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DomincDecoco
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Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
WHave flights booked into DEN the day after Christmas for 4 nights with 2 teen daughters, but not planning to ski. Primarily want to snowmobile, tube and shop in a scenic downtown.

We can stay anywhere within 1-2 hours and can hop around as we wont be locked into any one resort or locale.

Interested in some really good snowmobile locations...1/2 or full day maybe with lunch or cocoa, good fun tubing (copper mountain?) and scenic downtown mainstreet with holiday theme for shopping sitting by fire etc.

Again, idea was to hop around and stay at some different towns resorts or hotels, but wont rule out a AirBnB centrally located.

Hit me with recommendations or even an itinerary. arrive 2pm sat, leave 3pm wed TIA

Some ideas we had:
Grand Lake, continental divide
Breckenridge, vail, aspen
winter park, frisco
This post was edited on 7/31 at 12:29 pm


kciDAtaE
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re: Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
Only there 4 nights. How many different towns did you want to stay in?


DomincDecoco
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re: Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
not sure..think its better to stay in one central spot and drive to each days spot?

just trying to maximize the days there but may be pushing it to keep on the run instead of just relaxing in one spot

suggestions?


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re: Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
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not sure..think its better to stay in one central spot and drive to each days spot?



Stay in Frisco. Short drive from there to Keystone, Breck, Copper, and Vail.


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re: Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
and Frisco is cheaper.


Tyga Woods
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and Frisco is cheaper.



Yep. Significantly.


DomincDecoco
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Gracias.


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kciDAtaE
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re: Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
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not sure..think its better to stay in one central spot and drive to each days spot?


I would. Max of two places. Driving could be rough in Colorado in December. A 60 mile drive in snow/mountains is different than driving 60 miles on I-10 in Louisiana

Maybe like Estes Park for two nights, Colorado Springs for two nights. I’m not necessarily saying those two places. But geographically, they both 90 minutes to Denver airport. Consider driving time between the cities and to/from airport.


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DomincDecoco
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re: Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
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A 60 mile drive in snow/mountains is different than driving 60 miles on I-10 in Louisiana


No doubt. Thx!!!


OTIS2
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re: Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
Frisco/Breck area offers everything y’all want. Easy route from Denver, too. Both towns are gorgeous in December.


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re: Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
And there is a winter fun park just south of Frisco towards Breck...tubing,sledding, etc.


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Tyga Woods
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re: Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
Summit County has a free shuttle that runs between the towns like every 20 minutes or so. If driving is your concern, you could drive from Denver to Frisco and then just use the shuttle.


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Lima Whiskey
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re: Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
The roads can be very congested during ski season. They do plow frequently, but a 4x4 would be nice.

Speciality car rental services, local companies, may offer vehicles with snow tires. The major chains don’t.

You do stop much faster with snow tires, but all around grip is better too, and you can driver faster, safely. It’s also easier to get up icy or snowy hills.
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Clark W Griswold
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re: Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
If you want a nice town atmosphere then Breckenridge might be your choice to stay. You can take a day trip to Vail and/or Keystone if you wanted. That area has everything you want in a 2 hour drive along the interstate from Denver airport. Good food. Good people. You could enjoy the Blue River area a few miles south for some amazing views as well.


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baldona
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re: Help wanted - Colorado Winter Trip Planning NON SKIING
I just came to say with 4 days, I'd definitely recommend just picking one home base and sticking to that area as much as possible. Denver is a huge area, the airport is way out especially due to traffic, and then add in winter driving and you could really log a lot of car time to not travel very far distance wise.


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