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Old 06-06-2013, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Iíll be moving to Lakewood in a couple months from Ohio and Iím looking forward to regular access to boarding in real mountains Unfortunately Iíll have to work full-time and wonít be able to board 100+ days a season but, since I typically take a week vacation to ski out West and the rest of the time itís little bitty hills in Ohio, anything more than a half dozen on a real mountain will be an improvement. Iím sure Iíll get a pass of some sort but have decided which one yet. Any recommendations? Iíve also heard horror stories about the traffic from Denver to the resorts. Any tips on how to beat the traffic and get as much time on the slopes as possible? I'll probably be doing the majority of my day trips on Saturdays or Sundays
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Any recommendations? Iíve also heard horror stories about the traffic from Denver to the resorts. Any tips on how to beat the traffic and get as much time on the slopes as possible? I'll probably be doing the majority of my day trips on Saturdays or Sundays
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Try to get to the ski area about an hour before it opens on weekends. On Sundays leave by 1. That is about it.
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On Sundays leave by 1.
That's some pretty weak talk right there.
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Go south, no traffic or lines at WC!
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That's some pretty weak talk right there.
Because why?

If you are concerned about traffic that is about as late as you can leave without sitting in it on I70 on a Sunday afternoon. Maybe simplistic, but that is how it works.
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Because the other requirement was "get as much time on the slopes as possible." I don't know how Denver night traffic is, but mountain traffic here clears up by an hour or so after close, so if you want to skip it you can just ride until close, then hang out for an hour or two with your friends or hike a few lines while the gapers clear out.
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I don't know where your region is, but traffic on I70 does not clear after an hour or so. Often times on a Sunday it still sucks at 8 at night. So the 80-90 minute drive can turn into 3 even 5 hours in the worst scenario.

And I did specify Sunday. Not Saturday.

If you want to avoid traffic, you leave early in the AM to go riding and you cut out early on Sunday. For Saturdays, enough people stay in the mountain so that the traffic delay is generally only 15-20 minutes longer worst case scenario.

It's pick your poison with I70 on a winter Sunday afternoon.

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That's some pretty weak talk right there.
Yeah buddy, try riding until 3 or 4 on Sunday during peak season and make the drive back to Denver from Summit County.
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I live in Lakewood. I have found that if I'm at Breck or Vail on a Sunday, it is much quicker to take 285 back to Denver. It adds about 15 miles (which translates to about 20-30 minutes longer), but there is usually no traffic at all. Otherwise, as Kill said, if you leave (as in pull out of the parking lot) any time after 1pm on a Sunday, expect your trip home to take ATLEAST an extra hour (usually much more) on I-70.
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