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post #31 of 46

I'm with Shredhead on this.  Aspen is the place.  It's got fantastic restaurants, fantastic skiing, will be relatively deserted during your dates, and you should be able to do it for $4k.  

 

I'm not a fan of Park City.  Yes, it has decent skiing, but the town is not a real town. 

 

But another fantastic option would be Jackson.  You could do a couple of days skiing at JHMr, then take the snow cat to Old Faithful and stay at the Snow Lodge in Yellowstone.  While you'd be a captive of the restaurant in the hotel, IT'S YELLOWSTONE, and in winter.  That would be something you'd never forget.

 

Mike

post #32 of 46

I'd second the recommendations for Whistler, Lake Louise, Jackson Hole or Tahoe (Cal-Neva Lodge suites are a great value), but why not make your honeymoon the trip of a lifetime -- well, of course it already will be, but... -- and spend a week at Niseko!

Second week of January you're guaranteed knee-deep light powder five days out of seven, luxury western-style accommodations or stay in a hotel Japanese-style with a private outdoor hot-spring bath right in your room. Plenty of outstanding restaurants. Yes, the flight to Tokyo will cost you a bit, but packages from Tokyo to Niseko in early January are a steal. It's doable within or close to your $4k budget.

post #33 of 46

 

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I took a look at VRBO.com and I had difficulty finding a 1BR condo/house.   

It depends on where you're looking. I've had similar trouble finding small places in Utah. But studio and 1 bd condos are a dime a dozen in Whister. I have to think you'd find at least some smaller places in Tahoe, which draws so many skiers from SF (not exactly a big-family kind of city).

post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

I'm with Shredhead on this.  Aspen is the place.  It's got fantastic restaurants, fantastic skiing, will be relatively deserted during your dates, and you should be able to do it for $4k.  

 

I'm not a fan of Park City.  Yes, it has decent skiing, but the town is not a real town. 

 

But another fantastic option would be Jackson.  You could do a couple of days skiing at JHMr, then take the snow cat to Old Faithful and stay at the Snow Lodge in Yellowstone.  While you'd be a captive of the restaurant in the hotel, IT'S YELLOWSTONE, and in winter.  That would be something you'd never forget.

 

Mike


I'm curious as to how Park City is any less of a town than Aspen or Jackson? It was a mining town that existed long before the ski industry. Your opinions are fair enough, but that's just incorrect, unless you're using some other definition.

 

post #35 of 46

Now remember the thing about Jackson is tha tthe mountain is about I think 15 miles from the resort.  But the resort has plenty of honeymooooon ambiance.....and the drive to the town of Jackson is easy and beautiful.  Not to mention that you could plan some really cool things to do on days when you dont ski, god forbid.

 

Snowmobile into Yellowstone with an outfitter that starts with being picked up at your hotel r condo, to the shop where they outfit you with everythig you need helmet to suit to gloves and sno no.  Theyload you into a big bus or SUV with a big trailer that pulls the snomobiles up to the start.....and off you go into the wilderness each on their own mobile.....

 

I have been on a few trips there. One takes you into the JFK Parkway that connects Teton with the yellowstone and you stop at this cool natural water hottub with lockeroooms and bottom of hot pool is concrete but a very natural experience.....big hot pool by natural hot spring....you know alot in the Yellowstone.....and while you swim, they cook you a great steak on open fire....and then you continue on the trail and they have a point where you stop in this like 200 acre field and they let you just blast around free style.....in deep snow.....

 

The other style trip is into the interior of Yellowstone wilderness itself....for many miles.....you have your choice of going to Old faithfull......

 

And of course the skiing at Jackson is epic adn unforgettable.....you will be hooked once you realize where you are...and you will return for special events forever....a place for your heart.....

 

And wild life EVERYWHERE.  something you cannot say about very many ski reosrts.......Elk Refuge very close to town...

 

Scenery....Its Jackson Hole man.

 

Go to Jackson hole......go to Jackson hole.

 

You know the amazing thing is taht they have an international airport....I mean when you go to Colorado, you could spend a little more and fly into to Eagle next to Vail or you could fly into Aspen airport or if Utah airport is like 45 min from great skiing........but at Jackson you could drive away from the airport for like 4 hours and be in wideopen wilderness until say Cheyanne but that is a long distance from Jackson......I mean that when you are in Jackson Hole you are really out in the middle of nowhere but with many nice amenities as you mentioned.....

 

Now that I think about it.....I would go to Jackson Hole.

 

Y9ou will prob fly into to Denver or salt lake and then take small like 25 seat plane which flys lower adn you can really see the Rockys.....as you honeymoon....and airport is close to town and surrounded by MOUNTAINS on one side and the Elk Refuge on the other sort of...

 

We snowshoed out the back of the condo to a pod of Moose every evening and mnorning before skiing.....it was dangerous but sooooo cool......nuff said...did I mention moose up close....oh yeah..nuff said....

 

When you go to Jackson, you know feel far away because you are.....

 

But I have not skied Montana or Alask yet.

post #36 of 46

Building on Jackson, you can also plan some other non-skiing activities while in Jackson proper.  My spouse did the dog sled trip which is down in Hoback Canyon.  She really thought it was a lot of fun.  And take the sled ride out on the Elk refuge.  Being in the midst of more than 5000 head of elk is an experience you won't forget.

