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kbrandoI moved to Denver last summer, if you are working at the airport, I would advise living pretty close. The morning commute in Denver can be brutal. Honestly, i70 traffic does suck, but once you figure out when its going to be busy, its not that bad at all. Depending on what kind of skiing you want to do, you have many different pass options. In my opinion Loveland has the best terrain in the i70 area and is the closest to Denver, plus the pass is cheap. If you can only ski weekends, just leave super early and bring a book to read in the lodge instead of sitting in traffic. Don't take lunch and be back on the road by 1:30 on the weekends and you wont have to worry to much about traffic. Hope the move treats you well! Denver is a nice city especially in the fall and if you skate, there are so many great parks and street spots.
teamdummyFrom DIA to skiing is haul. 90 minutes minimum to winter park and even longer to keystone and Breck etc. But in Denver......everybody does it. It's a fact of life there. Not sure what days you ll be working, but if you can avoid the weekends you'll be good. If not, you'll quickly learn when you will need to be on the road to avoid the traffic. It's a game that a flexible schedule will help you win. You will have to drive to ski and live close to work. As much as you would like it to be the other way around (we all would!) it just isn't feasible in Denver.
JsNeagleGolden would be the closest to the mountains I would want to live if I was working at DIA. From Golden you'll have a ~30 minute commute to work (depending on traffic) and an hour commute to the mountains (unless it's weekend traffic, then you're fucked regardless, unless you live in Summit or Eagle, which would be a nightmare commute to work).
Do you mountain bike, kayak, or hike at all in the summer? If yes, you'll be happier being in Golden with the foothills right next to you.
mole.squadMove up to the mtns during / after the summer if you can find a spot.