Ogden Re-ups Ski Bus; Connections From SLC Airport Set
Skiers and snowboarders will continue to benefit from Salt Lake City, Utah’s concerted effort to reduce vehicle traffic by expanding public transportation throughout the basin.
For the second winter season, a coalition of Ogden-area governments, the Utah Transit Authority, and resorts Snowbasin and Powder Mountain have agreed to subsidize the UTA Ski Bus. Riders pay up to $4.50 for a one-way trip from the Ogden transit center up the hill to Powder Mountain or Snowbasin.
Service starts Dec. 21 with up to five roundtrips a day, depending upon the day of the week. The first Snowbasin bus leaves at 6:15 a.m. and arrives at the resort an hour later. A separate Powder Mountain route kicks off at 6:55 a.m. for the one-hour drive to the resort above Eden. Both routes stop at several hotels in Ogden before heading up the hill.
During the first year of operation, Transit officials found that most riders were employees at the two resorts. Total trips were 15,560 to Powder Mountain and 7,925 to Snowbasin. This season, they hope to get more skiers and ‘boarders to eschew their personal vehicle for the bus. Officials added two new buses to the fleet for this season.
The Ogden service completes a public transportation connection to Powder and Snowbasin for skiers and riders arriving at Salt Lake City airport. Visitors can hop on the TRAX rail service at the airport, transfer to the Frontrunner commuter rail at North Temple Bridge, and ride to Ogden in about 50 minutes.
Local skiers and snowboarders can hop on any of the links at more than a dozen intermediate stops in the city or North Basin.
The Ogden connection is part of a major transit push in the Salt Lake area to provide convenient, comprehensive service to the major resorts and, as a result, reduce the number of vehicles clogging the canyons and highways to the mountains.
Photo: Powder Mt. powder (Powder Mt.)