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View Poll Results: Which is the best Colorado Winter City for my preferences?
Denver 2 12.50%
Fraser/Winter Park 5 31.25%
Glenwood Springs 9 56.25%
Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-18-2017, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Ouray!
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:32 PM
 
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Ouray!
Ouray would meet the OPs desires, except it's about an even 100 miles from the Amtrak line in Grand Junction.
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Old 08-19-2017, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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C'mon all you jokesters! The OP asked about three cities, not for recommendations for other cities. Furthermore, he's on a train route.

Denver is fairly unlikely to have snow, as is probably Glenwood. However, Denver has non-ski oriented activities, and it may have snow at least on the ground. I'd go with Denver simply because there are lots of activities. I do like Glenwood, but it's pretty much a small town/tourist town combo. The hot springs are nice, though. If snow is the deal-breaker, then Fraser/Winter Park.
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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C'mon all you jokesters! The OP asked about three cities, not for recommendations for other cities. Furthermore, he's on a train route.

Denver is fairly unlikely to have snow, as is probably Glenwood. However, Denver has non-ski oriented activities, and it may have snow at least on the ground. I'd go with Denver simply because there are lots of activities. I do like Glenwood, but it's pretty much a small town/tourist town combo. The hot springs are nice, though. If snow is the deal-breaker, then Fraser/Winter Park.
Yeah, all of those other cities sound great but I will be on a train route so they will not be possible this trip. It is actually a 15 day trip across the country and back with 9 nights on the train and 6 off (2 in Colorado), so I would prefer to take advantage off my time off the train by staying near the station. If a city is within about an hour by public transit from the station, I would consider it however. If I was not clear, I would be very happy with even an inch of snow on the ground. Is even that much uncommon in Glenwood Springs? Also, is there anything in Glenwood Springs that is not in either of the other two? What I am also considering is spending one day in Denver and one in Fraser/Winter Park, so that I get one day with plenty of city activities and another with guaranteed snow. Does that sound like a good possibility? The train runs every 24 hours and I am continuing west so I would have 24 hours in both (or 48 if I just decide to stop in one city).
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:27 PM
 
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IMO you'll find a lot more to see and do, within a brief walk or uber ride, in Glenwood Springs (GS). But either is fine. Do some google drive-by viewing of these towns. In GS, note the Hotel Colorado and hot springs. The train ride from Denver to these towns goes through remote areas not accessible by car; the scenery is awesome. IIRC there are about 20 tunnels on the line which makes this route a favorite of railfans.

See if this link works to youtube on the train trip:
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ter+park%2C+co
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:40 PM
 
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IMO you'll find a lot more to see and do, within a brief walk or uber ride, in Glenwood Springs (GS). But either is fine. Do some google drive-by viewing of these towns. In GS, note the Hotel Colorado and hot springs. The train ride from Denver to these towns goes through remote areas not accessible by car; the scenery is awesome.

See if this link works to youtube on the train trip:
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ter+park%2C+co
The train ride looks great; out of all of the trains I have planned this is probably the one I am looking the most forward to. That is actually the main reason I am hesitant to not stop in Denver; prior to reaching Colorado I will have been on the train 3 nights so I am worried I will be so exhausted I will not enjoy the trip through the Rockies. Glenwood Springs does look very nice as well; right now I am leaning towards either splitting the time between Denver and Fraser/Winter Park or going to Glenwood Springs. The hardest part about the choice is the uncertainty as to whether there will be snow in Denver and Glenwood Springs; I know it may be common to those who live in Colorado but I currently live in an area where it never snows so it is a novelty.
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:01 PM
 
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I say go on through to GS. You can rest and repair in the hot springs there.
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:36 PM
 
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Here are some Christmas stats for Denver.
https://www.weather.gov/bou/denver_xmassnowstats

Here's what I found for Glenwood. It actually gets less snow than Denver. (Denver gets about 60" on average, but it varies widely.)
Climate Glenwood Springs - Colorado and Weather averages Glenwood Springs
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:14 PM
 
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Kat is right. I live on the western slope and go to the Denver area for Christmas to visit relatives every year. Though Glenwood's elevation is 500 ft. or so higher than Denver, there's been a time or two where there hasn't been much snow on the ground, heh, except going through the canyon of course.

There are a number of small mom and pop motels just off I-70 on the west end of town and though I only live 90 miles away, I've stayed the night there several times. Love them hot springs!
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Old 08-20-2017, 05:59 PM
 
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Kat is right. I live on the western slope and go to the Denver area for Christmas to visit relatives every year. Though Glenwood's elevation is 500 ft. or so higher than Denver, there's been a time or two where there hasn't been much snow on the ground, heh, except going through the canyon of course.

There are a number of small mom and pop motels just off I-70 on the west end of town and though I only live 90 miles away, I've stayed the night there several times. Love them hot springs!
How many times have you done the trip? If there wasn't snow 1 or 2 times out of 10, I think it would be worth the risk. Based on the link with Glenwood Springs' average temperatures, I would expect more snow on the ground than Denver since the temperatures are colder. Also, it looks there is a tram that goes up over 7,000 feet in elevation, so is it more likely there will be snow there?
It does seem there are a lot of benefits to Glenwood Springs, so if there is around a 75% chance or more of some snow I will probably go there. I am now hoping to stay for a third day so maybe I'll spend one night in Denver and two in Glenwood Springs.
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