 

Perhaps Park City is more of a real town than I give it credit for.  But what I can guarantee you is that you will not have the uniqueness of experience you can have in Jackson/Yellowstone anywhere else in the US.  Seeing the thermal features in Yellowstone in winter is unbelievable.  There is no one there, and snowshoeing or cross-country skiing through the park is incredible.  While I loved Steep and Deep camp at JHMR, the real highlight of the trip was the time we spent in Yellowstone.  And I've been going to Yellowstone regularly for 30 years.  It is just a completely different experience in winter, and very few people ever get the opportunity to do it.

 

http://www.google.com/images?client=safari&rls=en&q=yellowstone+in+winter&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&sa=X&ei=FjGXTdyHGsjgiAL5vcSdCQ&ved=0CEEQsAQ&biw=1245&bih=895

 

See if you can make it happen!

 

Mike

post #37 of 46

plus is so damn cold you will get to cuddle a lot!

post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

I'm with Shredhead on this.  Aspen is the place.  It's got fantastic restaurants, fantastic skiing, will be relatively deserted during your dates, and you should be able to do it for $4k.  

 

I'm not a fan of Park City.  Yes, it has decent skiing, but the town is not a real town. 

 

But another fantastic option would be Jackson.  You could do a couple of days skiing at JHMr, then take the snow cat to Old Faithful and stay at the Snow Lodge in Yellowstone.  While you'd be a captive of the restaurant in the hotel, IT'S YELLOWSTONE, and in winter.  That would be something you'd never forget.

 

Mike



I really can't find any good rates in Aspen right now in a semi-romantic lodge but for that I think I'm going to have to wait until the new rates and specials come out for this coming winter.

 

 

This goes as well for Jackson Hole.  I was looking at the website this morning and it looks great.  I was also browsing through their specials/deals and they look great as well but there are none for January 2012.  Because of this, I went ahead and called up their "travel experts" and they said they wouldn't be getting their new rates which accompany the packages until July and it may be beneficial for me to wait to make my reservations till then.  The only dilemma I have with waiting is that it makes me uneasy because I, maybe irrationally, think that in waiting the preferred lodges will get all booked up.  She assured me that I would be ahead of the game in July, would do you all think?

post #39 of 46

Call Arleta at Cosby Travel Pro and talk to her. 

post #40 of 46

I'd still like to see you contact Arleta at Cosby Travel and see what shakes loose (post 24).  You are in long-range planning mode, and a pro can nail this down for you and probably help you protect your investment in case an unexpected change in plans occurs.  Why not? th_dunno-1[1].gif 

post #41 of 46
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I'd still like to see you contact Arleta at Cosby Travel and see what shakes loose (post 24).  You are in long-range planning mode, and a pro can nail this down for you and probably help you protect your investment in case an unexpected change in plans occurs.  Why not? th_dunno-1[1].gif 


This is definitely my plan. I've already beenin contact with her and plan on calling her this coming week. smile.gif
post #42 of 46
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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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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.



If you're thinking Tahoe, do as Cirque says and look more closely into North Lake Tahoe.  You may find cheaper rates in So Lake Tahoe but its not going to be as romantic.  Some of us can give you some good restaurant ideas too.



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I really can't find any good rates in Aspen right now in a semi-romantic lodge but for that I think I'm going to have to wait until the new rates and specials come out for this coming winter.

 

 

This goes as well for Jackson Hole.  I was looking at the website this morning and it looks great.  I was also browsing through their specials/deals and they look great as well but there are none for January 2012.  Because of this, I went ahead and called up their "travel experts" and they said they wouldn't be getting their new rates which accompany the packages until July and it may be beneficial for me to wait to make my reservations till then.  The only dilemma I have with waiting is that it makes me uneasy because I, maybe irrationally, think that in waiting the preferred lodges will get all booked up.  She assured me that I would be ahead of the game in July, would do you all think?



Another option if you're still thinking Aspen is consider Snowmass.  It may be easier to get on slope accommodations at Snowmass and a tad cheaper, with a great bus system that gives you transportation to all 4 Mountains and down town Aspen.

 

One resort that hasn't been brought up and is a profound place is Big Sky Montana.  I love love love that place and want to get back there!!

post #43 of 46

Sun Valley Idaho is the most romantic place we have ever skied.  A true destination resort.  It is expensive, but not crazy.  The top prices are lower than the top prices at other resorts and there are several grades of accommodations.   It is a bit hard to get to, flying into Ketcham is the best, but its an OK drive from Boise.  

 

One night we took a sleighride about 40 minutes through the woods to the cabin where Hemingway, Gable, Cooper, and their crew used to drink.  They do a dinner there and then the sleighride back.  Foxes followed us back for a while hoping for handouts of elk ribeye.

 

Check it out.

post #44 of 46

The only foxes that get handouts of elk ribeye from me...well drool.gif

post #45 of 46
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

 

Well there has been a new development in our wedding planning.  As it turns out, my fiance is considering getting married in early December (the 3rd or the 10th) or early January (7th or the 14th).  The ultimate deciding factors as of now are, for the most part, the snow conditions as well as the potential different in prices.

 

My questions are: what kind of condition are the slopes in during early December and early January?  How do the prices differ between these two times?

 

Thanks!

-Ben

 

 

 

 

post #46 of 46

Snow can be a crapshoot in early December.  Possibly great and possibly Rock City.  By January there should be decent coverage everywhere.  If you choose early December, consider a resort that has a history of good early snow or a destination near a resort with good snowmaking.  A-Basin/Loveland open early but they may not be a great honeymoon destination.  Mammoth, Snowbird and Steamboat have had good early conditions.  Don't forget Canada.  It takes a little more time to get there, but the early December skiing can be great.  Staying in Whistler Village or at the Chateau Lake Louise can be romantic. 

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