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driving from silverthorne to steamboat?

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How is the drive from Silverthorne to Steamboat?  We have a place rented in Silverthorne in March and with the dismal snow conditions in Summit County, we are considering driving to the best snow in the area.  Mapquest says about 90 miles.  Is a bad drive over lots of mountain passes?  Never skied in Steamboat but it looks like a really nice place and they have had a lot more snow so far this year then Copper or Breck.  

post #2 of 6
While only 90 miles from Silverthorne it's a narrow highway that twists, turns, rolls and rises through a variety of terrain. One lane each way, so oncoming traffic is definitely a concern no matter how safe you drive. We saw a horrible accident on rabbit ears pass, that changed the way ill ever look at mountain roads. Be careful, a great ski experience and charming town await you if you make the drive.
post #3 of 6

I've done that drive quite a few times in and shortly after big storms.  CDOT does a really good job, clear sailing all the way.  Caveat, I drive a Subaru w/snow tires and I'm the type that looks forward to mountain passes.

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Hi! I drove from Beaver Creek to Steamboat for a day only and even though it was snowing it was not a bad drive. Yes, it was one lane each way but it was not bad at all. I drove back the same day. No issues. I think the drive from Silverthorne is even easier. 

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Originally Posted by MuchosPixels View Post

Hi! I drove from Beaver Creek to Steamboat for a day only and even though it was snowing it was not a bad drive. Yes, it was one lane each way but it was not bad at all. I drove back the same day. No issues. I think the drive from Silverthorne is even easier. 

 

 

Not really the route up 131 through Yampa crosses no passes and is relatively more protected from the wind and has much less traffic and is slightly shorter but I think either drive is super easy....90 minutes or so unless it's storming.

post #6 of 6

I guess a lot of people don't like driving in the snowy mountains.  As long as you are comfortable on non-interstates, driving the steamboat, even with a FWD rental car, shouldn't be a problem.

 

That said, I think you're very likely to be just fine snow wise in summit county by March.

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