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Hello all,

 

This is my first post and am definitely very excited to have found this forum.  My fiance and I have decided to go skiing on our honeymoon, but I need some serious help picking a destination and finding deals for said location.  I have only been to Taos, and, although we would love to go back there, we kind of want to go some place new.  Aspen or Vail would be great but I am afraid that they may be a little over my budget which right now is about $4000

 

The dates will be roughly January 7 - 13 (6 nights).

We also will have to fly to the chosen location as we are located in Texas.

 

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

-Ben

post #2 of 46

Wow. This is your first post so I won't be too hard on you. But you're going to have to do better than "I wants to go skiin', wur should I go?"

 

You say absolutely nothing about what you're looking for (nothing relevant anyway), how can anyone give you advice? What type of skiing are you/ your fiance looking for, what type of atmosphere would you like, other important activities, etc. etc.

 

For what it's worth, I went to Lake Louise on my honeymoon. It's one of the most scenic resorts/areas in the world as far as I'm concerned and made for a great trip. The area is more secluded than your average resort here.

post #3 of 46

Early January is historically a slow travel period.  I think you could easily find something really nice in Aspen for under 4K and

United has direct flights from Houston.

 

I think Lake Louise, Jackson Hole and Whistler would all be good options, though first two could be cold. 

What about Europe?  I've always wanted to do Venice and the Dolomite's.

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Wow. This is your first post so I won't be too hard on you. But you're going to have to do better than "I wants to go skiin', wur should I go?"

 

You say absolutely nothing about what you're looking for (nothing relevant anyway), how can anyone give you advice? What type of skiing are you/ your fiance looking for, what type of atmosphere would you like, other important activities, etc. etc.

 

For what it's worth, I went to Lake Louise on my honeymoon. It's one of the most scenic resorts/areas in the world as far as I'm concerned and made for a great trip. The area is more secluded than your average resort here.


I'm sorry..that may give you a hint into how much help I'm gonna need. And to answer your questions, since it'll be our honeymoon we're going to want something scenic with a good amount of quality restaurants. This was one thing I didn't like about Taos, the skiing was great but aside from that there wasn't much else to do.

As for type of skiing, we're both pretty good skiers (both ski double diamonds at taos) so we'll ski pretty much anywhere as long as the whole mountain isn't one big bunny hill.

The atmoshere I would preferable would be almost void of kids and family(which I think are pretty much unavoidable), romantic, and serene. Regarding the activities, I'm not sure what other kind of things we can do besides skiing(I know at tahoe you can ice ski, maybe massages) any suggestions for this would be great.

As you can see, I'm totally up in the air about the location and all the details...all I know is that my fiance and I wanna be with each other and ski and enjoy the majesty of the mountains.
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Early January is historically a slow travel period.  I think you could easily find something really nice in Aspen for under 4K and

United has direct flights from Houston.

 

I think Lake Louise, Jackson Hole and Whistler would all be good options, though first two could be cold. 

What about Europe?  I've always wanted to do Venice and the Dolomite's.

 

I just took a glance at airfare and it looks like it's going to be at least $800 for the two of us to get there.  I have been trying to find deals and packages in Aspen but really haven't found too much.  Also, there are SO many places to stay in Aspen it is kind of overwhelming.  On one hand, I would love to stay cheap, but, on the other, I wanna stay some place fairly nice as it is our honeymoon.  So far, all the ones we get directed to that are near the slopes and fairly nice (from what I can see from their websites) are about $400 a night which would be cutting it close to my budget considering we still need lift tickets and rentals for 5/6 days...

 

post #6 of 46

As mentioned the first week or two of January tends to be less expensive, so that's a good thing!

 

One possibility would be to go to Utah, stay at the Canyons Grand Summit, which is very nice, Park City is a fun town with some really neat shops and restaurants.  There's great skiing all around there, Alta, Snowbird - even Deer Valley.  You could stay in Park City for less money and rent a car to get to the nearby mountains as well.

 

Vail is a great place to ski and the town can be romantic too, but lodging is hard to find inexpensively.  The Arrabelle at Lionshead in Vail seems like a great honeymoon spot, but probably way out of your budget.

