Almost four days after a massive rock slide closed a key Colo. I-70 ski corridor, traffic was flowing again in both directions. Extensive repairs are still needed, but a 200-mile detour is no longer required to drive to the Aspen valley and Steamboat region.
Traffic started flowing again at 3:05 pm Thursday through a key segment of Colo. 1-70 as crews had worked around the clock to open the damaged 17-mile "choke point" in the highway system. More repairs are still needed to open all four lanes of traffic, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph from 55 mph, with loads wider than 14 feet prohibited from the roadway. A rockslide early Monday over the Hanging Lakes section of I-70, just before Glenwood Springs, had closed the highway, spewing boulders—some the size of semi-tractors and weighing up to 66 tons—onto the roadway. Colo. Gov.
Let's face it: Getting to Vail is often a pain. The drive to the Colorado resort from Denver International can be snowy, slow and crowded. On the one hand you've got overconfident locals in all-wheel-drives zipping from lane to lane; on the other you've got just-off-the-plane out-of-staters not wanting to crash the rental.
A recent report pegs the cost of a rail from the Denver International Airport to Vail's Eagle County Airport at a hefty $15 billion. The proposed route would also stop at Keystone and Frisco. Via: USA Today
How do you conceal a 13,000-foot peak? Ask Denver skiers, who aim to keep Loveland's steeps and stashes to themselves.
When Will Rice needs a surefire shot of fresh powder and short liftlines, he heads for the glades beneath Chair 8 at Loveland Ski Area. "The snow loads up in there," says the Denver telecommunications salesman, who's been skiing Loveland for eight years. "It's one of the most consistent stashes in Colorado." Better still, Loveland is just 53 miles from Denver, making it one of the easiest mountains to reach when a storm swoops in. "From my office," Rice says, "I can be in the parking lot and into my boots in 50 minutes."