Driving a SUV up a mountainside has a high cost in both gas money and carbon emissions. Here are some ski green transportation ideas for folks in New England, Colorado and Utah that help you save money and reduce your environmental impact. Better yet, you can relax, look out the window and enjoy the journey.
New England Area Resorts
Ski Market is a New England based ski/boarding/biking shop providing bus transportation to from Massachusetts, New Yort, Connecticut and Rhode Island to eastern resorts including Stowe, Sugarbush, Killington, Waterville Valley and more. The cost last year was around $72 which includes the lift ticket for the day. A GREAT bargain! They typically have 2-3 day trips per week and also offer weekend trips. Check the schedule to find a trip that works for you!
After 69 years, the Ski Train closed in 2009. The train took you through some amazing alpine wilderness and vistas not seen anywhere else but on the Ski Train. You passed through dozens of tunnels including the historic Moffat Tunnel ended up for a ski day at Winter Park Resort. Hopefully, this historic train will roll again in the near future.
Airport Shuttles & Charters From Denver
There are several van services to get you around Colorado. But if you have a family of four, these tend to be more expensive then just renting a car and driving. I haven’t found any of the Colorado’s “green” ski resorts helping to foot the bill. Please submit a comment if you know different…
Denver Mountain Express
Denver, CO 877.933.4362
Shuttle to Downtown Denver and airport
Silverthorne, CO 468.0330
Summit County / DIA transportation
Rocky Mountain Concierge
Dillon, CO 513.1177
Stage Coach Luxury Limousine
Frisco, CO 390.3599
Private stretch limo-airport, hotel, state-wide
Timberline Transportation Services
Westminister, CO 800.288.1375
Private charters by reservation only for group travel
The new Free Ride system in Breckenridge links the ski resort to the town, offering frequent bus service throughout the community and to the bases of Peaks 8 and 9. I used this service last year and it was MUCH superior to driving…especially the day we had 9″ of fresh. The Main Street Express also runs through Breckenridge’s dining and shopping district. An express bus is available between Keystone, A-Basin, and Breckenridge.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Amtrak’s California Zephyr stops in Salt Lake City (at 4 a.m. coming from the West Coast, but the fare is cheap. From Chicago, the train arrives at midnight). Call (800) 872-7245 or consult the Amtrak Web site. If you’re staying at one of Salt Lake’s many ski resorts, you don’t need a car: most lodges have free shuttles to get you to the slopes or to visit neighboring restaurants.
If you stay in Salt Lake City, you can take the Utah Transit Authority light rail (UTA TRAX) from downtown and transfer to a UTA ski bus which takes you to any of the Cottonwood Canyon resorts. This is convenient and very affordable. The rail cars and buses are remarkably clean. It costs $6 round trip for a Ski Pass. Ski buses have different daily weekday and weekend schedules so be prepared to make transfers and pay close attention to bus schedules associated with going up and down the canyon. They start at 6:53 a.m. and stop around the city and at 10 different hotels. If you’re heading to Alta (okay, I’m bias) or Snowbird plan about an hour for total travel time.
MySnowBuddy.com provides a neat little facebook application for finding rides to local ski areas in Western Canada including Whistler-Blackcomb, Cypress, Mt. Seymour, Grouse Mountain, and Hemlock Resort.