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Cheapest Shuttle from Denver Airport to Steamboat?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

Wondering if anyone had any reccomendations on the cheapest shuttle from Denver Airport to Steamboat? I am hoping to get a ride from my friend from the airport to Steamboat, but in case that falls through, I wanted to start looking at alternatives.

post #2 of 23

when are you going?  I assume during the season?  You are better off flying into Hayden (HDN). why?  What's your time worth to you?  Its at least a 3.5 hour trip (if snow, could be 5 hours and the pass does close) and its about $100. each way.  Depending on your airline, its about the same to add-in HDN. from there, its an easy 1/2 ride from the airport to town.  the shuttles are about $50 round trip.  

 

If you want a shuttle  Alpine is based in Steamboat http://www.goalpine.com/dia.htm

 

post #3 of 23

Your only options are Go Alpine or Greyhound... Greyhound is significantly cheaper but also takes a lot longer.  Like Finn said, if a flight into Hayden is only $200 more, it's worth it.

post #4 of 23

I am going to specutlate that Greyhound does NOT directly run from DIA, only DT Denver, but I could be wrong...however, there is Denver bus service from DIA to the Greyhound station

post #5 of 23

Not sure on that, but probably a safe assumption.  

post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

when are you going?  I assume during the season?  You are better off flying into Hayden (HDN). why?  What's your time worth to you?  Its at least a 3.5 hour trip (if snow, could be 5 hours and the pass does close) and its about $100. each way.  Depending on your airline, its about the same to add-in HDN. from there, its an easy 1/2 ride from the airport to town.  the shuttles are about $50 round trip.  

 

If you want a shuttle  Alpine is based in Steamboat http://www.goalpine.com/dia.htm

 


yea thought about that too. If i do get a ride from my friend from Denver, makes a whole lot more sense economically to fly into Denver.

 

But if I can't get that ride, then it seems that the shuttle price from Denver will make a Hayden flight cheaper/same price/little more convenient.

 

Thanks.

 


Edited by NonstopSki - 10/4/11 at 10:41am
post #7 of 23

Definitely keep looking for cheaper tickets to Hayden. It's easier for everyone and makes the difference between traveling the whole day and skiing the afternoon you arrive. They used to have free day-of-arrival skiing, not sure if they still do.

 

Even if your friend can drive you, you never know if you'll get caught up in a storm.

 

post #8 of 23

Keep in mind that in between 70 and Steamboat there's really only one town; Kremmling.  you get stuck, you can be stuck; especially at the pass. 

post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 

Ah, all this is why I normally ski in Utah. So much easier.

post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

Keep in mind that in between 70 and Steamboat there's really only one town; Kremmling.  you get stuck, you can be stuck; especially at the pass. 


  They could stay on I-70 to 131 and not even go over Rabbit Ears Pass if it's closed?

 



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Ah, all this is why I normally ski in Utah. So much easier.


I don't know when your going, but there are directs from my cities into HDN or EGE during ski season.   

 

 

Just have a rental car reserved and sack up and drive if your friend bails.  It's insurance that doesn't cost you anything,  if you don't use it?

 

post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 

Any other shuttles? Alpine's shuttles times may not work with my flight schedule, or could leave me stranded at DIA for 3 hours. Won't be a problem if my buddies can pick me up,  but I just wanted a backup plan.

post #12 of 23
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Keep in mind that in between 70 and Steamboat there's really only one town; Kremmling.  you get stuck, you can be stuck; especially at the pass. 

 

Well, it depends on how you go.  If you go over Rabbit Ears, that's true.  If it's snowing tons, you might be better off heading down through Oak Creek, Yampa, and Toponas to Walcott and then over Vail Pass on 70.

 

Mike

 

post #13 of 23
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Ah, all this is why I normally ski in Utah. So much easier.



That's why folk have suggested you fly into Hayden.  It's not much different than driving from the SLC airport to any of the ski areas.  In fact, it might be a bit shorter.

 

Mike

post #14 of 23
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Well, it depends on how you go.  If you go over Rabbit Ears, that's true.  If it's snowing tons, you might be better off heading down through Oak Creek, Yampa, and Toponas to Walcott and then over Vail Pass on 70.

 

Mike

 



That's a horrible suggestion, 131 is far worse to drive in a snowstorm than Hwy 9 to 40 and you're adding a 1/2 hr going that way in dry conditions, much longer if it's snowing.  If Rabbit Ears closes, you can typically still get over Gore Pass, which is shorter and better drive than VP to 131 (and if Gore and Rabbit Ears are closed, chances are Vail Pass is closed too).

 

NonstopSki, as has already been said your only shuttle options from Denver to Steamboat are Go Alpine or Greyhound.  Not sure if you already booked flights, but if not, Frontier was running some pretty cheap flight deals into Hayden so worth checking their fares.

post #15 of 23

I don't think we can count Oak Creek, Yampa and Topanas (or Stagecoach) as towns by any stretch of the imagination wink.gif

post #16 of 23
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That's a horrible suggestion, 131 is far worse to drive in a snowstorm than Hwy 9 to 40 and you're adding a 1/2 hr going that way in dry conditions, much longer if it's snowing.  If Rabbit Ears closes, you can typically still get over Gore Pass, which is shorter and better drive than VP to 131 (and if Gore and Rabbit Ears are closed, chances are Vail Pass is closed too).

