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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

So, I've only skied the crappy slopes in the south east thus far.  I'm competent on blue slopes and casual skiing.  I don't touch anything above blue.

 

I have 50K continental miles available for 2 tix.

 

I'm overwhelmed looking at all the ski places you guys mention in various threads.  I dunno the difference, where they are, price, difficulty to access, and enjoyment level for my ability level.

 

I'm just wondering what would be a suggestion for decent say 3 ski day trip somewhere out of the southeast where I could use my miles, get a deal on a hotel say 3 or 4 nights, and decent priced lift tickets and get out on the cheap.

 

I dunno what this might run me, $700 total, $1000 total? I'm not sure.

The options just look overwhelming.

 

Thanks for suggestions.

post #2 of 12

when would you be going?

 

I had to put together a cheap trip this year, and from what I saw, no where came close to SLC, especially if you're getting there for free. Hotels are cheap, tickets are cheap and transport is cheap.

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by Rhizzlebop View Post

So, I've only skied the crappy slopes in the south east thus far.  I'm competent on blue slopes and casual skiing.  I don't touch anything above blue.

 

I have 50K continental miles available for 2 tix.

 

I'm overwhelmed looking at all the ski places you guys mention in various threads.  I dunno the difference, where they are, price, difficulty to access, and enjoyment level for my ability level.

 

I'm just wondering what would be a suggestion for decent say 3 ski day trip somewhere out of the southeast where I could use my miles, get a deal on a hotel say 3 or 4 nights, and decent priced lift tickets and get out on the cheap.

 

I dunno what this might run me, $700 total, $1000 total? I'm not sure.

The options just look overwhelming.

 

Thanks for suggestions.


Where did you ski in the southeast?  How long have you skied?  2 tix . . . going with another skier?  Can you go mid-week or does it need to be mostly weekend days?

 

post #4 of 12

I have to give another thumbs up for Salt Lake City.  You can stay in downtown SLC at a cheap hotel and catch the bus to go to one of four nice ski areas so no car rental is needed.  I'd say Alta and Brighton can be real treats for an intermediate skier.  Solitude and Snowbird are accessible from the same bus lines, however I'd recommend Snowbird may not be the best place to go for someone who only skied blues in the southeast.  (speaking as someone from the mid-Atlantic/southeast area).  If you need to rent skis, there are inexpensive places to rent ski for multiple days in downtown SLC as well.

 

Save some money for a lesson while you are out there.  When I did an SLC trip many, many years ago I was about the same level of skier as you.  I took a group lesson at Alta, where the instructor showed us how to ski in powder and what I learned in that lesson made the rest of the trip so much more fun.

 

Good luck and have fun.  

post #5 of 12

For just a 3 day trip, SLC is a no brainer. For just a 3 day trip, I would not want to drive for 2 hours from a major airport to get to the ski area. SLC is less than a half hour from 4 different ski areas. However, as always I recommend renting a car. It makes life much easier. 

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

At this point I'm not sure how long into April good sking goes on out there.

I was thinking maybe late March timeframe.

 

I'll need to check and be sure continental goes into Salt lake city directly.

 

So, I'd be needing a hotel, probably 2 queens in case a third person joins us for the trip. Nothing fancy, but not a shady place either.  For my idea of a decent hotel, I like to stay at Hampton inns when possible.  Hilton is too pricy for me. 

 

I'm guessing I might go the rental car route. but not sure entirely.  The bus could work as well.

 

I was thinking it could be an hour drive, but if only 30 minutes-ish to 4 different places, thats pretty good.

 

I would probably try and do a Thurs thru Mon span, or maybe a Sat thru wed span.


Try to ski 3 days, maybe 4 depending on how it all came together, but definately across the weekend.

 

Do these larger ski places pack up on the weekends to where you're waiting in lines a ton?

 

Thanks

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Rhizzlebop View Post

At this point I'm not sure how long into April good sking goes on out there.

I was thinking maybe late March timeframe.

 

I'll need to check and be sure continental goes into Salt lake city directly.

