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Help 4 college guys get to Vail

post #1 of 15
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What's up everybody? I'm just wondering if anyone could help myself and 3 friends start planning a trip to Vail for next winter. I'd really appreciate any info because I don't know the first thing about going out west. The reason why I'm asking before this season is even over is because we gotta work accordingly this summer and want to book at the lowest prices.

 

The basics:

 

4 college guys from the ny...want to head out to the big stuff...sick and tired of the east...coincidentally we're broke..go figure...shouldn't be an issue after working this summer

 

 

I guess these are the sorts of things I'm wondering in order to make the trip cost as little as possible but also be enjoyable

 

Fly into denver or that other airport that's closer?

Unless there's something really cheap on premise, i doubt we'd stay there and with that said....

Where should we stay?..any decent places?

any other helpful info??

 

thanks a bunch

post #2 of 15

Hi rashawn,

 

Definitely fly into Denver. You'll be able to get the best prices by doing that. Southwest offers up to two bags for free (this includes ski bags) and generally has some decent deals (if not the most reliable itineraries).

 

Are you entirely set on going to Vail? If you fly into Denver and then stay someplace like Silverthorne or Dillon, you'll have access to all of the Vail resorts as well as Copper. This will allow you to make choices based on snowfall and things like that (the only real issue here is that if Vail gets pounded with snow you may not be able to drive through the Vail Pass). The EpicSki Gathering was in CO this year, and we stayed at the Comfort Suites in Dillon for a very reasonable price. Also, the rooms have two queen beds and a pull-out couch, so if you know how to work it out, you could have four guys in one room (the key here is to put the pull-out couch mattress on the floor, remake the couch, and have the smallest guy sleep on the couch).

 

In terms of lift tickets, you'll want to check into some of the Epic passes and things like that. Often cheaper to buy the 7 day pass (http://www.snow.com/epicpass/home.aspx) than buy lift tickets while you're up there. The good thing about the Epic pass is that it gives you your choice of resorts and comes with some buddy passes, so you may be able to work out some deals by utilizing those.

 

Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip!

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by DSloan View Post

Are you entirely set on going to Vail?


This. It's okay if you are, but you could certainly go cheaper somewhere else.

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot for the help!

 

We're not entirely set on Vail, but we figure that if we're going to make the trip then we might as well go there. Open to suggestions though.

post #5 of 15

I would look into the ABasin bonus pass, which just went on sale for $369. How many days are you skiing? Lift tickets at the window at Vail this season were somewhere around $104, $108? It's very difficult to get discounts, too. The bonus pass gives you unlimited skiing at ABasin, 5 days at Breck/Keystone, and you can use one of those days at Vail or Beaver Creek. So if you came, stayed at the Comfort Suites, skied 7 days, you could ski Vail a day, Breck 2 days, Keystone 2 days, and ABasin 2 days. Or something like that. If you buy tickets at the window, that would cost you more than $600.

 

So, that's my recommendation, based on very little. Are you driving? Flying? Are you coming spring break?

 

post #6 of 15

Where do you go to school and when do you plan on going?   College ski club trips can be pretty cheap and are almost a right of passage.

post #7 of 15

Go some other place than Vail.

If you're Young and a good skiers go Someplace else.

Vail is cruiser central. Their Black runs would be Blue runs anywhere else.


 

post #8 of 15
Do you plan on renting a car? Are you going during Xmas break, spring break, or flexible enough to go another timeframe? Going for whole week or long weekend? Are you beginners, intermediates or experts? If not renting car then flying into Salt Lake City and shuttle bus to a place like Park City, Utah might be easier to do and there are a lot of older, fairly affordable condos there to rent for multiple days. Out of Denver's airport you can take a two hour shuttle bus service to Vail and other nearby resorts. Roost Lodge might be one option for relatively affordable lodging at Vail. Without a car and going for long weekend you might want to consider staying put and skiing only one larger resort like Vail. If you have a whole week (my recommendation) then you could take shuttle to a central location like the towns of Frisco or Silverthorne in Summit county where there are a lot of cheaper chain motels or condos and ride Summit Stage free shuttle to go to different nearby mtns like Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin. If there's a member of your party that can rent a car, that offers options for bigger savings; you could stay at a place like Georgetown Super 8 Motel, advance purchase four-packs of tickets at Loveland for around $120 (not much more than one day at Vail), then visit nearby Copper Mtn, Keystone or Arapahoe Basin for splurge days to fill out a week.
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

