Don't get stuck in traffic, take the Up The Creek Day bus to Copper Mtn or Vail! As an alternative to downhill, you can also enjoy the day XC skiing or snowshoeing.
Join us for a truly fun experience with your UTC friends & guests. The day buses
are a great way to get up to the ski areas and socialize with other members and
guests. The Ski bus is a luxury motor coach that can accommodate up to 50
people. The bus has a bathroom, great scenic views, plenty of leg room, and
usually can drop us off right by the ski lifts. Bagels, muffins, fruit and
juice are provided for the morning trip up. Wine, beer, pop, snacks, and music
are provided for the party on the ride home! We meet at the RTD Federal Center
Station, 11,601 West 2nd Place, Lakewood, CO. (1 block east of Union, 4 blocks
south of 6th Ave). We will meet the Arrow Stage Lines bus at the South East corner of the RTD lot (North West corner of Routt and 2nd).Click on this link for a map of the RTD parking lot:
The bus will drop off at Copper Mtn at approximately 8:30 am and then continue
onward and arrive at the Transportation Centre in Vail at 9:00 am. On the ride
home the ski bus will leave Vail at 4:15 pm, pick up at Copper Mtn at 5:00 pm
and arrive back in Denver at 7:00 pm, weather and traffic permitting. No
hassles from driving, parking, or having to make bathroom stops. (The bus has a
bathroom). (Lift tickets not included) If we have enough people signed up ahead of time we will run 2 buses, one to Copper, one to Vail.
If you'd like to snowshoe or give cross country skiing a try, or you'd just prefer to do something different that day, please join Carolyn Roberts at the Vail Nordic Center.
The "ambassadors" at Copper Mountain provide a free snowshoe tour--you can either bring your own equipment or rent there. You can sign up for the tour up to 48 hours in advance by calling[masked] X45862. From 10a-1p the route is intermediate, and the tour from 1p-2:30 is more family oriented/beginner.
The Vail Nordic Center [masked]), is a short distance from the transportation center where the bus drops off the downhill skiers. There is a free shuttle that runs every half hour at peak times. The trail pass for both snowshoe and cross country skiing is ONLY $8! There is 10 km of snowshoe trails and 17 km of ski trails. Snowshoe rental is $17; classic XC skis $17; and skate XC skis $22. If you'd like the opportunity to try a little XC skiing, classic lessons are at 10a and skate lessons at 1:30p. They also offer a package at $56 - which includes an hour and 15 minute group lesson in the morning, XC ski rental, and the trail pass.
Regarding lunch or those hot toddies, the owners advise that the grill at the clubhouse will be open Thursday through Sunday, but you can also bring your own lunch.
All buses depart at 6:45 AM. Plan on arriving at the meeting place at least 30 minutes prior to departure!
The cost for the day ski buses is $35.00 for Up The Creek Dues Paying Club Members; $40.00 for Non ClubMembers and Meetup Members (this includes a $3 tip for bus driver). You need to pre-pay for the day bus, seats are only confirmed when payment is recieved. The easiest way to pay is to go to our online payment system at:
Or, stop by one of our Trip Leader meetings (Next one is on Thursday Dec 12th), or contact James Mackay to mail out a check.
Co-Trip Leaders: Rusty Grout, Curtis Cloutier, Robin Davis, Joe Salland, Linda Reed, and James Mackay [masked] [masked]). For more info on Up The Creek go to WWW.UpTheCreek.Org