 

So, I'd be needing a hotel, probably 2 queens in case a third person joins us for the trip. Nothing fancy, but not a shady place either.  For my idea of a decent hotel, I like to stay at Hampton inns when possible.  Hilton is too pricy for me. 

 

I'm guessing I might go the rental car route. but not sure entirely.  The bus could work as well.

 

I was thinking it could be an hour drive, but if only 30 minutes-ish to 4 different places, thats pretty good.

 

I would probably try and do a Thurs thru Mon span, or maybe a Sat thru wed span.


Try to ski 3 days, maybe 4 depending on how it all came together, but definately across the weekend.

 

Do these larger ski places pack up on the weekends to where you're waiting in lines a ton?

 

Thanks


Worth looking at a map of SLC so you get a clearer idea of where things are relative to the airport and the canyon roads to Alta, as well as Brighton and Solitude.

 

Where have you skied in the southeast?  Always on the weekend?  If so, there will never be lines anything like what you've seen out west.  Except perhaps for first chair after a powder dump.  At Alta, that line up can start 30-45 minutes before the lift opens.  Since you aren't ready for deep powder, it won't be an issue.

 

Even winter is different.  I've skied at Alta in April 3 of the last 4 years.  Plenty of snow, including fresh powder at some point during the week.  Last winter, Snowbird stayed open until July 4th.

 

Sandy and Midvale are where people find motels like La Quinta both convenient and inexpensive.

 

post #8 of 12

Yeah if you decide on SLC and you are going to get the bus, you'll want to look at the bus stops and times etc so you'll know what you're in for in terms of times to get to places.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies guys.  I have been skiing since 2004.  My gf skied when she was younger but hasn't in about 10 years.  I have to get her back up to speed between now and march to even consider this trip.  

I have only skied at winter place in wv, beech and sugar in NYC, and Canaan valley in wv so far. 

post #10 of 12

I booked a trip to SLC for the 31st of this month. I found this Super 8 hotel for cheap. If you are going with your GF they have some great and affordable ski packages available. http://www.super8saltlake.com/

 

If you stay double occupancy, you can get a room, car, and super pass for the prices below. Does any body know if you can do this cheaper without going through the hotel? What does everybody think about this package? 

 

 

Super 8 - Daily Ski Package Rates for 2011-2012 Ski Season


         
Sweet Ride
Room & Car
Single
$90.00
Double
$48.12
Triple
$37.77
Quad
$29.88
Skiing Made Easy
Room, Shuttle, Ski Pass
Single
$123.50
Double
$97.37
Triple
$92.27
Quad
$87.01
Stay Drive & Ski
Room, Car, Ski Pass
Single
$165.83
Double
$118.53
Triple
$102.77
Quad
$94.89

Package rates are per person
* Rates shown have one bed for single and double occupancy and two beds for triple and quad occupancy. Please call for different bed options or to upgrade to a suite.
* Rates do not include taxes
* All packages include our SuperStart continental breakfast
* All packages that have ski lift tickets feature the Super Pass, which is good at all Cottonwood resorts: Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, Solitude. The pass also includes a free bus pass to all four ski resorts.
Rental car packages include a car from Enterprise. Rental is paid directly to Enterprise. The car is a compact with ski racks. Vehicle upgrades available at extra cost.
Prices shown reflect a compact car, not including Enterprise's taxes.
* Shuttle subject to availability and only available on 3 day or longer packages. Shuttle Operates from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM Daily .

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Rhizzlebop View Post

Thanks for all the replies guys.  I have been skiing since 2004.  My gf skied when she was younger but hasn't in about 10 years.  I have to get her back up to speed between now and march to even consider this trip.  

I have only skied at winter place in wv, beech and sugar in NYC, and Canaan valley in wv so far. 



Did you ski on weekends or weekdays?  Can you two ski all the black runs at Winterplace?  Including the mogul run?  What's your favorite run at Beech?  I've been to them all.  Trying to get a sense of how well you ski to suggest where in the SLC area you could have the most fun.

post #12 of 12

Where in the SE?  it might be just as easy to drive to Vermont, or fly to Albany, Hartford, Montreal or Burlington VT.  But of course, it would help if it would snow this year this New York/New England.

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