Utah Ski Resort Parking Guide

Utah Ski Resort Parking Guide

Adventure Mom

By Adventure Mom \ January 2 2020

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 this season 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, download the R.I.D.E. App. It’s a great way for you to connect with other ski and snowboard enthusiasts who are looking to carpool or vanpool their way to the slopes. Using the app can also allow you to earn points that can later be used on discounted lift tickets and other various prizes.


Parking Information and Incentives

Alta Ski Area

Alta has free parking at both the Wildcat and Albion base areas. The Albion Base parking area provides great access for beginners and families. The Wildcat Base parking area is well suited for intermediate and advanced skiers. If you carpool (3+ passengers), there's preferred parking you can take advantage of! Your Alta season pass or Ikon Pass both come with a free UTA ski bus pass. See more info on the ski bus here


Although Snowbird offers free parking, they have limited parking spots that frequently fill up. Snowbird asks that guests and employees avoid driving single-occupancy vehicles to Snowbird, and provides many incentives for people to carpool and take the bus, including free UTA bus passes to all-season passholders and employees. Check out the RIDE App that Snowbird developed last year for carpooling.

Valet & Preferred Parking at Snowbird

  • You can purchase a Preferred Parking Pass by calling 801-933-2215. Preferred parking puts you closer to the slopes! To check out the Preferred Parking areas, visit Snowbird's parking map
  • Valet parking is available for a fee for guests at the Snowbird Center. 


Brighton Resort has a free large parking lot that tends to fill up quickly. We suggest carpooling and taking the UTA Ski bus whenever possible. On high-traffic days, Brighton will designate their large main lot for carpool only (3+ riders) and parking for 3 or less will be available on a first-come-first-served basis at the Brighton Store until the lot is full. Once the lot is full, guests will be turned around and encouraged to use the bus. For more information, visit Brighton's site.

Solitude Mountain Resort

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

  • Single or Double Occupants: $20 per vehicle

  • Three Occupants: $10 per vehicle

  • Four or More Occupants: $5 per vehicle

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 Resort 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

  • Free parking is available at the Park City Mountain Village off Empire Avenue.

  • Covered parking can be found under the Lodge at Mountain Village the Park City Base Area can be accessed for a small daily parking fee. Parking is $20 per vehicle per day and $25 per day on holidays and peak days. A reduced rate of $10 will be offered to carpool vehicles with three or more adults. Fees are subject to change.

  • 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.

Canyons Village

  • Free parking is available just left of the roundabout at Canyons Village in the Cabriolet lot.

  • Paid parking lots can be found at the Upper Village Lot at Canyons Village, closer to the slopes. Parking is $20 per vehicle per day and $25 per day on holidays and peak days. A reduced rate of $10 will be offered to carpool vehicles with three or more adults. Fees are subject to change.

  • 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 on two areas of the mountain. 

  • Complimentary parking can be found at the Snow Park Lodge base area in five large lots. A complimentary shuttle to Snow Park Lodge will whisk guests from their car to the lodge. 

  • There is limited covered parking available mid-mountain at the Silver Lake Lodge for a daily fee. 

  • No day parking is available at Empire Canyon Lodge. 


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. 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

While parking at Sundance Mountain Resort is free, the parking lots can fill up on busier days. Checking out the UTA Ski Bus Service route here 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.