Denver Ski Bus scheduled to start service to Winter Park on Dec. 3 |

Denver Ski Bus scheduled to start service to Winter Park on Dec. 3

The Denver Ski Bus will begin shuttle service on Dec. 3 bringing skiers and snowboarders from Denver and Boulder to Winter Park every Saturday and Sunday during the 2011-201 ski season.

The cost is $38 round trip from Denver, and $42 from the University of Colorado Boulder campus.

The charter buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, reclining seats, TVs, DVD player, a bathroom, overhead cargo space and space for skis and snowboards.

This is a new business for Curt Spencer who conceived the idea as a way for skiers and others to travel to the mountains.

“It’s not a bad place to sit,” he said.

Each bus has space for up to 50 people. The route begins at 5:30 a.m. at CU Boulder campus and continues to Christy Sports at the Denver West Plaza, across from Colorado Mills. It leave Christy Sports at 7 a.m. and takes about two hours to arrive at Winter Park Resort.

The drop-off is at the top of the Village Cabriolet. The bus leaves the resort at 4:30 p.m.

Spencer has spent the last two months marketing the ski bus to college students in Denver and Boulder, young professionals with green aspirations, and anyone who prefers not to sit in traffic on I-70.

Every bus takes 30 cars off the road,” Spencer said.

He has partnered with Christy Sports, Winter Park Resort, and Copper Mountain.

“Winter Park Resort and Christy Sports have really taken it upon themselves to help out when they didn’t really have to,” he said.

“Winter Park Resort supports any business that encourages tourism from the Front Range to Winter Park. The Denver Ski Bus is filling a transportation void, alleviating some traffic from the I-70 corridor and Berthoud Pass and thus giving guests the option for an easier and greener way to travel to the Resort,” said Mistalynn Lee, Winter Park Resort communications manager.

Another market Spencer is hoping to tap are people who don’t ski but may want to travel to the area while their friends or partners ski. He wants to be able to say, “You don’t ski, here is what you can do in Winter Park.”

Spencer and his wife Anna lived in Winter Park for 11 years before moving to Denver. He is owner of Valley Taxi in Winter Park.

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