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Is January too late to up and bum?

post #1 of 10
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Hello.

 

I may not have enough money saved up until next January, at which point I'd like to take some time off to bum (call it whatever you want... just ski out west for the rest of that season).

 

Anyway, are all apartment units booked up by that point?

 

Also, do you need to sign a lease in advance/wire money so you can guarantee you have lodging before you drive out?

 

Is $7000ish enough for Summit County?

post #2 of 10

You should be ok, as by then a few people who arrived earlier will be leaving as the "Aspen Extreme" dream didnt turn out as they planned.  You will be living with room-mates so leases will be signed before you get there....Having said that earlier is obvioulsy better, but there is always some mid-season churn.

post #3 of 10

Sure, that would be enough most places.   The only advantage Summit/Eagle Counties have are cheap passes that can be purchased in advance. 

 

I would just drive out on the fly and get a room here until you find something more suitable. 

 

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Originally Posted by BlueSquare View Post

Hello.

 

I may not have enough money saved up until next January, at which point I'd like to take some time off to bum (call it whatever you want... just ski out west for the rest of that season).

 

Anyway, are all apartment units booked up by that point?

 

Also, do you need to sign a lease in advance/wire money so you can guarantee you have lodging before you drive out?

 

Is $7000ish enough for Summit County?



"wire money"?  Were you contacted by a Nigerian prince who owns "thousands" of Summit County condos for anytime leasing?

 

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"wire money"?  Were you contacted by a Nigerian prince who owns "thousands" of Summit County condos for anytime leasing?

 


Is this supposed to be humorous?  It seems like some apartment sites (such as rent.com--run by Ebay) allow leases to be secured electronically, or something.  I would never rent from a 3rd party; just a landlord.

 

Thanks SHREDHEAD for the link to that motel... that looks like it could be good for something when moving out there.
 

 

post #6 of 10

It's never too late!

post #7 of 10

I'd never send money in advance for an apartment in a ski town. Scams abound.

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I'd never send money in advance for an apartment in a ski town. Scams abound.



So you have to pay for a hotel for X # of nights before you are able to "find" a lease you may not be gauranteed, meanwhile being a grand or more in the shitter?  I have to think this over.  I'd be right on the limit (lower limit) financially.  Perhaps a motel like the one posted above really is the only sound option.

 

But there's gotta be something I can do in advance (perhaps calling landlord, making appointment, etc)?  I didn't mean "send money" to a shady listing on a classifieds site; I meant secure something through a verified listing service.  Whatever, I guess I'll figure it out if I do it.

 

Any other time in my life I've gotten an apartment (i.e. at college) and went in advance to search/sign a lease, it certainly wasn't me paying for the trip in advance (or the apartment) nor was it in an area where apartments were in short supply.

 

It looks pretty grim; it is summer, of all times, and the listings for apartment rentals in ski towns is slim to nothing.  UGHH

 

 

 

On another note, do some people do SLC for the reason there are ample suburban apartment options relatively close to LCC?

post #9 of 10

Oh, I'm certain it'll all work out fine for you.

 

Finding a place won't be hard once you're there. Lots of ads are posted in the local paper: http://apps.summitdaily.com/utils/c2/app/v2/index.php?do=category&internetCode=11. Careful if you use craigslist as when I was in Whistler, nearly half the ads were scams. I guess if you're using some kind of site that's been vouched for and you're willing to accept the risk, go for it. 

 

When I moved to Whistler, I booked three nights in a hostel. It was the busy season (early December) and absolutely nutty, so I had to extend my hostel stay a bit. However, within a week I found affordable housing. The total cost for the hostel was only about $15 more per day than rent. 

 

I'm not sure what standard of living you're looking for, but if you want something cheap, when you're getting close to leaving, check with the staff housing at the mountain - by January they may have lots of vacancies.

 

Have fun!

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On another note, do some people do SLC for the reason there are ample suburban apartment options relatively close to LCC?


Absolutely, you could easily book an extended stay type hotel in advance.   The passes are more, but the skiing is usually better than Summit County.  Night life is more scattered, it's a suburban/urban environment and you have to drive everywhere? 

 

  Your best housing option mid season in a mountain town will be a roommate situation and they will be hard to book in advance.  There's usually a board with roommate wanted postings in a grocery store , ski shop or locker room at a resort. 

 

Just pack your car and go!  Bring a sleeping bag, be a considerate guest and couch surf until you find something!  

 

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