Rides to the slopes

Feb 112004
Authors: Brooke Harless

Many people endure a 300-mile pilgrimage from Fort Collins to

Summit County each weekend just to have a day of skiing and

snowboarding at the many resorts found in the Colorado high


Winter sports attract many from all over the nation, which

creates heavy traffic along I-70. To avoid the stress of driving,

as well as expensive fuel and vehicle costs, many winter sports

enthusiasts opt to take shuttle services up to the mountain.

CSU graduate Lucas Mouttet started one such shuttle service.

Summit Shuttle, which runs from Fort Collins to Summit County

Saturdays, Sundays and weekdays by appointment, began when Mouttet

noticed a need for alternative transportation to Summit County.

“So many people drive separately to the slopes,” said Mouttet.

“I was stuck in traffic one day looking at all the other people

stuck in traffic wondering why we weren’t all at least stuck in the

same vehicle for conversation and what not. Taking multiple

vehicles up the mountain is not only environmentally and

economically unwise, but also stressful.”

The Summit Shuttle began in November and costs $20 for students,

$25 for non-students and $10 for children 12 and under. Summit

Shuttle picks up patrons from three locations — CSU parking lot,

Foothills Fashion Mall and the Loveland Park and Ride.

“Right now, most of my clientele are CSU students, the mid-20s

crowd that have just graduated and high school girls,” Mouttet

said. “Many sleep on the way up or we all chat. I play music and

take requests. We play anything from Jack Johnson to Black Sabbath.

Basically people get in and relax for a few hours before hitting

the slopes.”

The shuttle, which is a van that seats 14 people, leaves CSU at

6:45 a.m. and departs from Summit County between 3:30 and 4


“I used to always have to drive up by myself until I wrecked my

car on I-70 during a snowstorm,” said Eric Bryant, an accounting

grad student. “I’m carless now, but taking the shuttle still

enables me to go snowboarding on the weekends. Plus there’s always

cute high school girls on the bus.”

The CSU Snowriders club also carpools up to various resorts and

they cater to non-members who need rides as well. Their Web site

features a message board that allows skiers and snowboarders to

relay when they’d like to go and members of the club will respond

with times and availability.

“There are always tons of us going up each weekend and the

message board helps us fill up our cars and take as many people to

the mountain as possible,” said Eric Bryant, an accounting grad

student. “People that catch rides with us just need to pitch in for



Summit Shuttle: 988-6149




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