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All Public Transit To Wasatch Resorts Free In February

UTA-Ski-Bus All forms of public transportation for skiers and riders in Utah is free for the month of February 7. (UTA/Facebook)

In an effort to cut air pollution, all bus rides will be free across Utah's Wasatch Front until the end of February -- making it free to ride up to the slopes from Sundance to Snowbasin and five in between.

Without any cost, vacation visitors can make their way to major Utah Transit Authority stations in Salt Lake City, Provo, and Ogden and then on up to the mountains. From the airport, TRAX light rail system, and the FrontRunner commuter railroad link to major locations along the Wasatch Front. From there, the scheduled bus service makes the run to the resorts.

Most major Utah resorts impose some form of parking fee and parking lot limit, especially during a busy weekend and holiday times. Resort officials hope the free-fare program will promote more skiers and riders to catch a bus to and from the slopes without having to pay for parking and sit in canyon traffic. Transit fares top out at $5.

In Salt Lake City, Utah Transit Authority runs morning ski buses every 15 minutes from Midvale Ft. Union Station to Solitude and Brighton and Snowbird and Alta in about 45 minutes. Just to the south, the same schedules run from Historic Sandy Station. Same for the return afternoon rides.

Up north, a ski bus picks up at six stops in Ogden and three on the way up to Powder Mountain in 30 minutes, then another half-hour on to Snowbasin.

Down south out of Provo, the Sundance Mountain ski bus picks up at the BYU transit station for the half-ride up Provo Canyon to the slopes.

For skiers and riders heading to Park City's resorts, the Salt Lake-Park City Connect will also be without charge during February. here are two morning runs leave Salt Lake Central Station for the hour drive to catch a connector bus to Deer Valley or Park City Mountain. Four leave Meadowbrook station in South Salt Lake for a 45-minute ride to transfer.

As most Wasatch Range skiers and riders know, February's frequent temperature inversions clog the Salt Lake basin with air pollution. The free transit service is a regional effort to reduce that.


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