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Ski Corp. working on parking plan

Meadows, Knoll lots jammed Saturday; shuttles cart from Central Park Plaza

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— Steamboat Ski Area shuttles trolled Central Park Plaza on Saturday as part of a makeshift overflow parking plan enacted after skiers and snowboarders filled the Knoll and Meadows lots to capacity.

"We did have to send some people to park at Wal-Mart, but that's just a temporary solution for today," Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen said. "We don't plan to do that again."

Ski area parking was significantly reduced earlier this month with the construction of a special events tent in the Upper Knoll lot. The tent will come down in about two weeks, after the MusicFest, Ski Jam, Family Snow Festival, and Country in the Rockies events have all concluded.

Ski area officials will be working on an overflow parking plan for next weekend, when crowds on the mountain are expected to be even larger than Saturday and today, Thomsen said.

"We're looking at different options - we know next (weekend) is not only Family Snow Festival weekend at the tent, it's also Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend," Thomsen said.

Thomsen urged vacationers to take available lodging shuttles, and locals to use public transportation to get to the ski area whenever possible.

"For the next two weeks while the tent is up : if people could take a ride on the free bus or carpool, that would be great," Thomsen said.

Recent snowfall likely contributed to the busy weekend - as of Saturday afternoon, 55 inches of snow had been recorded at the ski area in the past three days.

But those hoping for more powder this week are likely to be disappointed. Sunny weather with little precipitation is expected.

"Every couple of days, there's a slight chance of snow, which means the mountain might get a total of a half-inch or an inch," said meteorologist Chris Cuoco from the National Weather Service's station in Grand Junction. "Steamboat proper might not even get a dusting."

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addlip2U 6 years, 11 months ago

"We're looking at different options - we know next (weekend) is not only Family Snow Festival weekend at the tent, it's also Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend," Thomsen said. "

You should have had this worked out a year ago, prior to booking the venues and ticket sales.

Way to go Ski Corp or Intrawest or ?....same old management, same people...just a different owner...where is the positive impact on Steamboat?

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elkeye 6 years, 11 months ago

Without an adequate parking plan, the City should never have given Ski Corp. a permit to allow the construction of a special events tent in the Upper Knoll lot. PERIOD!

If Ski Corp. cannot demonstrate the ability to handle its parking demands next weekend, the City should not grant Ski Corp. a permit next year to allow the construction of a special events tent on any parking lot.

The parking situation at Central Park Plaza was/is already a problem and Ski Corp should not be allowed to compound it.

Perhaps Ski Corp should be required to limit ticket sales until they can provide adequate parking for its customers.

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letomayo 6 years, 11 months ago

People who live here operate the ski area. Intrwest should of changed management and the advertizeing director. Same old crowd same old mistakes and lack of ability to fix things or better to make sure things run smoothly. I wondered why the central park parking lot was so hard to get in and out of. We keep taking parking areas and making it harder to ski and I still don't shop at the mountain. What a headake to find a place to park. I am surprized the mtn busnesses can make and money. its not worth going there.

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useyourvoice 6 years, 11 months ago

The mountain should have a public transit incentive program in place to encourage locals to use the free bus. I know it seems silly when global warming, rising gas prices and traffic should be incentive enough, but clearly they are not. Why not let the bus driver scan your season pass and accumulate points towards something? There has to be a solution other than to create more parking which just encourages more drivers. Come on Steamboat, let's at least pretend to be progressive.

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dave reynolds 6 years, 11 months ago

you all have a better plan then apply for the jobs..lets see..ski corp s..ks cause no snow in Thanksgiving..now we have lots of it ..so lets nail them for lack of parking or planning..take a look..DEVELOPEMENT..they have lost two yes two parking lots and about 150 spaces due to having to move the tent because of DEVELOPEMENT lay off them for without them most of us wouldn't be here..useyourvoice has a good idea

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mud 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm guessing $20 a day for parking will be the public transit incentive in the next couple of years.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 11 months ago

Guess that Free City Bus looks pretty good right now, eh?

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