Anyone who drives I-70 has seen the parade of shuttle buses loaded down with skiers heading back and forth to the mountains. It's a regular jaunt from Denver International Airport. That last leg into the smaller destination resort airport may be too cost prohibitive. Others may miss their flight so a mountain taxi is the only option. The ski areas want to make sure you make it to their mountain, whether it is from the Front Range or a local lodging property.

Copper Mountain has a direct shuttle service from DIA, provided by Grayline, Copper's Official Ground Transportation Provider. It means no gas, no parking hassles, and no driving curvy mountain roads in snowy weather. Steamboat has Alpine Taxi taking several trips a day from the airport in Denver to northern Colorado. Each resort typically has various shuttle services.

It can be tough to get to the slopes of Sunlight Mountain Resort, which is outside Glenwood Springs. Select hotels in Glenwood provide a free shuttle service when combined with a Ski, Swim, Stay package. The deal includes admission to the famous Glenwood Hot Springs.

Two of the closest ski areas to the Front Range are Echo Mountain and Eldora. Echo is an easy drive, as it is just 35 miles from downtown Denver, just past the town of Evergreen. Eldora is the only Colorado resort accessible by the Denver/Boulder area's public transportation system, RTD. Eldora is 21 miles from Boulder and 45 miles from Denver.

Another close resort is Arapahoe Basin, which offers carpooling incentives. Guests who arrive at A-Basin with four or more passengers in their car will receive a lift ticket discount even if the passengers have a season pass.

Wolf Creek uses a carpooling match-up service over the internet called "Share the Ride, Share the Fun." It helps drivers connect.

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