Carpool & Parking
A trip from Denver to Silverthorne and back can cost more than $75 and results in more than 110 pounds of carbon dioxide. Whether you want to save money, save the environment or have more fun on your drive, there’s no excuse not to carpool to the mountains! Check out one of the great rideshare services below.
SkiCarpool.org: is a successful, long-running service that facilitates carpooling to Colorado resorts through their website. GoI70.com is partnering with the well-established and successful www.SkiCarpool.org to encourage carpooling to the mountains. Make friends, not traffic! In addition to saving some money, decreasing your collective carbon footprint, and relieving I70 congestion, you might even make some new riding friends along the way!
Flixtreme App: This is billed as the action sports meetup app. If you are a snowsports enthusiast who wants to rideshare to the slopes, check it out at http://flixtremeapp.com/
TheSkiLift.org: This new carpool service that has a national focus, but is based in Colorado. TheSkiLift.org has the goal of helping as many people as possible arrange ride-sharing to ski resorts around the country.
Carpool Parking-Front Range
Dinosaur Lots in Golden (map)
The Dinosaur Lots are an ideal place to begin and end a carpool. Located at the Morrison exit (#259) and I-70, on the west side of Denver. There are three separate lots. The Wooly Mammoth is the large, newer lot and has plenty of lighting. Wooly Mammoth Lot with 918 spots is where most skiers tend to meet up. The T-Rex Lot has 156 spots and the Stegosaurus has 117 spots. The T-Rex has no lighting at all so is not ideal for nighttime use.
The address is 18560 US Hwy 40, Golden CO 80401. The lots are state owned (on CDOT right-of-way), but patrolled by the Jefferson County Sheriff Department.
There are occasional car break-ins so be aware of what you leave in your car. Overnight parking is allowed. There is no formal limit to how many nights you can park there, but cars left for an extended period might be considered abandoned and towed.
Carpool Parking – Mountain Town/Resort
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area - Carpool with four or more, take them all to the ticket window (even if some individuals have passes) and receive discounted lift tickets for adults and kids. Limited close-in parking is reserved for carpoolers! http://www.arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/about/environment/transportation.aspx
Copper Mountain Resort – There are two free, close-in lots for guests who choose to carpool. 1) Chapel Lot requires a minimum of four licensed adults per vehicle. Blackout dates apply. 2) Triple Treat requires a minimum of three licensed adults per vehicle. Please note that there are no services (buses, etc.) from this lot and a Season Pass or valid lift ticket must be presented upon entry. There are no blackout dates for Triple Treat.
Breckenridge Ski Resort - Drive up with four or more people in your vehicle and receive a $5 discount at any of their pay lots.
Keystone Resort - Skiers and riders who arrive with four or more people in a car can park in a premier parking section in Keystone’s River Run Free Lot which is a short walk to the River Run Gondola. Carpool parking is limited and first come, first serve.
Town of Breckenridge - Parking is free after 3pm in Breckenridge.
Town of Vail - Get real time Parking Updates via your mobile device at www.vailparkingcounts.com. Also check vaileventparking.com for a calendar for free skier parking at Donovan Park as well as the Nordic Center. Parking is free after 3:00 in Vail.