Hi - no post count to speak of, but I've done my share of lurking and learning here, what a wealth of collective knowledge!
Recently realized I've only got a few years left to make my decision on where to spend the winter when I retire, so the next few years vacations will have some new research aspects. Thinking of living somewhere for approx 6 months means I'm interested in more than just the ski area comparisons.
Steamboat and Park City are the leaders as of now - Steamboat's my favorite mountain, but the proximity of other resorts close to PC to mix things up over the course of a season has it's attractions. Research I've done so far indicates both these areas seem to have a fair amount of rental housing available other than resort nightly/weekly accommodations (i.e. more affordable); plus the walkable "downtown" areas each offer mean a lot to me.
Pluses and minuses I've come up with so far:
- PCMR offers senior discounts on season passes beginning at age 65, you pay full ticket at the 'boat until age 70.
- PC's so much closer to SLC airport than Steamboat is to Denver, but Denver-East Coast flights seem to be consistently cheaper than SLC-East Coast. (not so for HDN-East Coast) I would drive out at beginning and end of season, thinking about convenience and cost of unplanned trips back East - and convenience for guests
- although I'll have my own vehicle, the availability of free shuttles in and around both areas for commuting to the mtn is an attraction.
Thoughts and recommendations from any of you that have spent more time than just normal vacation trips at these areas?
PS ref: the Whistler blurb - haven't been there yet, sounds like a monster resort that could easily satisfy my skiing jones for a season, and the base village appeals, but is there any affordable housing there? How about within "commuting" distance?