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Heyo -

Got super-frustrated with summer and booked an intensive trip from NYC to Denver Colorado the other day.

I work duringt the week so I would leave NYC on Friday eve getting into Denver at about 12. I could stay either near the airport or make it to a resort via a rental car. Seems like I could get to one within 2 hours - particularly on a late night, empty highway drive. I am a decent driver and can stand night drives so long as my GPS is humming.

I am looking for any partners for the trip - we can split the car and potentially the room. My plan is to get in at 12 Friday and leave back to NYC on the Sunday red-eye so it is possible to hold the room over until Monday and have a place to crash after boarding on Sunday. Things are pretty open and flights are cheap and my goal is to spend as little dough as possible to keep the rest of the season active but I know that I cannot wait for another weak season on the East, I am on the hunt!

I am open to hit any resort within 3 hours of Denver for the best conditions possible. This is going to happen anyway but if you are interested in the adventure let me know.

Couple of factors you should know about me: I am a working professional in IT/Project Mgt, am Pro-Party with pretty flexible tolerance so long as you're not an abusive alcoholic - and even then, I would be fine but wouldnt want to be in a car or hotel with you.

More stats have me as an Afro-American Male, 45 basically considered open-minded, fun and relatively intelligent. Definitely strongly considered an intermediate-advanced boarder or skier. Medium-hard core but depends on a lot of factors, usually wont do stupid dares but definitely not afraid on risk and confident in my abilities. No formal back country experience or training but did the backside of KT-22 at Squaw a few years ago. Weak but a start.

Much much more active on steeps than park, I ride relatively seriously and fine on <double> black runs unless it is icy moguls but will likely try and be mellow the first time out on season.

Music-wise: :rolleyes: Dubstep over techno. Three Six Mafia over Jazzy J. Scientist over Bob Marley. Zep over Metallica. No Country and Western or Sports Shows. Would prefer silence over stupid chatter unless the chatter is funny and a damn decent wingman even though I am happily married (cough, cough). So on that end, I'd like to come back in one piece but definitely looking to cook something up in Denver the weekend of the 9th.

Even if you live in Denver and need a ride out somewhere that could be an option, this will be my first time in Denver so any advice or tips for where to go in Early Season (ABasin, Loveland, Breck, Wolf?) would be great.

Sorry to right the book but figured I would add it all in. If you are interested, let me know.

Thanks and only a few more weeks to go! Laters :thumbsup:
 

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I'd holler atcha, live here, will be riding, but sorry don't ride weekends.

I was just checking...looks like Breck opens that weekend so u can probably go wherever you want. Last year it sucked opening weekend. The year before that it opened with like 2' of pow....
 

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Wolf Creek more often than naught has the best conditions around then. I wouldn't plan on it, but watch what the season is doing. It's about a 5 hour drive from Denver to get there. Look for lodging in South Fork or Pagosa Springs.
 

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Denver - Nov

Thanks Guys - Yes, I was thinking between Breck and A-Basin.

I hate weekend riding as well but had the jones and have been sucking on my surfboard. I totally figure it will be crowded but will have the same story on the Ice-Coast. Since never been skiing there I figure I'll hit the area early and see what I like cause I can return back in the season. (Flight from NYC was only $213 RT)

Hoping for something epic but will cancel last minute if there's bare dryness. Worst case, I'll look for head shops in Breck ha ha ha

Thanks for the replies.
 

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Wolf Creek more often than naught has the best conditions around then. I wouldn't plan on it, but watch what the season is doing. It's about a 5 hour drive from Denver to get there. Look for lodging in South Fork or Pagosa Springs.
I was going to say the same thing. Flights to Durango or the Springs aren't too much more(from FL, anyway). Both cut the drive time. I haven't been but plan to go early season with a buddy in Denver.

Bruce,
Did you book already? I would be sketch getting tickets this far out for early season. BTW, what's an "abusive" alcoholic? Sort of subjective.
 

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Long-term weather outlooks are always sketchy, but they're predicting a big early season for the San Juans. Just sayin'. Wolf Creek could be good.
 

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I was going to say the same thing. Flights to Durango or the Springs aren't too much more(from FL, anyway). Both cut the drive time. I haven't been but plan to go early season with a buddy in Denver.

