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Longest Drive To Go Skiing

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Mine was only about 11 hours. Newport Beach, CA to the parking lot of Squaw Valley, CA. We got there around 4AM and slept in the car for a couple of hours before they opened up. I was young once, and cold.
post #2 of 24
drive 5+ hours, ski 5 hours, drive back 5+ hours

I used to have a rule that I drive (there and back) no longer than I ski -- now it's only 2 times longer than I ski. Rules can change.
post #3 of 24
25 hours! London to Flaine (French Alps). Very heavy traffic around Paris and on the auto-route between Paris and Dijon. I was young and energetic in those days.
post #4 of 24
11 hours, Quitaque, TX to Durango twice a year. That is for a Friday through Sunday ski trip. However, I drive 7 hours to Taos every Friday and Come home after skiing Sunday, every weekend, Thanksgiving through Spring Break unless we are going somewhere else to ski.
post #5 of 24
1970. Annandale Va. to Jay Peak Vt. Took a little longer than expected because we tried to use a road that is closed in winter. It was really late at night, but some crazy snowmobilers showed up and helped get us unstuck, turned around and pointed in the right direction.
post #6 of 24
26+ hours.
post #7 of 24
7 hours from here to Killingfields.

Won't do it again.
post #8 of 24
You talking daytrip or multinight?

Daytrip: 4+ hours each way many times.

Multinight: ~28 hours each way, VA to various places in CO, three times over the years. All the CO drives included an overnight motel stop in route. Longest continuous drive during these trips was 17 hours.
10-12 hours each way, VA to various places in northern New England many times.
A few years ago before the latest spike in gas prices I seriously considered driving a small group from VA to Banff, about 36 hours each way, for 5 days of spring break skiing.
post #9 of 24
I like to try and get some skiing in on the way. This winter I left Big Sky around 5am - drove to Brighton, skiied until 3 and then got back in the car and drove to Vail to meet up with some friends for a week of skiing in Loveland
post #10 of 24
When I was a teenager I did Chicago to Steamboat, Chicago to Breckenridge & Chicago to SLC (for a 3 day weekend + 2 days on-the-road).

Gas was cheap... and the value of my time was even cheaper .
post #11 of 24
I once drove from Washington DC to Hunter, NY, which takes like eight hours to ski on something like 10 trails. I was jonesing in a huge way!

I've driven from DC to Stowe, Vermont, but that was for 3 days of skiing.

My slowest drives have been from Boston to the White Mountain regions in Friday night snowstorms. The 140 mile trip from my door to Lincoln, NH has taken me 7+ hours. The next day has always been amazing though.

I had a really memorable drive from DC to Canaan Valley / Timberline in West Virginia in a snowstorm one year. That was like a 6 hour, 140 mile trip. The roads to Canaan (rhymes with "insane") aren't exactly major highways, and they aren't really straight, or flat. I am amazed to this day that my little front-wheel-drive Mazda Protege with all-season tires survived that trip. Good skiing that weekend though.
post #12 of 24
6 hrs to Lake Placid
post #13 of 24
In August of 1990 - drove from NJ to Oregon for my daughters ASA National Softball Championship Tournament - we took our skis, when the tournament was over we skied Mt Hood.

"We don't grow to old to play, we grow old because we stop playing."
Herman "Jackrabbit" Johanson
post #14 of 24
How about 21 hours round trip for two days skiing less than 1000' of vert? Ann Arbor to Mt. Bohemia. I've done that twice, hope to do it again soon.... maybe three days this time.

Every year I drive 19 hours one way to Winter Park. I may do that twice this year.

