Alta skiers walk from the parking lot in a snowstorm at Alta Ski Area

Parking & Road

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Much like a snow report or weather conditions, it is highly recommended to check Parking and Road status before leaving the house. We anticipate reduced carpooling, limited capacity on the UTA Ski Bus and an increase in backcountry skiing. All of these variables will make parking and getting to Alta more complicated than what we've grown accustomed to.

weekend & holiday paid parking reservations

As we plan for the 2021-22 season, Alta is making changes to help us manage skier demand to try and preserve the Alta skiing experience going forward. Implementing a paid parking reservation system on weekends & holidays is a step in that direction.


  • Provides Alta skiers the assurance that there will be a parking space before driving up the canyon
  • Eases early morning traffic congestion
  • Alta skiers will no longer need to arrive hours before first chair to secure a parking spot
  • Manage the ski experience by limiting the number of skiers to available terrain & lift capacity

Learn about Parking Reservations


Overnight parking is NOT allowed in Little Cottonwood Canyon, with the exception of designated registered lodge guests and employee parking zones. If you are staying in Alta, it is not necessary to have a car. Most lodges and condominiums are slopeside or provide transportation. Avalanche and watershed restrictions prohibit overnight camping and dogs.


Not available for the 2020-21 season. Carpooling is an extremely important vehicle in a normal year. We will offer our carpooling program for winter 2021-22.

Little Cottonwood Canyon Road status

State law requires you to have snow tires on your vehicle or carry chains in your vehicle between November 1st and May 1st. At times the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) may restrict travel on the canyon road, State Highway 210, to snow tires, chains, 4 wheel drive only. Dial 511 on a cell phone to get current Utah Road Conditions information.

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Paid Parking Reservation FAQs

Turning away cars on busy weekends and holidays should no longer be part of a day of skiing. Our goal is to help guarantee that skiers with a paid parking reservation will have a place to park. This should ease early morning traffic congestion resulting from limited parking available on a first-come, first-serve basis and allow us to better manage the amount of skiers on the mountain during peak periods. 

Yes. In addition to your parking reservations, Alta passholders can purchase additional weekend & holiday reservations for $25 per day.

Free parking reservations for qualifying Alta passholders. Qualifying Alta passholders will receive code(s) that can be used to book parking reservations. Reservation codes may be reused once the active reservation date has passed.

- Qualifying Alta passes: Family Package, Adult, 65+, 80+, 18-25, Military, Gold Card, Powder Card & 10-Day Card.

- Qualifying Alta-Bird passes: Family Package, Adult, 65+, 18-25 & Military.

Yes, a $25 parking reservation fee applies to the Grizzly, Flagstaff (South Side), Wildcat and Albion lots on weekends & holidays from 6am–1pm. Consider carpooling or riding the UTA Ski Bus. 

If free passholder reservations are not canceled within the cancellation period then passholder reservation benefits will be paused until a $25 no-show fee is paid. More information will be available this fall regarding the cancellation periods. 

No way. Alta's paid parking reservation system is only in effect on weekends & holidays (December 18 - April 3 and closing day). This means that paid parking reservations are only needed 40 days out of our typical 152-day season. 100+ Alta days are still first-come, first-served, just like it's always been. 

October of 2021. 

No, the parking reservation will allow the skier to park in any of the designated lots, it does not guarantee a specific parking spot or parking in a specific lot.

Reservations are verified by your license plate. It's that simple. There are no physical kiosks or booths to slow the flow of traffic in the canyon or at Alta.

Yes. Contact the ski school office to purchase a parking permit valid for the dates of your child's program.

Yes. You’ll need to secure your parking reservation before booking your private lesson on weekends & holidays. If you are not able to make a parking reservation, please call the ski school office at 801.799.2271.


If the canyon closes due to weather, you will not be penalized for a no-show. 

Cancellations made 24-hours prior to your parking reservation are eligible for refunds.

Yes. Please work directly with your ski lodge or lodging property and they will advise. 

Yes, parking reservations are required on weekends & holidays. Alta's parking crew will make every effort to provide our best available parking to those individuals with ADA plates or placards.