Travel up the canyon roads above Salt Lake City can be a bit sketchy during the winter, so the counties of Utah and Salt Lake encourage skiers and riders to leave the driving to them.

The two counties' public transportation buses are up and running for the winter season, as the Utah Transit Authority has begun their services to five Wasatch Mountain ski and riding resorts. Visitors who stay in Salt Lake may find the cost of bus fare well worth the reduction in stress.

The authority, which operates both rail and bus service around the Salt Lake basin, charges $3.50 for a one-way bus trip up either Little or Big Cottonwood canyons for a ski day at Alta, Snowbird, Brighton or Solitude. A $7 ski day pass gives the holder unlimited bus rides between resorts, plus free riding on the TRAX rail system around the area. Seniors get a discount.

Visitors and local alike can pick up morning rides at five TRAX locations for [R10R, Alta] and [R404R, Snowbird], two for [R413R, Solitude] and [R82R, Brighton], and three for [R442R, Sundance] in Provo. The buses also make about six stops before reaching the particular resorts, and they pick up passengers at four designated ski-snowboard park-n-ride lots near the mountains.

Most weekend routes run just once up the mountain and once down during Saturdays and Sundays. However, the route that begins at the 7200 South TRAX station runs 13 round trips to Snowbird-Alta and Solitude-Brighton throughout the weekend days.

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