 

NonstopSki, as has already been said your only shuttle options from Denver to Steamboat are Go Alpine or Greyhound.  Not sure if you already booked flights, but if not, Frontier was running some pretty cheap flight deals into Hayden so worth checking their fares.


Curious why it's so bad. Not arguing because I never actually did it in a storm, but that route was pretty flat and easy going from what I remember. Seems like it'd be better than dealing with Rabbit Ears. Bad visibility?

 

post #17 of 23

thanks for saving me the effort to type what you both said!  JUST FLY INTO HAYDEN.... less than a 1/2 hour away on flat, well-maintained road.  Even closer than going to Utah...
 

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That's why folk have suggested you fly into Hayden.  It's not much different than driving from the SLC airport to any of the ski areas.  In fact, it might be a bit shorter.

 

Mike



 



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That's a horrible suggestion, 131 is far worse to drive in a snowstorm than Hwy 9 to 40 and you're adding a 1/2 hr going that way in dry conditions, much longer if it's snowing.  If Rabbit Ears closes, you can typically still get over Gore Pass, which is shorter and better drive than VP to 131 (and if Gore and Rabbit Ears are closed, chances are Vail Pass is closed too).

 

NonstopSki, as has already been said your only shuttle options from Denver to Steamboat are Go Alpine or Greyhound.  Not sure if you already booked flights, but if not, Frontier was running some pretty cheap flight deals into Hayden so worth checking their fares.



 

post #18 of 23

Finn,

 

Where curious where you fly from?  I've been looking for flights from Newark and all the flights I find are 1 or 2 stops with travel times of 8 to 13+ hours.

post #19 of 23

 

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Curious why it's so bad. Not arguing because I never actually did it in a storm, but that route was pretty flat and easy going from what I remember. Seems like it'd be better than dealing with Rabbit Ears. Bad visibility?

 


Flat from Steamboat to Toponas, but Toponas to Wolcott is twisty with a lot of steep sections and a pseudo "pass" between State Bridge and Wolcott.  It also sees less plow activity, less traffic, and no cell reception between Toponas and Wolcott so just more remote if you do have problems.  Then you have to go over Vail Pass (if you're intention is going to Denver) which is another beast in bad weather (more so because of the other drivers and trucks).  If you're going Steamboat-Vail it's the best route by far, but Steamboat-Silverthorne it'd be a stupid route if Rabbit Ears or Gore Pass are open, you'd just be adding more time for a worse drive in my opinion.  The 9/40 route is basically 100% flat except the pass, wider shoulders, and even in bad weather Silverthorne to Rabbit Ears section is pretty mild... plus Rabbit Ears isn't all that bad if you drive responsibly.  I drive 131 about 10 times a winter... typically half of those drives are in horrible conditions and by the time I get to Wolcott I'm always in serious need of a beer to calm my nerves.

post #20 of 23
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I don't think we can count Oak Creek, Yampa and Topanas (or Stagecoach) as towns by any stretch of the imagination wink.gif



Hey now, you're talking about my home towns.  And Oak Creek has about 900 inhabitants, not that far from the current population of Kremmling (1,400).

 

To Tam, I'd just say that my parents once took 12 hours to go from Muddy Pass to Walden.  The conditions on 40 can be pretty nasty, particularly from Muddy Pass to Kremmling.  And if you are going over Gore Pass instead of Rabbits Ears Pass, it is certainly faster to head down to Wolcott than it is to go over Gore Pass through Kremmling to Silverthorne.  From one who lived his summers as a kid on a ranch at the foot of the Gore Pass.

 

Mike

post #21 of 23
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From one who lived his summers as a kid on a ranch at the foot of the Gore Pass.

 

Mike


Uhh, but have you driven it as an adult in a snowstorm?  Sorry not sure the correlation with living near Toponas as a kid in the summer versus driving to/from Steamboat as an adult in the winter.  Maybe if Rabbit Ears was closed and VP was open and clear, maybe I'd consider 131 all the way... but my point is more if Rabbit Ears is open there is zero advantage to going 131/VP (unless you live in Yampa/Toponas).  If Muddy to Kremmling is bad conditions, so is all of 131 (and Muddy Pass to Walden is Hwy 14, not 40).  Not only is the 131 route about 40miles longer, but VP seems to close quicker than Rabbit Ears due to accidents so then you are hosed if you get all the way to Wolcott and VP closes (obviously talking travelling south here).  Going north, I'd only do 131 if I knew for certain RE was closed by the time I hit Silverthorne (which means VP is probably already closed anyways).  Sorry for the thread drift.

 

post #22 of 23

Yea, I spent a lot of time driving it in winter as an adult as well.  I wasn't suggesting that the preferred route was 131, but the question was what if conditions over RE were bad.  I agree if it's bad over RE/MP it's likely bad 131, but if 40 is closed, 131 is an alternative.  And there are more likely to be plows on 70 over VP.  Of course, that results in the question of whether there will be any plows on 131...

 

Google maps has the time from Toponas to Silverthorne as 5 minutes faster via Wolcott than over Gore Pass.  Pretty inconsequential difference.  

 

Mike

post #23 of 23

If your gonna skip a direct (well, least from Denver) to Hayden, and you have a 3 hr layover, and a round trip shuttle is $200 and your comfortable driving yourself ... how bout a car rental? 

 

however in bad weather, I can attest that most any route can be nerve racking ... even the middle of flats of Nebraska in a white out.

 

If you can swing the flight to Hayden ... that'd be my choice.

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