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Copper Mountain, Jan 3rd-8th. Four wheel drive car??

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How bad to the roads in Copper get? I am staying at the resort in a ski in ski out lodge, so I won't need to leave during the week - just get up there, park, and then leave on the 8th. 

 

Wondering how bad the roads get, especially around the time I am going. My friends are coming from Missouri (they're driving) and i'm trying to figure out if driving a non-four wheel or all wheel drive car is going to be ok. 

 

Thanks! 

post #2 of 9

Well, you never know, but generally I don't think awd/fwd is needed going to Summit County.  If the roads are bad enough to need 4wd, then the traffic is not going to be moving and you won't need it anyway.  BTW, I ski 40+ days a year driving to Summit County, and my regular ski vehicle is a rear wheel drive BMW.  Of course, I have snow tires on it...

 

Mike

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

 If the roads are bad enough to need 4wd, then the traffic is not going to be moving and you won't need it anyway. 


 

Well, sort of. Sometimes the traffic isn't moving because when it slows, cars without awd or 4wd or snow tires can't get going again, slide all over the place, and obstruct everything.

 

That's kind of a slow week up in the mountains; if I were you, I'd just wait for the weather forecast to reserve a car.

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agree with all, likely to be ok w/o a AWD/4WD. 

 

Advantage is that Copper is right by I70, so no local roads to really drive any significant distance. 

Disadvantage it that of course it can get a bit dicey on I70 too, but agree w/the prior posting -- look at the 10 day forecast on weather.com before reserving a car -- most times it is reasonably accurate -- and gives you the option at that point. 

 

No real statistics, but believe that more often Vail pass is closed vice the tunnel back at Loveland Pass -- another thought is to get a front wheel drive rental -- tends to be most of the rentals anyway.  We have made it up to most resorts in Summit with a van with FWD only -- not sure our AWD would have been much of an improvement.

 

As per the second note -- if it is really bad enough several trucks will have jack-knifed and others gone too fast and smashed up to get to any resort in Summit county -- guess that isn't what you want to hear anyway.  Good luck.

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On several occasions it got really really slippery just West of the Eisenhower Tunnel when I was there.  Not that I drove it alot, but a couple times it made me pay attention.  I had a front wheel drive with studs on all four corners.

post #6 of 9

I agree with all that has been shared.  You are likely to be ok without AWD or 4WD.  As your travel dates approach, if you are concerned about the weather forecast you might want to consider Gray Line.  They offer nonstop shuttle service from DIA to Copper.  The cost is $75.00 one-way. 

post #7 of 9

328i with traction control and snow tires.  As soon as the website says school is closed,  the boys and I are on I-25 north from Co Spgs.  Tires are vastly more important than anything else.  AWD is nice,  but certainly not necessary.

 

If you find yourself in bad conditions,  often you can improve your traction just by dropping the tire pressure a few pounds.

 

AM.

 

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Well, you never know, but generally I don't think awd/fwd is needed going to Summit County.  If the roads are bad enough to need 4wd, then the traffic is not going to be moving and you won't need it anyway.  BTW, I ski 40+ days a year driving to Summit County, and my regular ski vehicle is a rear wheel drive BMW.  Of course, I have snow tires on it...

 

Mike

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I ski Copper regularly and come from Denver.  While I do have an AWD, CDOT does a pretty good job of keeping the roads clear.  I've rarely had a problem on I70 so ditto the above.  Copper is a great mountain.  You'll have an awesome time.

post #9 of 9

99% of the time you'll be fine in a regular car, if you use your head.   Going back to Denver on the 8th, you might want to avoid the rush and leave a little early?

 

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