So I recently had a 2 day business trip to Denver (unfortunately did not get to ski), did get to go to dinner with a cousin I had not seen in many years that I skied a lot with growing up (went to Monarch as teens, we are both in our 40's now). We both had kids late (his kid is now 9, mine is 7). He was one of the early boarders and was pretty good, but by no means spectacular. Over dinner we started talking some of the old days and especially the "amazing" yard sales (interesting how you talk about your massive failures more than what you actually nailed..but maybe that is just us).
We then started talking about our own kids. He had seen my kids skiing through facebook etc, and was disappointed that he hadn't been able to provide his own kid with similar opportunities. I was a little surprised given where he lived and that I knew for a fact that he remains an avid rock climber/hiker (as evidenced by his own facebook page..he recently finished a 100 mile hike). His big complaint/excuse was the traffic!!?? There have been several threads about the traffic on I70, but is it really enough to completely discourage day skiers? He does not have enough money to routinely spend the night in the mountains, and said that although eldora was closer, it "just wasn't worth the season pass for the terrain you get." I wasn't sure what to say. He makes decent money, but is definitely blue collar (think well paid auto worker in the old days). Skiing days for him (esp with his kid) are mostly limited to the weekend.
-Is the traffic on I 70 really enough to seriously discourage all but but the most dedicated day skiers from Denver? Is it really only worth it on a weekend to head up from Denver if you will be spending the night up there?
-He lives no farther from a ski area (actually he lives closer to MULTIPLE, much larger and more famous ski areas) than I do. Am I just lucky that I happen to live near a relatively undeveloped area, with a feeder highway that happens to only really feed that ski area (ok and Mt. Ranier during the summer) and nothing else?
-Was he just being a whiner?
Edited by Alveolus - 3/9/12 at 8:33pm