That said, I must give props (and thanks) to my wife who rides along on those trips but doesn't ski!
post #15 of 24
Wow! There are some serious drives in this thread. From where I live in southern New Hampshire, I can get to several northeast ski areas in 3 hours or less. That includes Stowe, Okemo, Killington, Cannon, Loon, Wildcat, Sugarbush, etc. Longer trips include Sugarloaf (4+), Sunday River (3.5), Jay Peak (3.5), Whiteface (5+). My one trip "out west" was to Utah, and I flew.
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by Pinelander View Post
In August of 1990 - drove from NJ to Oregon for my daughters ASA National Softball Championship Tournament - we took our skis, when the tournament was over we skied Mt Hood.
I think we have a winner here. ::: How did your daughter's team do?
post #17 of 24
Unless someone drove Florida to Alaska that will be hard to beat.
post #18 of 24
Back in the 80's I made a couple of trips from Pittsburgh to Vermont(Stowe- Killington about 10 hrs). One time I had the horrendously poor idea I would ski a half a day and then drive home. I still remember this, I got about 2/1/2 hours down the road and realized I was very tired. Limped the rest of the way in and didn't unpack the car just crawled into bed.
post #19 of 24
KevinF
We finished in the middle of the pack. Not bad for a bunch of local kids competing against some mega-travel programs. One team we played against had a $100 non-refundable tryout fee. If the player made the team it cost an additional $1,100 for the training fee for the rest of the year. This didn't include the cost of uniforms, travel or tournaments. They trained 50 weeks a year and took two weeks off at Christmas. Remember these numbers were in 1990's dollars! A couple of years later we qualified for the Nationals again. Unfortunately there's no snow in Illinois in
August.

"We don't grow to old to play, we grow old because we stop playing."
Herman "Jackrabbit" Johanson
post #20 of 24
December 2005 I drove a 2002 Kia Rio from Birmingham Alabama (985 miles, 13 hours) for my graduation from grad school in Omaha NE and then had a co-graduation party with my brother at my parents house in Norfolk NE. I then drove from my parents house to Jackson Hole in a Chrysler 300 (not the Rio!) to ski 4 days (990 miles one way, 13 hours). After Jackson hole I came back to Nebraska because I was a groomsmen in a wedding and then went to Vail and skied 5 days (585 miles, 8.5 hours). Finally, I made the 1457 mile, 23 hour drive from Vail Colorado to Birmingham Alabama on New years day 2006. I should note that I left in a blizzard driving a 2002 Kia Rio at 7:30 am on New Years day with a moderate though not severe hangover. Had I waited another 2 hours the interstate would have been closed on me.

All in all it was over 5000 miles total to ski 9 days at 4 resorts with 3000 of them in a stinking Kia Rio. Now I drive an Audi A4.
post #21 of 24
16 Chicago to CO drives, most to Aspen/Snowmass and Steamboat, back in the 80s. We always drove the ~23h each way without stopping for the night unless the interstate was closed due to weather or our diesel gelled up in our tank. Once, we barely drifted into a hotel in the middle of NE in the middle of the night in sub-0F weather.

We had three drivers (myself and my parents) among the four of us, with a station wagon with the back seat down so two people could stretch out and sleep while two stayed awake. We even perfected a driver change without slowing down. We always had the CB radio on.

--Lee
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by ilh View Post
16 Chicago to CO drives, most to Aspen/Snowmass and Steamboat, back in the 80s. We always drove the ~23h each way without stopping for the night unless the interstate was closed due to weather or our diesel gelled up in our tank. Once, we barely drifted into a hotel in the middle of NE in the middle of the night in sub-0F weather.

We had three drivers (myself and my parents) among the four of us, with a station wagon with the back seat down so two people could stretch out and sleep while two stayed awake. We even perfected a driver change without slowing down. We always had the CB radio on.

--Lee
I'm impressed Lee. Your parents must have been hardcore road warriors with a dang good case of ski fever. Mine were pretty good in that regard too and I shared driving duties with them when we went on 3 hour trips to the family ski cabin in PA most winter weekends in the 1970s (with two crazy little dogs along every time).

For me, the time spent on the road getting to a ski area can often be a form of enjoyable anticipation, with good scenery and fellowship. Of course, some trips are better than others in that regard. And there is certainly nothing wrong with living 5 miles from a good ski hill :-)
post #23 of 24
In 1977, a friend and I drove from Lubbock, Texas, to Big Sky, Montana, 24 hours straight. We had to wait for a gas station to open up in Chugwater, Wyoming, or we would have made it in 22 hours.
post #24 of 24
Used to routinely drive from Santa Barbara to Mammoth, ski for the day, drive back. About 6 hours each way. No big deal when you're 20 years old.
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