Laura Seitz, Deseret News
FILE - A skier walks to Snowbasin Resort in Ogden on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.

HUNTSVILLE, Weber County — Some holiday magic.

Dozens who hit the slopes at Snowbasin Resort on Christmas Eve returned to find their cars had vanished.

Tow trucks on Monday morning hauled more than three dozen cars that were parked illegally on state Route 226, leading to the Huntsville resort.

Deputies did not give out any citations, the Weber County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The office said the cars created a "public safety concern" and were removed for the safety of other motorists and so plows could remove snow efficiently.

Each of the 38 towed vehicles was in a posted no-parking zone, even though the resort still had designated parking spots available, Snowbasin wrote on its Facebook page in response to criticism.

"Sheriff goes grinch on Snowbasin skiers," one Facebook user wrote.

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"The people who chose to park illegally did so for reasons of convenience rather than 'necessity,' the sheriff's office said. "Doing so poses a safety risk that we cannot ignore."

Some on Monday made it back to the road in time to rescue their cars: Eleven vehicles left the no-parking area before being towed and three car owners worked with the tow company to get their wheels off of the truck before they were hauled away, according to the sheriff's office.

The spot has been a concern in the past, and state transportation managers have asked the sheriff's office to enforce the rule, deputies noted.