Updated December 12, 2023

Parking is a hot topic across Park City – and most ski towns across the country. The automobile is a convenient transportation tool right up until it’s time to find a place to park, which can be a challenge on popular ski days with different alternatives based on whether it is a weekday or weekend. We’ll break down all the options here, plus a few transportation hacks:


The majority of parking is located at the Snow Park Lodge base area. There are five lots and often fill up on weekends, holidays, and peak periods around 9 a.m. Plan ahead to arrive extra early, especially for guests with ski school reservations.

Download the Deer Valley app, which has a live parking lot tracker so you’ll know if it makes sense to head to the mountain or directly to one of the offsite lots where free shuttles are available.

If parking is almost full, groups of two or more skiers should take advantage of the skier drop-off, depositing the group and everyone’s gear, right at the base. The driver can look for an open spot, or if need be, head to one of the overflow lots for a free bus back to the base area. It’s much easier solo, especially when not hauling skis or poles left with the rest of the group.

For early arrivals via US 40, there are limited parking spots at the Jordanelle Gondola. Parking usually fills here by 8:30 a.m. on most days.


No matter the day, overflow parking for Deer Valley can be found at Richardson Flat Park & Ride. This Park & Ride can easily be accessed from the Park City exit of US 40. Guests can park at Richardson Flat and hop on the Brown 8 express bus to Deer Valley. This bus will provide a direct ride to Deer Valley's Snow Park Lodge and runs every 20 minutes from 6 am to 6 pm, daily


An advantage of buses and Park and Rides: buses use dedicated lanes on the road, zipping right by cars queuing up hoping there will be spots left when they arrive.

There are eight bus lines that bring skiers to the Snow Park Base: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Teal, Brown, Wasatch Back Connector 106 and Spiro 101. All buses inbound to the resort will display “Deer Valley” on the sign. Buses headed in the opposite direction on the route will say Outbound and where it is headed.

Most bus routes are designed to stop near lodging properties, which makes it easy to leave the car behind and hop a free ride to the resort. Many lodges even offer complimentary shuttles that drop skiers off right at the lifts.

For those not located near a bus line, use one of the several large transit lots within and on the outskirts of town to park your wheels. Either grab a free bus ride as explained above or carpool.

Carpoolers, with three or more guests, are rewarded with reserved parking in Lot 2 on weekends.


Plan your drive with the Summit County dashboard. This tool is much more comprehensive than Google Maps or Waze. In addition to real-time traffic and choke points on major road segments to and from the resort, the dashboard also includes traffic cameras and variable messages on road signs – which are updated with information on where to park when lots are full.

Follow @deervalleyresort on all social media platforms for parking lot and lift ticket capacity information, plus weather and other resort info.

Sign up for text alerts, for everything from parking lot status to weather and snowfall totals.

Switch up the morning routine and have breakfast at the mountain. Whether it’s coffee and oatmeal in the car, breakfast sandwiches and bars from Deer Valley Etc. Grab & Go, or a sit down breakfast at Fresh Tracks Kitchen, the early birds get the parking spot.

Last chair, best chair. Arrive around 1 p.m. at the mountain and the chance of finding parking is much easier than in the mornings. The slopes tend to empty significantly in the afternoons, and those final laps can be the best runs of the day!


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