Plan to ski? Big changes in getting up Big and Little Cottonwood canyonsDec 06, 2019 08:24AM ● By Harriet Wallis
Traffic nightmare in the canyons last winter / photo: Utah Adventure Journal
Last year, canyon roads were jammed with bumper-to-bumper traffic. This year's changes are aimed at solving the problem.
UTA added more ski buses in both canyons. It removed the inside ski/board bins to provide more standing room. And it eliminated some bus stops to speed up transit times. NOTE: The ski bus does NOT stop at the park-and-ride at the mouth of Little Cottonwood. That lot is now for carpoolers only.
with a resort-specific season pass or an Ikon season pass can ride
the UTA ski bus free.
Or, the bus costs $4.50 to ride one way and you must have the correct amount. The driver does not give change. Click to download the UTA ski bus schedule.
CARPOOLING HAS REWARDS
Alta, Brighton and Solitude are using the ride share app that Snowbird introduced last season. The app is a high tech ride share version of sticking out your thumb.
At Snowbird, skiers who carpool or take the UTA ski bus earn R.I.D.E. points toward sweet rewards. And carpools with 3+ people get VIP parking.
At Alta, carpools with 3 or more get VIP parking in the Wildcat lot.
PAY TO PARK AT SOLITUDE
takes a bold step and chargea for parking. Daily fees range from $5
for cars with 4 passengers to $20 for just 1 or 2 passengers. Those
with a Solitude or Ikon season pass can buy a season parking permit
for $150. The permit will cost $225 for non-season pass skiers.
IF YOU DRIVE
"Approved tires can be identified by an M+S (mud and snow) or a Snowflake symbol on the sidewall of the tire. At a minimum, snow tires must be mounted on the two primary drive wheels of the vehicle. Tires must have sufficient tread depth to be effective. No bald tires!
"Absent [of] approved snow tires (sometimes called winter tires) properly sized tire chains must be in your possession." Click for the details and fine print. There are lots of details and fine print. See the tire icons below.