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Golden to Copper-midweek

post #1 of 10
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Hi all;
I wonder if some Denver based Bears could help me out. We're arriving Tuesday AM, Feb 3 into DIA. We have a reservation at the Marriot Courtyard in Golden for that night and are due to go up to Vail the next day to start a week's vacation. The plan is to stay in Denver a night, to help with the altitude. We were thinking that maybe we would ski Copper the next day on the way out to Vail, (haven't been there for a number of years and really miss it).
What time do we have to leave the hotel in Golden to get to Copper in time for a 9:00AM opening? Probably want to get to the lot ~ 8:15 or so. What about rush-hour traffic? Also, is the free "Alpine" lot still in operation?
Thanks!
CB
post #2 of 10
DIA to Copper is @ 1-1/2 hours when the traffic is moving. From Golden, it should be about 20- 30 minutes less, meaning you should be leaving by @ 7:00 am to be at Copper around 8:15. As for rush hour traffic, can't say as I'm not a Denverite and don't know what the Denver rush hour is like nor how it impacts Golden. I would think at that hour and being so far west (and traveling west away from the city), you shouldn't have any trouble at all.

Yes, the Alpine free lot is still up and running.
post #3 of 10
Wouldn't worry about rush hour from Golden to Copper during the week. If weather is bad you'll need more time but otherwise 7 departure sounds good to me.
post #4 of 10
Alpine lot is still free. Should be 1-1.25 hours from Golden on a weekday morning unless there is weather.

Mike
post #5 of 10
Consider a first day at Loveland. Easy on-off from I70 and you will park right at the base. Plenty of terrain to get your ski legs working and begin to adjust to the altitude.
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Consider a first day at Loveland. Easy on-off from I70 and you will park right at the base. Plenty of terrain to get your ski legs working and begin to adjust to the altitude.
Loveland to adjust to altitude? It's base is 1000 feet higher than Copper's and summit is about 700 feet higher.
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Loveland to adjust to altitude? It's base is 1000 feet higher than Copper's and summit is about 700 feet higher.
I hear you!!! My whole purpose of staying in Denver was it get somewhat acclimated. Then it occured to me that the day after arival could get me a day at Copper. I have to admit that maybe this ain't such a great idea, as Copper is still pretty high.

Is an afternoon and overnight in Denver enough to help? The original plan was to sleep in and take our time getting to Vail, maybe stopping in Gtown for lunch and rock shopping. levation bothers me much more than my wife, (we do take acetazolamide...helps alot).

I did promise myself that if we did the day at Copper, I'd stick to blues and greens, plenty of breaks and quit early. I also made my wife promise to whack me with a pole if I headed down a black.

Thanks everyone for the replies!!
CB
post #8 of 10
Your overnight in Denver will help. Copper is actually higher than Vail but I think your plan of action to take it easy is a good one. Maybe stay off the upper mountain lifts like Excelerator, Sierra, Storm King, Super Bee etc just so you're not going all the way to the summit. In addition, sleeping in Vail will help since it's lower. Some feel that 9,000 feet is a magic number and with the town of Vail closer to 8,000 it will help.

Keep hydrating now and then take it easy on the alcohol when you get here.
post #9 of 10
As someone who lives on the east coast at sea level, I find the adjustment to Summit County altitude takes about 3 days. I have made the trip at least a dozen times (lost count) and typically arrive late in day and spend the night in the Denver area. That adjustment helps a little, but not much. The difference in atmospheric pressure is much greater from 5000 ft to 10,000 ft than it is from 0 ft to 5000 ft. I have always skied the next day, usually either at Loveland or Keystone. I have learned not to push it and stick to groomed cruisers, to drink lots of water (no beer at lunch!), and take something as soon as I sense the faintest hint of a headache. A low key day at Loveland or any of the Summit County will help in the altitude adjustment, even if they all have bases that are higher than Vail.
post #10 of 10
I'll be at Copper on Wed too!

If you see a group of 6-8 snowboarders with half being in Copper SRS uniforms and the other half looking rather civilian, that would be us.
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