Arriving next Fri morning and leaving Sunday at 8pm. We don't have concrete reservation anywhere. We are upper intermediate skier/boarder. Would like to maybe stay at Steamboat Fri & Sat night, leave early in morning to hit somewhere in Summit County. What do you think? When would we have to leave a resort in Summit to make our flight out in time? Thanks!
Flying into Denver airport, need suggestions.
The more I think about it, the more it seems like an awful plan. Not sure what time you're arriving on Fri morning, but unless it's around dawn, you're likely to miss out on the entire day of skiing because you'll be driving (past half a dozen other resorts that are all worth visiting). So you get one day in Steamboat, one short day in Summit County and a bunch of driving. Stay somewhere closer (Loveland/Abasin/Keystone/WP/etc.), and you could get a solid two to three days of skiing.
Maybe if Steamboat has twice as much new snow or it's the only resort in Colorado that you haven't skied, but otherwise not worth it.
Having just gone to Copper for the first time a few weeks ago, let me just add that it's highly underrated. Of the three you mentioned, don't choose Keystone.
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If you're staying in Summit, you don't really have to choose. You could ski a different resort each day.
You could start or end at Loveland since it's the closest to DIA. change in the parking lot and ski, then drive to Frisco for lodging and choose your poison for the2 next days: A-Basin if you are liking the un-resort vibe. Breck or Copper for a more traditional resort day, or both!
Vail would be a longer drive, but very doable for a day trip from Summit if you really want to ski the icon too; just make it Saturday, so you don't add to your drive to/from Denver.
I don't think you have to leave at noon to catch an 8pm flight unless there's a monster storm, which (sadly) is not predicted. From Loveland, it's an hour and a half to DIA without traffic and if you leave 3 and a half hours for the drive, plus one hour for the security, you could still ski a decent full day on Sunday....
We try to avoid the Sunday rush on I-70, so maybe a front-ranger can verify, but seems like 3.5 hours ought to be plenty safe to make it from Loveland to DIA, no?
I did it last weekend leaving Loveland at 12:30 for a 6pm flight. Made it in plenty of time, but it took a lot longer than necessary. First 30 miles or so at 50mph behind a CHP pace car, then it caught up with the next pace group and 30mph from there until we got out of the mountains. I got the impression that leaving a little later would have been even slower.
I'm planning to try Eldora for Sunday next time around and see if that's any better.
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It was 70 degrees today in Denver. There is no snow in the forecast until Sunday at the earliest. The commute up and down I70 this weekend, I predict, will be a non-issue. Most folk will be riding their bike, playing golf, or enjoying the very warm spring weather on the front range.