hey. im looking at doing a trip from australia to colorado at the start of next year and have a few questions to ask. i have a friend living in boulder and will be staying with them so i was wondering if there is any kind of transport up to the slopes (breck, vail, beaver creek etc.all the ones covered by the epic pass) during week days from boulder? or would i have to catch a bus or train to denver and is then is there any kind of transport from there. i am looking at going from early january to about mid february. from what i read i've read the season is kicking by then. is that true? also just looking for any advice or info that i would need to know.
hmmmmm this could be a bit of a problem. if i got a bus down to denver what would my chances be of hitching a lift up to the hills each day if i waited on the road heading out of town? anyone got any other ideas?
also will all the terrain parks be open and running by early january?
I think you are going to be better off looking for ski/snowboard clubs and that sort of thing. If you can get past the jong's that'll come your way, the TGR snow forum is a great place to meet riders/skiers to go out with. I have met a good number of my backcountry partners on that site. Lot's of resort riders there too. I'd also look at some of the facebook groups. You might find a hook up or two there too.
thanks heaps for the help. kinda seems that i would be better off waiting till i was in boulder to post on those sites for some lifts. which is kinda sketchy as id hate to get all the way over there and find i can only get a ride up 1 or 2 days a week. does anyone think it would be possible if i kept posting on all those sites to score a lift up 5 or 6 days a week. im under 21 so hiring a car is out of the question too which sucks.
You could probably do it especially if you get in tight with the Maggots at TGR. Learn the forum flavor well there before you post. You'll still get JONGed but you'll know how to respond to it. Get in tight there and you should find rides.
January is pretty cold in Winter Park. It can get down to -35 F (-37 C) at night. It's a little warmer at lower elevations and in other CO valleys. The wind can get pretty miserable sometimes on the tops of peaks.
I mainly work weekends at Winter Park so I'm not much help there. I don't generally drive through Boulder either. If you can make it to the Park and Ride Dinosaur Lots in Golden (they are on I-70) you'll find a ride. There are four lots but most people meetup in Wooley Mammouth lot. I think there is a bus that runs from Boulder to Golden. Check with the RTD website. http://www.rtd-denver.com/
I would buck up for a cheap hotel in the mountains and have your buddy come pick you up if you want to hang out with him. Getting up here from Boulder is gonna be an annoying pain in the ass without a car and I bet even after paying for transportation (Colorado Mountain Express etc.) it would be cheaper to just stay up here in the mountains.