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I just took a glance at airfare and it looks like it's going to be at least $800 for the two of us to get there.  I have been trying to find deals and packages in Aspen but really haven't found too much.  Also, there are SO many places to stay in Aspen it is kind of overwhelming.  On one hand, I would love to stay cheap, but, on the other, I wanna stay some place fairly nice as it is our honeymoon.  So far, all the ones we get directed to that are near the slopes and fairly nice (from what I can see from their websites) are about $400 a night which would be cutting it close to my budget considering we still need lift tickets and rentals for 5/6 days...

 




It's still a little early to be booking. Most agents haven't negotiated fares for next year yet and the airlines are just posting what they think they will need based on oil right now.

 

I've been in most of the lodges, if you have any specific ones in mind, let me know and I can tell you what I know about them.  I would look at the Limelight. It's new, owned by the skico and they are trying to sell it hard. 

post #8 of 46

Postpone your wedding/honeymoon and hit Portillo. I did.

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Postpone your wedding/honeymoon and hit Portillo. I did.



His wedding's in the winter, how does that help?

 

Alright with the added information, I can provide a little more insight. I assume those $800/ticket were flying into Aspen airport. It sounds to me like what you want is to fly into a resort with major international airport nearby so as to save money on tickets and not have to drive for hours and hours. So I'd look closely at Utah, Lake Louise and Whistler. I'm not too familiar with flying into Tahoe, but that might be one to consider too.

 

Lake Louise sounds like exactly what you're looking for: it's located in the middle of a national park and there are development rules in place, which means it's basically a small village surrounded by huge scenery--the Canadian Rockies are significantly more beautiful than the American Rockies, imo; it's the second largest resort in Canada with plenty of trails for all abilities and winter is the off-season there so it's less crowded and prices are reasonable.

 

I stayed at the Fairmont, which is right on the lake, had a corner room filled with windows looking out at the lake, glacier and mountains, and it cost somewhere around $300 to $350/night. We spent one night in a two-floor suite with a balcony looking out at the lake and mountains and that was $700/night. This was in January 2007, not sure how prices have changed. There are several nice restaurants right in the hotel, and out your back door you can ice skate, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride around part of the lake and snowshoe into the mountains for miles and miles. The hotel has equipment rentals and an adventure concierge that can help you set-up activities. Also, it's a pretty fancy hotel, and I don't remember seeing a whole lot of children running around, though I'm sure there were some.

 

Lake Louise is two hours from Calgary International, a scenic ride partly through Banff National Park. There's not a whole lot to Lake Louise--it's a tiny village, but if you want more of a ski-town atmosphere, you could opt for Banff, which is even closer to the airport.

 

Park City would be another good option--only like 40 minutes from the airport, plenty of restaurants/shopping/things to do and three resorts. The scenery there doesn't compare with some other resorts, though (personally, I like to see massive rock mountains rising straight up out of the ground and Park City isn't about that). For less crowds, consider staying in Midway, about 20 minutes from Park City. You'll have to drive to Park City, but there are some really nice resort properties to stay at with natural hot springs, restaurants, activities, etc. (Zermatt Resort, The Homestead). I'm sure there would be less crowds and less kids and the scenery is better over there.

 

Personally, I'd forget Aspen and Vail. If those two resorts are known for anything, it's being expensive. There are a lot of other resorts that will give you just as good an experience (possibly better) while costing less.

post #10 of 46
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It's still a little early to be booking. Most agents haven't negotiated fares for next year yet and the airlines are just posting what they think they will need based on oil right now.

 

I've been in most of the lodges, if you have any specific ones in mind, let me know and I can tell you what I know about them.  I would look at the Limelight. It's new, owned by the skico and they are trying to sell it hard. 



I went ahead and took a look at the Limelight Lodge and they appeared to be booked throughout any potential time we'd be wanting to go.

 

Also, when do you suggest I really start looking?  I heard from a resort employee that they don't really start pushing out the winter specials until the summer but would that be too late do you think?  I'd hate to wait till then and not be able to get a respectable room for our honeymoon.. :)

post #11 of 46
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His wedding's in the winter, how does that help?

 

Alright with the added information, I can provide a little more insight. I assume those $800/ticket were flying into Aspen airport. It sounds to me like what you want is to fly into a resort with major international airport nearby so as to save money on tickets and not have to drive for hours and hours. So I'd look closely at Utah, Lake Louise and Whistler. I'm not too familiar with flying into Tahoe, but that might be one to consider too.

