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Colorado Front Range Ski Areas Take Various Approaches to Crowded Parking Lots


More and more Front Range skiers. Same number of coveted parking spots. That’s the dilemma local ski resorts face each year. And it’s getting worse.

Arapahoe Basin announced this week that it is bailing on the ubiquitous Epic Pass — Vail sold around 800,000 for the 2018-19 ski season — because it can’t handle the mad dash for parking.

Within an hour of Denver, Eldora Mountain Resort and Loveland Ski Area are working harder than ever to handle the influx of cars. The three resorts are getting creative, with mixed results, trying more advanced snow plowing, incentives for carpooling and the most obvious of all: building more parking lots.

Alan Henceroth, COO of A-Basin, said the ski area has 1,750 parking spots that have been filling up faster on weekends.

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