Snowbasin Opening Day 24

The first gondola car at Snowbasin Resort was loaded just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. The first skiers and snowboarders on Needles Gondola said they waited in line since 1 p.m. Monday and slept at the base of the lift overnight. This is the earliest season opening the resort has ever had.

HUNTSVILLE — Following the mass towing of illegally parked vehicles on State Road 226, visitors to Snowbasin Resort will now be allowed to park in a parking lot along the road on heavy traffic days.

Snowbasin Resort announced Thursday that it will open the Wildcat Parking Lot on weekends and holidays throughout the winter season to “provide a safer and faster way to park cars in the base area.”

The lot was often closed in the past to prevent confusion to guests unfamiliar with the resort, according to previous Standard-Examiner reporting. Visitors who use the lot have to ski to the base to get access to resort amenities.

The Wildcat lot will open at 8:45 a.m. and resort staff will park cars there until it’s full, Snowbasin said on its website. The parking lot will have no services and no shuttle will run because of the lot’s proximity to the Littlecat Express lift. The Littlecat Express will run until 4:45 p.m. to get guests back to their vehicles.

Guests who need tickets, rentals, or to use restrooms should park in the Earl’s and Maples Lots, Snowbasin said.

This move comes a little over a week after the Weber County Sheriff’s Office towed 38 illegally parked cars on S.R. 226 on Dec. 24. No parking signs are posted along the route.

The sheriff’s office said the area has been an “area of concern” in the past and Utah Department of Transportation officials say illegal parking causes a number of issues for road and emergency crews.

Reach city editor Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh.

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