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  1. #1
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    CO Trip suggestions needed!

    Hey All,
    My girl and I are leaving SLC Wednesday, 7/25 at ~Noon, and heading to Denver for a wedding. We'd ideally like to be in Denver at ~3-4pm on Friday, 7/28. We have the rest of that time set aside for mountain biking. Hoping to do a long ride Thursday and a shorter ride Friday AM before driving to DEN. Current idea is Steamboat, due to ~5 hours from SLC drive Wednesday then ~3 hours to DEN Friday. Any suggestions on alternates? I like to ride anything, rocky/rooty fast descents the best, not a huge jumper, and we have our share of flow trails in SLC, unless something is crazy fun, I'd rather avoid the man made flow trails. My girlfriend is a solid upper intermediate advanced rider. Doesn't dig on the really nasty chundery rocky shit, but will ride pretty much anything. (Free lunch is rideable with walking the features for her, for example.)
    Not looking for Fruita/GJ riding as we get down there once a year usually.
    Bonus points for kick ass breweries
    Will most likely camp unless we're in Steamboat where I have friends.
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    Just go to Steamboat. It's a great place for mt biking.

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    One ride you could consider for Friday AM is the CT from Copper to Searle Pass
    https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/380...to-searle-pass
    It might be longer than you're looking for but it's a fun ride. Instead of starting at the overflow lot like this suggests park at Center Village (free) and do the ride from there. Cuts out 1.75mi of annoying up/down BS at the beginning and gets you all the goods. It'll be about 15mi and 2600' of climbing this way.

    I don't think you can go wrong just riding in Steamboat both days though.
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    Ride the Divide Epic trail from the top of Rabbit Ears to the ski area on Thursday. Beal/Rotary Loop on Friday. Go to Mountain Tap Brewery.

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    Thanks all, steamboat does seem to be the best option. Haven't been to Mountain Tap, but did go to Butcherknife and Storm Peak the last time we were in town.
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    "If we can't bring the mountain to the party, let's bring the PARTY to the MOUNTAIN!"

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    X2 on Mountain Tap.
    Quote Originally Posted by Norseman View Post
    All ye punterz! Leave thine stupid heavy skis in the past, or at least in the resort category, for the age of lightweight pussy sticks is upon us! Behold! Keep up with the randocommandos on their carbon blades of shortness! Break thine tibias into spiral splinters with pintech extravagance!

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    If you change your mind on Steamboat, there are several other areas with more riding than you can do and are within 3 hrs+/- of Denver...

    Salida
    CB
    Gunny

    Roaring Fork Valley

    Eagle County

    etc

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    Steamboat it is, arriving Wednesday around 6pm, hoping to do the Buff pass to bike park shuttle Thursday then a shorter ride Friday AM.
    http://coldsmokechronicles.blogspot.com

    "If we can't bring the mountain to the party, let's bring the PARTY to the MOUNTAIN!"

    "especially if you beat it like AKPM on a lonely alaskan night" brice618

    Jer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phall View Post
    Steamboat it is, arriving Wednesday around 6pm, hoping to do the Buff pass to bike park shuttle Thursday then a shorter ride Friday AM.
    You mean Rabbit Ears pass? Divide trail connects to the ski area from the top of Rabbit Ears.

    https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/567...-mountain-view

    Stuff on the front side of Emerald is pretty fun and easy to manage riding distance through different loops. NPR is fun.

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    Ah, that looks like a longer one that might be more fun, looks like you can do it from Buff Pass on the Wyoming Trail too? Looks like the Rabbit Ears option gets us more distance.
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    "If we can't bring the mountain to the party, let's bring the PARTY to the MOUNTAIN!"

    "especially if you beat it like AKPM on a lonely alaskan night" brice618

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    CO Trip suggestions needed!

    Buff pass has some super fun off-the-radar shuttle trails fwiw, at least a few years back they did. It looks like they approved some of them officially? Not sure how different they made them.

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    Did a Howlesen Hill NPR lap Wednesday upon arrival, finished with Beers and Pizza at Mountain Tap. Got up early Thursday and Rode Spring Creek>Flash of Gold>Grouse>Spring Creek from town, then fished a little on the Elk, beers at Butcher Knife, Storm Peak, dinner at backdoor. Friday we had to be in Denver so we hit Rabbit Ears and did Muddy Creek out to Wyoming and turned around at mile 7. Steamboat has some awesome riding. Thanks for the beta, all!
    http://coldsmokechronicles.blogspot.com

    "If we can't bring the mountain to the party, let's bring the PARTY to the MOUNTAIN!"

    "especially if you beat it like AKPM on a lonely alaskan night" brice618

    Jer
    I told you I was retarded!!!!

    ectreeskier11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phall View Post
    Did a Howlesen Hill NPR lap Wednesday upon arrival, finished with Beers and Pizza at Mountain Tap. Got up early Thursday and Rode Spring Creek>Flash of Gold>Grouse>Spring Creek from town, then fished a little on the Elk, beers at Butcher Knife, Storm Peak, dinner at backdoor. Friday we had to be in Denver so we hit Rabbit Ears and did Muddy Creek out to Wyoming and turned around at mile 7. Steamboat has some awesome riding. Thanks for the beta, all!
    Hey, nice work. Nice to hear how it went for once. So many people never report back. I'm probably one of them though.

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    Keystone lifts! All the natural tech you could want plus enough intermediate for your lady.

    Or Steamboat or CB!
    Quote Originally Posted by blurred
    skiing is hiking all day so that you can ski on shitty gear for 5 minutes.

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    How much is a Keystone bike haul with an Epic Pass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summit View Post
    Keystone lifts! All the natural tech you could want plus enough intermediate for your lady.

    Or Steamboat or CB!
    Um...

    yeah...

    Did ya see the date on that first post

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    ^ah well

    Quote Originally Posted by The SnowShow View Post
    How much is a Keystone bike haul with an Epic Pass?
    If you have an Epic type pass, you get up free foot passenger on the gondy and $10 off bike haul (so $36/day)
    Quote Originally Posted by blurred
    skiing is hiking all day so that you can ski on shitty gear for 5 minutes.

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