New this winter, Snowstang is a series of bus routes attempting to alleviate traffic in the I-70 corridor. The three routes are the newest of the innercity Bustang routes rolled out by CDOT four years ago. Snowstang will ferry passengers to Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, and Steamboat ski areas. Roundtrip tickets will start at $25 for Loveland and Arapahoe Basin and $40 for Steamboat. This is a competitive price point for any individual driving a large 4×4 vehicle, not to mention the peace of mind of not having to drive home. The route will not only mitigate the number of cars on the road but also limit the number of accidents. Public transportation is a better plan then loosely enforced traction laws. Two-wheel drive cars continue to spin their wheel heading up the steep mountainous highway.
Colorado’s Governor saw the effects of ski traffic first hand. On December 4th Jared Polis said “Last year, our family went skiing in Vail, and it took us about six hours to get back on a Sunday night. We want to offer a solution to that. There’s a better way.” It is interesting that even the governor gets stuck in I-70 traffic. It is nice to know that he is doing something to try and mitigate it. That being said it is somewhat disappointing that it took this long for a major metropolitan area like Denver to get public ski transportation going. Salt Lake City has bus routes up Little and Big Cottonwood canyons. They even have a ski bus route that goes to Jackson Hole. Snowstang is now shuttling skiers to and fro the alpine playground of summit county. Hopefully, we will see ridership increase and keep the program running.