Skiers walk through the Wildcat parking lot on a snowy day at Alta Ski Area

Parking
Reservations

Navigating Alta's weekend & holiday paid parking reservation system for the 2021-22 winter.

restoring alta's weekend & Holiday skiing experience.

Mainly unchanged for 83 years, skiing at Alta still delivers deep snowfall, sweeping mountain views and a laid-back vibe that generations of Alta skiers fondly recall. What has changed is the weekend and holiday skiing experience at Alta. And while we can't go back in time, we are making changes to manage skier demand to preserve the Alta skiing experience going forward. Implementing a paid parking reservation system on weekends & holidays is a step in that direction.

We are currently working through all of the finer details of the parking reservation system that will be released this Fall. All of the information stated on this page represents our current direction but may change.

WEEKEND & HOLIDAY paid PARKING RESERVATIONs. Why?

  • Provides Alta skiers the assurance that there will be a parking space before driving up the canyon.
  • Eases early morning traffic congestion resulting from limited parking available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • Alta skiers will no longer need to arrive hours before first chair to secure a parking spot on weekends and holidays.
    • Ski area employees will be able to arrive on time and prepare the ski area and parking areas for you.
  • Manage the ski experience by limiting the number of skiers to available terrain and lift capacity.

How will Weekend & Holiday Paid Parking by Reservation Work?

  • All parking in the Wildcat, Flagstaff (South Side), Grizzly and Albion lots will require a reservation on weekends & holidays. All parking reservations are subject to availability.
    • Reservations required: Weekends & Holidays 6am-1pm (40 days)
      • Saturdays and Sundays: December 18 - April 3 and closing day.
      • Holidays: Christmas Week (December 23 - January 2), MLK Weekend (January 15-17), President's Weekend (February 19-21)
    • NO Reservations required. First-Come, First-Serve Parking (100+ days)
      • Monday through Friday (excluding holiday periods)
      • Opening day through December 17 and April 4 - April 16
      • Every day after 1pm (including weekends & holidays)
  • Parking Reservations can be purchased online starting in October of 2021.
    • An advance block of parking reservations will be released for purchase in October of 2021.
    • For the storm chasers, the non-planners or any skier looking for some flexibility, Alta will release parking spaces weekly (exact date TBD) for that immediate weekend or holiday period.
    • Reservations will be available for $25 per day.
    • Purchasers of Alta.com lift tickets are eligible to book parking reservations for $10 per day.
    • Qualifying Alta and Alta-Bird passholders are eligible for free parking reservations.
    • Parking reservations are verified by your license plate.
  • Free parking reservations for qualifying Alta passholders.
    • Qualifying Alta passholders will receive code(s) that can be used to book free parking reservations. Reservation codes may be reused once the active reservation date has passed.
  • Cancellations and no-shows.
    • More information will be available this fall regarding cancellations periods.
    • The fine for parking without a reservation will be $75.
    • An appeal process will be available for dealing with extenuating circumstances.

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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. Ski school will provide you with parking reservation codes that you can use to book parking reservations on the day of your lesson.  

Yes. Ski school will provide you with parking reservation codes that you can use to book parking reservations on the days of the program.  

Yes.

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.