Relief for Snowmass on Saturdays
Aspen, CO Colorado
SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Skiing at Snowmass on Saturdays might not be as much of a nightmare for commuters over the next few weeks as it was Jan. 12.
The Aspen Skiing Co. dug into its piggybank to increase mass transit and ease parking congestion at Snowmass for six Saturdays while the Aspen Valley Ski Club is holding lessons there. Skico is paying the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority to run additional buses between the Intercept Lot and Snowmass Village during the Saturdays that the Ski Club is in session, according to Sylvia Cranmer, RFTA communications and marketing manager.
The Intercept Lot is located at the intersection of Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road.
RFTA already runs fare buses between the Intercept Lot and Snowmass Village Mall every half hour. Skico paid to add two buses per hour on the Saturdays in question, Cranmer said, so now a bus will depart every 15 minutes. That special service will be free for passengers and the fares will be dropped for the regularly-scheduled service, Cranmer said.
The extra bus service was added last Saturday, but too few people knew about it to avoid parking congestion in the village. The Rodeo and Two Creeks parking lots were filled to capacity ” mostly with commuters from within the Roaring Fork Valley ” by mid-morning, officials said. Skiers who drove to Snowmass had to wait until after noon to legally park in other lots or they had to forgot about skiing for the day.
Cranmer said Skico and RFTA are trying to spread the word about the Intercept Lot parking and bus alternative to avoid a repeat of Jan. 12.
The free buses will operate between the Intercept Lot and Snowmass Village Mall on Jan. 19; Feb. 2, 9 and 23; and March 1 and 8. The lot is needed for Winter X Games parking and bus staging on Jan. 26, so the special service to Snowmass Village won’t be available that day.
On Ski Club Saturdays, the buses will run every 15 minutes from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 from the Intercept Lot, Cranmer said. The last trip from Snowmass to the lot will be 4:30 p.m.
The special bus service has limited value to parents schlepping children to ski school classes. The buses do not go to the Two Creeks base area, where older kids have their lessons. The bus stops at the Treehouse Kids Center, where younger children start their lessons, on the trip back to the Intercept Lot, after stopping at the mall, Cranmer said.
The bus provides an excellent alternative for skiers and riders who are heading to the Fanny Hill rather than the Two Creeks base area. Parking at the Intercept Lot is free.
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