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What resorts are close to Fort Collins, CO?

post #1 of 16
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A friend of a friend lives there and has invited me. What mountains are nearby, or within a reasonable distance?
post #2 of 16
DD, I go to visit my Dad in Ft. Collins and have always been surprised at how far it is to go ski. Basically you can ski anything you want if you are willing to travel 150 miles each way. Lots of backcountry opportunities at Cameron Pass and RMNP. The closest resort skiing is at Eldora, 70 miles Southwest and Snowy Range WY, about 100 miles North. Ft. Collins is not the best place in Colorado to base a ski vacation, but you can get places in a reasonable time-frame. Heck, I even went to Steamboat via State Rt 14 (Walden) at 150 miles. Loveland is a mere 140 miles via I25 and I-70 (an easier drive than Steamboat Spgs).

Get ready to drive some starting really early in the morning, and there is great skiing, but not really nearby. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
DD, I go to visit my Dad in Ft. Collins and have always been surprised at how far it is to go ski. Basically you can ski anything you want if you are willing to travel 150 miles each way. Lots of backcountry opportunities at Cameron Pass and RMNP. The closest resort skiing is at Eldora, 70 miles Southwest and Snowy Range WY, about 100 miles North. Ft. Collins is not the best place in Colorado to base a ski vacation, but you can get places in a reasonable time-frame. Heck, I even went to Steamboat via State Rt 14 (Walden) at 150 miles. Loveland is a mere 140 miles via I25 and I-70 (an easier drive than Steamboat Spgs).

Get ready to drive some starting really early in the morning, and there is great skiing, but not really nearby. Good luck.
How far to A-Basin, Copper, etc, time-wise? Mapquest says 2.5 hrs to vail, but that doesnt sound right, given that I have driven from Vail to Denver, and that alone took 3 hours.
post #4 of 16
I commute to Winter Park from Loveland (about 10 miles from Ft. Collins), takes about 2 hours.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by lennyblake
I commute to Winter Park from Loveland (about 10 miles from Ft. Collins), takes about 2 hours.
The Loveland ski area is 10 miles from Ft Collins? Cirquerider said that it was 140 miles away. I'm probably being stupid, assuming that the mountain and the town are the same, but I didn't really aquaint myself with the geography beyond Vail/BC when I was there.
post #6 of 16
Loveland the town is next to Ft Collins. Loveland the ski area is not next to Ft Collins- 50 miles west of Denver.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by lennyblake
I commute to Winter Park from Loveland (about 10 miles from Ft. Collins), takes about 2 hours.
Loveland (the city) is 10 miles from FC, WP is about 100 miles, but not real direct way to get anywhere. Pretty much have to go through Loveland, Longmont and Boulder from FC to get to ski areas (Note: the interstate is a viable alternative on the weekends).
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Originally Posted by doublediamond223
How far to A-Basin, Copper, etc, time-wise? Mapquest says 2.5 hrs to vail, but that doesnt sound right, given that I have driven from Vail to Denver, and that alone took 3 hours.
FC to Vail is probably closer to 3.5 hrs, maybe more. A-Basin and Copper are probably 2.5 hrs or so. It all depends on traffic and when you're going, too.
post #9 of 16
Unfortunately Ski Estes Park aka Hidden Valley used to be pretty close. If you are going in the winter you will still have a great time as Boulder and Denver are not far. Lots of stuff to see and do.

If you can go in the summer you are close to some great mountain country. While everyone goes into Rocky Mt NP I found the mountains in Roosevelt NF to be just as incredible and virtually uncrowded when I lived in Laramie.
post #10 of 16
Those sound about right. I get to Copper in about 2-2.5 hours, leaving Fort Collins at 6 am. I can get to the I-70 / C-470 junction at the west end of Denver in about an hour at that time of day (good weather, of course). I live at the south end of Fort Collins, which could be 15 minutes closer than your friend if he's at the north end.
post #11 of 16

fort collins skiing

did five years of grad school in fort c, trust me, you will be hating life on the interstate. STeamboat is 3.5 hours, but NICE hours, no traffic, either pretty mountains (rt 14) or through laramie and west (not bad either and the way to go if bad weather). Go early, ski, stay the night, ski the next day and drive back, not bad, can eat at the River rock or Moose cafe in walden, can also give you parking recs up in steamboat but most hotelswill let you park there. much, much, much better than battling either I-15 or I-70...yuck (even guys playing guitars ontheir roofs wouldn't make that fun)
post #12 of 16

second Steamboat

spent 4 years at CSU in Ft. Collins and I second Steamboat. It's a longer drive bur much nicer and defintely worth it for incredible skiiing and cool town
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by montana mags
did five years of grad school in fort c, trust me, you will be hating life on the interstate. STeamboat is 3.5 hours, but NICE hours, no traffic, either pretty mountains (rt 14) or through laramie and west (not bad either and the way to go if bad weather). Go early, ski, stay the night, ski the next day and drive back, not bad, can eat at the River rock or Moose cafe in walden, can also give you parking recs up in steamboat but most hotelswill let you park there. much, much, much better than battling either I-15 or I-70...yuck (even guys playing guitars ontheir roofs wouldn't make that fun)
Is it 3.5 through Laramie too?
post #14 of 16
Best probability for success on the interstates is to get out early. I leave Boulder at 6am regardless of the day and I get up to Copper between 7:30 and 7:40. If I bump it any later, I may hit traffic mid-week and definitely will hit traffic on weekends. Fort Collins is another 30-45 minutes from our home (depending on where in Fort Collins you're talking).
post #15 of 16
Maybe try a day trip to Eldora real nice smaller (small for CO, big for many other places) area, then over nighter to the Boat as recommended for two days of skiing, then more day trips to Eldora and/or Loveland. That would make a real nice week with most overnights at your buddy's place.
Above plan would obviously require access to a car.
post #16 of 16

fort c to steamboat

well in good weather i'd go over rt 14 up poudre canyon. In snowy iffy weather i'd head up to 287 to laramie and cut over. It takes probably 1/2 -3/4hour longer if you go through laramie but much better in snowy weather. It can be very windy going up 287 tho. It is very pretty also and you could stop at the wyocolo lounge...a cultural event!
you could leave at 4 or 5am to head up the interstate and still have trouble., All it take is one little car going slowly and you will be stuck. Neither I25 or I70 is able to handle the massive growth in the front range and the traffic is awful...have sat in traffic at 2:30am.
Eldora is probably the best day trips, about an hour forty five minutes from fort c depending on traffic, definitely a burly drive up there
still vote the boat!
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