 

Lake Louise sounds like exactly what you're looking for: it's located in the middle of a national park and there are development rules in place, which means it's basically a small village surrounded by huge scenery--the Canadian Rockies are significantly more beautiful than the American Rockies, imo; it's the second largest resort in Canada with plenty of trails for all abilities and winter is the off-season there so it's less crowded and prices are reasonable.

 

I stayed at the Fairmont, which is right on the lake, had a corner room filled with windows looking out at the lake, glacier and mountains, and it cost somewhere around $300 to $350/night. We spent one night in a two-floor suite with a balcony looking out at the lake and mountains and that was $700/night. This was in January 2007, not sure how prices have changed. There are several nice restaurants right in the hotel, and out your back door you can ice skate, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride around part of the lake and snowshoe into the mountains for miles and miles. The hotel has equipment rentals and an adventure concierge that can help you set-up activities. Also, it's a pretty fancy hotel, and I don't remember seeing a whole lot of children running around, though I'm sure there were some.

 

Lake Louise is two hours from Calgary International, a scenic ride partly through Banff National Park. There's not a whole lot to Lake Louise--it's a tiny village, but if you want more of a ski-town atmosphere, you could opt for Banff, which is even closer to the airport.

 

Park City would be another good option--only like 40 minutes from the airport, plenty of restaurants/shopping/things to do and three resorts. The scenery there doesn't compare with some other resorts, though (personally, I like to see massive rock mountains rising straight up out of the ground and Park City isn't about that). For less crowds, consider staying in Midway, about 20 minutes from Park City. You'll have to drive to Park City, but there are some really nice resort properties to stay at with natural hot springs, restaurants, activities, etc. (Zermatt Resort, The Homestead). I'm sure there would be less crowds and less kids and the scenery is better over there.

 

Personally, I'd forget Aspen and Vail. If those two resorts are known for anything, it's being expensive. There are a lot of other resorts that will give you just as good an experience (possibly better) while costing less.


Lake Louise looks great, but I went ahead and looked at airfare and its a bit more.. $1400 for the two of us.  Looks like we'll have to stay somewhere in the states.

 

Park city sounds great as well.  Airfare is about $800 which is something I can't really complain about.  I haven't looked at any lodges so not too sure of the pricing...but really what it comes down to is I would love to be able to book a package deal that would take care of the room, lift tickets, ski rentals, and preferably be relatively close to the slopes.  Am I shooting too high for my budget? lol

 

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It's still a little early to be booking. Most agents haven't negotiated fares for next year yet and the airlines are just posting what they think they will need based on oil right now.

 

I've been in most of the lodges, if you have any specific ones in mind, let me know and I can tell you what I know about them.  I would look at the Limelight. It's new, owned by the skico and they are trying to sell it hard. 




 

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It's still a little early to be booking. Most agents haven't negotiated fares for next year yet and the airlines are just posting what they think they will need based on oil right now.

 

I've been in most of the lodges, if you have any specific ones in mind, let me know and I can tell you what I know about them.  I would look at the Limelight. It's new, owned by the skico and they are trying to sell it hard. 




I took a look at the Limelight Lodge and they appear to be booked completely for any potential honeymoon date. 

 

Also, when do you suggest is a good time for me to book?  I'd hate to wait and not be able to attain a respectable room for my honeymoon.. :) 

post #13 of 46

See if the Canyons will give you a deal way in advance.  You can stay there, ski there, and they have a shuttle to Park City for free, so no car is needed.

 

It's a very good ski area.  If you're there it would be a shame not to check out Alta and other areas, but if you can get a package price and stay right there, it would be a nice getaway.  I won a 3 day stay there once and had a very romantic time, including walks on the main drag of Park City.

 

 

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See if the Canyons will give you a deal way in advance.  You can stay there, ski there, and they have a shuttle to Park City for free, so no car is needed.

 

It's a very good ski area.  If you're there it would be a shame not to check out Alta and other areas, but if you can get a package price and stay right there, it would be a nice getaway.  I won a 3 day stay there once and had a very romantic time, including walks on the main drag of Park City.

 

 

 

Took a look at it and they're all booked.. :(
 

 

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It's still a little early to be booking. Most agents haven't negotiated fares for next year yet and the airlines are just posting what they think they will need based on oil right now.

 

I've been in most of the lodges, if you have any specific ones in mind, let me know and I can tell you what I know about them.  I would look at the Limelight. It's new, owned by the skico and they are trying to sell it hard. 




