Utah Ski Resort Parking Guide

Utah Ski Resort Parking Guide

Adventure Mom

By Adventure Mom \ November 24 2021

We've all been there. Trying to find a parking place in a busy lot or simply looking for a convenient place to drop the family off before parking. No one likes to spend time worrying about where they'll park before a day on the slopes, so we've done our research to make your resort arrival a bit easier. Before we dive into parking, here are a few tips to avoid parking all together.

1. Ride the UTA Ski Bus
The Ski Bus picks up at several locations throughout the Salt Lake Valley and beyond including special park and ride lots. Bus routes have significantly increased the last few years to encourage more riders. The UTA Ski bus takes riders directly to the following resorts: Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton, Sundance Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain and Snowbasin Resort. Many resort season passes and the Ikon Pass all offer FREE UTA Ski Bus fares for their passholders. Find more information on riding the ski bus here.

2. Carpool with others
If you are wanting to save on a parking fee or the headache of taking your own car, but your pals aren’t readily available to head to the resort, try out one of the many carpooling apps like Waze Carpool.



Parking Information and Incentives

Alta Ski Area

For the upcoming 2022-23 season, Alta will be requiring a parking reservation for $25 on weekends including Fridays as well as during the holidays. For those who purchase an Alta day pass, parking is only $10. If you're more of an afternoon skier, you are in luck because no reservations will be required any day after 1pm. If you are up for a dawn patrol in the backcountry, you can find information about reserving your early morning parking spot here. Your Alta season pass or Ikon Pass both come with a free UTA ski bus pass and carpoolers (3+ passengers), can take advantage of preferred parking!  Alta will be releasing advanced parking reservations starting in late October and will release parking spaces every Sunday afternoon during the winter season. Learn more about Alta's Paid Parking Information.



Parking at Snowbird frequently fills up, so the best choice is to secure your spot through a paid reservation. Snowbird offers a variety of parking options, from their Preferred Parking Pass and valet to a $25 parking reservations and free first-come parking. Snowbird hopes to once again make carpooling a priority for vehicles with 4+ passengers by providing expanded carpool-only parking areas at all the entry points. They also ask that guests and employees avoid driving single-occupancy vehicles and they even include free UTA bus passes for all-season passholders and employees. With so many options, it's best to visit the Snowbird Parking page to better evaluate the best option for you.

Valet & Preferred Parking at Snowbird

  • You can purchase a Preferred Parking Pass for $799 for the season, but limited quantities are available. Preferred lots grants guests access to the Lower Gad Valley, Pond and Bypass Road Preferred Parking lots. To check out the parking areas, look for the parking map located at the bottom of the page.
  • Valet parking is also available for a fee for guests at the Snowbird Center.




Brighton Resort offers free parking but is known to fill up very quickly. You can guarantee a spot at Brighton by reserving one of their 100 VIP parking spaces between Greatwestern and Explorer for $25. We suggest carpooling and taking the UTA Ski bus whenever possible or arriving at off-peak times which are before 8 a.m. and after 1 p.m. 

Solitude Mountain Resort

Solitude charges for parking at all of their lots. The cost of parking will be completely dependent on how many passengers you have in your vehicle. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect to pay for parking this season.

Vehicles with 4+ occupants: Free parking Opening Day - December 11th. $5 Friday - Sunday after December 11th and holidays/peak periods. 

Vehicles with 3 occupants: Free parking Opening Day - December 11th. $5 parking Monday - Thursday. $15 parking Friday - Sunday and holidays/peak periods.

Vehicles with 2 occupants: $5 parking Opening Day - December 11th. $10 parking Monday - Thursday. $20 parking Friday - Sunday and holidays/peak periods. 

Vehicles with 1 occupant: $10 parking Opening Day - December 11th. $20 parking Monday - Thursday. $35 Friday - Sunday and holidays/peak periods.

All parking is free after 2pm.

