Lack Of Parking Raising Concerns In Ski Resorts

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By Matt Kroschel

DILLON, Colo. (CBS4) – The frustration many visitors are finding in the high country is not on the dreaded drive on Interstate 70 to the ski resorts, but actually finding a parking spot once they arrive.

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Resorts continue to plead with visitors to carpool and take public transportation. The problem only grows as more people pack into the high country.

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With a busy holiday weekend, fresh snow and eager skiers wanting to get in on the action, Sunday morning saw parking lots at capacity and traffic backups once again.

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Employees at Arapahoe Basin ask visitors to head back down to town and take the bus back up once the lots are full.

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“I arrived at 10:30 a.m., but didn’t get on the mountain until 12:15 p.m. due to no parking available,” Chris Seahorn told CBS4.

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Summit County transportation planners and the Colorado Department of Transportation are well aware of the trouble spots.

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With more and more visitors, the issues are only getting more frequent and worse.

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A massive study of the problem is in the works. Local leaders are working with the resorts to come up with solutions.

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In the meantime, they ask visitors to bring along patience and try to use public transportation.

LINK: Keystone Resort Visitor Tips 

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.

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