 

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post






It's still a little early to be booking. Most agents haven't negotiated fares for next year yet and the airlines are just posting what they think they will need based on oil right now.

 

I've been in most of the lodges, if you have any specific ones in mind, let me know and I can tell you what I know about them.  I would look at the Limelight. It's new, owned by the skico and they are trying to sell it hard. 




I took a look at the Limelight Lodge and they appear to be booked completely for any potential honeymoon date. 

 

Also, when do you suggest is a good time for me to book?  I'd hate to wait and not be able to attain a respectable room for my honeymoon.. :)

post #16 of 46

I would go to park City's visitor's bureau website. lots of choices on lodging from uber luxo to simple condos. there are 3 very luxo hotels in DV area. Strin Ericsson lodge, St. Regis, and Montage. all very honeymoon worthy. probably not cheap tho.

 

post #17 of 46

 How about Tahoe? about a dozen amazing resorts to choose from and some of the best scenery in the world

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Took a look at it and they're all booked.. :(
 

 

I looked too, don't know if that's accurate, I'd doubt it.  Maybe the system isn't even taking reservations yet.  Call them.  Never trust the internet.
 

 

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I looked too, don't know if that's accurate, I'd doubt it.  Maybe the system isn't even taking reservations yet.  Call them.  Never trust the internet.
 

 


Ya I plan on calling the resorts I'm serious about next week when we know the exact wedding date.
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 How about Tahoe? about a dozen amazing resorts to choose from and some of the best scenery in the world


Tahoe is so confusing to me. Which side is best? And, any recommendations on lodging near the slopes reasonably priced?
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Sorry for the duplicate posts.....don't know how to delete them.. :(

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 How about Tahoe? about a dozen amazing resorts to choose from and some of the best scenery in the world




Tahoe is so confusing to me. Which side is best? And, any recommendations on lodging near the slopes reasonably priced?


Kind of depends on what you want to do while there, but there are many nice options in Tahoe.  South Lake is mainly about casinos and a relatively busy downtown area right at the base of Heavenly.  North Lake Tahoe, you could stay someplace like Granlibakken or perhaps rent a lakeside cottage and ski Alpine Meadows, Squaw, Northstar, Homewood, Sugar Bowl.  Come to think of it, I think North Tahoe would be perfect for you.  The lodging choices are nice and there is a good variety of things to do.  Reno is not far away, and that would be your airport of choice,as well as an option for a night on the town.

 

I got your duplicates.  Not your fault, you were getting hung up in the spam filter.  I fixed that too.

 

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Kind of depends on what you want to do while there, but there are many nice options in Tahoe.  South Lake is mainly about casinos and a relatively busy downtown area right at the base of Heavenly.  North Lake Tahoe, you could stay someplace like Granlibakken or perhaps rent a lakeside cottage and ski Alpine Meadows, Squaw, Northstar, Homewood, Sugar Bowl.  Come to think of it, I think North Tahoe would be perfect for you.  The lodging choices are nice and there is a good variety of things to do.  Reno is not far away, and that would be your airport of choice,as well as an option for a night on the town.

 

I got your duplicates.  Not your fault, you were getting hung up in the spam filter.  I fixed that too.

 


So I'm looking at the Lake Tahoe map right now and seeing that it has a lot of different resorts (Alpine Meadows, Squaw, Northstar, Granlibakken)...is the skiing for these all connected or do we have to drive to each one?

 

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Here are some honeymoon ideas, regardless of where you go:

1) Make sure your wife's ski instructor is not as good looking as you.

2) Never, ever give her ski lessons yourself.  Remember, you live in a Community Property state. 

3) Find romantic things to do right after you book your trip, or no later than Thanksgiving.  This includes sleigh rides under a full moon, dinners in romantic locations, etc.

4) Ship as much stuff as you can (if you own ski equipment) to the resort and don't worry about the extra cost.  The last thing you want to do on a honeymoon is schlep stuff through airports. 

5) Tell the reservationist for your hotel/resort you are on a honeymoon, and make sure you reserve a room (if not a suite) that is: a) away from noisy outdoor air vents, 2) away from the elevators, 3) has a nice view, etc.  Ask nicely and you shall receive.  There are romantic luxury bed and breakfasts everywhere, that could be great options for you.

