I lived in or near Fort Fun for over 20 years.
1. You avoid traffic going over Cameron Pass, and the drive is prettier, but it does take longer, especially if you live on the east side of FC, which you probably will if you work in Greeley.
2. More comments on the Cameron Pass route: There is a dirt road though the ranch country in North Park. It starts a few miles west of Gould from Hwy 14 and goes down to Rand on Hwy 125. You don't have to go all the way up to Walden. It shortens the trip but should be approached with caution. There are many ranch roads in there, and it's easy to get lost. I used it often, but I knew what I was getting into. If you get into trouble, there may not be another vehicle for hours. I had a 4x4 Suburban in an era of cheaper gas, and yes, I did pull people back onto the road. And helped them install chains. And literally led them from wherever they were to the nearest highway. Remember that -30F is common at night at high altitudes. Be prepared.
3. You can avoid the traffic by having a place in WP for the winter. Drive up Friday night after work. Drive home Sunday after dinner.
4. For Steamboat, you go over Cameron Pass from FC. And Rabbit Ears. Pay attention to road reports. When they say it's bad, it usually is. This also applies to I-25, I-70 and Hwy 40.
The RMSP+ used to also include a few days at Whistler. I don't know if that is still true. Whistler is a long drive, but it's open late in the spring.
If you ski WP/MJ, you will learn to ski bumps, if you don't have that skill already.
The whitewater kayaking on the Cache la Poudre River is quite good. There is plenty of single track mountain biking to be found around FC, Red Feather and WP. There is hike-to summer skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park and on Cameron Pass, if the weather is cooperative.
If you're in the backcountry in the summer, be very careful with fire. The place is a tinder box, and they've had some very ugly fires recently. Beetle kill has decimated the pine forests. It's probably much drier than where you live now.
Edited by jhcooley - 4/12/14 at 3:37pm