Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee
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.
Originally Posted by Karlsson
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!