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< 1 hr. 1 1.35%
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Im wondering... How far would you drive to go snowboarding for a day? That is, how many hours away from your house is feasible to hit up a mountain without getting a hotel?

Right now Im 3.5 hours from a resort, so I stay at a hotel for that. But I will soon be in Eugene which is 1.25 hours from Willamette pass, which I think is doable without a hotel. But what about 2 hours, or even 3? I was thinking about this because I learned of a friend who drives 4 hours to hike the grand canyon and then 4 hours back in one day.
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If I had to drive more than 2 hours, I would just move.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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1.25 hours is nothing I do that to work every morning and its a lot harder gettin motivated for work than for snowboarding. I live about 6-6.5 hours from the snow one way but we normally do down for the weekend sat and sun so its 12 hours of travel for 2 days in the snow so i guess its equivalent of me drivin 6 hours all up for one day in the lovely snow. I'd be pretty happy doing 6 hours there an back if I was close enough.
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I said 2-3 hours but that would be for a special trip. For example I usually ride at Mt. Hood Meadows which is about an hour and a half, but I would drive more to go to Bachelor for a weekend.
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I said 2-3 hours but that would be for a special trip. For example I usually ride at Mt. Hood Meadows which is about an hour and a half, but I would drive more to go to Bachelor for a weekend.
This winter, I'm going to be driving up 4 hours to get to the snow, and then down 4 hours at the end of the day, no hotel. It's a drive, but it's absolutely worth it.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i live about 3.5 to 4 hours away from tahoe and i did that everytime i went last year without a hotel. wasnt that bad. would just leave at like 5 in the morning and get there when it opens then leave when it closes
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Right now, we go to a place about an hour and a half away. We have been talking about hitting up Oregon for some Summer slopes. That will be about 3 hours away but 6 hours of driving is a heck of a lot better then 6 months of no snow.
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For a good day trip, I'd drive 2.5-3hrs. Anything longer and I'd stay the night somewhere, have a few beverages and do another day. 8 hours of riding and more than 6 hours of driving is too much of a day for me, I'd struggle with the drive back
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Every season, I drive 2 1/2 hrs. for day trips to bigger mtns. like Okemo and Loon. I once drove 3 hours to Loon mtn. and I can say that anything farther than 3 hrs. just isn't fun.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:54 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Normally it's a 2.5hr trip to the nearest mountains. But my gf and I did a trip to Jay Peak for Easter Weekend and that was 7hrs both ways so we planned pitstops along the way. We decided anything over 4 and we're spending the night. Anything over 6, a long weekend.
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