January 26, 2017

SnowStang Bus Service to Ski Resorts

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is introducing a pilot program to bring Front Range skiers and snowboarders to and from the mountains this winter.  SnowStang, part of the CDOT Bustang® interregional bus service, will offer express round-trip service to six resorts on two Saturdays next month – February 11 and 25. It will serve A-Basin, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, and Winter Park with round-trip prices starting at $45.

“Providing transportation solutions along the state’s most travelled corridors remains a department priority,” said CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt.  “CDOT is fulfilling a need for public transportation that serves our resort communities.  “In the process, taking a few extra vehicles off the road helps alleviate congestion along I-70.”

The SnowStang pick-up and return drop-off point will be at the RTD Park-n-Ride at the Federal Center in Lakewood, just southeast of the 6th Avenue Freeway and Union Avenue Interchange. The climate controlled coaches are equipped with WiFi access, USB outlets and bathrooms and are operated by Ace Express of Golden.

“SnowStang goes directly to each resort plus our drivers have the ability to access the shoulder for bypassing eastbound traffic congestion,” explains CDOT’s Division of Transit and Rail Director Mark Imhoff.  “Day trippers taking SnowStang won’t have to stress about driving or parking.  Instead they’ll arrive ready to hit the slopes and know they’ll have a safe ride home at the end of the day.”

This pilot program will test the viability of, and interest in, SnowStang as a transportation option. If successful, CDOT will look at fully implementing the service next winter. Please visit www.ridebustang.com for more information.

Bus service to Copper Mountain Resort and Loveland Ski Area is already provided by Front Range Ski Bus, running Wednesday-Sunday from Denver Union Station (7 a.m.) and the Wooly Mammoth Park-n-Ride (7:30 a.m.) at Morrison Road (Jeffco 93) and U.S. 40.  More information is available at: www.frontrangeskibus.com

The Weekend Travel Forecast:
There is no snow in the forecast for this weekend.  Those are some words that haven’t been uttered in several weeks!  Come on up for some bluebird ski days, and avoid the peak times outlined below if you want to work around I-70 traffic.

Friday WB – Up to 20 minute delays are possible between 4:30-8:30 p.m. 

Saturday WB – Expect heavy traffic from 6:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  Last year there was 40 minutes of extra travel time, but previous years saw up to one hour delays.  The worst of the traffic will occur right around 8:00 a.m. 

Saturday EB- Traffic should be expected between 2:30 and 7:00 pm.  Plan to leave after 7:00 pm to avoid traffic volume. 

Sunday WB – Traffic is possible between 6:00-10:00 a.m., with the peak of the traffic occurring at 8:00 a.m.

Sunday EB – The X Games in Aspen end Sunday which means higher-than-normal eastbound volume. Plan for moderate to heavy traffic to develop before Noon, reach its peak between 4:00-5:00, and taper off soon after 8:00 pm.  

This is a great weekend to take advantage of a GoI70.com Peak Time Deal.  Check them out here!

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.