Whitefish Mountain Resort is making changes in an attempt to help skiers grab fresh tracks on a busy day as ski season fast approaches.
Whitefish Resort spokeswoman Riley Polumbus said this season the Dogwood lot will now be free for carpooling vehicles on the weekends. Meanwhile, skiers with less than three people in a vehicle will now have to pay $5 for parking.
Polumbus hopes this change encourages skiers to carpool and cause less congestion in the early mornings.
Daily parking in the Cedar Lot remains $5 on the weekends while the Upper Birch Lot will charge $10 to park. All other lots remain free.
Polumbus says the resort has sold more than 11,000 season passes this ski season - a record high.
“Of course not all of them are drivers, but it is a lot of people to come up to the mountain, more and more people wanting to ski here, and more and more people living here in the Flathead Valley. And with only one road going up to the mountain, we have to do what we can to make things easier.” Polumbus said.