Planning a ski trip to Utah, trying to figure out where to stay and whether to rent a car. I'd like to stay in Park City and be able to walk to some restaurants and stuff, but I'd also like the option to ski in Alta or Snowbird. Looks like there are no cheap shared/public transport options to get from Park City to Alta/Snowbird (found shuttles that charge $100 each way)- is this true? I think you need snow tires and SUV (which costs about 4 times as much to rent as a regular midsize car) to drive up to Alta/Snowbird, but you could get from SLC airport to Park City with a regular (cheap) car.
So, not sure whether to (1) not rent a car (or rent a cheap one), stay in Park City and ski mostly in Park City/Deer Valley/Canyons; (2) not rent a car, stay closer to Alta or Snowbird, pretty much skip Park City entirely; (3) shell out $100+/day on SUV with snow tires, stay in Park City, have option to ski any of the mountains (this is the most expensive option...).
We are two ~30 y.o. intermediate to advanced skiers, like to go out to eat and check out the nightlife, have no problem walking places.