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post #31 of 56
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity
Boy, you guy's have great snow and you still find something to complain about. You should move back here with us in New England.

I hope you guy's realize how good you have it.

Ok now that that's been said, I can see the problem, I have done that I-70 drive, but not in the traffic you have now. If you can get all the "friends of the earth do gooders" out of the way, I'm sure the state would have no problem making I-70 5 lanes wide. All it takes is money.

At least your not alone on your drive, just remember there is most likely another EPIC member in that traffic somewhere.

Enjoy your snow, wish we had some of that...
Yeah no kidding we are really lucky to have such great access. This year really has ratcheted up a notch from previous seasons due to the incredible snow this year.
Thanks for reminding us how good we got it.
post #32 of 56
One other solution is to buy a season's pass at Eldora, and drive the 25 miles up Boulder Canyon. Or not.
post #33 of 56

No sympathy from the East Coast

I'm with Max, no sympathy from the East Coast. At least you get to ski at the end of your motor trek, we fight that kind of traffic everyday to sit at a desk for 9 hrs.

Can't you stop at Loveland or divert to Winter Park to avoid some of it? Or skip traffic altogether by going to Eldora? All three of those places are awesome from an East Coastie's perspective.
post #34 of 56
My wife and I just anticipate the traffic, grab some good coffee and snacks, and then just go. While in traffic, we talk and catch up alot, call friends and have sex (hehe)

IMO it's not all that bad....the skiing makes it worth it. I've have 15 days out this season on the weekend, and 10 of them have been epic. No amount of traffic in the mountains could make me stop going....
post #35 of 56
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Originally Posted by Jamesj
Can't you stop at Loveland or divert to Winter Park to avoid some of it? Or skip traffic altogether by going to Eldora? All three of those places are awesome from an East Coastie's perspective.
One reason half of my days have been at Loveland this year. Besides the great snow and sweet terrain.
post #36 of 56
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Originally Posted by Harry Dunn
One reason half of my days have been at Loveland this year. Besides the great snow and sweet terrain.
Head'em off at the pass!
post #37 of 56
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Originally Posted by skier31
I would like to see a high speed train from DIA to the resorts with stops in downtown Denver and a few others in between. In order for this to work, there would have to be convenient and frequent transportation from the drop off points to the resorts. The price of the train would have to be economical enough that it would be a substantial savings over driving a car.
I would love this idea, and I actually disagree that it would have to be a "substantial savings" over driving. I would be willing to pay more than driving for the convenience. I bet you would too. I bet lots of people would. But, I don't think enough people would be willing to pay enough money to make the plan profitable (even just in operation, not even taking into account construction costs) - so it would have to be publically funded. Which ain't happening anytime soon. Too bad.

J
post #38 of 56
Instead of building the T-Rex train system in Denver, which no one is going to use, they should have used the money to build a ski train.....grrrrr!!!
post #39 of 56
Ok locals....help me out here. Or at least help me verify an experienced based assumption.

We're flying in to Denver tomorrow (Fri) night and plane to stay at a hotel in Lakewood and start driving up to Grand County early Sat morning. Was thinking of hitting the road at 7am sharp. Is that too late to beat the rush?

Or if we decided to wait until 10am to leave....is that a bad idea? will the crush be over?

I do this drive 2-3 times a seaon but never on a Saturday morning.

Or is there any chance that this particular weekend won't be typically crowded because it's between a holiday week and spring breaks.

We have one quick stop to make in Idaho Springs to make on the way up.

Thanks!
post #40 of 56
Ok locals....help me out here. Or at least help me verify an experienced based assumption.

We're flying in to Denver tomorrow (Fri) night and plane to stay at a hotel in Lakewood and start driving up to Grand County early Sat morning. Was thinking of hitting the road at 7am sharp. Is that too late to beat the rush?

Or if we decided to wait until 10am to leave....is that a bad idea? will the crush be over?

I do this drive 2-3 times a seaon but never on a Saturday morning.

Or is there any chance that this particular weekend won't be typically crowded because it's between a holiday week and spring breaks.

We have one quick stop to make in Idaho Springs to make on the way up.

Thanks!
post #41 of 56
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.
post #42 of 56
I think 7 may be cutting it close. I would leave earlier 6:15 or so
if possible or skip the hotel and go directly up to Grand County.
post #43 of 56
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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.
post #44 of 56
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Originally Posted by skier31
I think 7 may be cutting it close. I would leave earlier 6:15 or so
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What he said. When I lived in Denver on the road at 6:15 on the road at 6:45

If it is not too late see if you can stay in Idiot Springs.
post #45 of 56
Sorry... I meant it might just be easier to drive up tomorrow night when you get in. However, if you do want that night at 5k feet, then you'll be fine on Saturday morning.

Personally, with the lack of new snow and the nice weather down here in the front range, I don't think there will be much traffic.
post #46 of 56
WT - I think you'll be fine leaving Lakewood by 6:30 a.m. (6:45 at the latest). If you definitely want to have the easiest drive then 6:00 to 6:15 would defintely do it.

