Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort have jumped on the carpool bus. New incentive programs hope to help encourage skiers and riders to band together when heading out to the ski hill. Riders who arrive at Keystone Resort with four or more people in a car will be able to park in a premier parking section in Keystone's Montezuma Parking Lot which is a short walk to the new River Run Gondola.

"As one of the closest major resorts to the Front Range, Keystone chose to develop a program that encourages carpooling among our guests to our Resort. This program will help alleviate congestion on I-70 and also help protect the environment," said Keystone's Pat Campbell.

The premier parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be open for guests every day throughout the ski season. Keystone parking attendants will direct any car that meets these requirements to the close-in section. The carpool parking will be open during peak hours of the morning until 11 a.m. or the lot is full each day.

Copper guests arriving with four or more people in their car get all sorts of swag- hilarious bumper stickers, premier parking, deals at Copper food courts, and a chance to win Copper season passes.

Copper will offer premier parking near the Transportation Center bus stop in the Alpine Lot on select Carpool Celebration Days. The upcoming Saturdays are: December 20, 2008; January 31, 2009; February 28, 2009, and March 28, 2009

Copper offers free parking every day in the Triple Treat Lot, at the base of Alpine lift, for any car with four or more passengers (once the Alpine lift opens to skiers and riders). There are no skier services at the Triple Treat Lot, so guests must already have a lift ticket or season pass. As well, guests parking in the Triple Treat Lot must be able to ski or ride the advanced terrain back to their vehicle at the end of the day. This is ideal for Summit County locals who usually have season passes and crave the advanced stuff under A-lift.