You see, the concept of having to pay for parking is to encourage friends to hop in the same vehicle, and ride along together. The more people who ride together, the lesser the total fee. Not only will you be saving money on your parking, by carpooling with friends, but you will feel good about making earth-friendly decisions. The UTA Ski Bus also runs dozens of routes a day up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Check out more information here.


Salt Lake City to Park City

The UTA PC-SLC Connect is a great option for those who wish to take public transit from the Salt Lake Valley to Park City. Once you're there, the town of Park City busses are all free. Park City Transit routes can be found here.

Park City Mountain

Park City Mountain spans over 7,300 acres of skiing and can be accessed from two base areas. Both complimentary and paid parking are available.

Park City Mountain Village

Parking reservations will be required at Park City seven days a week at $25 per car December 12 - April 2. Just like Alta, there is no fee and no reservation requirement after 1pm. For carpoolers carrying four or more people, reservations to park will still be required but parking will be free, the same applies for early and late season visitors. If you are staying in town and wish to take the bus, check out Park City's free transit bus routes that deliver guests to both base areas for free.

Canyons Village

Free parking will remain available at the Canyons Village base area (just left of the roundabout at Canyons Village in the Cabriolet lot) Park City High School (on weekends and holidays) and High Valley Transit Park-n-Ride locations. If you are staying in town and wish to take the bus, check out Park City's free transit bus routes that deliver guests to both base areas.

Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley Resort has ample parking that can be accessed at several areas of the mountain.

  • Deer Valley offers complimentary parking at five base area parking lots along with a complimentary shuttle to the Snow Park Lodge.

  • There is also limited complimentary parking at the Jordanelle Express Gondola.

  • Limited paid parking is available mid-mountain at the Silver Lake Lodge and there is no day skier parking at Empire Canyon Lodge.

  • All day lodge locations are serviced by Park City's complimentary transit system which runs frequently throughout the greater Park City area and within the Deer Valley Resort area.

  • Guests who arrive in the same vehicle, containing three or more people are allowed to park in Lot 2 during busy holiday periods and on weekends throughout the season.

  • If all of Deer Valley's parking lots are full, guests can take the (1) Red or (5) Yellow transit lines between Treasure Mountain and Snow Park Lodge. These buses run every 30 minutes. Make sure you reference the transit schedule or track the buses by using the MyStop Mobile App.


Additional Resorts' Parking Information

Snowbasin Resort

Snowbasin offers complimentary parking in five locations: Earl’s Lot, Maples Lot, Canyon Rim Lot, Wildcat Lot and Green Pond Lot. Snowbasin has expanded the total number of parking spots and those who carpool with 3+ in their vehicle have the option to park in the carpool lot nearest Earl's Lodge. The UTA Ski Bus also runs routes to Snowbasin from Ogden. More information can be found here.

Powder Mountain

Free parking can be found at the Timberline, Hidden Lake and Sundown base areas. The UTA Ski Bus also provides routes to Powder Mountain. More information can be found here. Additionally, Powder Mountain runs complimentary shuttles from the Eden Park N' Ride.

Sundance Mountain Resort

In keeping with their long history of conservation efforts, Sundance has introduced winter paid parking for select lots for cars with 1-3 occupants on weekends and holidays. Cars visiting Sundance with 4 or more occupants will receive complimentary parking. It's not unheard of for the parking lots to fill up on busier days, which is a great time to take advantage of the UTA Ski Bus Service route that services Sundance. All season passes come with a complimentary bus pass to ride the 880 route.

Woodward Park City

Parking at Woodward Park City is free, but the lot can fill up quickly. If you're in the town of Park City, we suggest riding the free PC Transit Bus on the Pink Line to Woodward.



Complimentary Parking With No UTA Bus Service

Brian Head Ski Resort
Beaver Mountain
Cherry Peak
Eagle Point
Nordic Valley

We encourage all skiers and riders to avoid single-occupancy vehicles and take advantage of options like carpooling, the RIDE APP and the services of the UTA Ski Bus.