Originally Posted by jp4266
I've done it before in Utah but is it possible to land in Denver at 10am and be on a mountain in a couple of hours?
A couple of years ago I landed in SLC and stopped for In N Out burger and was at Solitude on the lift at 12:30. Awesome!
Probably not. DIA kinda sucks to get out of, especially if your flight lands at one of the outer terminals. You take a slow subway trip to the main terminal, then wait in line for your checked baggage to get unloaded and make the same damn trip, then rent a car...
Figure at least an hour from when your plane hits the gate and you get your bags and rental car. 11:00AM
DIA is actually about 30 miles northwest of Denver. Its about an hour drive to get to the I-70/C470 interchange right before you start climbing Mt Vernon Canyon out of Denver. 12:00PM
Closest ski area from there is Loveland, which in good traffic is about an hour 1:00PM.
Breck/Copper/Keystone/Abay are all more or less a half hour past that. 1:30PM
Vail is another 1/2 hour past. 2:00PM
Boot up, take the bus from the parking lot, get tickets, get on a lift 2:30, or 2:00 if you are in Summit.
Add a half hour if you decide to play "find a parking space that doesn't cost $20" at Vail.
And I think this is best case, with no delays from bad roads, traffic, airport fuckery, etc. I guess it depends on what 1-2 hours skiing is worth to you.