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Travelling to Park City/Deer Valley

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Sydney, Australia
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Travelling to Park City/Deer Valley

We're planning a trip to the US at the end of the year, and I'd really appreciate any thoughts on our plans...

We're thinking of driving from Las Vegas to Park City for a weeks skiing. We considered something closer to Vegas (Lake Tahoe), but think the chance of snow is probably better in Utah at the end of December/beginning of January, and so are prepared to travel a bit further.

We are planning to do this drive in a day - firstly is this feasible and are we likely to have any problems with snow on the roads? Would we need to book a SUV to make the trip?

If we do rent a car, is it easy to drop it off in Salt Lake City as we won't need it while we are there, then get a shuttle into Park City to wherever we are staying?

One more thing - just wondering - does Deer Valley have a township with shops and restaurants, or is it more just hotels and condos (trying to decide whether to stay Deer Valley or Park City and want to have some facilities closeby).

Thanks so much for your help !

Park City, Utah
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1. Re: Travelling to Park City/Deer Valley

Glad to have you join us here. It's actually a shorter and much easier drive from Vegas to Park City than to Tahoe. Snow situation comparable between the two. We can usually make the Vegas drive in six hours or a bit more. The route is very simple - just head up I-15 to Provo, then Provo Canyon up to Park City. Road is fine, no SUV needed. Just pay attention to local weather at the time you travel.

One way rentals are expensive but if you're doing a quick one-day rental to get up here it will be economical. Hertz and Enterprise have locations in Park City. Shuttle from SLC is $40/person. Look at All Resort.

Main area of activity with huge concentration of restaurants/shops is Park City's Main Street. Deer Valley Resort and Park City Resort are each five minutes away by free bus. PCMR has a more robust resort plaza with restaurants and shops. DV has less but a better feel. DV's Silver Lake Village has a good choice of restaurants. Everything is connected by free bus system.

Have fun.

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Travelling to Park City/Deer Valley

Thanks Tumbleweed for all your information.

Also just wondering how long is the trip between Salt Lake City and Park City (thinking, if we have the car, are we better to drive in to our accommodation, drop off - there are 4 of us, then back to Salt Lake City and only one person gets on the shuttle-would save a bit of money, but may be a nightmare depending on how far and conditions???).

Again appreciate any comments!

Park City, Utah
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3. Re: Travelling to Park City/Deer Valley

Depending on where you're staying, it's 25-40 minutes. If you wanted to do that, you might also look at a one-way SLC-Park City with either Enterprise or Hertz. Honestly, though, if you do the math on it with the cost of a rental car and gas, unlikely you'll save more than $20-30 probably and eat up an extra couple hours of your vacation.

Have fun.

Edited: 3:07 pm, February 03, 2013
Sydney, Australia
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4. Re: Travelling to Park City/Deer Valley

Thanks again - very helpful. Now looking forward to the rest of the planning - and deciding where to stay!!

Park City, Utah
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5. Re: Travelling to Park City/Deer Valley

Marriott Summit Watch gives you very nice lodging right on Park City's Main Street with easy walking to hundreds of restaurants and shops. Plus you can walk across the street to get on the PCMR Town Lift (and also ski down at end of day) or walk a different direction across the street to the bus transit center with free buses to DV (5 minutes), PCMR base (5 minutes), Canyons (15-20 minutes).

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6. Re: Travelling to Park City/Deer Valley

Did you consider Canyons Resort at all? Look it up online, 4,000+ acres - huge resort, some restaurants, ski-beach european style, easy access to PC downtown by hotel shuttle; really depending on what you want to do or if anyone in yr family is snowboarding (not allowed in DV). We have been havingAustralian couples stay with us at ski-in, ski-out Grand Summit Resort the last 3 years and they loved it.. will happily provide you a link to reviews if interested

Sydney, Australia
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7. Re: Travelling to Park City/Deer Valley

Thanks for your accommodation suggestions - will definitely look into the Marriott Summit Watch- sounds perfect for our requirements!

Hadn't considered Canyons Resort but will take a look at it too.

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