University of Colorado student Alex North loads his skis onto the Ski Bus early Sunday morning outside of Farrand Hall. The Ski Bus was filled to capacity
University of Colorado student Alex North loads his skis onto the Ski Bus early Sunday morning outside of Farrand Hall. The Ski Bus was filled to capacity -- it often is, so book your seats early. (Colorado Daily file photo/Zak Wood)
At a glance: how to get to the slopes, car-free

1 CU Ski Bus

2 SkiCarpool.org

3 Ski-n-Ride

4 Colorado Jitney

5 The Skilift

Or you could ride your mountain bike there, which would be totally badass. But maybe not safe.

T ime to shred.

But gas ain't cheap, so we've compiled a list of the best ways to get to the slopes without getting behind the wheel.

If the Craigslist "community" tab isn't fruitful, or you're just not cool with risking your neck to ride snowy roads with a total stranger, we get it.

Boulderite Pete Brey runs the Boulder Ski Club MeetUp group, which organizes rideshares on the fly when someone posts in the group.

"Anytime anybody is heading up the mountains to go skiing, and they want to go with other folks, all they have to do is propose a MeetUp," he said.

Then other interested skiers or riders can accept an invitation to the MeetUp, decline or make suggestions. Carpool, done.

Brey says he does it all the time. It's been an awesome way to meet other Boulderites, especially if you end up sitting in traffic for a few hours. Anyone can join the group, too, but it feels more like a community so it at least feels safer. Which is really all that counts, isn't it?

CU Ski bus


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The University of Colorado's ski bus picks up students, faculty and staff from three locations around campus nearly every weekend of spring semester. Destinations include Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper, Vail and Beaver Creek.

"It's pretty popular," said Peter Roper, program manager with CU's sustainable transportation program, adding that the bus often sells out. Book early to secure a reservation.

Cost: $15 round-trip, $5 for CU Herd members.

Info: http://ecenter.colorado.edu/skibus

SkiCarpool.org

Glenn Lieberman started SkiCarpool about eight years ago when he couldn't find fellow skiers and snowboarders to carpool with from Denver to the mountains, so he created his own resource.

Now the Boulder-based nonprofit group connects skiers and snowboarders for carpools to any resort. The website allows users to sift through other users by which resort they prefer, which day of the week they want to shred and what type of skiing or riding they're into.

Cost: Free

Info: skicarpool.org

Ski-n-Ride

RTD's Route N buzzes between downtown Boulder's Walnut Street Station and Eldora Mountain Resort seven days a week during the ski season. The bus has plenty of storage for your skis or board.

"The buses are packed on the weekends because of skiing," said Daria Serna, spokeswoman for RTD. "We always have an extra bus ready to go in the morning to pick up the extra people who wouldn't fit on the first bus."

On weekends, the bus goes every two hours, with bonus run hourly in the afternoons.

Cost: $5.00 one way from Boulder to Eldora

Info: rtd-denver.com/skiNRide.shtml

Colorado Jitney

Brad Doran started this shuttle service from Boulder and Denver after a frustrating day in ski traffic. He carts skiers and snowboarders into the mountains in a 10-seater van.

Book a custom trip, or follow the current winter schedule: Wednesday to Winter Park; Thursday and Friday to Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone and Breckenridge; Saturday and Sunday to Copper, Vail and Beaver Creek.

Cost : $35 one-way, $50 round-trip

Info: cojitney.com

The SkiLift TheSkiLift carpool service has partnered with resorts around the world, and they've added a new "Forum" section to the site for skiers and riders to discuss gear, runs and other topics.

The site lets you build a profile, which founder Rich Masana said helps users find trustworthy ski and ride pals. A new social media component of the site lets you send messages and contact potential carpools.

"When you think of rideshare boards and Craigslist, I think people don't trust it as much," he said. "I think this enhances the trust level there."

Cost: Free

Info: theskilift.org