Originally Posted by segbrown
I concur, although I'd inch the times up a little bit. Leave Denver by 6 or 6:15 am, and leave the ski area by 2:30.
We stay up as often as possible, though, and bought a place in Copper last spring in order to facilitate that. You can get some good last-minute deals, too, if you push a little bit. Between now and March (excluding Christmas and Pres Day, of course), it isn't too hard to find cheap last-minute lodging.
I agree....I often spend the first 1/2 hour of my work day on Friday on the phone with folks in the high country booking last-minute deals. If it's a larger property mgmt company, just speaking with the manager tends to get you what you want. I've paid as little as $75/night for a 2br condo in Steamboat that didn't require de-lousing when we got home.....
As for the drive, unfortunately we do it all the time. Leaving early and having a nice breakfast up in the high country is great....I usually ski thru lunch and am off the hill at 2:30, giving me 6 solid hours of skiing before I head back.
Would love to buy a place up there, but we opted to have kids and renovate our home in Denver instead.