Transportation: Carpool Benefits
Carpool up Little Cottonwood and Get Primo Parking at Alta and Snowbird
As the snow falls and the coming weekend promises to be another crowded set of days in Little Cottonwood Canyon, think about carpooling and you’ll be rewarded with primo parking at Snowbird and Alta.
Both resorts are offering preferential parking. At Alta cars with two or more riders qualify for front row parking in the Goldminer’s Daughter lot and at Snowbird cars with three or more riders can park adjacent to the Snowbird Center.
“This problem isn’t going to fix itself,” said Mountain Accord Program Director Laynee Jones. “Mountain Accord is working toward practical solutions that we can immediately implement to reduce impact when we travel into our canyons. The time to act is now.”
The carpool program at Snowbird has been running for the entire season, while the program at Alta is a pilot program operating on specific days for the remainder of the season.
“When we aren’t getting people up efficiently up and down the canyon, it affects every aspect of what we do,” said Snowbird Vice President Resort Operations Dave Fields. “If we can get reduce the number of cars and get more people on transit it’s touching on safety, guest services and the environment.”
Starting this past President’s Day weekend, Snowbird also began a program with UTA to pay for additional bus service up the Canyons.
The Alta program is a test and will be in effect Feb. 17, 19, and 20; March 2, 4, and 5; and March 9, 11 and 12. Alta will be surveying carpoolers on these days.
“We’ve had such good snow this year but the crowded road is a problem,” said Alta Marketing Director Connie Marshall. “We are working to be part of the solution.”
Mountain Accord is also asking valley residents on both sides of the Wasatch Front and Back to take a short survey on transpiration issues and share their opinion. Take the survey here.