6) If flying coach, reserve poor man's first class (bulkhead, emergency row, etc. with extra leg space).  If flying business class, stay away from the damn kitchen. I hate that seat. First class?  Enjoy.

7) Make restaurant reservations well ahead of time, and let them know about you honeymoon.  You may get a more romantic seating (away from the kitchen or bathroom).

 

FWIW, strolling down the Main Streets of Aspen, Park City, etc. is more romantic than walking past the casinos in South Lake Tahoe (but the lake is beautiful any time of year).  Lake Tahoe has lots of ski resorts around the lake or nearby.  Park City has three world class resorts.  Either way, you can't ski it all in a week.  I hope you have a wonderful time.

 


Edited by quant2325 - 3/31/11 at 7:17pm
post #26 of 46

First, Arleta with Cosby Travel is good, and can help you get the best value and book deals us amateurs are not going to know.  Seriously contact her.  I don't know of anyone more knowledgeable and who will work harder for you.  She actually wrote the majority of the resort articles you see in the Resorts tab on Epicski.

 

All the resorts in the Tahoe region are independent, but because you are planning in advance, you can get discount tickets at a number of resorts by using things like the Snowbomb 6-pack and other deals.  Also many of the lodging alternatives will package tickets and lodging, and its a very good deal.  For North Lake Tahoe, you will want to rent a car to access the resorts.  There is public transportation, but you will appreciate the freedom a vehicle brings.   There are not many places you can go that have 15 or more major ski areas in easy distance...a few more are Mt. Rose, Incline, Donner, (forget Boreal),   For south shore Heavenly, Sierra and Kirkwood.

post #27 of 46

if you really want to stretch your dollar and stay in a great condo or house for way less you have to go on VRBO.com and rent directly from an owner.  I have been doing this for many years adn the savings is about 40%.  Great condos where ever you want them. And you can negotiate the price especially in this economy.

 

I got married 27 years ago I think and stayed at Vail for three weeks, had the tme of our lives and we were able to travel around to all of the Aspen places and then all of the summit county places.  Went to those great hotsprings in Glenwood like 3 times....

 

But if I were getting married now, it would be Whistler....for certain.

 

I didnt read the whole thread but where are yuo flying from for $800? 

 

I like the Canyons idea too as lots of townie things do.  Breck is too commercial for honeymoonin.

 

But what about Jackson Hole for magic.  Snomobile tours and Yellowstone and Teton NP right there....and real live wilderness and wildlife for an unforgettable ski trip...Great town.

post #28 of 46

Sun Valley. Sun Valley, Sun Valley, Sun Valley.

 

You won't have to deal with many kids, because they mostly stay over at the smaller mountain (Dollar Mt) operated by the resort. That's where the park/pipe set stays too. You'll be skiing Baldy, which is a fantastic mountain. You won't have lift lines, at all. You can have great lunches in the historic (and romantic!)  Roundhouse. Ketchum is a GREAT town, my favorite ski town (like Aspen but a bit less ritzy) with lots of good restaurants and none of the ugly sprawl that plagues a lot of the Colorado resorts and the Park City area. The Sun Valley Lodge had great package deals this year and hopefully will next year, too. We stayed for 129/pp/per night, including lift tickets. It's a historic lodge and does a really nice job with the whole vacation experience (ie free pickup at the airport, they handle all your bags, outdoor hot pools, ice skating, sleigh rides with actual horses--not tractors like at Steamboat, etc). There is a real variety of lodging in the area, and I really do think there is something for every price range. The only potential downside is that SV gets less snow than a lot of other resorts. They do a terrific job grooming, but if you only like off piste, it's a little iffier. But ski vacations are always iffy--I spent a week in Steamboat this January and it was mashed potatoes every day.

 

Aspen would be my second choice, but lodging is pricey there. I liked the Annabelle Inn, and it wasn't outrageous for the area, so you might check that out.

 

Also, you are looking too early for airfare. Keep looking, but expect prices to fall late summer or fall. And don't get hung up on packages--they don't always save money.

post #29 of 46
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Wow! Thanks for all the advice guys...extremely helpful thus far, to say the least.

 

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Originally Posted by quant2325 View Post

 

Here are some honeymoon ideas, regardless of where you go:

1) Make sure your wife's ski instructor is not as good looking as you.

