Ski & Snowboard News / Free rides up Little Cottonwood this Saturday
Mar 09, 2016 05:36PM
● By Harriet Wallis
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SALT LAKE CITY – MARCH 8, 2016 – Wasatch Backcountry Alliance announced today a free shuttle service in Little Cottonwood Canyon for Sat., March 12, 2016 for dispersed recreational users such as snowshoers, hikers, and backcountry skiers and split-boarders. Dubbed the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance Shuttle Day, the event’s goals are to collect participant feedback, and to raise awareness of transportation and possible solutions that exist today that can reduce traffic congestion in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Utah Mountain Shuttle will provide multiple 12-passenger vans. While the service is free, participants must register at www.utahmountainbikeshuttle.com.
After new snowfall, winter traffic congestion in Little Cottonwood Canyon can cause drivers to spend an hour, to more than three hours, waiting in traffic, with resort and dispersed recreational users all vying to access the new snow. The congestion backups are caused by a variety of issues, including avalanche control work by Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), but the biggest factor is the large quantity of cars all driving up a mostly single lane road.
“Wasatch Backcountry Alliance has participated in countless discussions about reducing traffic congestion in the Cottonwood Canyons, we hope to raise awareness of the growing problem, and to collect data from our members who use a shuttle as an alternative to driving,” said Jamie Kent, Wasatch Backcountry Alliance President. “The Shuttle Day event is about taking action to learn more both about the problem and potential solutions.”
More than 650 Wasatch Backcountry Alliance Facebook fans took a poll asking if they would try a shuttle, and more than 96% responded with a Yes answer. Additionally the Facebook poll received more than 100 individual comments on topics ranging from ideas of how to make a shuttle work, to alternative ideas, and operational questions. Based on the overwhelming support from the poll, Wasatch Backcountry Alliance decided to organize the one-day Shuttle Day event.
Sponsors & Volunteers
Many sponsors are supporting the Shuttle Day, including Black Diamond, DPS Skis, Voile, Salt Cycles Bike Shop, shopko, Canyon Center Shopping Center and Wasatch Touring. Businesses and individuals wishing to participate in the event as volunteers, or sponsors can email [email protected].
Wasatch Backcountry Alliance Shuttle Day Event Details
WHEN: Sat., March, 12, 2016, Shuttles running from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Shuttle Pickup: Smiths / Shopko Parking lot 2039 E. 9400 South
Little Cottonwood Shuttle Stops: Tanners, White Pine, Our Lady of the Snows, and the Summer Road (Grizzly Gulch)
Shuttle Schedule: Each stop will see a van approximately every 30 minutes from 7 (frequency depends on traffic and weather conditions)a.m. - 4 p.m. A final sweeper shuttle will hit each stop at around 5 p.m.
Van RSVP: www.utahmountainbikeshuttle.com
About Wasatch Backcountry Alliance
Wasatch Backcountry Alliance is the recognized voice for the backcountry community involved in human-powered winter recreation in the Central Wasatch Mountains. With a focus on providing advocacy in support of preserving the Central Wasatch, the group serves as a central information venue, hosts community events, and works to enact positive change in the winter recreational areas we use.