Take $20 off your next ticket to [R404R, Snowbird] when you head up and out of the Valley muck. Utah logged the worst air quality in the country the week of Jan. 11, 2010. The midweek storm that rolled in Jan. 13 gave the city a reprieve, but the nasty air was back after the weather calmed.

When there's no storm to whish away the smog, the only path to clean air is toward the mountains. The new ‘Red Air Days' discount applies to any adult Tram and chair tickets on any day flashing the red air quality alert in Salt Lake County by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

"We hope this promotion will encourage Utahns to escape the inversion by coming up to Snowbird for a breath of fresh air," said Snowbird Marketing Director Dave Fields. "Locals should know that even when the air quality is low in the valley, there are likely blue skies and great temperatures for skiing and riding up in Little Cottonwood Canyon." 

Customers need to ask for the ‘Red Air Days' discount by name to get the deal. The offer is only valid for adult Tram and chair tickets purchased on the day of a red air quality day alert, and only on tickets purchased at Snowbird ticket offices. The promotion is not valid between Feb. 12-15 and may end at any time.

You can ride the Utah Transit Authority ski buses from downtown to the resorts for $7 RT and they're equipped with free WiFI and all wheel drive. If you prefer to drive, at least use the park-and-ride at the canyon's mouth to any of the Cottonwood Canyon resorts (exact fare is required). Season pass holders ride free.

More information: Snowbird, UTA Bus