Did you know that riders with a ski resort season pass can ride UTA's ski bus for free? Contact your resort for details.
Want just the facts? Follow these quick-links to schedule information:
Cash fare for ski bus is only $4.50 each way (remember to bring exact change, a pass, or contactless credit card). The cost of any TRAX, bus or UTA FrontRunner ticket counts toward your ski bus fare so you don’t need to spend twice.
Even better, you don’t have to worry about parking and they drop you off right at the front, so no hauling your gear from a parking spot in the “back forty.
Because it Protects Our Winters – Okay that's a plug for POW, a solid organization I believe in. Riding mass transit to ski reduces private vehicles on the roads, thus lowering carbon emissions. The truth is, we aren't going to have much luck telling people to stop traveling, but riding public transportation can make a positive difference.
Not only does public transportation get vehicles off roads, but new technology has also made it more efficient than ever. Since 2013 UTA has invested heavily in new equipment, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions by a projected 79% by this year.
Saves Money – At most, riding the Ski Bus will cost $4.50 each way, making it an affordable alternative to driving your own vehicle or renting a car if you're visiting from out of town. However, you might be able to ride free explains the Utah Transit Authority.
Comfort and Convenience – Yes, driving yourself is convenient, until you have to put on chains, or can't find a parking spot and have to hike to the lifts. Ski Buses have dedicated ski/snowboard organizers, can be accessed from most major hotels, and many locations have covered shelters. Some shelters are even heated such as Snowbird's Cliff Lodge stop.
As a local, I can tell you that we CARE about our mountains. That means looking for ways to protect them, including riding the Ski Bus. Riding the bus also means we can kick back and get our heads in powder space - by listening to kicking tunes or chilling with a good read. No stress, just a ride to the front door of the lodge! But don't just take my word for it...here's what a few of my colleges have to say about riding the bus:
"The ski bus is my jam. I usually take a book but always end up talking to the person next to me. And did you know these buses can put on their chains with the press of a button?"—Brandon Ott, Ski Utah’s Content Director, aka, chief storyteller.
"Never been a fan of driving up the canyons, especially in snowstorms. That's why the bus is perfect for people like me. You just hop on and leave the driving to the pros! Local tip: Sit closest to the door. Last one on, but first to the powder!"—Dillon Green, Ski Utah Athlete (And seriously, you must check out his Instagram feed! - @dillongreen)
"In my 17 years of skiing, I had never taken a Ski Bus to a resort. Taking the bus sounded difficult and boring. After actually giving the bus a chance, I found it to be less stressful and more enjoyable than driving." - University of Utah Student
1. Find a new playlist or genre and listen to it on your way up.
2. Talk to someone on the bus! Ask where they’re from, what winter and summer activities they like, or their favorite
3. Play Tic-Tac-Toe with the condensation on the windows.
4. Ask fellow Ski Bus goers what their favorite song is. Compile a playlist.
5. Put your phone away. See what things you notice and do when you aren’t distracted by technology. Look out the window, talk to someone, or learn something new about your shredding partner.
6. Listen to a comedy podcast and/or playlist
7. Play the alphabet game with friends. Try to find every letter of the alphabet using only text you see inside or outside the bus. You must find them in alphabetical order. First to Z wins!
8. Compile a get-stoked shredding playlist.
9. Play the license plate game. Whoever finds the most license plates from out of state, wins!
10. Find words on the bus and combine them to make the name of your band, first album, or a hit song.
University of Utah Students Share Their Ski Bus Experience
Now that I've (hopefully) got you thinking about the bus, how do you ride it? Here are some basic tips:
Below I've played out all of the UTA Ski Bus route maps, details, and links to schedules, but did you know the Ski Utah mobile app can do all the work for you? Here's how you can find your way to powder on the Ski Bus in four clicks!
New UTA Ski Bus details, rider tips, fares, and schedules updated for the 2018-19 Season.
Cottonwood Canyon Ski Bus service begins December 1, 2018 and ends April 6, 2019. The service runs all day, with 15-minute frequency during peak hours. They've also increased parking capacity at multiple lots serving the Ski Bus routes.
The following hotels are on or near Ski Bus routes. Other downtown hotels require a connection. Please confirm with your hotel where the nearest stop is located. We do our best to create a comprehensive and accurate list. There might be gaps, but this should give you a head start. Unfortunately, UTA does not have a master list available for this area.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Midvale
Residence Inn by Marriott - Sandy (short drive but may have a shuttle)
Hampton Inn Sandy (short drive but may have a shuttle)
Super 8 Midvale
Park Inn by Radisson Midvale
Quality Inn Midvale
UTA implemented a number of changes last season that improved efficiency and increased ridership - taking cars off canyon roads. This re-configured ski service in the Cottonwood Canyons:
UTA bus service provides connections to TRAX, FrontRunner, and Route 220, offering frequent all-day access to people from downtown and throughout the region. Click on the links below for more details:
NEW this season, UTA has added trips, making even easier to travel between Park City and Salt Lake County. In Park City, note that the stops and schedules shift depending on the day of the week. This list of stops is for general planning, check the UTA website for the most current Park City - Salt Lake City Connect schedule.
Canyons Village, Park City, and Deer Valley Ski Routes
Route 901 and Route 902 PC-SLC Connect Servicing:
3900 S 500 E
3900 S 2300 E
3900 S & Wasatch Park and Ride
Salt Lake Central Station
200 S Main St
200 S State Street
100 S North Campus Drive
University Medical Center Station
700 S Foothill Dr
1954 S 2100 E Park and Ride
Maywood Dr & Parley's Way (weekday only)
Jeremy Ranch Park & Ride (weekday only
Kimball Junction Transit Center
Once you get to Park City, a FREE transit system provides an easy and environmentally friendly way to get around town. It’s one more way to Protect Our Winters, and save money!
The system, which is fueled by biodiesel, serves Historic Main Street, Kimball Junction, North of Maon, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain, and the Utah Olympic Park.
Ogden Route 674 to Powder Mountain and Route 675 to Snowbasin
UTA ski bus service Routes 674, 675, and 677 to Powder Mountain & Snowbasin resorts begins on December 15, 2018.
Downtown Ogden Stops
Route 674 and Route 675 Servicing:
26th and Grant
Bigelow Hotel (formerly the Ben Lomond Hotel)
Hilton Garden Inn
Route 677 Servicing:
Layton Hills Mall (Hotel District)
Davis Conference Center
Antelope Dr. Park & Ride
S Weber Dr. Park & Ride
Man Green Kent Smith Park
Route 880 Servicing: (Begins December 15, 2018)
Provo Central Station
University Place Station
800 N 800 E (Harmon’s Park and Ride)
There you have it! Lots of info to get you started riding the Ski Bus. However, if you still have questions, visit rideuta.com or call UTA Customer Service at (801) RIDE-UTA (743-3882).