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I’ll be moving to Lakewood in a couple months from Ohio and I’m looking forward to regular access to boarding in real mountains:yahoo: Unfortunately I’ll have to work full-time and won’t 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 it’s little bitty hills in Ohio, anything more than a half dozen on a real mountain will be an improvement. I’m sure I’ll get a pass of some sort but have decided which one yet. Any recommendations? I’ve 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 :sad:
 

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Any recommendations? I’ve 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 :sad:
Win the lottery and live slopeside...??? :yahoo:

Sorry, can't really help, but good luck and enjoy MORE snow however you do it... ;) :D
 

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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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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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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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I can mathematically prove that leaving early is pussy talk.

Using your numbers, consider total travel time for a day of riding, 90 minutes both ways, or three hours total. In the case where you leave at 1 (which realistically means you stop riding at more like 12:30) you will only get at most four hours of riding time in, assuming no breaks and one of the CO mountains that opens at 8:30 on weekends. So if you leave early, you get 240 minutes of lift accessed riding time for 180 minutes of travel, or a 4:3 riding:driving ratio.

On the other hand, if you have testicles of titanium and stay through last chair, you get an additional three and a half (or four, if you're at a resort that stays open until 4:30) hours of ride time for the cost of sitting in traffic on the ride home, which you guess at about an hour and a half of extra drive time. Calling it two hours for the occasional super shit drive, that puts our total at 450 minutes ride time and 300 minutes of drive time, or a much superior 3:2 ride time:drive time ratio.

Not only is it still more efficient, but you're also getting more riding time in, which will further fortify your mind and body against additional weak talk in the future.
 

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I can mathematically prove that leaving early is pussy talk.

Using your numbers, consider total travel time for a day of riding, 90 minutes both ways, or three hours total. In the case where you leave at 1 (which realistically means you stop riding at more like 12:30) you will only get at most four hours of riding time in, assuming no breaks and one of the CO mountains that opens at 8:30 on weekends. So if you leave early, you get 240 minutes of lift accessed riding time for 180 minutes of travel, or a 4:3 riding:driving ratio.

On the other hand, if you have testicles of titanium and stay through last chair, you get an additional three and a half (or four, if you're at a resort that stays open until 4:30) hours of ride time for the cost of sitting in traffic on the ride home, which you guess at about an hour and a half of extra drive time. Calling it two hours for the occasional super shit drive, that puts our total at 450 minutes ride time and 300 minutes of drive time, or a much superior 3:2 ride time:drive time ratio.

Not only is it still more efficient, but you're also getting more riding time in, which will further fortify your mind and body against additional weak talk in the future.
TL : DR

It basically says he's a moron. Leaving before 2 PM on Sundays is the only option, unless you want to listen to a couple new albums on the way back.. I can get 15k of vert in before 2, that's enough for me.

OP, I'd get Loveland or the epic local if I were you. Just pick one and get familiar then change to the other one in a couple years.
 

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Oh, I apologize, I didn't realize this was a forum for snowboarders who only ride when it's convenient. Do you need a chauffeur as well? Maybe a team of laborers to carry you from the lift to the goods?
 

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It just doesn't make any sense to me to sit in 2+ hours of traffic to get in an extra couple of hours of riding. You'd make exactly one 5+ hour "drive" (i.e. creeping 20 feet forward at a time) back from Summit County before making the same decision. Everyone out here who has half a brain knows that Sunday ends at 1pm at the latest if you're in Summit or Vail. You can roll the dice and stretch it to 2pm if you're at Loveland.

We're spoiled because we live out here. We ride good snow and good mountains all the time. We don't have to torture ourselves to sit in god awful traffic to squeeze in a couple more hours of riding on a Sunday afternoon.
 

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I love how someone who has no freaking idea what he is talking about gives advice.

I gave my bit of advice. It is up to the OP to decide what he wants to deal with. The consequences of your decisions were put out there. The two hour jam is common, not occasional.

Again, if you knew the region you'd know what we are talking about, but you don't.

The bigger question is are you still riding? I know I am...
 
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