OUTDOORS + RECREATION

Ski bus service to Big and Little Cottonwood gets over $200,00 in funding

Jan 11, 2023, 7:00 PM

a man boards a ski bus with his gear...

Ahren Young (cq) of Salt Lake City gets on board the new UTA bus that will take them up to Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon east of Salt Lake City, Utah. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007. (August Miller/Deseret News)

(August Miller/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County Council passed a vote Tuesday for additional ski buses in Big and Little Cottonwood. The funding comes amid a Utah Transit Authority staffing shortage that has affected its ski bus service.

The council appropriated just under $240,000 in funding for a private transportation provider to increase the frequency and capacity of service up the mountains.

Part of the funding came from the UTA, Visit Salt Lake and several ski resorts, according to a press release from the council. Snow Country Limousine will provide the additional service, which will be called Cottonwood Connect.

In its press release, the council highlighted its goals for the service. Goals include reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and enhancing visitor experiences.

The Cottonwood Connect service will run Thursdays, Fridays and weekends. Service starts Jan. 26. 

Passengers will pay $10 for round-trip service and reservations will be required through an online portal.

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Ski bus service to Big and Little Cottonwood gets over $200,00 in funding