My estimates based on departure time:

6:15 a.m. - 1:15 travel time (guaranteed first chair!)
6:30 a.m. - 1:30 travel time (darn close to first chair)
6:45 a.m. - 1:45 travel time (miss the initial morning surge at the lifts)
7:00 a.m. - 2:00 travel time (first run by 10:00 a.m.)

I do this "run" every Saturday morning and unless you're dealing with an accident or weather these times are pretty much spot on (leaving from Lakewood go to Winter Park area). I've never been to Sol Vista though so I'd say you may (or may not) pick up some time there.
post #47 of 56
The wife took pictures of the traffic eastbound on 70 when we were driving up to Breck on a Sunday in Jan(it started snowing in Georgetown). It truly was a parking lot from the tunnel to Frisco where we got off.

I know it's not feasible for everyone, but as others have mentioned it's best to ski midweek when possible.
post #48 of 56
It really depends where you're staying in Lakewood, and when you actually hit I-70 -- if I leave my house at 6:30, and pass the Morrison exit (#259) at 6:45, traffic is usually not too bad (and often completely free-flowing). Last Saturday I left my house around 6:30, and reached Vail just after 8 = 95 miles in 1.5 hours.

If I pass the Morrison exit at 7, I am bound to hit traffic -- some weekends are worse than others, but nothing too horrendous (on non-powder days). I can usually make it to Copper (75 miles away) around 8:15. Any later and it can become a major pain.

The good thing is you'll be getting off at Highway 40 to head to Sol Vista, and will therefore miss the masses heading up to the tunnel.
post #49 of 56
[quote=faisasy]It really depends where you're staying in Lakewood, and when you actually hit I-70 QUOTE]
We're staying at the Quality Suites Southwest at 7260 W. Jefferson in Lakewood. Looks like I'll take 285W to 470 in the morning to get to I-70.

Thanks for all the advice folks!

The plan is to be on the road no later than 0630. Unless something really changes it, then we'll wait until 0930.
post #50 of 56
Does anyone know if the ramp from C-470 to US-6/I-70 West is still closed? Last weekend I was baffled to find it closed, and had to take a long, traffic-packed detour by going C-470 > I-70 East > US-6 East, turning around on 6 and then getting back to 70 West. A major pain! Couldn't find anything on the CDOT website. I guess I should mention that even with the detour, I made it to Vail in 1.5 hours, having left at 6:30.
post #51 of 56
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Originally Posted by faisasy
Does anyone know if the ramp from C-470 to US-6/I-70 West is still closed? Last weekend I was baffled to find it closed, and had to take a long, traffic-packed detour by going C-470 > I-70 East > US-6 East, turning around on 6 and then getting back to 70 West. A major pain! Couldn't find anything on the CDOT website. I guess I should mention that even with the detour, I made it to Vail in 1.5 hours, having left at 6:30.
good point...I'm obviously interested in the answer to that.
I remember that last time I was out there about 5 weeks ago, it looked like that ramp from 470 to 70 was ready to be worked on.
post #52 of 56
The word is that the ramp work will continue for the next 4 weeks with the C-470 to I-70 west exit CLOSED! This is ridiculous. I'd love to find out who authorized this crap right in the middle of ski season - total idiots.

Anyhow, Faisasy the secret to avoiding that detour at US-6 is to go down 1 more exit to 40 at Denver West. Of course I'll probably regret posting this (it's pretty obvious though - just don't follow the detour signs), but I'm hoping that the exposure from EpicSki will be limited.
post #53 of 56
Actually now I'm thinking that the C-470 Morrison exit may make the most sense to bypass the BS at the ramp.
post #54 of 56
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Originally Posted by Noodler
Anyhow, Faisasy the secret to avoiding that detour at US-6 is to go down 1 more exit to 40 at Denver West.
Yeah, I realized that right AFTER I took the exit ramp for 6 East. In fact, it's easier for me to just get onto 6 West straight from my place, which is what I will do tomorrow, and what I would have done last weekend, had I known about the 470/70 closure. Thanks.

WT -- I'd suggest taking 285 South/West to Kipling North to 6 West (Kipling north is faster than Wadsworth, due to the number of lights).
post #55 of 56
Last Saturday, the ramp from 6 West to 70 West was jam-packed -- so an alternative is to keep going on 6-West towards Golden, turn left at Colfax (US-40), and then get onto 70 at the Morrison exit.

Noodler, are you heading up tomorrow (Sat.)? I'm thinking of hitting Copper -- let me know if you'll be there (carpool maybe?).
post #56 of 56
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Originally Posted by faisasy
Last Saturday, the ramp from 6 West to 70 West was jam-packed -- so an alternative is to keep going on 6-West towards Golden, turn left at Colfax (US-40), and then get onto 70 at the Morrison exit.

Noodler, are you heading up tomorrow (Sat.)? I'm thinking of hitting Copper -- let me know if you'll be there (carpool maybe?).
We're hitting The Jane since it's a Saturday (I'll be at Copper on Sunday with the wife). I think you have a pass for the Jane too so why don't you come park at the beach and play in the bumps with us? It may soften up although the latest report I just saw included up to 2" of snow tomorrow.
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