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Our flight from the east coast is scheduled to arrive in Denver at 8:45pm, which is too late to catch the last shuttle to Steamboat.  

 

We will rent a car and stay over around Denver and drive to Steamboat in the morning.  Rather than staying near the airport, I figure we could drive to the western side of Denver, or farther west on I70 in order to cut the drive down on Friday morning and avoid Denver traffic.

 

Any recommendations on where to stay west of Denver that wouldn't be a difficult drive in the dark after flying from the east coast, but would make the trip to Steamboat easier? Maybe an hour's drive from the airport? Golden? Evergreen? Further west?  Many thanks.

post #2 of 18

Right off I70 in Golden at the base of the foothills you have all of the standard chains available. Very easy from the airport and depending on the day keeps you out of morning commuter traffic (for the most part). If you were so inclined it wouldn't be unreasonable to go another 30 to 45 minutes to Silverthorne and stay there and get a chunk of travel out of the way. I'd make two reservations, check weather at go time and decide on my interest in driving at night in the snow, then dump Golden or Silverthorne reservation as appropriate.

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Thanks--very helpful.

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Wheatridge or Golden would be good.        Personally, I find the worst part of the I-70 drive,  Denver to Silverthorne.

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Wheatridge or Golden would be good.        Personally, I find the worst part of the I-70 drive,  Denver to Silverthorne.


Worst in what way?  

post #6 of 18

Mostly traffic.  It seems like most of the dick heads get off at Silverthorne and the rest get off at Vail.

 

I don't like Floyd Hill and the decent with the  big left turn where Hwy 6 comes in, the narrows right past Georgetown and the decent from the tunnel into Silverthorne.  

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Right off I70 in Golden at the base of the foothills you have all of the standard chains available. Very easy from the airport and depending on the day keeps you out of morning commuter traffic (for the most part). If you were so inclined it wouldn't be unreasonable to go another 30 to 45 minutes to Silverthorne and stay there and get a chunk of travel out of the way. I'd make two reservations, check weather at go time and decide on my interest in driving at night in the snow, then dump Golden or Silverthorne reservation as appropriate.

Just remember you will be getting to Silverthorne right at bed time and you probably won't sleep well at all that first night at altitude.  I'd personally opt to stay in Golden, get a good nights sleep and get acclimated, then head up the next morning.

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Just remember you will be getting to Silverthorne right at bed time and you probably won't sleep well at all that first night at altitude.  I'd personally opt to stay in Golden, get a good nights sleep and get acclimated, then head up the next morning.

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So many reasons to stay in Golden:

 

Altitude adjustment

Price

Catch the scenery going into the mountains

Hit the pillow at a better time

 

I also did the Friday morning drive from Golden and found there was no traffic advantage to go all the way to Silverthorne

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Just remember you will be getting to Silverthorne right at bed time and you probably won't sleep well at all that first night at altitude.  I'd personally opt to stay in Golden, get a good nights sleep and get acclimated, then head up the next morning.
Good point. Though Steamboat isn't that high, compared to other places in Colorado I've been to.
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So many reasons to stay in Golden:

Altitude adjustment
Price
Catch the scenery going into the mountains
Hit the pillow at a better time

I also did the Friday morning drive from Golden and found there was no traffic advantage to go all the way to Silverthorne

Convinced. Staying in Golden tonight. Thanks for the thoughts everyone!
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So many reasons to stay in Golden:

Altitude adjustment
Price
Catch the scenery going into the mountains
Hit the pillow at a better time

I also did the Friday morning drive from Golden and found there was no traffic advantage to go all the way to Silverthorne

Convinced. Staying in Golden tonight. Thanks for the thoughts everyone!

Good choice.  The worst night of my life was the night I tried to sleep in Silverthorne on the way up to Steamboat.  

 

BK

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Good point. Though Steamboat isn't that high, compared to other places in Colorado I've been to.

Fyi, Silverthorne is at 9k, much higher than steamboat (6.7k)

Staying in golden is a good idea. If the day you're leaving golden is Saturday, Sunday or a holiday, be sure to leave early due to bad traffic, ideally before 6am or after noon.

If weather is predicted to be bad the day after your flight arrives, you may want to push farther that first night.
post #13 of 18
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I'm never driving I70 again. Already missed our flight home. Insane traffic. Currently parked on I70 between Silverthorne and tunnel.
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That's a bummer.   Were you using any driving apps live Google Maps or Waze?

The accident that closed the tunnel happened at 10:23 and I would be curious how quickly they could have rerouted you to US40.

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Everyone loses to I70 eventually. 

If the roads are clear, take Cameron Pass next time. Beautiful drive with no traffic. 

The conditions at SB looked pretty awesome, at least you got that! 

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That's a bummer.   Were you using any driving apps live Google Maps or Waze?
The accident that closed the tunnel happened at 10:23 and I would be curious how quickly they could have rerouted you to US40.

Waze sent us through Kremmling and Silverthorne. We left before accidents happened, and they took so long to resolve. And it was blizzard conditions going over Rabbit Ears, so wasn't looking to go over other high, narrow passes.
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Everyone loses to I70 eventually. 
If the roads are clear, take Cameron Pass next time. Beautiful drive with no traffic. 
The conditions at SB looked pretty awesome, at least you got that! 

Skiing was really nice. Great time overall, at least until my wife tore her ACL on last run of the trip and the Odyssy getting to Denver and New York. On the upside, we had fantastic Mexican food in Silverthorne, waiting for the traffic to start moving. Carnicería Santa Cruz. Tacos were great, but the sauce on the enchiladas was something special. [IMG]
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Everyone loses to I70 eventually. 
If the roads are clear, take Cameron Pass next time. Beautiful drive with no traffic. 
The conditions at SB looked pretty awesome, at least you got that! 
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