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Old 04-07-2008, 04:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I agree with you, with my future plans to move to Colorado this really pisses me off. What other option are there to ride avoiding i-70? I know about Eldora, but they don't get that much snow plus they are on the wrong side of the continental divide and Echo is not my style.
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Old 04-07-2008, 05:01 PM   #12 (permalink)
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there's always loveland or a-basin or winter park. you could also drive over loveland pass on highway 6 (provided it's not closed due to poor weather) and get to keystone and breck that way.
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Old 04-07-2008, 05:32 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Looks like close to 20 plus inches of powder this week...so the season is still rolling...I don't mind the idea of a toll at all, as long as everyone including the people who live in Summit county have to pay it. I don't like the idea of only trying to charge people coming to visit that I have heard mentioned in conjunction with the idea...Ben
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Old 04-07-2008, 06:39 PM   #14 (permalink)
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there's always loveland or a-basin or winter park. you could also drive over loveland pass on highway 6 (provided it's not closed due to poor weather) and get to keystone and breck that way.
They claim that it is planned to be built between Floyd hill and the tunnel. The only Floyd hill I found was a road, and if it's that one then they are planning to built it before the tunnel. Which means that you will pay no matter what resort you visit, unless maybe Eldora.

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Old 04-07-2008, 08:35 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Floyd Hill is about 25-30 miles from Loveland being the closest resort to Denver on the I-70 corridor (or at all as far as I know besides Echo). I will be exempt because of where I live . I'd say this has about a 12% chance of happening, and if it does there will no doubt be a lot of public transportation generating between Evergreen and Vail. Summit County already has Summit Stage which is free bus transpo between all the major resorts up there, I'm sure Vail could and would afford to make it available (even for a smaller fee than the toll if a fee at all) to not lose sales on their $90 lift tickets.

Either way, just cruise up to my place at night and avoid the toll in the mornings As far as it was explained to me, if you were carpooling with 3+ people you would also be exempt but that is hearsay. I actually got interviewed by channel 2 news about it haha. I told them I'd cheat it and take the service roads all the way and never pay a dime if they tried to make me. I'd actually be driving through there for work every day so they would be out of their minds if they think I'd pay.



Oh yeah, and I can't wait for next season, mine is over May 5th (at the resort anyway). In the past week I've still hit 12+ inches of powder 3 times though haha.
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:55 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I'd say this has about a 12% chance of happening

What do you base that on? Suposly it's been already approved. I am not related how this process takes place and the steps to it. But I would imagine that this would affect the resorts in some sort of negative way. What I don't get is why $5, built a toll fine but charge a more decent rate.
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What do you base that on? Suposly it's been already approved. I am not related how this process takes place and the steps to it. But I would imagine that this would affect the resorts in some sort of negative way. What I don't get is why $5, built a toll fine but charge a more decent rate.
This has just become a discussion and nothing has been approved...it has a long way to go and there are 3 or 4 more ideas that are being discussed, at least that is what the news here in Denver is reporting...
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:48 AM   #18 (permalink)
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i think i'm still just in disbelief that it's even being discussed. sounds like most folks up in the high country not only don't like the idea of a toll, but also don't like the solution that a proposed toll would pay for. the silly thing is that winter park traffic causes a lot of the problems, but yet they wouldn't have to pay the toll on their way up there. seems counter-productive to me.
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Why do you think WP traffic would be exempt? Exit for 40 is well past floyd hill...
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:29 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Sure they would have to pay. The toll starts from Floyd Hill so either you pay there or pay getting off at 40. Either way, I really don't think this is going to pass. It's a bs charge. And the talk about cars with 3 or more people commuting up to the mountains not having to pay? How stupid is that? Most vehicles have that many people going up. That is what people do. Load up the vehicle and go with your buds. I would say that I have made more 3 party trips than not this season.

If they want to do a toll then it needs to be 24x7. Everyone uses that road and contributes to the problems. Weekends are not. If they did that a $1.00 fee would be reasonable and generate the money needed. The thing is, they won't do this, and once a toll is in place it never goes away. E470 was supposed to be a toll road until it was paid for. 10yrs is what they said. Well, it was in place when I moved here in 1990 and they are still charging the toll...

I really doubt this is going to pass. It's probably going to die in the appropriations committee. It'll probably never see the house or senate floor.
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