2) Never, ever give her ski lessons yourself.  Remember, you live in a Community Property state. 

3) Find romantic things to do right after you book your trip, or no later than Thanksgiving.  This includes sleigh rides under a full moon, dinners in romantic locations, etc.

4) Ship as much stuff as you can (if you own ski equipment) to the resort and don't worry about the extra cost.  The last thing you want to do on a honeymoon is schlep stuff through airports. 

5) Tell the reservationist for your hotel/resort you are on a honeymoon, and make sure you reserve a room (if not a suite) that is: a) away from noisy outdoor air vents, 2) away from the elevators, 3) has a nice view, etc.  Ask nicely and you shall receive.  There are romantic luxury bed and breakfasts everywhere, that could be great options for you.

6) If flying coach, reserve poor man's first class (bulkhead, emergency row, etc. with extra leg space).  If flying business class, stay away from the damn kitchen. I hate that seat. First class?  Enjoy.

7) Make restaurant reservations well ahead of time, and let them know about you honeymoon.  You may get a more romantic seating (away from the kitchen or bathroom).

 

FWIW, strolling down the Main Streets of Aspen, Park City, etc. is more romantic than walking past the casinos in South Lake Tahoe (but the lake is beautiful any time of year).  Lake Tahoe has lots of ski resorts around the lake or nearby.  Park City has three world class resorts.  Either way, you can't ski it all in a week.  I hope you have a wonderful time.

 


I'm not going to have to worry about 1 or 2 because my soon-to-be wife will out-ski me anyday! :)   I sure know how to pick 'em. Thank you!

 

 

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First, Arleta with Cosby Travel is good, and can help you get the best value and book deals us amateurs are not going to know.  Seriously contact her.  I don't know of anyone more knowledgeable and who will work harder for you.  She actually wrote the majority of the resort articles you see in the Resorts tab on Epicski.

 

All the resorts in the Tahoe region are independent, but because you are planning in advance, you can get discount tickets at a number of resorts by using things like the Snowbomb 6-pack and other deals.  Also many of the lodging alternatives will package tickets and lodging, and its a very good deal.  For North Lake Tahoe, you will want to rent a car to access the resorts.  There is public transportation, but you will appreciate the freedom a vehicle brings.   There are not many places you can go that have 15 or more major ski areas in easy distance...a few more are Mt. Rose, Incline, Donner, (forget Boreal),   For south shore Heavenly, Sierra and Kirkwood.

 

Thanks for the information! And, yes I do plan on contacting her next week when I know the exact date of the wedding.   I think Lake Tahoe is going into my potential locations list.  Thanks again.

 

 

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if you really want to stretch your dollar and stay in a great condo or house for way less you have to go on VRBO.com and rent directly from an owner.  I have been doing this for many years adn the savings is about 40%.  Great condos where ever you want them. And you can negotiate the price especially in this economy.

 

I got married 27 years ago I think and stayed at Vail for three weeks, had the tme of our lives and we were able to travel around to all of the Aspen places and then all of the summit county places.  Went to those great hotsprings in Glenwood like 3 times....

 

But if I were getting married now, it would be Whistler....for certain.

 

I didnt read the whole thread but where are yuo flying from for $800? 

 

I like the Canyons idea too as lots of townie things do.  Breck is too commercial for honeymoonin.

 

But what about Jackson Hole for magic.  Snomobile tours and Yellowstone and Teton NP right there....and real live wilderness and wildlife for an unforgettable ski trip...Great town.


I took a look at VRBO.com and I had difficulty finding a 1BR condo/house.  I think this option would be great if I was traveling with a group.  Another thing is that I kind of want to take advantage of all the hotels amenities such hot tubs, spas, massages, ski concierges, etc.  :) 

 

I also did look at Whistler and kind of ruled it out because the cheapest plane tickets were twice as much as it would cost to fly in state to say Colorado or Tahoe.  Now, I know from what people in here have said that the cost of flying is more than likely going to go down, but, if i can fly to a resort in the states for half as much as I can to Canada, it makes me more inclined to stay in the states.  Jackson Hole is another one I've looked at and am interested in.  Thanks!

 

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+1 on Arleta.  I booked a trip through her and got a great value, in addition I've met her and she is an honest, nice and caring person.

 

Travel agents get paid by the airlines and properties, not by their customers, and often as Cirque said, have access to deals we don't.

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