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Driving Loveland Pass Winter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVHFHhaiPh8 ^ | 11/30/12

Posted on 11/30/2012 10:20:23 AM PST by GSWarrior

Anyone up for a drive over Colorado's Loveland Pass?

Buckle up!


TOPICS: Travel
KEYWORDS: colorado; rockies; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 11/30/2012 10:20:28 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior
Been there, done that, and loved it. Skiing is great in Keystone and Breckenridge, not to mention Loveland Pass.
2 posted on 11/30/2012 10:34:52 AM PST by Yulee (Village of Albion)
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To: GSWarrior

brought back fond memories (sort of)

I was born and raised in Colorado spent my summers and a lot of the winter in Georgetown. Skied Loveland and Arapahoe until I was old enough to get on the ski train to Winter Park (yeah I have skied all of those other ‘famous’ places too but your chops are made at Loveland)


3 posted on 11/30/2012 10:38:27 AM PST by Nifster
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To: GSWarrior

You should try to ski down the backside of the national forest at nighttime during a full moon. Absolutely wonderful. Have a driver drop you off at the top on HWY 6. The car can then pick you up on one of the cutbacks below. Watch out for the creek near the bottom. Big rocks.


4 posted on 11/30/2012 10:39:11 AM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Yulee

my brother lives and works in Breackenridge


5 posted on 11/30/2012 10:42:42 AM PST by Nifster
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To: GSWarrior

Used to go night skiing at Keystone on Tuesday nights. Rode along with a guy whose idea of fun was to drive over Loveland at night.


6 posted on 11/30/2012 10:44:23 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: GSWarrior

Did that drive once with my wife. Just spectacular. Thanks for posting.


7 posted on 11/30/2012 11:03:28 AM PST by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: GSWarrior
I've been through Loveland Pass as well. Thanks for posting, GSWarrior!

Another spectacular mountain pass in Colorado is on the Western Slope:

Red Mountain Pass

I camped out near the top in October 1981, before the snow hit, and the star gazing was spectacular!

8 posted on 11/30/2012 11:23:59 AM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: cornfedcowboy

One of my favorite memories. Thanks for reminding me.


9 posted on 11/30/2012 11:30:13 AM PST by Kanzan
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To: Yulee
I'm headed out in another week to do some skiing there. Hopefully, they are going to get some more snow because it certainly doesn't look like that now. Right now it is looking about as thin as it was last December.

Let it snow!

10 posted on 11/30/2012 11:42:42 AM PST by eggman (End the Obama occupation of the White House!)
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To: rochester_veteran

I ‘m thinking of starting a Scenic Drive ping list or something like that.


11 posted on 11/30/2012 11:44:59 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: rochester_veteran

Holy crap, thats one shear cliff with no guard rails!!


12 posted on 11/30/2012 11:51:03 AM PST by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: HOYA97
Holy crap, thats one shear cliff with no guard rails!!

And no shoulder to speak of either! Most of the mountain passes that I drove over in Colorado did not have guard rails.

Another spectacular drive is Trail Ridge Rd through Rocky Mountain National Park, no guardrails either!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jZrHTbE1MQ

13 posted on 11/30/2012 12:03:39 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: rochester_veteran
Another spectacular drive is Trail Ridge Rd through Rocky Mountain National Park, no guardrails either!

I did Mt Evans,the highest paved road in North America,last June.It's 14,100 feet and at the top I thought I was gonna die.Going up we saw several guys on bicycles.I had a heart attack just watching them.And just like the road you mentioned...NO GUARD RAILS! Yikes!!

14 posted on 11/30/2012 12:31:00 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: HOYA97
We tell folks that if they go over the edge they best have a sack lunch. Y'all will git hungry before the bottom!

Independence Pass (highway 82) into Aspen is way narrower and scarier than Loveland Pass.

Lincon did an MKZ infomercial on Loveland pass (closed) with timed speed runs from the ski area parking lot to the summit. Hit 110 MPH in spots. Beat the quadra-slam Masarati, the Jaguar and the Mercedes, just barely got beat by the BMW.

15 posted on 11/30/2012 12:32:28 PM PST by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: GSWarrior

Cool :) Not so much anymore but I also loved going to the mountains during the Summer. Sometimes I would drive the back-way between Breckenridge and Keystone and then go over the pass and stop at the top. One time I hiked uphill and it took a good while to get there but the view was great though.


16 posted on 11/30/2012 12:40:01 PM PST by CORedneck
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To: CORedneck

Just to clarify “Not so much anymore” - meant I use to go to the mountains a lot but not much anymore due to work and family schedule.


17 posted on 11/30/2012 12:42:20 PM PST by CORedneck
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To: CORedneck

Just to clarify “Not so much anymore” - meant I use to go to the mountains a lot but not much anymore due to work and family schedule.


18 posted on 11/30/2012 12:42:35 PM PST by CORedneck
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To: GSWarrior

My favorite memory of Loveland Pass is from the early 80’s when it used to be a stage on the Tour Of The Moon bike race.

The year I remember, it was hailing nickle size hail at the top of the pass, so the riders who were already wiped out by the brutal climb up the pass at much higher altitudes than most of them are used to then got beat up even more by the hail. [big grin]


19 posted on 11/30/2012 12:54:02 PM PST by RatSlayer
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To: rochester_veteran

Red Mountain Pass is on highway 550 that goes from Ouray to Silverton and then on south to Durango. Not one local drives that road in the winter. No guard rails, avalanches take them out, snow sheds in some places.

One year they had to wait for the spring thaw to locate one
of the snow plows that had been swept off the road.


20 posted on 11/30/2012 12:54:38 PM PST by OregonRancher (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I did Mt Evans,the highest paved road in North America,last June.It's 14,100 feet and at the top I thought I was gonna die.

I lived in Denver for 3 years and drove up Mt Evans a few times. The first time I drove up there, it was 90 degrees in Denver, so I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt, which was fine during the day. As it got later in the day, I decided to head back down and realized I locked my keys in the car. At 14,00 feet up, it was starting to get cold and I decided to look through the ruins of the burnt-out Evans Lodge and I found a wire coat hanger and was able to unlock my car. I was about ready to break open the window with a rock!

21 posted on 11/30/2012 1:15:20 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: HOYA97
A photo of the road through Red Mountain Pass. Yikes!!!


22 posted on 11/30/2012 1:17:33 PM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: rochester_veteran

That road must have a high “Pucker-Factor”. ;-)


23 posted on 11/30/2012 1:41:31 PM PST by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: GSWarrior; Gay State Conservative
Thank you for this!

My parents are from Colorado: mom from a small town south of Steamboat, dad from Denver. Dad's parents bought a small cabin on Mt Evans back in the late 30's. It is still there and still in the family! I have such fond memories of being at "the cabin" for day trips.

Though we are all on the east coast now (and dad passed away), a piece of my heart remains in Colorado.

24 posted on 11/30/2012 1:56:12 PM PST by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
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To: HOYA97

Independence Pass is also a Colorado favorite. Its a one lane road with NO guardrails and is closed until late spring. That said, most mountain roads here have very gentle inclines and are easy to navigate.


25 posted on 03/31/2013 11:11:44 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

I recall going over Fremont Pass with a buddy and our girlfriends (went to college out there). We made it over the top and I quipped “Hey - we all reached Climax together!”


26 posted on 03/31/2013 11:20:41 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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