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post #61 of 73
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believe it or not i have had more than one person i know actually get pulled over just outside the airport where i think its 35mph before u get to the terminals

The good news is that the 2 hour drive from the terminal to the rental car lot on the airport shuttle (it should be a commuter flight, really) will drop the OP right into the 65 mph zone. Bullet dodged!



it snowed again last night
post #62 of 73

On topic:

 

Nice surprise storm last night!  The forecast for an inch or so turned into 3-9" at most front range resorts.  I love it when they get the forecast wrong in that direction.

 

Everyone with trips to Colorado coming up should be pleasantly surprised with our snow after the bad start to the season.   If you don't have a trip planned, it's not too late.  We typically have our very best snow the last couple weeks of the season and the resorts close for lack of skiers, not lack of snow.   Most larger Colorado resorts close April 15 this year, with the notable few staying open later.  Given the historical trends and likely persistence of the current weather pattern,  I'll predict the best skiing of the year in Colorado will be the first two weeks of April.   I hope I'm right... I talked my sister and her family into coming out for closing week.   There are great deals to be had on tickets and lodging in April too.

 

Off topic:

 

From DIA to CSP, nice!   I just set my cruise control to 4mph over the speed limit (conditions allowing) and leave it at that.  The trick is the speed limit changes all the time on I-70, 65->55->65->55->65->55.  Pay attention.  It's easy to miss a speed limit change and get nailed in a 55 zone.   Also, don't assume that if you see one CSP car there won't be another one around the next corner.   They tend to come out in packs they call "intensive enforcement efforts."  I've counted 15 CSP cars on I-70 going up to Summit County before.

post #63 of 73

The state of snow in Colorado is doing much better than the state of the egos belonging to meteorologists who have been served a couple of servings of humble pie this week.  I second tball above that some of the best skiing in the country is yet to be had in Colorful Colorado!

post #64 of 73
Agreed - last year at this time we were falling off the cliff in full melt. This year the base continues to grow. For a light snowfall day, yesterday had great conditions. We are looking at a two day warmup Thu/Fri and then back to the moderate train of refreshes.
post #65 of 73
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Originally Posted by givethepigeye View Post

Except that the OP mentioned flying in on a weekend.  And yes, we fly in on Thu and it (DIA) is usually a hot mess - I-70 is a crap shoot.  You fly in to CO much to ski? I do it about 5 times a season, along with other destinations and fly over 100k miles a year, so I guess I wouldn't know much about air travel and egress through terminals. 90 minutes terminal to hill is a pipe dream with bags and luggage unless we are talking about skate skiing a hill in. Wash park.

Figured I would "test" this travel debate on my last trip up the hill on 4/12. Landed at DIA from CLT 10 minutes early @ 10:50 AM, on the gate @ 11. Luggage up (including skis) @ 11:35. Leaving rental car lot @ 12 noon. Passing the parking lot @ Loveland around 1:30PM. Traffic on I-70 around the Colorado exit and congestion near the Stapleton outlets. Random folks traveling in left lane at less than speed limit, etc.

So, I guess you could ski same day at LL. Keep in mind that we didn't stop for food and had a 9:30AM flight out of CLT and are both TSA Pre-check, so didn't need to get up at 0'dark thirty. Also have status at rental car - which speeds it up considerably. So, I guess it's "possible" depending on how early you start out and how much you value sleep, food and $.

BTW - CO conditions are pretty great right now.
post #66 of 73
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Originally Posted by givethepigeye View Post


Figured I would "test" this travel debate on my last trip up the hill on 4/12. Landed at DIA from CLT 10 minutes early @ 10:50 AM, on the gate @ 11. Luggage up (including skis) @ 11:35. Leaving rental car lot @ 12 noon. Passing the parking lot @ Loveland around 1:30PM. Traffic on I-70 around the Colorado exit and congestion near the Stapleton outlets. Random folks traveling in left lane at less than speed limit, etc.

So, I guess you could ski same day at LL.

 

Easy.  Chicago probably has five flights a day that arrive in DEN before 9am.  I usually come in late at night to avoid traffic and I often don't check any luggage.  I'm usually passing the tunnel about 90 minutes after getting off the plane. 

post #67 of 73
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

 

Easy.  Chicago probably has five flights a day that arrive in DEN before 9am.  I usually come in late at night to avoid traffic and I often don't check any luggage.  I'm usually passing the tunnel about 90 minutes after getting off the plane. 

 

 

All true, except the OP is in NYC and wanted to fly and ski the same day.  So, may not as easy to land before 9am w/o getting up at 3am.  We come in on the late flight too sometimes.  I does fix the traffic issue but doesnt help w/ the ski the same day question unless you skin/hike for it and have a full moon.

 

Anyway - its doable, IF you really want to.

post #68 of 73
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Originally Posted by givethepigeye View Post

 

All true, except the OP is in NYC and wanted to fly and ski the same day.  So, may not as easy to land before 9am w/o getting up at 3am.  We come in on the late flight too sometimes.  I does fix the traffic issue but doesnt help w/ the ski the same day question unless you skin/hike for it and have a full moon.

 

Anyway - its doable, IF you really want to.

Actually being NYC it's probeasier. Flying from the eastern timezone to MST you lose almost no time. I used to fly from atlanta all the time, you'd leave at 9:00 and land around 10:30.

post #69 of 73

Here is the potential:

 

http://www.kayak.com/flights#/NYC-DEN/2013-04-18-early-morning

 

7AM flight makes for an early start

post #70 of 73
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Originally Posted by givethepigeye View Post

Here is the potential:

 

http://www.kayak.com/flights#/NYC-DEN/2013-04-18-early-morning

 

7AM flight makes for an early start

early yes 3am no. I used get up at 4:30 to make it to the mountain for opening chair. If you really want to do it the ngetting up early doesn't matter all that much 

post #71 of 73
Thread Starter 

So with the new snow I'm thinking about a last minute trip next weekend....this weekend would have been great but have my Dad's 60th. As long as the weather holds it looks like a good trip. $220 round trip and I can land at 9:18 so ski that Fri, Sat and Sun. Please keep snowing!

 

What will be open?

post #72 of 73

Loveland, A Basin, and Aspen Highlands.

post #73 of 73

Just in case you missed it, there's another thread going here saying Vail and Breckenridge

are reopening this weekend.    http://www.epicski.com/t/120017/vail-breckenridge-to-re-open-weekend-4-19-13-4-21-13

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