Snowriders want mass transit to mountains |

Snowriders want mass transit to mountains

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) ” It’s a typical Saturday morning at the Loveland Ski Area, with cars pouring into the parking lot almost faster than parking lot employee Rob Egan can park them.

“A bunch of latecomers,” said Egan.

It means it’s time to quickly start fitting in as many vehicles as possible.

“Takes a lot of fitting all the length of cars together, cramming it in as much as we can,” said Egan.

Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, recently threw out the idea of tolling drivers who take I-70 during peak hours of the ski season, but that idea went over about as well as hitting rocks with a new pair of skis. Now he wants to hear from the public and what they would do to fix I-70.

On Friday, Romer unveiled what he calls a “Wicki Bill,” a spin-off of the popular online user-edited encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Anyone can log onto a Web site created by Romer’s staff and outline their solution to the congestion on ski weekends. The Web site is at

After a long Saturday morning drive, most skiers and snowboarders had plenty to reaction to the Wiki Bill.

Skier Alana Lackey thinks the answer to I-70’s woes should come in the form of a train.

“I really feel like we should have a train,” said Lackey.

Snowboarder Ryan Kidder lives in the Front Range and says he would like to see alternative transportation to the mountains.

“I like the idea of a light rail running up here,” said Kidder.

Mark Rose, a skier, thinks the future is also in rail, but the single kind.

“I think a monorail would work very nicely,” said Rose.

Vic Hefner says drivers just need to leave their homes earlier.

“Get up here before the lifts open, therefore there’s no traffic on the way up,” said Hefner.

Loveland Ski Area spokesperson Kathryn Johnson says resorts have put television monitors, linked to Colorado of Department cameras, in restaurants so people can see when the traffic is heavy and when it’s light.

“A few years ago we had a couple and we noticed there was crowd standing around them at the end of the day and so we started adding more and more monitors,” said Johnson.

Romer says his staff will look at the web submissions after a month and then sponsor the best ideas after researching them.

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