In response to traffic impacts experienced over the past winter, we plan to implement new traffic and parking solutions on weekends and holidays during the 2023/24 winter season. Our goal is to reduce arrival and departure traffic impacts experienced by guests, employees, and our community. Although there is not one single answer that will solve this region-wide, decades-old issue, we continue to be focused on doing what we can to ease the situation for our guests and the people who live and work in our region.
We understand that you will have questions related to exactly how things will work with parking reservations and charges for peak days; the below information is intended to give you an idea of what we are working on for the upcoming season with more details to be shared as we finalize them.
For Saturdays and Sundays starting mid-December through March (and possibly into April depending on demand) as well as the holiday timeframes of December 26-31, 2023, January 13-15, 2024, and February 17-25, 2024, we will be moving to a program that is a mix of free and paid reserve-in-advance parking for all guests. There will be a few exceptions, for example, Achieve Tahoe, Palisades Tahoe employees, Ski Team families, and Village commercial tenants and their employees. This program will not be implemented outside of the dates above and will be eased off if demand is less than expected. As guests depart in the early afternoon on peak days, we will remove reservations/paid parking restrictions.
We are currently examining what drop-off and mass transit options could be so that guests can avoid reservations or paid parking. We plan to build upon past initiatives and recent pilot programs to give our guests options to get to the resort outside of paid parking. We are also learning what has worked well (or not) from other resorts across the nation that have implemented similar systems. We realize that additional alternatives that are convenient and easy to use will also need to be implemented and we are working through all of those options.
We wanted to give you a heads-up on this change and admittedly, do not have all the answers at this time. Please stay tuned for additional information.
Questions You Might Have:
Will all parking be pay-to-park next season?
No. Parking reservations will ONLY need to be made for the Saturdays, Sundays, and select holiday periods noted above. Fees will apply from daybreak to midday; after that, all parking will be free. We ask for your patience as we continue to work through the details.
If I have an Ikon Pass, will I need to pay or make a reservation on peak weekends and holidays?
Yes, on Saturdays, Sundays, and select holiday periods, everyone will be required to have a paid reservation, regardless of what type of pass (or other product) you have.
How much will it cost per vehicle?
This is an unknown at this time. We do, however, plan to reinvest the funds generated for buses and transportation initiatives.
Is this for both Alpine and Palisades?
Yes, both mountains will be moving to this system on the dates noted above to help alleviate traffic and enhance the guest experience. This includes the Deer Park and Hidden Valley overflow lots at Alpine.
Will there be other options to get to the resort?
Yes, in addition to the number of free shuttles that are already offered, potential transportation initiatives for the public in the 2023-2024 season include:
- Expanding the Sherwood Shuttle that services the West Shore.
- Introducing carpool incentives
- Working with local agencies to advance transportation options for our guests and employees
Does this impact people who are willing to get to the resort very early in the morning?
Yes, this program will apply and be in effect for all guests on the dates noted above to help alleviate traffic and enhance the guest experience.