Traffic-SDN-020219 Eastbound commuters in stand still traffic on Interstate 70 Thursday morning, Jan. 24, near Dillon. Hugh Carey /

Some skiers and snowboarders are choosing to make fewer trips to the mountains due to congestion on Interstate 70, according to a new study from the I-70 Coalition.

This winter, the nonprofit organization that advocates for various improvements to the I-70 mountain corridor, sponsored a research study to learn how frequent I-70 travelers deal with weekend congestion, along with a number of other topics.

The study, conducted by RRC Associates, involved an online panel survey of Front Range skiers and riders as well as intercept surveys conducted through random sampling at the Wooly Mammoth and T-Rex parking lots in Morrison — well-known gathering spots for travelers headed to the Western Slope. The study was designed to mirror similar evaluations conducted in 2012, 2014 and 2017, and is meant to help the coalition shed light on how existing traveling resources and programs are being used and how they might be improved.


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