With winter on its way out, some student skiers and boarders are already thinking about next year’s season. They’ll be in luck if they’re looking for an inexpensive, reliable ride to the slopes; after an extremely successful pilot year, SkiSU, a weekly ski bus for CSU students, is looking for information from students now regarding their interest and preferences for next year.
SkiSU provides a $20 round trip to a designated ski resort during ski season to CSU students. The project, a partnership between Housing & Dining Services and Parking and Transportation Services, is seeking input from students who took at least one trip last winter as well as students who would consider taking a trip next winter via an online survey.
“We are so pleased with the participation and feedback in SkiSU’s first year,” says Erika Benti of Parking and Transportation Services. “I’m excited to grow the program and make it a part of CSU’s culture.”
This winter, the bus traveled to Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Copper, Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge between early December and early March, with several sold out or nearly sold out rides. The day trips fee included round trip transportation for the ticket holder, the participant’s snowboard and other gear. Buses left early, at 6:30 a.m. from campus and left the resorts at 4 p.m.
Students who took trips this winter report great experiences, and represent the full spectrum, from freshmen to grad students. Many students appreciated the opportunity to get an early start, then used travel time to nap.