Alta Ski Resort is making some changes to their parking to help control the increase in skiers at the resort.
Opening day is this Saturday, Nov. 20 and parking will remain on a first come, first serve basis for the first 100 days of the season.
Beginning Dec. 18, Alta will implement parking reservations for weekends and holidays until closing day on April 3.
“We wanna make sure moving forward, that you’re gonna come up and ski Alta on a weekend, that you have a place to park,” Alta Ski Resort marketing director Brandon Ott said.
Parking reservations will cost $25 per day for those who are not Alta passholders, and will count all day from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
“It’s real simple, there’s no kiosk, you don’t need to print anything up, put it on your dashboard. You just secure your reservation,” Ott said.
When you make a reservation, that doesn’t necessarily mean you get a certain parking spot. Once you’re parked and are out skiing, someone will come and scan your license plate to make sure you have a valid reservation for the day.
“Alta’s always had the problem that we can put more skiers on the mountain, but it’s our parking that has always limited us,” Alta Ski Resort communications manager Andria Huskinson said.
Alta will also require parking reservations during the following holidays: Winter break (Dec. 23 – Jan. 2); Martin Luther King Jr. weekend (Jan. 15 – 17); and Presidents’ Day weekend (Feb. 19 – 21).
“We understand that it’s a big change and you know, that can be hard, but we want people to have a peace of mind that they have a parking spot,” Ott said.
Even with these changes the hope is that skiers will have an overall better parking experience than previous years. Go to Alta’s parking webpage to find out more about the new changes.