Bruce,
Did you book already? I would be sketch getting tickets this far out for early season. BTW, what's an "abusive" alcoholic? Sort of subjective.
Hey - yeah, I booked it on Jet Blue just because they were having a special and I couldnt decide between VT, SLC or CO - last travel date for the promo was 11/14 so I made the commitment. Can easily change it up. I think just knowing I have it baked it provides some comfort.

And being a somewhat an abusive alcoholic myself I figure one is enough for the trip although I'd be on good behavior if I am drivin'. I'll check out those Springs/Durango flights too.
 

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Long-term weather outlooks are always sketchy, but they're predicting a big early season for the San Juans. Just sayin'. Wolf Creek could be good.
Thanks for the tip - I just made a rationale for visiting Amarillo, TX for work which may place me in range to Wolf. Ideas, ideas, ideas! Thanks!
 

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So you booked the trip and are looking for people to join in? I am thinking december, but i'll re read your novel and see how it seems
 

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So you booked the trip and are looking for people to join in? I am thinking december, but i'll re read your novel and see how it seems
Yeah, looking for joiners - in two sentences or less! Clearly speculatin' at this point...
 

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If you decide on Wolf or Durango, let me know...down to meet some new people. Both locations are about 4 to 4 1/2hrs away from me. I don't drink so I can drive pretty much any where. Wolf has awesome condition and get dump on regularly (rode on day 2 of one the earliest opening day), kinda boring after sun goes down...Durango is a full resort experience, fun night life.
 

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Got it on Wolf/Durango

If you decide on Wolf or Durango, let me know...down to meet some new people. Both locations are about 4 to 4 1/2hrs away from me. I don't drink so I can drive pretty much any where. Wolf has awesome condition and get dump on regularly (rode on day 2 of one the earliest opening day), kinda boring after sun goes down...Durango is a full resort experience, fun night life.
Hey, yeah I have a new interest in the area but doubt I'll book the miles from Denver down there but honestly if there was something going on there and not CO, I'd switch. Fingers crossed but I think I saw A-basin's summit night temps at 27degree which is giving some minimal comfort at this point.

Breck opens the day I arrive on 11/9...which could be good to release some outflow away from A-Basin??? Dunno:dunno:
 

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im definitely up for meeting up. I like to ride A-basin more than most.as said before on here it should be quieter especially since brek opens that day. i live between denver and boulder. early travel is a must, i hate the I70 crawl at 8-9am, id rather get their early and wait for first chair.
 

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Hey, yeah I have a new interest in the area but doubt I'll book the miles from Denver down there but honestly if there was something going on there and not CO, I'd switch. Fingers crossed but I think I saw A-basin's summit night temps at 27degree which is giving some minimal comfort at this point.

Breck opens the day I arrive on 11/9...which could be good to release some outflow away from A-Basin??? Dunno:dunno:
I just saw some posting on Facebook that couple of places got some dusting. So, I'm open to travel...got some paid vacation time that needs to burn off or I won't accumulate anymore time next year.
 

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Breck opens the day I arrive on 11/9...which could be good to release some outflow away from A-Basin??? Dunno:dunno:
Actually yes, absolutely.

A-Basin is only crowded before/after the other resorts open/close, and on the major holiday/tourist/weekends. Especially that first weekend Breck opens - A-Basin will be empty.

If its epic and dumping Loveland pass will be closed and you'll have to drive around on i70 through the tunnel (no big deal).
 

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If its epic and dumping Loveland pass will be closed and you'll have to drive around on i70 through the tunnel (no big deal).
There was a powder day last year (I know right ?) where Loveland pass was closed. I decided to make the trip around using I-70, and Holy Shit ! There was maybe 50 cars total around 10:30 :D Felt like a had the place mostly to myself. Granted it was a weekday also :rolleyes:
 

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im definitely up for meeting up. I like to ride A-basin more than most.as said before on here it should be quieter especially since brek opens that day. i live between denver and boulder. early travel is a must, i hate the I70 crawl at 8-9am, id rather get their early and wait for first chair.
I seriously doubt you are going to have the I70 crawl on November 9th. That is the last thing I worry about that time of year. Now a month later with frequent storms and maybe. Generally speaking though the I70 shit show doesn't really start up until just before or right at the holidays. Then it's shit show city until April.
 
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