Colorado!

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  1. nidex

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    I'm going to Colorado over New Years(December 31st - January 3rd). We have a hotel reserved in Silverthorne, which I believe is about 90 minutes west of Denver. Plan on going to Copper, Breckenridge, Vail, maybe Aspen.
    Is there anything going on in those towns New Years Eve aside from legally smoking weed?

    I do not ski or snowboard, I will probably try it since 2 of the people going want to stay at the ski lift..place...thing all day, but what else is there to do around there aside from look at mountains?

    Also, when I went to Utah in January, I was the one who had to drive through Wyoming -> Salt Lake at 4am with the snow and wind blowing like a motherfucker, in a Suburban with 4 people packed to the brim with shit. That sucked. Had it to the floor going up the mountain not making much progress, and then continuous braking and downshifting going down while I feel like I'm going to get blown off the interstate, occasionally sliding on patches of ice. This brings me to the question of how I-70 is maintained in the winter? Granted I'll be driving a manual truck this time, thankfully, so it should go up and down easier, but still somewhat concerned about driving conditions.

    This is all. Thank you whoever has experience with this. :D
  2. Commissar Smersh

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    Breweries and hot chicks. There's a shitload of shops up in the mountains too, but expect stuff to be pretty pricey as those that go shopping in Vail are pretty financially secure.

    Colorado is pretty good about maintaining their roads however it is winter and storms do happen so make sure you've either got studded snow tires or chains for your vehicle. The upside is that CDOT has a pretty up to date page with road conditions, construction and even has a huge amount of traffic cameras. Just don't drive like a dick and you should be alright. ;)
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    Yeah I don't plan on doing any shopping. Just drinking.
    The truck just got new tires, they're snow tires but not studded. Are chains really necessary? I would think 4wd + snow tires would be fine.
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    Why anyone would go to Colorado in the winter and not ski/snowboard is beyond me :p
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    Colorado is amazing. I went to Keystone, Breck, and Vail for 5 days last winter around the same time and it was great. You have to snowboard! You would be crazy not to. We rented an H3 for the drive and I never knew how shitty their engines were on an incline, but we made it.

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    If the incline ices the 4wd won't matter as you won't have any grip. Chains and studs help with that. You likely won't need them but it's always a possibility.
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    Ahh, please excuse my lack of knowledge. This is the topography I am used to dealing with:
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    The heck with boarding, rent some snowmobiles!!! Just remember that you can get a DUII on a snowmobile just as though it were a car on the highway and you're golden.
    If i were on the slopes, I'd want to be checking out the back country, not the trendy people packed places.
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    I was actually thinking about that before but didn't think there would be anywhere that would rent me a snowmobile. :D
  10. mistawiskas

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    There's a place up in the cascades that rents them at Diamond Lake.

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    There's a lot of cross country skiing and trails. When the lake is frozen over and four-8 feet of snow on it, the snowmobiling is crazy fun. I'll bet you can find a rental outfit in the rockies around where you're headed. google is your friend: Breckenridge Snowmobiling Tours & Rentals, Vail, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain Snowmobiling It can get pretty expensive, but the memory will last an assload longer than a good drunk.
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    The bus system up there is free, so take advantage of it and avoid a DUI. There's also a good tequilla bar in Breckenridge called Rita's. It's a bit of a hole in the wall, but if you like tequilla they make some cool drinks there.
    The shopping is mostly just for tourists. Just a bunch of stupid fucking t-shirts that say "wow, I'm high" and "it's a crime to be this high in most places" or something along those lines.