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Vail (EGE) to Steamboat - Driving ?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Found a great direct flight over xmas in and out of Vail...... Mapquest puts it at just under 2 hours up RT-131.... Is that the best route to Steamboat? 

 

Thanks...

 

NNN

 

post #2 of 14

did you check HDN (Hayden) its the most direct about 30 minutes on flat well-maintained roads....

 

That trip can be sketchy if the roads aren't clear.

post #3 of 14

Made the drive several times.  If you get decent road conditions, it's nothing.  In a storm it can be a white knuckle ride...

post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys.... Have a bit of a flying issue - me no like... I like to fly direct's only and limit the take off and landings.....

 

Makes it tuff to ski 4 times a year - but the xanax and whisky help

 

Vail is the only place I can get in and out direct..... 

 

post #5 of 14

and then drive 2 hours up rt 131 on xanax abnd whisky

 

sounds a lot safer that a take off and landing to me....yessir!

 

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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post

Thanks guys.... Have a bit of a flying issue - me no like... I like to fly direct's only and limit the take off and landings.....

 

Makes it tuff to ski 4 times a year - but the xanax and whisky help

 

Vail is the only place I can get in and out direct..... 

 

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

Xanax wears off after a few hours,,,, and the whisky - well, that hangs around a bit.....

 

I will let you know my travel dates so u can stay off my route

post #7 of 14

suck it up sally.....

post #8 of 14
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suck it up sally.....



We all have our demons - for me its a tin can flying 600mph with up slope winds and icy runways... 

 

BTW I am ex military and have a few carrier landings under my belt (not pilot - passenger) - but I was young and dumb then....  

post #9 of 14

I think you'll be fine.  131 goes up the Yampa River valley, so it's fairly flat and open without any passes to cross.  It's sparsely populated with cattle ranches and not much traffic.  Many still use teams of horses to pull hay wagons to feed the cattle in the winter. 

post #10 of 14


Hey No worries, i forgot to put the smiley imodicon on my post- sorry, shredheads post should resolve your concerns.

 

BTW- I did a carrier landing once, it was the longest 2 seconds in history!  What a ride. We were in a transport, not a jet.
 

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We all have our demons - for me its a tin can flying 600mph with up slope winds and icy runways... 

 

BTW I am ex military and have a few carrier landings under my belt (not pilot - passenger) - but I was young and dumb then....  

post #11 of 14

That's true between Toponas and Steamboat, but the other half of the drive (Toponas to Wolcott) is anything but flat.. steep grades, fairly turny, and one pseudo-pass between State Bridge and Wolcott (steep grade, pretty turny at the top).  If it's dry, yes, no issues... but if it's snowing and it's nighttime, I can assure you this section of the drive will mostly suck... I've driven it about 10 times in white-knuckle-can't-see-past-your-bumper conditions... and yes it sucks just as much as you'd think.  You'll most likely be fine with this drive, but if it's snowing hard and it's nighttime, just trust me and wait it out until day time.

 

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I think you'll be fine.  131 goes up the Yampa River valley, so it's fairly flat and open without any passes to cross.  It's sparsely populated with cattle ranches and not much traffic.  Many still use teams of horses to pull hay wagons to feed the cattle in the winter. 

post #12 of 14

The whole road is pretty narrow as well.  Take Tam's advice.

 

BTW, my aunt has a ranch in Toponas.

 

Mike

post #13 of 14
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Hey No worries, i forgot to put the smiley imodicon on my post- sorry, shredheads post should resolve your concerns.

 

BTW- I did a carrier landing once, it was the longest 2 seconds in history!  What a ride. We were in a transport, not a jet.
 


 



Came in on the mail Cod in the sea of Japan..... I was a kid and had no fear...

 

If I had to do that now I would stroke out.......

post #14 of 14

1.5 HOURS in good conditions.......MUCH MORE in crap conditions.  Fly to Hayden

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