Deep Powder Weekend Leads To ‘Worst Traffic In Ten Years’

If you ski or snowboard, you probably wanted to be in the western mountains this past weekend, with everywhere from California to Colorado getting blasted with snow. But judging by traffic on Interstate 70 west of Denver, everybody decided to go to the same place!

If you missed the weather report: the mountains in and around Summit County, Colo. (Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Vail…) got absolutely dumped on, with a couple feet of snow falling from Thursday through Sunday.

This led to what a DJ on Summit County’s Krystal 93 called the “worst traffic in 10 years” on Sunday afternoon as thousands of people tried to return from the mountains to their homes along the front range.

How do I know he said it? ‘Cause I was sitting in my car, listening to the radio.

Thanks to twitter, we can share some of the frustrations weekend warriors face when trying to get a few powder turns. Amusing lines were tweeted as anxious drivers sat on and around the 70-mile long parking lot known as Interstate 70. —Sean McCoy

Xavier Espinet ?@XavierEspinet
Finally make it to Boulder, 9am Monday..we left Vail at 4pm on Sunday! #I70 #unsanetraffic @ColoradoDOT

Daliah Singer ?@daliahsinger
If one of my friends had kids we’d be in a car with TVs, which would be awesome right about now. #I70

Katie Roberts ?@katelynrob
FYI anyone on EB #I70 – they just closed the tunnel for avy blasting. The CDOT guy at the light says it could be anywhere from 10-60 mins

Daliah Singer ?@daliahsinger
Are we there yet? (The new #I70 tagline)

Michael Booth ?@mboothdenver
#I70 drivers: Cotrip speed maps show 22mph to tunnel, but friends reporting dead stop at Silverthorne

Ant0n ?@CObeast8
@AHockmuth If your heading east on #i70 you prolly have a 6 hour drive ahead of you

Amber McClain ?@amevcl
Was that back up really just for nothing?#i70 did you all run out of gas or get panicked? No wrecks on #i70

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Managing Editor Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in Denver, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.

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