Do you plan on renting a car? Are you going during Xmas break, spring break, or flexible enough to go another timeframe? Going for whole week or long weekend? Are you beginners, intermediates or experts? If not renting car then flying into Salt Lake City and shuttle bus to a place like Park City, Utah might be easier to do and there are a lot of older, fairly affordable condos there to rent for multiple days. Out of Denver's airport you can take a two hour shuttle bus service to Vail and other nearby resorts. Roost Lodge might be one option for relatively affordable lodging at Vail. Without a car and going for long weekend you might want to consider staying put and skiing only one larger resort like Vail. If you have a whole week (my recommendation) then you could take shuttle to a central location like the towns of Frisco or Silverthorne in Summit county where there are a lot of cheaper chain motels or condos and ride Summit Stage free shuttle to go to different nearby mtns like Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin. If there's a member of your party that can rent a car, that offers options for bigger savings; you could stay at a place like Georgetown Super 8 Motel, advance purchase four-packs of tickets at Loveland for around $120 (not much more than one day at Vail), then visit nearby Copper Mtn, Keystone or Arapahoe Basin for splurge days to fill out a week.


We would definitely rent a car and we would be going during Xmas break which is from mid december to mid January (go back to school around the 3rd week).

We are looking to go for a week.

I would consider us "beginning experts" if that makes sense...basically the only trails we haven't mastered in VT are double diamond glades...we can get down them in one piece but its not pretty, and never feels crisp. Everything else is smooth sailing.

 

I ran into someone today who also suggested utah because its a lot cheaper with just as good skiiing according to him? No specifics though.

 

Thanks for the help!

 

 

 

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Where do you go to school and when do you plan on going?   College ski club trips can be pretty cheap and are almost a right of passage.



I go to school at syracuse and the only trip i've ever seen is to tremblant....no thanks. we'd like to go during winter/xmas break.

post #11 of 15

Reason I asked about car rental, as you may know, sometimes that can be more costly for young drivers and you'd have to decide whether to go for expensive SUV or chance a bargain smaller car depending on your comfort factor driving in snow. 

 

At your ability level you will love all the ski areas.  What would make Utah cheaper is if you stayed at a low cost SLC suburban motel, bought a multiday Utah Superpass and commuted 30 minutes each day to great places like Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude.  If you search here for topics like Utah motels, Utah skiing, Utah discounts, etc. you'll find tons of informative threads.  You could do something similar, but a little more costly in Summit County, CO staying at a motel in Frisco or Silverthorne.

If you decide you want the nice, but more expensive option of staying slopeside you might look at VRBO.com for a one bedroom condo (should be lots available everywhere in early Jan) at the aforementioned Park City, UT, or Vail (great place, but known as one of the most expensive), or the following good CO areas that might be a little cheaper overall:  Copper Mtn, Winter Park, or Keystone, all about 90 mins from Denver airport.

Early Jan is a good time, low crowds, better snow than Dec, some places might offer low season discounts.  I'd go as late in Jan as possible that is still good for return to school on time.

 

I made my first trip to ski out west when I was in college way, way back in 1976, to Vail (slept in car).  Mind blowericon14.gif

If all else fails you can hitch-hike for a day at Greek PeakROTF.gif

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

Reason I asked about car rental, as you may know, sometimes that can be more costly for young drivers and you'd have to decide whether to go for expensive SUV or chance a bargain smaller car depending on your comfort factor driving in snow. 

