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Old Yesterday, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Windsor, CO
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Hi guys,
I will be going to Telluride, CO for a ski week (Feb 10 to 15, 2019) & will be driving each way from Windsor, CO.
Apple Maps is showing 2 possible routes to take, one following US 50, the other following I-70. It looks like the US 50 route is 10 minutes faster (6 hours 47 minutes) than the I-70 route (6 hours 57 minutes).
Right now, I am tempted to take one route going & returning the other route.
Any thoughts / recommendations?
Thanks
Mark
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Old Yesterday, 11:11 AM
 
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The curiosity in me would have me try each route, making it truly a 'round' trip. IMO the US-50 route would be a more scenic as you're up close and personal with the land then the interstate highway route which has plenty of its own scenic views.

Snowstorms could make either route an adventure.
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Old Yesterday, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Windsor, CO
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Originally Posted by Mike from back east View Post
Snowstorms could make either route an adventure.
That's true.
My reservations in Telluride are from February 10 to 15, but if it appears as though weather might be a factor, I'd leave for Telluride a day or two earlier & stay somewhere in the vicinity that doesn't charge ski resort rates (Montrose or Grand Junction??). Same thing when it comes to leave on the 15th. If weather is a factor, stay somewhere in Western CO a night or two until it clears up.
Mark
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Old Yesterday, 12:11 PM
 
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There is no real good way to Telluride, but I would be inclined to take the route involving more of I-70 for a portion of it. There are a lot of 2 lanes out in the boonies that would be terror to drive in a storm.
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Old Yesterday, 02:17 PM
 
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Both routes are fine. Crested Butte and Monarch ski resort are on the hwy 50 route, so it's pretty well traveled and maintained. I'd do what Mike suggested and go both ways.
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Old Yesterday, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Dillon, MT
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Take I-70. I've driven both many times and would much prefer Eisenhauer to Monarch, as well as the two-lane travel you'll get going on 50 - it gets long and monotonous and the roads can be much icier. Even if it's well-maintained, Monarch is a PITA, and it's way colder that way. I-70 also has way more amenities as in gas stations and places to stop and eat.
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Old Yesterday, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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In case you are looking at a map and are wondering what Rockskipper is referring to, the tunnel is "Eisenhower", named after our 34th President.
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Old Yesterday, 09:05 PM
 
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In case you are looking at a map and are wondering what Rockskipper is referring to, the tunnel is "Eisenhower", named after our 34th President.
Technically it’s the Eisenhower–Edwin C. Johnson Memorial Tunnel.
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Old Today, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Windsor, CO
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Thanks guys.
Any information is appreciated.
Mark
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Old Today, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Windsor, CO
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In case you are looking at a map and are wondering what Rockskipper is referring to, the tunnel is "Eisenhower", named after our 34th President.
Thanks.
I was able to figure that one out...
Mark
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