New Colorado Skier Plates???

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on July 16, 2009 9:49 pm

Those wanting a new Colorado ski license plate will have to wait a little longer.

“The new plates are still being tested for technical specifications,” said Jen Rudolph, spokeswoman for Colorado Ski Country USA.

“We’re still hoping they’ll be available by the start of the ski season,” Rudolph said. “Part of the process is, the plates have to meet specific requirements, saying they have to be legible from a certain distance.”

The plates were originally scheduled for July 1, but clerks at the Summit County branch of the Division of Motor Vehicles said they expect the plates won’t be available until Jan. 1, and they aren’t taking orders just yet.

According to Rudolph, the timing is now in the hands of the state’s motor vehicle bureaucracy.  Gov. Bill Ritter signed the law authorizing the new ski plates during a ceremony at Arapahoe Basin earlier this year.

Colorado Ski Country USA director Melanie Mills said “the new plates could generate tens of thousands of dollars the first few years. The money goes to the highway trust fund, and the Colorado Transportation Commission allocates the money. Some of it could theoretically help fund things like more snowplows for I-70.”

The plates cost $50 and have been desired for more than a decade by ski enthusiasts.  “The new logo will give Colorado’s 500,000 active skiers and riders the chance to “fly the flag,” said Mills.