EnviroNews: Ski area parking fee addresses congestion, clean air

By Amy Brunvand

Solitude Mountain Resort has implemented a new parking fee that they hope will encourage skiers to carpool or ride the bus.

The fee is a sliding scale starting at $20 for a single-occupancy vehicle, $10 for two or three to a car , and $5 for a vehicle carrying four or more people. Season passes for Solitude work as a UTA ski bus pass.

Solitude has promised to contribute an unspecified percentage of parking revenues to Breathe Utah to help promote clean air.

Canyon congestion has increased dramatically due to population growth in Utah and sales of the multi-resort IKON pass. Increased traffic is causing pressure to pave over more of the canyons for roads and parking lots.

The Central Wasatch Commission is currently designing federal legislation to designate a Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area to protect the watershed and limit ski area expansion. However, transportation improvements are more appropriate to handle at the state and local level so they are not included in the proposed law.

This article was originally published on September 30, 2019.