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We're planning a trip west sometime in the future (Feb. 2015 or 2016) and are considering renting a condo at Steamboat (my wife has relatives there) and taking a day trip somewhere else.  

 

I've never skied the west, and although my wife has, it's been 30 years.  So is it rational to consider a day trip from Steamboat to some other resort?  On the map, other major resorts seem awfully far away.  Can any of you fortunate Coloradites enlighten me?

 

Thanks!

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We're planning a trip west sometime in the future (Feb. 2015 or 2016) and are considering renting a condo at Steamboat (my wife has relatives there) and taking a day trip somewhere else.  

 

I've never skied the west, and although my wife has, it's been 30 years.  So is it rational to consider a day trip from Steamboat to some other resort?  On the map, other major resorts seem awfully far away.  Can any of you fortunate Coloradites enlighten me?

 

Thanks!

Well, you can get to the Summit County resorts in a couple of hours, and to Winter Park in about 1.5 hr, assuming good weather. Vail, via 131, is also about 2 hr. So if you consider that a day trip, Yes.    I have done day trips to Steamboat from Copper Mountain. The drive is easy as long as it isn't blizzardy. But visibility can suck during a storm, and it's mostly 2-lane highway.

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Thanks.  Here we consider anything over an hour and a half more than a day trip -- but on vacation, 2 hours might be ok. Up early, back late.  Up early again to ski.  

 

(The only problem with age is late nights & early mornings seem unnecessary.  My son would be ok with it, though.) 

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Thanks.  Here we consider anything over an hour and a half more than a day trip -- but on vacation, 2 hours might be ok. Up early, back late.  Up early again to ski.  

 

(The only problem with age is late nights & early mornings seem unnecessary.  My son would be ok with it, though.) 

At least you will have the Eastern time zone thing in your favor: waking up at 4 whether you want to or not. :)  

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At least you will have the Eastern time zone thing in your favor: waking up at 4 whether you want to or not. :)  

 

 

Much easier going west, though.  Europe's a bear.

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Much easier going west, though.  Europe's a bear.

So maybe not so bad to do a day trip from Steamboat, especially early in the trip when you are not adjusted to time zone at all.

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True.  

 

I've been looking at the Summit County resorts -- A-basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, & Copper.  About 2 hours +/-, I guess, according to Google maps.  Does that sound reasonable?

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True.  

 

I've been looking at the Summit County resorts -- A-basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, & Copper.  About 2 hours +/-, I guess, according to Google maps.  Does that sound reasonable?

Yeah... Copper is right on I70, so that and Keystone will take the least time. I probably would not suggest Breck, because it's the farthest, and traffic can get really bad between Frisco and Breck, so there is the chance you could make your trip longer than is comfortable. Abasin is just a few minutes up from Keystone, and won't see the traffic.  But who knows ... it just depends on the day. 

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Yeah... Copper is right on I70, so that and Keystone will take the least time. I probably would not suggest Breck, because it's the farthest, and traffic can get really bad between Frisco and Breck, so there is the chance you could make your trip longer than is comfortable. Abasin is just a few minutes up from Keystone, and won't see the traffic.  But who knows ... it just depends on the day. 

 

 

Terrific, thanks! :)  I guess we have some time to plan this thing (but I wish we didn't).

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