Scott G Winterton
A UTA bus and TRAX train move through Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — Bus service to the ski resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons is set to begin Saturday, and the Utah Transit Authority is trying to make it easier for skiers to hit the slopes.

By using agency’s GoRide app, skiers can select “Ski One Way” or “Ski One Way R/Sr,” which is a reduced fare for qualified senior citizens or riders eligible for reduced fare. Roundtrip passengers will need to purchase two tickets, one for each way.

When it’s time to ride, skiers and snowboarders just need to activate their tickets and show the screen on their mobile devices to the bus driver as proof of purchase.

The app works on an iPhone or an Android smartphone, and can be downloaded from any app store.

Comment on this story

It also offers the options of purchasing a one-way ticket or day pass for TRAX, the S-Line and local buses. Eligible riders can use the app to buy reduced fare passes, and all can be purchased in advance.

Service to the Cottonwood canyons will run all day, with 15-minute frequency during peak hours. The service also provides connections to TRAX and FrontRunner. Service to Sundance, Powder Mountain and Snowbasin will begin Dec. 16.

UTA ski bus routes and maps are available at rideuta.com or on the SkiUtah app and website.