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I plan to visit Salt Lake City this winter for a few weeks starting at Christmas. I'm renting a car and I was wondering if I should be aware of any specific regulations and issues while driving in winter.

  • Would the rental cars typically offer winter tyres?
  • Is the snow cleared often?
  • Do I need an AWD/4WD to reach ski resorts e.g. Deer Valley, Park City?
  • Do I need special winter lights?

For reference I'm based in the UK and will be travelling to ski resorts in the SL area. I've never driven in the US, though I have in many other countries.

  • Welcome to Travel.SE! You may get better results if you include the specific ski resorts you're considering; the answer may depend on whether the resort is accessible via a major 4-lane highway or via a 2-lane back road. – Michael Seifert Nov 15 '18 at 17:35
  • Thanks @MichaelSeifert Just added some, though I was hoping instead to choose the ski resorts around what was feasible... – Koenig Lear Nov 15 '18 at 18:27
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    Roads you would think of as motorways and A-roads are cleared more-or-less continuously during snowfall. It might take several hours to a day to get all the residential streets cleared after a big storm. But generally if it is not actually snowing at the moment, you can probably go out and drive. – Michael Hampton Nov 15 '18 at 23:09
  • There's no problem at all. – Fattie Nov 16 '18 at 4:09
  • @MichaelSeifert - which ski slope were you thinking of near SLC that is accessible by a 4-lane highway ?? – Fattie Nov 16 '18 at 4:10
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I've flown into SLC Airport 3 times in the winter to ski at the resorts in Park City and once for Deer Valley and have rented a car each time. I've never had a problem with driving due to the snow.

  • Would the rental cars typically offer winter tyres? - The rental cars I have rented have all come with basic all-season tires.
  • Is the snow cleared often? - Yes, on the roads that you will be taking as a tourist between your airport, your hotel, the ski resorts and main tourism areas.
  • Do I need an AWD/4WD to reach ski resorts e.g. Deer Valley, Park City? - No, but AWD/4WD would make driving safer if it is snowing during your drive.
  • Do I need special winter lights? - No

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