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Does anyone have any tips on getting good last minute fares from the east coast (New York City/Newark)? 

 

I'd also love to go solo (spouse permission pending), maybe leave after work Wednesday 4/18 or Thursday 4/19 and return Sunday or Monday.  I'd go anywhere.  Denver and Salt Lake have the easiest non-stop flights from NY if the skiing is worth it, but I've heard that Tahoe, Oregon, and Washington have the best skiing now.  Thoughts? 

post #32 of 39
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Didnt pull the trigger. frown.gif


Can think of it this way . . . learned that last minute trips out west are expensive.  So plan better for next season.  Late season is really a good time to be in the Rockies.  After mid-March, prices go down, crowds are smaller, and usually the snow is still coming down regularly.  I've skied in fresh powder at Alta in April a lot in the last five years.

 

post #33 of 39
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Does anyone have any tips on getting good last minute fares from the east coast (New York City/Newark)? 

 

I'd also love to go solo (spouse permission pending), maybe leave after work Wednesday 4/18 or Thursday 4/19 and return Sunday or Monday.  I'd go anywhere.  Denver and Salt Lake have the easiest non-stop flights from NY if the skiing is worth it, but I've heard that Tahoe, Oregon, and Washington have the best skiing now.  Thoughts? 


Perhaps asking the question in this thread would be better.  Or start a new one with your timeframe in the title.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/111392/best-late-season-ski-resorts-this-year

 

Personally, if I were thinking about a last minute trip next weekend it would be to the PacNW somewhere.  Essentially only Snowbird is open around SLC.  Even they don't have all the lifts runnings.  Alta will only be open Fri-Sun after April 15.  Although Snowbird might have a deal on lodging and lift tickets that could make it worth the trip because of the convenience of a non-stop flight.  Not an option from Raleigh. rolleyes.gif

 

By the way, I grew up in NYC.  Learned to ski in the Adirondacks long ago.

 

post #34 of 39
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Ummm, how can i plan a last minute trip??? Arent the two mutually exclusive?

 

I dont get where you are coming from.
 

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Can think of it this way . . . learned that last minute trips out west are expensive.  So plan better for next season.  Late season is really a good time to be in the Rockies.  After mid-March, prices go down, crowds are smaller, and usually the snow is still coming down regularly.  I've skied in fresh powder at Alta in April a lot in the last five years.

 



 

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Ummm, how can i plan a last minute trip??? Arent the two mutually exclusive?

 

I dont get where you are coming from.
 



 

 

Sounds like you not only get it, but just lived it. You didn't pull the trigger because of expensive plane tickets/work considerations, I presume. Because the conditions couldn't have lined up much better.

 

So, to avoid getting boxed out by double/triple priced plane tickets, you'd have to plan a little ahead. Even if you wait until last minute to book, you could do things like sign up for notification on low airfare to ski regions so that you can quickly scan conditions and make it happen if it's worthwhile. Also sign up for conditions notifications from resorts. You can be flexible without waiting until closing weekend and paying double for the trip.

 

post #36 of 39
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Dude, i had no intentions of skiing again this year, desire, yes, but intent, no.

 

"you'd have to plan a little ahead Hard to plan for the Spur of the Moment trip..lol

 

I saw they were getting some snow, said, "Hmm, id like to go if i could"...just made the decision not too. 

 

Work, family, expense, etc. My wife is gone next weekend, im in Vegas the next weekend, i have work stuff to do, my daughters Bday is Monday. My boss didnt get back to me until 8pm last night and at that point  i was out with the wife having drinks and listening to a band. It was 11:30 pm when i got home, and had not packed a thing, was tired, etc and would have had to been up at 5am. Yeah, i could have made it work probably, but at that point I was so hesitant, i said no. Plus today is Friday the 13th.

 

Conversely, i could be gearing up to ski right now had i gone. :-(

 

I got 11 days out west this year already so not all is lost. 

 

Wonder if Banff would be worth it in Mid May???  Even if i would have made this decision Monday, when good snow wasnt a sure thing, the tickets would not have been much, if any less. And honestly i couldnt have done this Monday because of work issues that were looming. Everyone's flexibility is not the same.

 

btw marznc. I got about a half day at Sugar this year...in Nov!!! Didnt bother even trying any other time. 


Edited by WC68 - 4/13/12 at 11:52am
post #37 of 39

You know how you would not have to make a decision and pack at 11:30 p.m. hours before the flight...by planning ahead biggrin.gif

post #38 of 39
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Ummm, how can i plan a last minute trip??? Arent the two mutually exclusive?

 

I dont get where you are coming from.
 



 


I didn't mean plan for a last minute trip.  I meant plan for a late season trip that you can cancel if conditions are not worth it.  Although as JoeUT pointed out, if you do the research ahead of time then a truly last minute trip is easier to put together.  If I had wanted to pay for a plane ticket to SLC, I know exactly where I would be staying and where I would be skiing.  No need to ask any questions . . . well, maybe check with my hubby first. wink.gif

 

post #39 of 39
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btw marznc. I got about a half day at Sugar this year...in Nov!!! Didnt bother even trying any other time. 


I stuck with Massanutten and didn't bother with the NC ski areas this winter.  Get a lot more skiing and less waiting there than at Beech or Sugar, or Wintergreen.  There were cold snaps just before the weekends we were going up, so could ski the top of the little mountain starting in early Jan.  One advantage of a small place is that they can cover almost the entire place in 2-3 days of non-stop snowmaking.  Plus my daughter can always have fun at the waterpark.

 

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