Originally Posted by austrian-mtl
Sounds like a nice method to me.
Quick question, as I'm a newb to this, and this is a relevant a thread as I might find, you mentioned (post 3) that finding places around golden (possibly revy in my case also undecided, but I imagine its similar) are easier once you're in town. I am planning on heading west this coming winter for an extended stay (3-4 months). I was fretting because I have a good job out east, and if I work sept15-dec15 my employer give my holiday bonus in the form of skis, which is hard to pass up. So three things, when did you see ample supply of places in town, and do you think that its getting too late to show up before holidays and expect to find a room for the season? Also what approx cost for a room, as I have friends heading to Jackson, but I think I will be priced out.
Yes, it's a lot easier finding stuff when you're already there. I only slept in a hostel one night, and I had 3 places to choose between. If you need internet, you can go to the library and they will let you online, so you can find stuff via kijiji and craigslist, then there's also the postings in the grocery stores and one of the banks.
I was in pretty much the same shoes as you last winter regarding departure date. I could leave soon and get in the early season, or I could work longer so that I had ample cash reserves to live the life all winter. Then I decided I should just stick around and hang out with my friends and family for christmas and new years. And looking back, I really think I made the right choice. The lift lines at KH and (to a lesser extent) Revy are mostly only on weekends or holidays, people coming out from Calgary. And since the gondola is pretty much the only way up, it can really eat into your vertical. Whereas, most weekdays are straight on to the gondola, or a short wait if it's a wicked powder day. So by being out there at christmas/new years, you won't actually get that much more skiing in. Plus, the town is going to be full through that period, it'll be hard to find a place (and even harder to find a hostel with vacancy), and likely most of the gnarlier lines won't have enough coverage yet.
So, in short, I recommend either waiting till just after new years, or heading out super-early (late nov/ early dec) and enjoying the early season.
Last season, I left Jan 3rd from ontario, got into Golden on the 6th, and was all cozied up in my own room on the 7th. I got a screaming deal, 350/mo for a room in a bungalow in Nicholson. Room was kinda small and had no windows, but I had really nice housemates and glorious wired internet (yeah, I'm a nerd too). The other place I was strongly considering was 400-450 in Golden, another room in a house with cool people, but seemingly sketchy internet, and my fallback was 450, for a converted hotel in downtown Golden, kinda scuzzy, above a restaraunt and liquor store with wireless internet (read: the devil). I can't remember the prices quite accurately, but it's pretty close. It should give you an idea of what to expect.
Also, another thing to keep in mind about Jackson vs Golden/Revy (assuming you're Canadian), is that if you have a fall like mine, you are in trouble. Not just a whole lot of hurt, but financially. If I had the fall I did in the US, I would be bankrupt, no if ands or buts.
You can see the video I took of KH here, along with my write-up of said injury
And there's probably some information you can glean from the Part 1 of this thread
Happy ski bumming, hope I didn't overload you too badly with information