Navigating I-70

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SPORTS AND SHOOTERS

Catch NFL games on one of the 30 televisions at

Garfinkel's

in Vail's Lionshead Village (

EXIT 176

). While you're there, spin the shot wheel, a

Wheel of Fortune

-style device that doles out slammers ranging from Melon Balls to Moose Piss (that second one's Coloradan for whiskey and tequila).

BRECK'S BEST BREW

Beer connoisseurs flock to

Backcountry Brewery

in Frisco (

EXIT 201

) for award-winning blends like Switchback Amber and Telemark IPA. Order from the hearty steak-and-burger menu and you'll be stuffed till you're halfway across Kansas.

BET ON IT

The newly built

Central City Parkway

(

EXIT 243

) is a four-lane superhighway that goes directly to 22 casinos. You'll be playing hold 'em in 15 minutes, but it ain't no Bellagio: State law sets the max bet at five dollars.

TIP:

CDOT's traffic hotline (

877-315-7623

) will tell you if Eisenhower tunnel is closed because of weather or accidents. If it is, find a room; many Summit County resorts offer great last-minute deals (coloradoski.com).

BE THE DUDE

Lakeside Bowl

, five minutes south of

EXIT 205

in Dillon, is the only place to knock the pins in Summit County. It's a grungy, well-worn establishment; prepare to channel your favorite Big Lebowski character.

TIP:

The

Frontage Road

, a stretch of two-lane between Georgetown and Idaho Springs, isn't exactly a secret. But it's less congested than the highway during big jams.

TOAD HOUSE

Kermit's

roadhouse (under the

EXIT 244

overpass in Idaho Springs) is a down-home mix of Colorado bikers and skiers. Staff pick: Chase the homemade green chile with a pint of Hardtail Amber.

4 P.M. CUP:

Covered Bridge Coffee Shop, 227 Bridge Street

LOOK NORTH:

See any Big Horn Sheep?

7 A.M. CUP:

Java Mountain Roasters, 1510 Miner Street

*PLEASE DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE. NOMINATE A DESIGNATED DRIVER.

October 2005

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