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post #31 of 57
Thread Starter 

I can get a good rate flying into mammoth, and staying at the Austria house Dec 26-3rd Jan..Anybody do it?

Anything I am missing?

 

Lee

post #32 of 57

Deer Valley (45 min. away from SLC airport) has more ski-in/ski-out lodging than any resort I know! Resorts West has vacation homes and condos right on the slope.

 

post #33 of 57

We're obviously biased, but Park City resorts are pretty unbeatable when it comes to proximity to an international airport with direct flights from major cities.

post #34 of 57
Thread Starter 

I am trying real hard to get a place that we can walk to the lifts..Its tough going. I don't mind driving to the hill, but er are spoiled, and like to stay close by the hill.

If anyone has any ideas let me know. The last Mammoth deal fell through..

Right now, I have been looking at

Aspen

Jackson hole.

Steamboat

Mammoth.

 

Thanks

 

Lee

post #35 of 57

Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Deer Valley, Lech-Zurs, Sunshine Village, Whistler-Blackcomb, all are walk right to the lifts and walk right back to your hotel room or condo or lodge

post #36 of 57

I think most destination resorts are "walk to lifts"?  Ours does and the airport is close..and we're inexpensive relative to many you are looking at.  However, from Pittsburgh, you'd have to change plans.  Current airfare is $584 RT. 

post #37 of 57

I booked my flights to aspen last friday for under $500 from Buffalo.  It was more expensive for me to fly to steamboat, jackson hole, or mammoth (which was a double layover). I fly into ORD then ASE.  When I checked into aspen a few years back, flights were around 750, so prices did come down.  We will be skiing mainly at snowmass, but will check out highlands and ajax for a day.

 

post #38 of 57

^^^

That's a pretty good price.  When are you going?

post #39 of 57

february.  I love snowmass and not sure how many more times I will make it out there due to the flight cost.  flying to slc is much cheaper and I only sampled 7 resorts there.

 

post #40 of 57
Thread Starter 

where do you stay?

post #41 of 57

staying at snowmass mountain chalet which is true ski in/ski out.  Hot breakfast is included and soup/chili lunch as well, just ski to the door and take 10 steps and you are in!  It is pricey at $300/night (but then what isn't).  I stayed her back in 2009 and the only problems I had dealt with altitude/dryness and hard bed. 

 

You can also try Pokolodi lodge which is close to slope (100 yrds).  Does include breakfast and is about $100 less then mountain chalet. 

 

Check out tripadvisor at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g33651-Snowmass_Village_Colorado-Hotels.html  for more ideas.  I use tripadvisor for all my travel and it helps immensly.

 

Good luck

post #42 of 57

Leex:

 

You would love Snowmass, it has everything your looking for,  but it isn't cheap and flying in at Christmas is even pricier.  What happened to your Steamboat plan, that seemed like a good price for the holiday?

post #43 of 57
Thread Starter 

I am  still looking at Steamboat, but right now it seems as though prices are really going up. The one I had setup, and was ready for.. the days ended up being messed up. When I go to change the days, the price I had doubled, so it gets me to looking at other destinations for a better price..Not sure if I should pull the trigger now, or just wait for the season, and see what happens. Like I said before, I REALLY want to take my family to Jackson, but it's not working out.

Right now I can pick between Steamboat, Snowmass, Snowbird, and a couple of others, for about the same price..Its just a matter of hitting the buy button..

post #44 of 57

With the resorts you've mentioned, it sounds like you're leaning to more well-known resorts.  But if you're looking at saving some money on airfares and other expenses, consider a few off-the-radar ski towns.  For example, fly into Spokane and drive to Schweitzer, which has ski-in ski-out or easy walk;  Red Mt (BC) has ski-in, ski out and easy walk, not to mention Big Red Cats.  Both places are very close to towns (Sandpoint and Rossland, respectively) and neither get particularly crowded.  Probably cost you a lot less in lodging and passes as well.    Just looked at Travelocity, Pitt to Spokane $368 rt inc. taxes and fees.  I'd take Delta since these flights are all 1-stops and Delta's connecting flight is more direct (Minneapolis), about 6 hours total time.

 

I would also consider Sibhusky's advice; I'm hoping to get to Whitefish myself this year, maybe head up to Fernie while I'm at it.  Amtrak from Seattle, overnight train, arrive at Whitefish in the morning and ski the same day.  Very very appealing. 

 

And.....my girflriend has some family in the SLC area, so I might get to Utah for the Christmas holiday. smile.gif

 

But I'd lke Steamboat as well, or Jackson Hole, Targhee for that matter.   Arghhh!  the choices, the choices.  So little time and money, so many places to ski.    Lee, I understand your agony.  Please keep us updated with what you decide, and I'm looking forward to your travel report.   (That's a "TR", right?  Epic newbie here).

post #45 of 57

have you thought on flying into denver and driving to steamboat?  from what I remember it is about a 4 hr ride.

post #46 of 57
Thread Starter 

I know I am picky but....

I have been a truck driver most of my life, I don't anymore, but I still drive 120 miles a day for work. I am not fond of driving, lets say.

I have panic attacks on long flights.. therefore, I need a short plane ride, close to an airport, with very few miles in between.