 

At your ability level you will love all the ski areas.  What would make Utah cheaper is if you stayed at a low cost SLC suburban motel, bought a multiday Utah Superpass and commuted 30 minutes each day to great places like Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude.  If you search here for topics like Utah motels, Utah skiing, Utah discounts, etc. you'll find tons of informative threads.  You could do something similar, but a little more costly in Summit County, CO staying at a motel in Frisco or Silverthorne.

If you decide you want the nice, but more expensive option of staying slopeside you might look at VRBO.com for a one bedroom condo (should be lots available everywhere in early Jan) at the aforementioned Park City, UT, or Vail (great place, but known as one of the most expensive), or the following good CO areas that might be a little cheaper overall:  Copper Mtn, Winter Park, or Keystone, all about 90 mins from Denver airport.

Early Jan is a good time, low crowds, better snow than Dec, some places might offer low season discounts.  I'd go as late in Jan as possible that is still good for return to school on time.

 

I made my first trip to ski out west when I was in college way, way back in 1976, to Vail (slept in car).  Mind blowericon14.gif

If all else fails you can hitch-hike for a day at Greek PeakROTF.gif


Greek Peak! Hahaha

 

Thanks a lot for the info....I really appreciate it. And wow how times have changed..although I'd do it to have the chance to ski out west.

 

So the general consensus is to avoid Vail if we went to CO? Right now it looks like its about $100 cheaper to fly to Denver rather than salt lake city. 

 

The problem with being 21 and 22 is that most car places won't rent SUVs or bigger cars to kids our age.  They are even so nice as to slap an additional fee on a midsize car for being under 25. I guess I can't blame them. All of us are very comfortable driving in snow as we grew up in upstate NY so I'm sure it won't be a HUGE issue.

 

post #13 of 15
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Greek Peak! Hahaha

 

Thanks a lot for the info....I really appreciate it. And wow how times have changed..although I'd do it to have the chance to ski out west.

 

So the general consensus is to avoid Vail if we went to CO? Right now it looks like its about $100 cheaper to fly to Denver rather than salt lake city. 

 

The problem with being 21 and 22 is that most car places won't rent SUVs or bigger cars to kids our age.  They are even so nice as to slap an additional fee on a midsize car for being under 25. I guess I can't blame them. All of us are very comfortable driving in snow as we grew up in upstate NY so I'm sure it won't be a HUGE issue.

 



About the driving - if you're used to driving in upstate NY, you're probably fine as far as the snow goes. However, something you'll want to consider in terms of where you stay: it's much cheaper to stay in SLC if you go to Utah or someplace like Frisco or Dillon if you go to Colorado. The only issue is you risk not being able to get to the hills if there's a big dump. The close the roads. So . . . something else to make your planning more difficult. cool.gif

post #14 of 15

If you make good money over the summer don't necessarily have to give up on Vail, just do some comparison shopping with other places mentioned.  If it winds up being fairly close pricewise, it's a great place to base yourself in relatively quiet Jan timeframe with Beaver Creek ski area a free shuttle ride 10 miles to the west.  Those two alone could keep you entertained for a full week.  You can search here for "cheap Vail", it's somewhat of an oxymoron, but you'll find some suggestions.  Driving from Denver airport to most places mentioned in Colorado primarily occurs on Interstate 70 and takes an extraordinary storm to close the road completely, so midsize car would likely work unless you plan to range far and wide like commuting to a totally different ski area every day.

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Where do you go to school and when do you plan on going?   College ski club trips can be pretty cheap and are almost a right of passage.


 

 



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Originally Posted by rashawnsdinner View Post

...we would be going during Xmas break which is from mid december to mid January (go back to school around the 3rd week).

We are looking to go for a week.

 

There was a big college trip with at least 1000-2000 from multiple schools in Summit this year-  two years ago they stayed only at Copper, but had so many people this year that they were staying in Keystone and Breck also.

 

IIRC, it was in the first half of January...I skied some with a kid from LSU who was complaining that none of his buddies could hang with him on the black terrain.  Sounds like they had a variety of apre-ski activities organized as well as bus transportation.

 

Not only could a trip like this be fun, but I would imagine that it would be a better deal than a DIY.
 

 

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