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January Honeymoon

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

 

So I'm in the process of selecting a honeymoon location for January 8th-15th (we will be skiing 5 out of the 7 days).  Currently, I am debating between Park City and Jackson Hole and, to a lesser extent, Vail or Aspen (fiancee wants me to look into the CO locations duck.gif).  The accomodations will be ski in/out.  We are both in our 20's, and I would consider us "advanced" skiers.  We are looking for a resort with challenging terrain but an entertaining nightlife (as it is our honeymoon). 

 

The concern I have between Jackson Hole and Park City right now, given Wyoming's reputation of fierce winters, is Jackson Hole going to be too cold to enjoy ourselves outside without wearing fifty layers being that it is the second week in January??  Or, is the temperature and conditions going to be relatively the same between the two?

 

Anyway, any help deciding will be extremely appreciated.  Also, feel free to throw me recommendations for lodging.

 

Thanks!

-Ben

post #2 of 26

I guess my first question would be... aside from skiing and other obvious honeymoon activities, what do you like to do?  Mostly, are you likely to go out or stay in for the evening?

post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 

We are likely to go out the majority of the nights.  Maybe have a couple of drinks and nice dinner, etc.

post #4 of 26

You'll be finishing when MLK Holiday weekend starts, that time frame should be good for low crowds everywhere and if you don't mind waiting, you could decide last minute to go where weather and snow is advantageous.  Cold can be an issue in Jan, but that could apply just about anywhere.  If flying, you could buy fares to a gateway like Denver, SLC or Reno, then decide specific resort/accommodations a week before trip.  Aspen is hard to beat for what you are talking about.  Park City, South Lake Tahoe, Whistler, and Vail would be great too - fun towns with good skiing.  PC and South Lake Tahoe might be comparatively affordable.  Staying around the town of Taos might be nice if you like artsy stuff, southwestern cuisine; assuming they get some early snow, and maybe a chance for slightly milder NM weather.

post #5 of 26

Honeymoon:  Aspen, Jackson or Banff.    Aspen's by far the most mild.

post #6 of 26

Jackson you really can't have ski in/ski out AND nightlife. There isn't much for nightlife in Teton Village and I don't think Snowking is what you are looking for. Whistler is great as is Bamff, but you will loose a day of travel at each end of the trip. Sun Valley, I hear is post card perfect for a town and so is Telluride, both areas are in the town. 

post #7 of 26

Based on what you're looking for, I'm guessing Aspen may be the best fit overall.  Maybe Whistler.  Don't go to South Tahoe... much as I love the area, it's not a great fit for what you're after unless you really like casinos.

post #8 of 26

If it were me, and I had the money, I'd drop the ski-in ski-out and stay at the Banff Springs.  Factoring the scenery, architecture, history, and scenery there is no place like it. and yes I know I said scenery twice.

post #9 of 26

I would definitely agree that Aspen is the spot. If you absolutely have to have ski in/ski out, you can stay in Snowmass. Personally, I'd rather stay where the action's at in Aspen proper (but even if you stay in Snowmass, it's a free 20 minute shuttle to downtown Aspen). The nightlife there is pretty hard to beat. And there is no shortage of challenging terrain around Ajax, Highlands, and Snowmass.

post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 

We'd love to go to Banff, but unfortunately (or fortunately biggrin.gif) our airfare is being taken care of by frequent flyer miles that restricts us to the continental US.

 

So, I'm not hearing a lot of recommendations for Park City.  Is it not suited for what I'm asking for?

post #11 of 26
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If it were me, and I had the money, I'd drop the ski-in ski-out and stay at the Banff Springs.  Factoring the scenery, architecture, history, and scenery there is no place like it. and yes I know I said scenery twice.


Won't it be pretty dark there in early Jan? not to mention cold....

 

My parents and cousins both went there for honeymoon ... parents' wedding was June, but cousins were married right before Christmas, and they loved it but were caught off guard about how early the day ended. (Not too bad on your honeymoon, I guess...)

 

post #12 of 26
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We'd love to go to Banff, but unfortunately (or fortunately biggrin.gif) our airfare is being taken care of by frequent flyer miles that restricts us to the continental US.

 

So, I'm not hearing a lot of recommendations for Park City.  Is it not suited for what I'm asking for?


Nothing wrong with PC.  Maybe not quite as high a scenery or glamour factor (except during film festival) as some of the other places mentioned, but potentially less expensive and less than one hour from airport.  Center of town has a very nice walkable district with shops, restos, and watering holes.  Numerous lodging options, but in your situation might consider staying close to Park City Mtn Resort base.  Use free shuttle to easily get around town and visit Deer Valley and The Canyons. 

post #13 of 26

Well, it's your honeymoon.  How much nightlife are you "really" looking for?

 

If it was me, I'd go to Jackson.  I'd ski the 8th and 9th, then I'd head to the Snow Lodge at Old Faithful in Yellowstone.  Not much nightlife there.  But you'll have the incredible experience of seeing the most incredible National Park in winter.  YOu can cross country ski, snowshoe, and take a snowmobile trip to Canyon.  You'll get to see lots of wildlife.  It's an incredible experience; not one to be missed.  And it'll be the high point of your honeymoon.

 

Then head back to Jackson by snowcoach, and ski the 13-15.  It'll be great as well.

 

Just my 2 cents.

 

Mike

post #14 of 26
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But you'll have the incredible experience of seeing the most incredible National Park in winter.  

 

 


Since Banff has already been part of this discussion, I'd like a correction to the above line and say "most incredible National Park IN THE USA in winter".  Not a knock against Yellowstone... just saying there's no place like Banff.


 

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Won't it be pretty dark there in early Jan? not to mention cold....

