Utah Ski Resort Parking Guide

By Adventure Mom Oct 4, 2022
Not sure where to park when you head to Utah ski resorts? This article covers it all–and more!
Utah Ski Resort Parking Guide

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 altogether.

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.

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. 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.



Cottonwood Canyon Parking Information

Alta Ski Area

For the 2022–23 season, Alta will require a parking reservation for $25 on weekends (including Fridays) as well as during holiday periods. For those who purchase an Alta day pass, parking is only $10. If you're more of an afternoon skier, you are in luck. No reservations will be required any day after 1 p.m. If you are up for dawn patrol in the backcountry, you can find information about reserving your early morning parking spot here. Your Alta season pass and/or Ikon Pass comes 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 here.



Parking at Snowbird frequently fills up, so the best choice is to secure your spot is through a paid reservation. Snowbird offers a variety of parking options, from their Preferred Parking Pass and valet to $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 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 evaluate the best option for you.




    Brighton offers free parking but is known to fill up very quickly. You can guarantee a spot at Brighton by reserving one of their 120 VIP parking spaces between Great Western and Explorer for $30. We suggest carpooling and taking the UTA Ski bus whenever possible or arriving at off-peak times (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 all season long! Go carpoolers! 

    Vehicles with 3 occupants: Free Monday through Thursday. $10 parking Friday through Sunday and holidays/peak periods.

    Vehicles with 2 occupants: $10 parking Monday through Thursday. $25 parking Friday through Sunday and holidays/peak periods. 

    Vehicles with 1 occupant: $20 parking Monday through Thursday. $35 Friday through Sunday and holidays/peak periods.

    All parking is free after 2 p.m.

    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.

    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.

    Lot B (Premium) - Weekdays 7am - 2pm: $25/day or $5/hour • Weekends & holidays 7am - 2pm: $45 all day

    Lot A & C - Weekdays 7am - 2pm: Complimentary • Weekends & holidays 7am - 2pm: $22/1-3 occupants, complimentary/4+ occupants

    Lots D&E - Weekdays 7am - 2pm: Complimentary • Weekends & holidays 7am - 2pm: $5/1-3 occupants, complimentary/4+ occupants


    Park City Area Parking Information

    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 Citym buses are all free. Park City Transit routes can be found here.

    Bus to Richardson Flat

    The Richardson Flat park and ride has over 700 parking spots and will have have a bus service every 20 minutes from 6am to 11pm. This route will also service Park City Heights neighborhood. Learn more about this route here.

    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 10 White Express to Woodward.

    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 from December 12 through April 2. After 1 p.m. there is no fee and no reservation requirement. For carpoolers carrying four or more people, reservations to park will still be required, but parking will be free. The same applies to 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. On weekends, Deer Valley will offer satellite parking at Treasure Mountain Junior High from February 11–April 2, 2023 on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A shuttle will pick skiers up every 15 minutes. and take them directly to the resort. The shuttle will also run on President's Day.

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

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

    • Limited paid parking is available mid-mountain at the Silver Lake Lodge. 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 a vehicle containing three or more people are allowed to park in Lot 2 during busy holiday periods and on weekends throughout the season.


    Northern 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 three or more in their vehicles have the option to park in the carpool lot closest to 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 between the Powder Country area, Sundown Lodge and Timberline Lodge.



    Complimentary Parkingk 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.