Some skiers found found out they were on the naughty list this Christmas Eve after the Weber County Sheriff’s Office towed nearly 40 cars from the state road near Snowbasin Resort.

Deputies began towing vehicles parked illegally along State Road 226 to help “facilitate safe travel for motorists and the efficient and effective removal of snow by the plows” following an overnight snow storm that dropped a few inches of snow in the area, according a Monday news release from the sheriff’s office.

In total, 38 vehicles were towed, all of which were parked in a posted “no parking” zone, the sheriff’s office said. Eleven vehicles left before being towed and three other drivers were able to make arrangements with tow trucks before it left the area.

No citations were issued.

“This section of road is clearly posted with signs designating it as a ‘no parking’ area and a depiction of a vehicle being towed away,” the sheriff’s office said in its release. “Today, cars were parked on both sides of the roadway, further narrowing the travel lanes and increasing the risk to motorists traveling the roadway.”

The stretch of S.R. 226 near Snowbasin has been an “area of concern” in the past, the sheriff’s office said, and more enforcement has been requested by both the resort and the Utah Department of Transportation.

“The people who chose to park illegally did so for reasons of convenience rather than ‘necessity,’” police said.

Snowbasin Resort apologized and responded to online criticism from visitors on social media, saying the resort offered rides to guests that couldn’t find a way home. The resort also pointed out that it has more than 2,300 parking spots and that its lots weren’t full Monday.

“Our designated parking lots did not fill today and we offer shuttle service for our guests between the parking lots and the base area, to minimize walking from the cars. We have expanded our parking lots and bought more shuttles to accommodate more guests at the same time,” the resort said in a reply to a Facebook post.

Police encouraged ski resort visitors to follow parking ordinances in the area.

Reach city editor Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net.

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