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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I have read where I 70 can be packed Sunday afternoon east bound from the tunnel to Denver.
What can I expect west bound from Loveland back to summit Co. Christmas week ?

Thanks
post #2 of 18
From Loveland you're there, things open up past the tunnel. If the tunnel is jammed just go over the pass and check out ABasin.

I did blow up a VW van that way once.
post #3 of 18
An easy drive for the most part. Especially if you are talking Loveland Ski are vs Loveland the town.

I70 traffic can blow, but it's generally directional. You should be fine.
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks:
And yes,Im talking about leaving the Ski area after the lifts shut down
post #5 of 18
yes, if youre waiting until after te lifts shut down(around 4); i-70 should not be an issue. most of the denverites have already headed back by then.

from loveland, if you leave when everyone else does on sunday after lunch; you could probably expect up to an additional 30 minutes; but that would be in extreme traffic or conditions.
post #6 of 18
sorry, gotta disagree. If you're driving down on a Sunday, the traffic normally gridlocks around Dumont to Idaho Springs, then on Floyd Hill around 5pm.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post
sorry, gotta disagree. If you're driving down on a Sunday, the traffic normally gridlocks around Dumont to Idaho Springs, then on Floyd Hill around 5pm.
You bet it does. I was posting the same until I re read the post and saw he is headed west to Summit County.
post #8 of 18
Agree with icsfm. Bottlenecks where WP/MJ traffic comes in but they are putting in (?) a traffic light to control entrance to I70 at that exit, so it might be different for I70 and worse for WP/MJ traffic. Stay around, have dinner then head back. Ok little restaurants in Empire which is where the bottle neck occurs (after tunnel).


Going west shouldn't be a problem. Occassional they close the tunnel for hazardous material trucks if Loveland pass is closed. Usually around the hour for about 20-30 minuers to clear the tunnel for the trucks and to make sure they are clear before cars go back through.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
You bet it does. I was posting the same until I re read the post and saw he is headed west to Summit County.
oops, my bad.
post #10 of 18
How is I-70 westbound late on Sunday morning?

Twice per month, we're thinking of leaving Broomfield late on Sunday morning (10:00 am), skiing 1/2 day in Summit on Sunday, then staying overnight to ski Monday, and return Monday night.

How's the traffic based upon this plan?
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato View Post
How is I-70 westbound late on Sunday morning?

Twice per month, we're thinking of leaving Broomfield late on Sunday morning (10:00 am), skiing 1/2 day in Summit on Sunday, then staying overnight to ski Monday, and return Monday night.

How's the traffic based upon this plan?
You might hit some traffic Sunday morning (but probably very little at the time you're leaving), heavily dependent on weather conditions, whether Loveland Pass is open or closed, and any wrecks. Road conditions from CDOT or call 303-639-1111.

The traffic on Monday should be negligible.

From Broomfield (unless the road is icy or wind warnings are posted) I'd take CO128 west to CO93 south to US6 west (clear creek canyon); that misses most of the traffic that jams around Floyd Hill.
post #12 of 18
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From Broomfield (unless the road is icy or wind warnings are posted) I'd take CO128 west to CO93 south to US6 west (clear creek canyon); that misses most of the traffic that jams around Floyd Hill.
I'd agree with this. Usually if there's a wreck it's going to be at Floyd Hill. Mostly a pileup of 3-5 SUV's, or a semi on it's side. When this happens, the canyon is the best. If the wreck happens after the canyon, sometimes best just to head to Kermits and get some chili and forget about skiing that day. I usually drive by the Morrison exit by 6:15 am. I'm just north of where you live.

Hopefully the new $1000.00 fine for truckers who don't chain up will cause them to chain up and cause less wrecks this season.
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post
You might hit some traffic Sunday morning (but probably very little at the time you're leaving), heavily dependent on weather conditions, whether Loveland Pass is open or closed, and any wrecks. Road conditions from CDOT or call 303-639-1111.

The traffic on Monday should be negligible.

From Broomfield (unless the road is icy or wind warnings are posted) I'd take CO128 west to CO93 south to US6 west (clear creek canyon); that misses most of the traffic that jams around Floyd Hill.
ICSM: Thanks for the info. I see what you mean about 128 and 93. It looks direct. US6 makes sense, given that everyone else is likely jamming from Golden westward.

Perhaps we'll see you on the hill this year!
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by daysailer1 View Post
I'd agree with this. Usually if there's a wreck it's going to be at Floyd Hill. Mostly a pileup of 3-5 SUV's, or a semi on it's side. When this happens, the canyon is the best. If the wreck happens after the canyon, sometimes best just to head to Kermits and get some chili and forget about skiing that day. I usually drive by the Morrison exit by 6:15 am. I'm just north of where you live.

Hopefully the new $1000.00 fine for truckers who don't chain up will cause them to chain up and cause less wrecks this season.
I've heard horror stories about these pile-ups. Hopefully, I won't witness any first-hand soon.

A $1000 fine sounds motivating. Who'd wanna drive a 18-wheel rig on ice without chains anyhoo? Apparently, too many.
post #15 of 18
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I've heard horror stories about these pile-ups. Hopefully, I won't witness any first-hand soon.
Unfortunately they are a reality of I-70.

The best one yet was about 4 years ago. I was in Aspen and getting ready to head home. Apparently a trucker decided to load up on cocktails in the early AM while they loaded her tanker with hot tar. She decided to speed down the hill and didn't make the curve at the bottom at about 6 AM. Spilled hot tar completely across I-70 and shut it down for about 8 hours. Massive traffic jam. Utterly no skiers made it to the hills that day. When I got to the part of I-70 that it is usually jammed with cars - clear sailing. The ski resorts lost uncounted millions that day..

Saw something similar there this past spring only it appeared to be the crumpled, twisted remains of some type of big pickup truck. Traffic was backed up to Golden. Didn't matter too much cause I-70 was also closed at the tunnel due to weather conditions. I was already in Empire and headed home due to high wind/Berthoud Pass avalanche closure so I just saw the whole traffic mess as I drove by.
post #16 of 18

give em room

We need to ensure that truckers have a safe place to chain up, and to be careful when passing a chainup spot

In today's Vail daily it was reported that yesterday a trucker was tragically killed by another trucker in East Vail while he was removing his chains on the side of I-70 on the bottom of Vail Pass. Not sure about the details..still under investigation
post #17 of 18
their are pleanty of safe chain up areas along i70 that are a few hundred feet off the side of the road..most truckers are pressing for time and feel the cond are not that bad and skip the chains till they wack a wall or a car etc. from loveland back towards summit co the drive should be not to crowded at all being 95% of the traffic will be going east bound back towards denver. i cant wait till the proposed ski train that will visit all the big resorts is installed or I70 is made wider. neather will be up and running id say for atleast 10+ years. darn the worse part about rising CO resorts is the darn traffic..this needs fixing big time!
post #18 of 18
Need a car tunnel, Boulder to Winter park, just like the train. Of course then Winter Park will be a suburb of Denver, with all the traffic.
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