‘Using the bus system’
February 11, 2004
If you are visiting the Aspen/Snowmass area, there is no reason to drive. In a combined effort between local governments and the Aspen Skiing Co., bus service in Aspen and Snowmass is free and convenient for its guests and residents.
The Aspen Skiing Co. contributes more than $1 million annually to the Roaring Fork Transit Agency to offer free skier shuttles throughout the day to its four ski areas: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass Ski Area.
The best way to get to your destination is to take the bus as parking is limited and expensive. It is also much faster to take the bus to the ski areas as traffic on Highway 82 becomes extremely congested.
With the four-laning of most of Highway 82, buses can travel a lot faster than cars because they use the designated high occupancy vehicle lanes. What used to be a 45-minute to hour commute from Aspen to Snowmass in the morning and afternoon has been reduced to a 20- to 25-minute trip.
From Aspen’s main transit station, Rubey Park, free buses leave for Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass every five minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., or depending upon demand.
Buses then go to a 15-minute schedule throughout the day and night. Buses between Aspen and Snowmass are free until 4:30 p.m. After that, it is a $3 fare. Buses run until 2 a.m.
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The free skier shuttle from Snowmass to Aspen ski areas begins at 8:15 a.m. and runs until 4:45 p.m. It departs from the Village Mall terminal and Base Lot A.
For more information on Aspen bus service, call Rubey Park at (970) 925-8484.
The Town of Snowmass Village provides its own free shuttle service to pretty much any location in the Village. Buses depart from the shuttle terminal located just below the Village Mall on Daly Lane.
There are eight routes within the village’s bus system. See the Village Route Schedule for times and areas served within the village. Combined routes provide service between the Snowmass Center and the Village Mall every 10 minutes from 7:10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
The Snowmass Center has two stops. Buses in front of the Village Market travel toward the mall. Buses in the lower parking lot travel away from the mall to places such as the Woodbridge and Crestwood, and other points downhill.
Bus service is available to the Snowmass Chapel from the Village Mall, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., December through March. People are asked to wait at bus stops where they are posted. Buses also will stop on demand where conditions permit.
Snowmass Village also offers DIAL-A-RIDE service from 12:45 a.m. to 3 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. The service is subsidized by the Town of Snowmass Village and is designed to provide all residents and guests of Snowmass Village with the opportunity to use public transportation.
All trips must be within Snowmass Village, with the origin or destination not served by the Village Shuttle which operates from 7 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. All Snowmass properties will be served between the designated hours of service.
To use the service, call (970) 923-3030 and provide the following information: request a DIAL A RIDE, your location and destination, and number of people in your party. A High Mountain Taxi will be dispatched to your location. The cost is $1 per person, paid to the taxi driver, which does not include gratuity. Users are asked to arrange their rides one hour in advance.