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    Quote Originally Posted by x10003q View Post
    When we lived in Manhattan, we looked at the train option. Trying to maneuver ski equipment around Manhattan at rush hour is a disaster. Trying to do it with the wife and kid(s) is an even bigger disaster. As mentioned, you are limited when you can leave, you end up in Rutland around 11pm, at least 1/2 hour or more from your lodging. Then, you need to have slopeside lodging or hope you are on the shuttle in order to get to the skiing. Then you have to deal with the reverse on Sunday.



    It might work if you own or rent a slope side place and/or can leave a car if you are off the mountain. Your ski equipment has to stay in VT. If you live almost anywhere in the NY Metro area suburbs, the train does not work.

    When we left NYC in a car by 3pm, we would easily get to our Killington lodging by 9pm including rush hour thru NJ and a stop for dinner. Plus, with 2 or 3 in the car it was much cheaper than the train/shuttle to the mountain costs.

    The only way the train might work - if there was a station at the base of the mountain and it got you there in 3 hours.
    Couldn't agree more with your last statement. The logistics of traveling with ski equipment, when you primary transportation gets you only partway to the resort, is a nightmare. Its one thing to do it for a vacation, its another if you are doing it every weekend. One thing I did notice about the Winter Park train is it only runs once a day. It basically parks up the rail from the resort for the day (you can leave you stuff on the train), before head back down to Denver in the afternoon. Under that kind of setup, train service wouldn't make a dent in any road traffic. Maybe you guys out in Co have some insight into this, but isn't the traffic up to Summit County in the winter very time dependent (Friday night, Weekend morning and afternoon)?

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    Doesn't make a dent, but it provides a nice alternative for those willing to use it!

    In all seriousness, I agree though. That plan confuses me a bit too.

  3. #53
    Quote Originally Posted by spring_mountain_high View Post
    i've heard the trip up the west coast is pretty amazing, and also very slow and usually very very late.
    My Mom and sister did a train that did a decent chuck of Alaska in the summertime and they said it was amazing.

    Quote Originally Posted by spring_mountain_high View Post
    operating agreements that should prioritize amtrak trains...
    Gotta' disagree with you there. Other than DC to Boston via NYC (and Philly and a few stations in-between), AMTRAK shouldn't even be in business. IIRC, that's still the only route that's actually profitable and should exist as a business. Otherwise AMTRAK is basically a huge waste of money we pay for year-after-year-after-year-after-year.
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  4. #54
    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post



    Gotta' disagree with you there. Other than DC to Boston via NYC (and Philly and a few stations in-between), AMTRAK shouldn't even be in business. IIRC, that's still the only route that's actually profitable and should exist as a business. Otherwise AMTRAK is basically a huge waste of money we pay for year-after-year-after-year-after-year.
    i was not expressing an opinion there...fact is, in exchange for the government taking over their money-losing passenger operations, the freight railroads signed agreements that give passenger trains right of way over freight, but there are certain companies that tend to put the passenger trains 'in the hole' more often than not in violation of said agreements

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbedle View Post
    Maybe you guys out in Co have some insight into this, but isn't the traffic up to Summit County in the winter very time dependent (Friday night, Weekend morning and afternoon)?
    Absolutely time dependent - it is not the madhouse that it is made out to be all the time. If one is foolish enough to join the masses at the bad times then they need not complain about traffic.
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    the bad times are the bad times because they are precisely the time when regular people (read - people with typical m-f work commitments) are able to go ski. if you are a student, or retired, or self-employed or able to work when you choose to work, you can drive up whenever you want. most people NEED to drive up Friday night or Saturday morning and return sunday night. just the nature of life for most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KustyTheKlown View Post
    the bad times are the bad times because they are precisely the time when regular people (read - people with typical m-f work commitments) are able to go ski.
    Yeah, I mean, this is a really weird defense of that I-70 corridor.

    That's like saying, well if you're dumb enough to get to work around 9am and leave around 5pm, SURE the traffic's going to be bad!
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    here in the east, I'm a big fan of the 3 AM NYC departure and 8:30 AM Vermont arrival. saves me the hotel money for Friday night and lets me beat out all the NYC metro area traffic on Friday evenings. I just take a nice long nap immediately after work, aided by pharmaceuticals and booze. if I lived in Colorado I'd be all about the 4 AM Saturday morning departure and the 2-3 hour in car nap until lifts open. beats leaving at 6 PM Friday or 6 AM Saturday and sitting in the traffic.
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  9. #59
    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    Yeah, I mean, this is a really weird defense of that I-70 corridor.

    That's like saying, well if you're dumb enough to get to work around 9am and leave around 5pm, SURE the traffic's going to be bad!
    We day trip it!

    I work Mon-Thurs so I benefit from skiing on Fridays - easy peasy. On Saturday we are not eager to get there early so we shoot for 9:30 or go to Breck (back route). Sunday Mornings are relatively easy but the drive home between 3-6 is tough so we eat dinner then leave - easy peasy. Oh and do not go if it is stormy, rather go the day before!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlague View Post
    We day trip it!

    I work Mon-Thurs so I benefit from skiing on Fridays - easy peasy. On Saturday we are not eager to get there early so we shoot for 9:30 or go to Breck (back route). Sunday Mornings are relatively easy but the drive home between 3-6 is tough so we eat dinner then leave - easy peasy. Oh and do not go if it is stormy, rather go the day before!

    This strategy has served us well
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