Originally Posted by Harry Dunn
WT- you're skiing Winter Park, right?
I'd guess tomorrow traffic won't be too bad. 7:00 is a decent time to start, but if you can, leave earlier. If you're past Floyd Hill (about 12-15 miles west of Denver in the mtns) by then, you'll be fine. The other option is to leave later, and I'd say if you left Lakewood at 9:30, you'd be fine. I went up a couple weeks ago later, left Boulder at 8:30 and there wasn't any traffic. Its nice in Denver/Boulder this weekend and there's no new snow, so you may not run into much traffic.
The other option, depending on when you get in tomorrow night, is to just drive straight thru to Grand County and skip the night in Lakewood. The drive isn't that bad.
Thanks for the reply Harry. Actually, we are skiing Sol Vista (staying right there at the Inn of SilverCreek) but may sneak a day in at WP. This is a family trip (as opposed to my typical solo or ski camp trips) and will have my wife, sis-in-law and neice/nephew in tow. I want to give them that first night at 5k altitude because it's a first for a couple of them.
You mentioned "tomorrow" in your reply which is Friday, and it's Saturday morning that we'll be heading up to the mountains. Not sure if you meant that Saturday might not be bad this weekend...
I'm just anxious to get up there and get a half day in but it sounds like we'll be ok either way. So if the "crew" is up and raring early, we'll try and get out by 6:30am. If not I'll just wait until 9am or so and should be able to make Granby by 11-11:30.