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post #31 of 38

Park City is going to be more $100/nt more, but for $150 or a little more, you should be able to walk or easy shuttle to a lift.

Solitude is nice, but you are stuck there and the price of the airport shuttle there is not much more than a car.

You'll save a bunch by staying in a $60/nt SLC/Midvale/Sandy hotel and renting a car for <$30/day and driving. DRIVE - you're in America now!!!

I looked at that train ride Val'disere.  That looks like travel Hell, even for me.  Fly all night then take a 5 hr train ride.  That's a bit much. 

I see that flights are cheaper to Denver from MN, rent a car to hotel, take a shuttle to ski lifts. 

post #32 of 38

"I looked at that train ride Val'disere.  That looks like travel Hell, even for me.  Fly all night then take a 5 hr train ride.  That's a bit much"

 

Nah. It's a normal Europe-USA hop--fly across the pond and then take a connecting flight or transfer to your final destination. Lots of people do it all the time. And the train is a lot more comfortable than a plane or a car (it's actually closer to 4 than 5 hours) ... You can do it!

 

Are Solitude and Park City the only places with slope side lodging in Utah? Don't mind being stuck as it will be a weekend and I guess that it's too little time anyway to do any resort justice. $150/night sounds very reasonable for slope side/walking distance.

post #33 of 38

No, Snowbird and Alta also have some nice lodging but they are limited and pricey (usually 400 and way up). By comparison you could rent a condo that's a 5 minute walk from the Canyons cabriolet (some may argue as to whether this is actually slopeside given that you need to take another lift) for around 200/night.

 

Basically Solitude is the only resort in the cottonwood canyon side that has a resort base village while all three park city resorts have base villages (Honestly, these days Deer Valley looks like a ski resort built around a a bunch of hotels and condos).

 

For sure it is way cheaper to stay in the SLC valley and drive 30 minutes up to the place you want to ski, but that is a different kind of experience.

post #34 of 38

I stay slope side at Alta for $180-220 per night this season (rates vary depending on what part of the season you're in).  That's for a private room.  Shared dorm room rates are $140-150 per night.  All prices include a very generous meal plan.  In retrospect, I have always felt it's a fair deal if you want to squeeze in quality skiing/lodging/meals into a short period of time and minimize transportation hassles (and if you're there on a huge powder day when nobody else can get up the canyon, it's a priceless experience).  Round trip shuttle to/from the airport is $64.

post #35 of 38

I would absolutely consider that if I was alone or just a couple, but with a family, and assuming you need a kitchen it's gonna cost a lot more.

 

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I stay slope side at Alta for $180-220 per night this season (rates vary depending on what part of the season you're in).  That's for a private room.  Shared dorm room rates are $140-150 per night.  All prices include a very generous meal plan.  In retrospect, I have always felt it's a fair deal if you want to squeeze in quality skiing/lodging/meals into a short period of time and minimize transportation hassles (and if you're there on a huge powder day when nobody else can get up the canyon, it's a priceless experience).  Round trip shuttle to/from the airport is $64.

post #36 of 38

Thanks guys. Great info there.

post #37 of 38
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Back to the drawing board.

post #38 of 38

 

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How about you go West and I'll go East!  Just start with SLC for some cheap skiing. Plus you should be able to ski half days coming and going.  $60/nt hotel rooms w/o looking too hard and FOR SURE food will be cheaper.
 

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I really look forward to sample some of the skiing and the famous snow in the US of A. I was just surprised by the steep prices. Hotel and food seems a lot cheaper in Europe to me. Perhaps it's just me being European and not knowing my ways around over here (yet). I'm in Twin Cities and Denver is cheap, but SLC starts at almost $400. I can get to Paris for only a little more and take the TGV to Tignes/Vald'isere. Now, it's not likely, it was sort of a joke...

 

There's definitely a bit of who's familiar with what going on where! Lodging is no more expensive in the Alps than the Rockies, or vice versa. Same with foods. It's where you stay and eat that makes the difference. Seems Karlsson knows where the cheap lodging and food in Europe are but not in the US, and SnowbirdDevotee knows the cheap food/lodging in the US but not in Europe...

Karlsson, if you can find flights to the Alps no more expensive than to the Rockies, I would say it's a fair game. I'm assuming you're a solo skier, food and lodging in the Alps would actually come out less. Out west, you end up paying for a double room even though you're by yourself. Same with car rental, it seats 4 but you pay for it yourself. Whilst in the Alps, you just pay for the single room and one person train ticket.

 

See if you can find a ski club and join their trip. You have instant roommate plus ski buddy! You do want to see what skiing in the Rockie is like while you're here, after all.

 

I typically do one trip out west and 1 trip to the Alps each year.

 

SnowbirdDevotee, the time difference actually works to your advantage rather than disadvantage. My favorate gateway city is Zurich. Since all transatlatic flights depart in the evening and lands in the morning (like 6am!), I'm able to ski nearly a full day on arrival day, even taking into account the 2-3 hr train ride to the mountain (it helps many Swiss resort train station are right in the village where the lifts are -- or some trains ARE ski lift themselves!) On departure day, whilst most direct flights take off in the mornning, I was able to source connecting flights through London which depart in evening, allowing me to ski almost a full day on departure day as well! With both legs of the flight at night, I lose no time in transit!

 

 

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