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need some advice on driving from Denver to Keystone
My family is going to Keystone for a conference later this February. I was blown away by how expensive the ground transportation is ($80 one way per person from the Denver airport), so I tentatively decided to rent a car and drive. While doing some research on the road to Keystone, I saw that Loveland Pass on Rte. 6 in the winter can be treacherous (lots of steep switchbacks and not necessarily well plowed).
For those of you that have rented a car in the mountain states before, do they throw in tire chains or is that extra? Will rental cars have the appropriate snow tires?
For easier driving, do you recommend going through the Eisenhower tunnel and approaching Keystone on the west side via the Dillon Reservoir area instead? If I do that, how much longer is the drive?
Will a front wheel drive with chains be sufficient or should I rent a 4WD? Is the hassle of winter mountain driving worth the savings in $$$, or should I just pay the shuttle fee? I've some experience driving in snow, but that's all city driving.
Our flight home is Saturday evening, we plan to head back toward Denver very early afternoon. How bad is traffic, and if we do get back too early, is there anything fun to do with a 10 year old in Denver?
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