Okay, guys. After taking your input and thinking a bit about the best way to arrange this MaG, here's what I propose:
Either the standard Thursday(ish) through Sunday format that we've been using for the last few years...
Monday through Friday giving the weekend on both sides for transit to and from the event (recommended)
I suggest that we base out of the Frisco/Silver Thorne/Dillon area. That's one of the most inexpensive areas where we can find the type of lodging that we've gotten for the last few MaGs, and an area that I know very well and can organize a number of half and full day rides around. There are plenty of areas nearby with local sights, sounds, flavors, and experiences for all to sample either as a group or on their own. Shopping from antiques to outlet malls are abundant for those so inclined. At the junction of Interstate 70 and US Highway 24, it's also very easy to get in and out of.
I propose the last week of July (25-29) or the first week of August (1-5). This gives us the best chance of catching some great weather. All the paved passes and summits should be open, road conditions should be good, and minimal risk of encountering significant snow at higher elevations. For those wanting to loop this trip in with Sturgis, the later week would probably work best. The rally is a fairly easy 462 miles from this area.
I'm going to let you guys kick this around a bit and make suggestions if you have them, then probably in a week or so I'll post a final plan with an in/out poll. I'd like to start calling around for lodging at the beginning of February so it'd be nice to have a good idea of how many we'll have.
Let's change our altitude, Texans (and Floridians)!