 

My parents and cousins both went there for honeymoon ... parents' wedding was June, but cousins were married right before Christmas, and they loved it but were caught off guard about how early the day ended. (Not too bad on your honeymoon, I guess...)

 


timeanddate.com shows sunsets for the Winter Equinox at 4:36pm for Banff and 4:34pm for Cheyenne, Wyoming.  The days though are an hour shorter, as you are closer to the Arctic Circle.  The town is quite nice at night too!

 

All this said, the point is moot since the frequent flyer miles aren't good for Canada. 

 

post #15 of 26

Well, Banff is pretty cool, but it's no Yellowstone.  Banff doesn't have the thermal features of YNP, and they are even more amazing in winter.

 

Mike

post #16 of 26

If you are up for a really long drive, you can still use your US miles and fly into Spokane to get to Banff.

 

Banff is about a 7 hour drive from GEG. I do the drive once a year, pretty easy drive, just long. Lots of skiing, scenery and hot springs on the road up.

post #17 of 26
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Is snowy roads going to be an issue for a 7 hour drive to Banff?  It is January afterall..

post #18 of 26
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Is snowy roads going to be an issue for a 7 hour drive to Banff?  It is January afterall..


I would think it could be and who wants to drive 14 hours during your honeymoon?  Driving with my wife is usually cause for divorce.

I wouldn't use miles to fly into big airport.  I use them to fly into small airports close to a resort, because they are generally more expensive tickets.

Were are you flying from, when and which airline miles?

 

post #19 of 26
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I would think it could be and who wants to drive 14 hours during your honeymoon?  Driving with my wife is usually cause for divorce.

I wouldn't use miles to fly into big airport.  I use them to fly into small airports close to a resort, because they are generally more expensive tickets.

Were are you flying from, when and which airline miles?

 


You're absolutely right.  I'm not planning on driving anywhere near that long for my honeymoon.

 

As far as the airline miles go, they are actually being provided to us as a gift from one of her relatives so I don't really know much about the details.  The only prerequisites that were provided was that it had to be in the continental US and provided the dates weren't blacked out (which January 8-15th should not be a problem).

 

Anyways, as of now, I am really leaning to The Canyons in Park City given the circumstances because, while the skiing may not be as great as Alta or Snowbird, it does come with a little bit of nightlife and other activities which we would like to pursue being it is our honeymoon.  Also, we were looking for a fairly nice "pamper you" hotel to stay at that is ski in/out and within my $6000 budget (budget includes lift tickets, rentals, & lodging), and the Waldorf Astoria & Hyatt Escala are two hotels that fit this criteria.

 

Has anybody had any experiences with these hotels?  Feel free also to offer your opinions of The Canyons...the decision is not final yet.

 

Thanks!

 

post #20 of 26

If you are going to Park City, I'd look into Stein Eriksen Lodge, too. It's ski in/out at Deer Valley, and very cozy. Just depends on what you like, I guess. But a nice man came to our room every night and built a real fire in the real fireplace ... I thought that was perfectly honeymoon-y. (He left after the fire was going...) And although it isn't right in town, it's just a few minutes away, and more nice men will drive you wherever you want to go in shiny obnoxious SUVs.

 

(I didn't actually ski on that side, so I can't tell you about all that. I went to Alta instead.)

post #21 of 26

Stein Eriksen's is great but I never found Deer Valley that pretty and the PC area does not fit my idea of a honeymoon spot. Nice but it can be pretty brown and dingy if they don't have much snow. I'd go for Aspen or maybe Vail. (I'd actually go for Banff/Lake Louise (best view I've ever had from a hotel room) but that has already been ruled out.) If you want to think outside the box - the Point at Saranac Lake, NY is really special, and they will shuttle you over to Whiteface (about a half hour or so). It is expensive but very, very spectacular in every regard.

post #22 of 26

All things considered I would think that Aspen would be hard to beat.  I agree that the Park City area is not particularly pretty but there are plenty of nice restaurants and high end lodging choices.  There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of ski-in/ski-out lodging at PCM though and I would think Deer Valley would be a better overall experience.  The skiing is decent in Park City and if you get bored you can always drive to Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude, or Snowbasin in about an hour.  I've never been to Telluride but it is definitely on my list of places to go if I can ever get reasonable airfare in to Montrose.  Every picture and video I've seen from Telluride always made it look like a picture perfect ski town and from what I've heard it still has a lot of it's personality and charm. 

post #23 of 26

Telluride is a great choice ... I actually spent part of my own honeymoon there, but it was October, no skiing, just hiking.

post #24 of 26

T-Ride is stunning and the town is very nice and authentic where you can get luxurious or charming or both. (except of course the mountain village -- see the spoof on the "Lost People of Mountain Village")

 

However, early January can be a bit of a risk. If it's a good year, no problem, but T-Ride is like Taos and needs a lot of snowpack to cover the steeper areas.

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However, early January can be a bit of a risk. If it's a good year, no problem, but T-Ride is like Taos and needs a lot of snowpack to cover the steeper areas.


Oh yeah, I remember that's why I didn't mention it earlier. 

 

Seriously, honeymooning there in October was fab. No one was there ... we hiked, went 4-wheeling, never saw a soul.  ... Wait ... maybe we were in the Mountain Village??  (-- Actually this was far too long ago, not even sure that place existed yet, but I guess it did)

 

post #26 of 26


Salt Lake has competitive airfares.  If you're on mileage you should go for one of the remote places that are expensive to fly if you're paying.   I always plug Jackson for January as long as it's appropriate for both of you ability-wise.  But I agree Aspen fits the requirements oSUBMITf a honeymoon destination perfectly. 

 

I do not like Banff for January as its snow accumulates gradually and if it's cold there, it can be really cold.  March/April are best there IMHO.

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