OGDEN -- A new way to get from downtown to the slopes made its debut Friday as city and county officials joined local tourism authorities and others on the first trip of a public shuttle service to the three Ogden-area ski resorts.
Ogden City and Weber County recently reached an agreement with the Utah Transit Authority in which UTA will provide daily bus service from various stops in the city to Snowbasin, Wolf Mountain and Powder Mountain.
When regular service starts today, skiers and snowboarders will pay $4.25 each way to get to and from the resort of their choice. On Friday, however, officials offered a free ride to showcase the new transportation option.
Weber County Commissioner Jan Zogmaister said the service is the result of a strategic partnership developed over time.
She said the benefits to those who take advantage will include savings on gas expenses, escape from winter driving conditions, and alleviation of possible traffic congestion caused by the ongoing water pipeline project in Ogden Canyon.
"We are pleased to be able to offer a new transit option for local and visiting snow enthusiasts," Zogmaister said.
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell said the service makes sense in part because it highlights the close proximity of the city to world-class skiing -- a major selling point in efforts to attract visitors to the area.
There will be four trips to and from Wolf Mountain/Powder Mountain and three to and from Snowbasin Monday through Thursday, with increased service on Fridays, weekends and holidays.