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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm curious about those living in/near Denver if you drive up to the slopes on a daily basis (i.e. head up Sat morning, ski, head home, repeat on Sunday) or if you 1. have a time share 2. own a cabin/condo 3. get a hotel near the resort you are skiing at that weekend.

Or do you just do single day trips?
post #2 of 15
For years I drove up daily, though in the past few seasons I share a condo in Summit Co. In the worst case scenario with our undersized interstate, volume of cars and bad weather, your Saturday/Sunday drive can be 3-4 hours each way. If you live here it's worth the hassle to rent with a group in the high country, although it seems as though finding an owner that will allow 10 people to share a place is difficult.
post #3 of 15
When up in Silverthorne a month ago, we stayed with a couple who lived there and he commutes to Denver and occasionally will hit a run or two at Loveland on the way in to the Big D, 70 miles away. She works in Summit County. They got it right.
post #4 of 15
drive up and back most Thursdays. Rarely ski weekends now, unless on ski vacation (usually two one week trips per year).
post #5 of 15
For years we did the up down up down routine from south Denver C470 and Quebec area. We did purchase in Breck last season as base camp and now often do a Friday up with a Monday down, often right to office.

An interesting article appearing in the Denver Post last eve for (Tuesday, November 28) Opinion page 7B. Columnist Ed Quillen speaks of eliminating all semi and large truck operation east/west of 70 tunnel and Loveland pass, or for that matter, routing all I70 east/west semi traffic via I80 or I40 and dusting off existing rail service to commercially deliver goods for mountain locations. Very interesting argument with some strong foundation if you would like to take a read.

Outside that, if we must do the up down up down brake stop inch brake stop inch go fast stop instantly thing, we simply relax, reach into the packed assorted goodies have our play list ready and say the often 3 plus hour return is worth the price of a great ski day.
post #6 of 15
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An interesting article appearing in the Denver Post last eve for (Tuesday, November 28) Opinion page 7B. Columnist Ed Quillen speaks of eliminating all semi and large truck operation east/west of 70 tunnel and Loveland pass, or for that matter, routing all I70 east/west semi traffic via I80 or I40 and dusting off existing rail service to commercially deliver goods for mountain locations. Very interesting argument with some strong foundation if you would like to take a read.
In Summit County we get all of our supplies from Denver. Back when Denver got their big snow and I70 was shut down for just a few days, we were totally out of supplies (food/gas/etc). All of our resturants had to close.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
right on.

i was just curious as since we haven't gotten any decent coverage here in Cali yet, I'm weighing on perhaps making some weekend jaunts your way. Was trying to figure out if it would just be better to get a motel in Summit Co. or if it would be easier to do the drive-up/drive-down both Sat and Sun as I have a place to stay in Denver for free.
post #8 of 15
staying in Denver is OK, just leave before 630am on Saturdays and either leave around 3pm Sat or Sun, or eat dinner, and leave around 630pm.
post #9 of 15
Yes dookey, free Denver stay is hard to beat and ican gives the drive times. However, if you do have some budget wiggle, obviously it’s hard to beat longer slope time and local nightlife if you can find a summit county deal (especially if you can book out with some advanced planning).
post #10 of 15
If you have a free place in Denver it isn't bad. Most of the time I just do day trips both days. As long as you are passing the Morrison exit on 70 by 6:30am on Saturday the drive is pretty decent. The drive back on Sunday can be a bit trying. Stopping, getting some food and letting the traffic blow by is a great idea.
post #11 of 15
The drive from Denver isn't nearly as bad as the Bay Area Friday night boogie to Tahoe either.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
oh yeah, i'm well aware of the 3 hour-turned into 6-8 hour Bay Area boogie.

thankfully we have a cabin in Truckee, so I usually take the apres ski nap and light out later at night or first thing Monday morning. that or make sure I have a grip of good tunes along for the ride!

i'm just fiending and our 20" base hasn't been enough to pull me into the truck for the jaunt.

keep looking at Colo and Oregon and thinking that it might be time for a flight or road trip...
post #13 of 15
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staying in Denver is OK, just leave before 630am on Saturdays and either leave around 3pm Sat or Sun, or eat dinner, and leave around 630pm.
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.
post #14 of 15
As opposed to leaving early, I have found that if you wait till 7:45 or 8 to leave, there is very little traffic. Sometimes the wife and I will have coffee or eat an early dinner in the mountains before heading back. There is usually no trafiic.
post #15 of 15
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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.
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