flexability to folks who may want to start the day later than others and it drops you off right by the lifts.

A rental car is good (especially if you are with a group and can share the cost). Solitude, Brighton, and even Alta are basically small areas and unless there is powder the lots do not fill up too fast and are close enough to the lifts that you can come back to the car to switch skiis, jackets or have lunch.

Have a good trip.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
Note: you can reserve a 4WD and watch the weather, if high pressure is in, you can downsize.
That's what I did in February of 2007. I stayed in Cottonwood Heights (Residence Inn by Marriott...nice hotel btw) for four nights and the weather was sunny and cold every day. I ended up watching the weather before arriving and settled on a compact car. Worked fine driving up and down the canyons each day. Saved a bunch as well!

You could always rent two vehicles (one AWD and one not) and just cancel one when you arrive depending on what conditions you find.
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