Transit to ski areas growing in popularity
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —With demand picking up, the Front Range Ski Bus announced this week that it’s starting service to Copper Mountain as soon as Feb. 16, running buses to Copper Thursday through Sunday.
The company has been offering bus service to Loveland, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin for about a month, with all those resorts giving Front Range Ski Bus passengers a discount on tickets. Round trip prices start at $39 with advance online booking.
Passengers can buy those discounted tickets online while making their reservation for the bus. Tickets are handed out on the bus, which means no waiting at the ticket window when you get to the slopes.
The ski bus is also offering a two-for-one friends ride free program on Thursdays and Fridays. Book online using the promo code FreeFriend. Passengers participating in the Friends Ride Free program can still purchase the discount lift tickets although there won’t be any freebies on those.
The buses leave at 6:30 a.m. from Sports Authority (9000 E Peakview Ave, Greenwood Village; 7 a.m. from Union Station (Wynkoop and 17th Street) and 7:30am from the Woolly Mammoth carpool lot (exit 259, section DD across from the Conoco gas station). First stop will be at Loveland, followed by stops at Keystone and then Arapahoe Basin.
The return trip will starts with departure from A-Basin at 3:25 p.m., then Keystone at 3:40 p.m. and Loveland at 4:20pm (allowing for some leeway for adverse weather conditions).
Arrival in downtown Denver in the evening will be around 6 p.m. depending on weather conditions and traffic.
Round trip reservations on the Front Range Ski Bus are $39 for adults and $29 for children 12 and under. Passengers can book their reservation by visiting www.FrontRangeSkiBus.com, or by visiting the Front Range Ski Bus Facebook page and clicking on the “Book Now” button.
Who Rides the Bus?
After a month of operation, the ski bus is reporting a diverse crowd on our bus.
“We’ve had tourists from out of town hop on the bus with no gear at all and do all their outfitting at the resort, said Martin Beran, chief marketing officer. ” We’ve had adults of all ages ride the bus because they either hate the drive or their vehicles are unreliable. We’ve even had parents unload their kids on the bus because they didn’t really want to spend all day on the road and mountain,” he added.
Front Range Ski Bus is owned and operated by Green Mountain Ski Bus, Inc., a Colorado-based business started in 2011. Green Mountain’s mission is to use modern, economical bus transportation to both provide stress-free, simple and enjoyable transportation for Denver and Golden area skiers and boarders to Colorado’s premiere ski resorts, as well as alleviate skier traffic through the I-70 corridor.
Green fact: Each month every bus can reduce ski traffic emissions over 12 TONS and take 240 cars out of the usual gridlock.
|Resort||Day Adult on Bus||Day Adult at resort||Day Child on Bus||Day Child at resort||Passenger savings|
|Copper||$60||$99||$49||$54||$39 & $5|
|Loveland||$36||$59||$21||$25||$23 & $4|