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How long to drive from Frisco to Beaver Creek?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
As above really,

I've done a route-planner and it says 31 minutes, but it will be in early Feb, and i'm not sure what the conditions will be like.

So whats the longest/shortest time its taken people for the above trip?

(we're just deciding on where to go when we stop in Frisco, and just want an idea of how early we will need to get up to get to Beaver Creek for the first lift!)

Thanks,

Joe
post #2 of 13
Joe,

This is really a tough one to answer. The 31 minutes is about right in decent conditions, and in snowy roads it might take an hour or two if traffic is really slowed. However, they occasionally close Vail Pass, and then you may have to wait hours until you can get there. Before we leave Frisco, we always make sure Vail Pass is open, and then hopefully they don't close it in the few minutes that it takes us to get over Vail Pass.

I'd say allow 40 minutes to an hour in usual winter conditions, two hours if roads are really bad, and make other plans if they close Vail Pass.
post #3 of 13
It will be a good, solid half hour, at least, to get to Avon--and could take hours (even days) if the weather and traffic conspire against you.

Don't forget to add in time to get from the Avon exit to the resort, too. If you're just going for the day, you'll probably park in one of the big lots in Avon and take the shuttle bus up to the resort. It's not a big deal--buses come by frequently, and it's probably only a 10-minute ride. But if you're meeting someone or something, you'll need to consider it.

Have fun!

Best regards,
Bob
post #4 of 13
And be sure to check to see whether the Pass is open.
post #5 of 13
And if the pass isn't open, ski Copper. It's right at the base of the pass.

Mike
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Ok thanks for the replies everyone!

So how do I find out at Frisco whether the pass is open or not? Will it be on the local radio station?

We're not meeting anyone there, and the shuttle bus is not a problem at all.

The ski-pass we have entitles us to a day at either Vail or Beaver Creek, so i'm hoping the pass will be open for 1 out of the 5 days we're there!

We'll definitely be skiing Copper, got at least a couple of days there

Joe
post #7 of 13
The Colorado road report number is 970 668 1090 for the Summit County area. When I called it a few minutes ago it was for Saturday though (today is Monday)! But perhaps that was because it is unchanged since then,
post #8 of 13
If you like groomers, Beaver. Powder, Vail (and some nice groomers to boot).

Pas will be open sometime during 5 days, try not to make the trip on weekend.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Gpaul View Post
If you like groomers, Beaver. Powder, Vail (and some nice groomers to boot).

Pas will be open sometime during 5 days, try not to make the trip on weekend.
This couldn't be farther from the truth. You obviously don't know anything about Beaver Creek.
post #10 of 13
Just to fill in the missing details from Harry's post, the resorts closer to Denver tend to be more affected by weekend skiers from the Front Range. Skiing Beaver Creek, the furthest from Denver, on a weekend means that you are more likely to manage congestion and maximize skiing than picking a Summit County resort, or Vail for that matter. And generally there is not a lot of traffic over the pass that creates traffic congestion on the pass itself, unless the weather is bad. The congestion occurs at the tunnel usually and on the downhill slide into Denver.

Mike
post #11 of 13
CDOT's number is 303.639.1111. You will be able to get information about road conditions and any closures. I use that all the time, and it always seems up to date with good info. You can also check their website at http://www.dot.state.co.us/ and find the info there.
post #12 of 13
CDOT's number is 303.639.1111. That will give you any road closures and also road conditions. I use this all the time, and it always seems up to date with good info. You can also check it at their website http://www.dot.state.co.us/.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thats great, thanks for the replies everyone!

Joe
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