Boarders and skiers now have a new ride type through the Lyft ride-sharing app, allowing them to navigate Colorado’s best ski resorts without the added stress of driving in the winter.
Lyft announced Monday it has launched a new program for passengers and drivers called Ski Rack Mode in six Colorado mountain regions, including Aspen, Winter Park, Summit/Clear Creek, Vail, Steamboat Springs and Telluride.
The new ride type is aimed at passengers looking to hit the slopes without worrying about how to get their gear and car through the snow. Ski Rack Mode gives every tourist and ski and snowboard enthusiasts alike the snow-prepped ride their gear and friends need to leave their car at home and enjoy their time in the mountains.
For drivers, this is an opportunity to put their snow-ready vehicles to use and earn more fares as ski seasons picks up.
To drive in Ski Rack Mode, a driver must meet the following criteria: Drive in locations where Ski Rack Mode is available; self-certify your vehicle as snow ready; and have a vehicle equipped with ski racks to hold up to four pairs of skis or two snowboards.
Here’s how it works:
How can I request a car with a Ski Rack?
When you open the Lyft app, you’ll see the Ski Rack option available when you go to select your ride type. Tap ‘Ski Rack’ to request a ride that’s ready to take your skis or your snowboards.
Where can I request Ski Rack?
Ski Rack is currently available in the Rocky Mountains (Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Snowmass, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Winter Park, Granby).
Can I share the cost of a Ski Rack Ride?
Yes! Just like with any other type of Lyft ride, you can share the cost with fellow passengers.
How is Ski Rack priced?
You’ll be charged your usual Lyft ride fare with an additional cost of $8 for a vehicle with a ski rack. Sales tax and fees where applicable, also apply to Ski Rack rides.
What kind of ski rack should I expect?
Ski racks or truck beds will be able to accommodate two snowboards or four sets of adult skis.
Who is in charge of placing and securing skis/snowboards in rack?
Drivers are responsible for properly installing the ski racks and passengers are responsible for ensuring that equipment (skis, snowboards, etc.) is properly secured.
What types of cars can I expect when using Ski Rack?
With Ski Rack, you’ll be matched with the same type of vehicles that you would receive when requesting a Lyft ride.
How do I properly load my skis/boards on ski racks?
Most ski racks operate in the same way, so these steps will get you started. If you have any trouble with the ski rack that’s on your Lyft ride, ask your driver for advice.
- Press button to open ski rack bars
- Slide your skis/boards between the bars.
- Walk around the car, reach over and pull the first set of skis/board close to the rack hinge.
- Close both ski rack bars and listen for the click. Lock the rack to hold your gear extra tight.