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Old 02-15-2013, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone.. I am getting out of the Marine Corps in 2 weeks and will be driving from so cal to wisconsin..... taking me directly through utah and colorado. I would like to do a drive-ride-drive-ride-drive type thing on the way home or maybe a drive-drive-ride-ride-drive breakdown depending on peoples opinions which leads me to my question:

What 2 resorts (or what resort x2) should I plan on stopping at. I will be leaving March 1.. Also, what so of conditions can I expect in Colorado? I was in Utah last week of Feb last year so that should give me some idea, however I have never been to CO.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well if not in a hurry...tahoe, hood, crystal, stevens, baker, whistler, fernie, jackson hole, bridger...idk...depends on where its snowing...but march is generally good for pnw
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SoCal to Wisconsin by way of Alberta? WTF!?!?


OP: Congrats and thank you for your service!!! Colorado offers a HUGE variety of snow and terrain. (Wolf Creek, Silverton) tend to get much more snow (and fewer people) than the hills in Summit County (Breck, Vail, A-Basin.) For example, Wolf Creek has gotten 246 inches so far, Vail has 165, Telluride: 139. HUGE difference!

If you went through Pagossa Springs, you would be hitting Wolf Creek. If you are going the direct route, through Grand Junction, then Vail/Beaver Creek/Loveland would be your best bet. Snow is starting to ramp-up a bit, now. Finally.

Of course, there is always Salt Lake City, but that'll take you out of your way a bit.
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i agree w/ neednsnow. i'm assuming you'll be taking i 70 then? vail and a-basin are my two picks, which are both near i70. IF you'd go through northern az and hit up the four corners you could stop at durango/telluride area which is an awesome, gorgeous drive and better ski areas but longer driving time.

welcome back to wisco! i've made the same trip you'll be taking a number of times but from phoenix.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the responses. My plan is to take I70 pretty much straight across, though I wouldn't mind an hour or 2 here or there as there is no rush. I have decided to do multiple days in COand skip utah, as I have been to Utah a few times. I love Utah, but I've never been to CO to ride and it's more direct to my path.

How far out of the way would Silverton/Wolf Creek be? If the snow is that much better I would definitely hit those ones, but to be honest, just about anything in CO is gonna be incredible compared to WI (as I'm sure bum would agree) and so cal (not mammoth)

Also, what type of difference in price as far as lift and lodging compared to the Vail area should I expect? I have a cold weather sleeping bag and can just rough it in my truck but idk if I want to do that haha. Keep in mind I'd looking for a Motel 6, not a resort hotel.

Thanks in advance for the help, I know a lot of this info is online but I feel better about getting first hand info.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Wolf creek is about $50/day. $30 if you catch it on a local day, no ID check. Pretty much every where else is cracking $100 a day for a real mtn experience. Silverton is $59/day but advanced rider only terrain. Wolf creek is 4 hours from vail/I70. You can take I40 and turn north in Albuquerque, 25 to sante fe and head up 84/64 to pagosa springs..... That's about 20 minutes from wolf creek

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I'd say Wolf Creek. It is much more low-key and much less crowded. Vail, Breck is a Sheet-Show with crowds. With the recent storm that hammered the midwest, Breck/Vail got 3-4 inches (definitely not the 5 the Breck reported) and Wolf Creek got 15. You're not going to find Motel 6 around Vail/Breck. If you're stuck with I-70, you could also ride Loveland and stay in Georgetown. Much cheaper than Vail/Breck.

Again, however, Loveland has 1/2 the snowfall this year that Wolf Creek has. I say Wolf Creek! I may even pull the trigger and take a drive down that way. Summit County blows!
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