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Any ski/board stores near the Denver Airport?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hey

I have about 8 hours to waste in Denver so i want to head to a ski/board store to have a look for a new board and a camel back. Are there any good stores which are close enough to catch a taxi to and from without having to spend $50?

Thanks.
post #2 of 20
Assuming that are going to be in the new Airport, I don't have a clue. However, all you have to do would be measure the distance on a map and figure it out on your own. Gart's is downtown.
post #3 of 20
the denver airport is no where near downtown. as ATskier stated, you could use mapquest to measure the distance. i don't know taxi fare to town, however mass transit runs regularly.

in terms of new airport vs old airport......the old is now a subdivision
post #4 of 20
yep, its 10 miles easy from the east side of denver to the airport and probably closer to 15.
i would either look for what you want locally and get it online or buy it when you get to where you are staying. not having a car really makes it hard to shop for ski equip.
post #5 of 20
Other than a few hotels and places to eat, there's nothing near the Denver Airport.
post #6 of 20
Nothing near there.

However, there's decent bus service from the airport. You're right that a cab to and from the airport would be very expensive, probably more than $50. The bus would be pretty cheap ($5?). With a little advance planning, such as figuring out what bus you needed, you could easily get somewhere.
post #7 of 20
no.
post #8 of 20
The closest place is CO Ski and Golf on Havana and Parker (actually a pretty good shop, with a large selection, too). I bet that it would cost $50 each way by cab. As I said in another post, DIA is in Nebraska. If you could get a really cheap rental car it might be worth it, but there is no public transportation that you could get there easily from the airport that I know of. There is a very reasonably priced bus shuttle service from DIA to varoius central locations (http://www.rtd-denver.com/), but I am not sure of how to get from there to the store. Unfortunately, one of the great negatives of the great American West- no public transportation of any value.
post #9 of 20
If you go the shuttle bus route, you could try to REI Downtown Denver. They will have your camel back needs. For boards they tend to skew towards the intermediate. I take it from your post you are talking about a snowboard. If that is the case, right down the street from REI is Emage Snowboards. They have better quality boards there.
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Ahhh nuts. Thanks guys. I may look into catching a bus in to downtown.

Does anyone know if there is anything to do near the airport? Eg. Somewhere to go for a walk?

Maybe i should just change my flight but it will cost 5000 FF points.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Aussie_Ski_Bum
Does anyone know if there is anything to do near the airport? Eg. Somewhere to go for a walk?
There's really nothing at the airport. Of course, the airport itself is large with lots of shops, etc.

You could catch one of the free hotel shuttles out to the hotel area off Tower Rd. and walk around there. (For instance, the Courtyard Marriot runs a shuttle each half hour to and from the airport.) There's not really any shops, but there's a bar/restaurant called Bennigan's that's not too bad. It would get you away from the airport and it's not really a bad area. You might be able to take the airport's free shuttle to the Pikes Peak lot and walk to the same area - it's probably about 1.5 miles from the shuttle lot to the Tower Rd. area.
post #12 of 20
The guy who builds Donek skis and snowboards is pretty close to the airport. However, no camelbacks and he doesn't keep a premade stock that I know of. Ask him and he'll probably give you a tour and hook you up with a mail demo.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by Aussie_Ski_Bum
Ahhh nuts. Thanks guys. I may look into catching a bus in to downtown.

Does anyone know if there is anything to do near the airport? Eg. Somewhere to go for a walk?

Maybe i should just change my flight but it will cost 5000 FF points.
You have a lot of time to spend, so you should find it interesting. They built the new Airport a distance from town so that they could reduce the air polution there. If you have never been to that part of Colorado, you will find it interesting. Unfortunately, however, most of the settlements along the front range would be rather dull to an American i.e. suburban sprawl. Denver can be an exciting town, but it doesn't have much of a downtown area. Personally, I'ld just get out of the plane and start walking.
post #14 of 20
The Denver Airport isn't actually in Denver. It's more like it's in Nebraska. Several days drive from the city.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for all your help.
post #16 of 20
DIA is incredibly big, like a small city. I've spent many hours there. Our last trip earlier this year, we stayed overnight in Denver before driving up to the mountains, JUST to visit REI, but this was easy with a rental car. We also found a couple of other great stores like the main Gart Sports, which is also enormous. If you want to buy some new sports gear, it is worth thinking about changing your flight, trust me.

There's only one REI, but Gart's is a chain - there are smaller stores near a lot of the resorts - eg Vail, Avon, Dillon. They sell lots of ski and outdoor/sports gear.

Where are you going from Denver?
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
We are heading to summit county by bus but I arrive in Denver early in the morning and my Dad arrives later in the arvo. I was planning on buying the board in Summit County because i want to demo a few first. I just wanted to know whether there was a store near the DIA so i could have a look around at boards and possibly buy a camel back. So i was just basically trying to find something to do for a few hours, nothing important.

I am after a top of the range Burton, Option, Ride, Never Summer or any other high peformance board so i am after a good store in Summit County (it doesn't have to have all those brands though). What do you mean by REI? Is there a Gart's in summit county?

Thanks.
post #18 of 20
REI - it's a huge (like 6 story) building full of every bit of sports and outdoor gear you can imagine. Check out the website - www.rei.com


There's a Gart's in Dillon. But there are heaps of other sports stores around Dillon/Frisco/Silverthorne if you are looking for a camelbak.
post #19 of 20

8 hours, huh? What dates are you flying?

The Other Denver.

http://www.nationalwestern.com/nwss/home/index.asp

You'll need a proper hat, boots and jerky to pull cowgirls. All available on site.
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks ShellBee.

[quote=comprex]8 hours, huh? What dates are you flying? QUOTE]

11th of January. We weren't going to be that far apart but i booked my flight on FF points early and then got rang up about a month ago saying that the flight doesn't go direct anymore and they have put me on a flight a few hours earlier. I could change it so we arrive at a similar time but that would cost a heap of FF points and I have already lost 5000 making another change.
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