I will find something, and will let you know.

Desired, I have been to camp at Jackson hole the last two years, and I really love the place, that is the main reason I am trying to hold out to take my family up there.

One of my favorite photo's I have is this one, we lapped tower 3 chute 5 or 6 times that day, and the instructor finally broke down, and got a few pics, anyway a little bit of stoke :)70420e94.jpg


Edited by LeeX - 9/26/11 at 7:04pm
post #47 of 57

Sound's like you just need to bite the bullet and go to Jackson.  

post #48 of 57
Thread Starter 

Going to JH in Jan.

If anyone has an opinion please let me know.

I can stay at these places for about the same, over the holidays so if you have stayed on know them let me know.

 

Aspen..Aspen mountain lodge

Steamboat..Sheraton, or INN at Steamboat

Snowmass- Pokolodi

 

Thanks

 

Lee

post #49 of 57
Thread Starter 

I decided to go to Snowmass. Dec 26-1st of Jan.Will be staying at the Pokolodi.

If anyone wants to link up, let me know.

Thanks for all the advice.

 

Lee

post #50 of 57

I think you will have a good time.  Because of the way the holiday falls, I'm going before Christmas this year or I'd show you around.  My youngest has school on 1/2?

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask?

post #51 of 57
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Originally Posted by MikeC View Post

Who made you big brother?  I'm certainly entitled to my own opinion about resorts close to airports and can comment on the Aspen "vibe" if I want to.

 

Nope, haven't skied there and likely won't for a while since there are many other places I'd like to get to first.  I have however read many many posts here about Aspen and have gotten the opinions of friends who have been there about what Aspen is like.  I'm just not taken with the idea of skiing in a place where you'd have to plunk down 5 million for a home and pay $100 per day to ski.  

 

If Aspen is what you like then that's great, more power to you.

 

Mike
 



 



 

speaking from ignorance........nice jobrolleyes.gif

post #52 of 57

Aspen for some - Utah for almost everyone else.

post #53 of 57
Thread Starter 

Where are some good places to rent on the hill at Snowmass?

post #54 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by LeeX View Post

I decided to go to Snowmass. Dec 26-1st of Jan.Will be staying at the Pokolodi.

If anyone wants to link up, let me know.

Thanks for all the advice.

 

Lee



 



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Originally Posted by LeeX View Post

Where are some good places to rent on the hill at Snowmass?


What happened to the Pokolodi?  I've been to SM a few times, but stayed in a friends place once and Aspen the other time.  Plugging Snowmass into This will allow you to see reviews and rate comparisons for 4 people at the Pokolodi (from $219), Silvertree ($292+), Wildwood ($232+) and many others.  Try using the mapping feature with the satellite image- for reference, the ski area starts (and goes off) in the BOTTOM of the map and elevations generally DECREASE as you go towards the top right (down by the golf course).  I think the reviews are pretty accurate and prices very competitive as they are a compilation from multiple sites in a single serach.      

 

Maybe SH will see this and jump back in with a "locals" opinion, but you may have been better off starting a new thread with a more accurate title.

 

 

 

post #55 of 57
Thread Starter 

 

It was late, and I am not good with words anyways.

I was talking about demo's for skis.

We are still staying at the Poklodi, but we will be renting skis, and I wanted a place close to the mountain.

Sorry about that

post #56 of 57

Aspen Sports or Gene Taylors.  

 

Try the Stewpot for Dinner and ask for Hanna.

 

The groomers should be in fine shape in Snowmass.   For expert terrain, Aspen skis a little better, especially at low tide, like now.   

post #57 of 57

How can you possibly commt on the Aspen vibe if you haven't even been there??  I was there and it is a great place to ski.  I certainly didn't notice the vibe on the hill being any different than any other ski resort.  In case you haven't noticed, for the most part, this isn't a poor mans sport. And the vibe at Aspen Highlands is very laid back, both on and off the hill.  Aspen is like any other ski town.  To me the town is similar to other modern ski towns.  Sure, there may be an extra fur coat or two walking around, but not obnoxiously so.  All the multi million dollars homes, where ever they are, the aren't in town. (except for the fact that real estate in town is likely ski high and many of the regular home are multi-M's.  As far as the comment regarding the weather and flights - on my one trip to Aspen I had that trouble.  Instead of arriving in the late evening in Aspen we got stuck in Denver, then very very luckily after circling Aspen for an hour we snuck through a break in the clouds but were able to get a nice afternoon of skiing in.  And a few days later we were scheduled to take a late afternoon flight out, another storm was coming in, we elected to ski a short half day and drive to Denver so we wouldn't get stuck there.
 

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Originally Posted by MikeC View Post

Who made you big brother?  I'm certainly entitled to my own opinion about resorts close to airports and can comment on the Aspen "vibe" if I want to.

 

Nope, haven't skied there and likely won't for a while since there are many other places I'd like to get to first.  I have however read many many posts here about Aspen and have gotten the opinions of friends who have been there about what Aspen is like.  I'm just not taken with the idea of skiing in a place where you'd have to plunk down 5 million for a home and pay $100 per day to ski.  

 

If Aspen is what you like then that's great, more power to you.

 

Mike
 



 



 

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