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Hi, my husband and I (both from Switzerland) are travelling for a whole winter season from ski resort to ski resort. If you have any (cheap) accommodation tips, we're very thankful!!

 

Thanks, Kathrin

post #2 of 23

Purchase a used RV in Denver or SLC, then sell it when you leave?

 

Hotwire and Priceline work well in cities, but not so well in smaller mountain towns?

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Originally Posted by zimel View Post

Hi, my husband and I (both from Switzerland) are travelling for a whole winter season from ski resort to ski resort. If you have any (cheap) accommodation tips, we're very thankful!!

 

Thanks, Kathrin


Adopt a son (me) and claim me on your taxes.  That'll help, and i can drive the RV.

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Not sure if you are looking for information on couch-surfing, suggestions like the one above for RV's, or lodging categories.  If you are looking at names of actual places to stay, I think we need an itinerary.  

post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 

Hi all

 

wow, that went fast. We're very open with the resort, so we don't have an itinerary yet. We crossed the US last Spring by RV, but winter might be too cold for camping? We're looking for hostels or backpackers. I'm uncertain about couchsurfing (I'm a bit anxious), so we don't know if I would do that. But I know the website...

 

Best, Kathrin
 

post #6 of 23

Winter RV travel has many challenges, not to be undertaken lightly.  There are some old threads here on that topic.

 

Assuming you are talking about the Rockies, here are a few hostels to get you started:  Rocky Mtn Hostel near Winter Park ski area, CO, Glenwood Springs Hostel near Aspen, CO, The Hostel at Teton Village, Jackson Hole, WY, The Abominable Snowmansion Hostel near Taos, NM.

Agree with Shredhead that priceline.com could sometimes get you a private room price to match the hostels, especially if two persons.

Did you hear about this interesting new ski pass offering of interest to someone making a long trip like yours:  http://www.themountaincollective.com/

post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 

Perfect, that was exactly what I was looking for...Thanks.
 

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Well, there used to be a couple of hostels in town, but I think they have both closed.  Not sure, actually.  I don't see them listed in the Tourist Board's list:  http://www.explorewhitefish.com/content_detail_index.php?uid=cot58D621180AAF47BBF

Of course, none of the mountain's properties seem to be listed there, either.  The only "sort of" hostel would be their low budget hotel, Hibernation House.  Definitely well-located and the price usually includes lift tickets.  Review on Yelp.  Reviews on TripAdvisor.  

Here is the list of Chamber of Commerce members:  http://business.whitefishchamber.org/list/QuickLinkMembers/lodging-travel-15.htm

 

I'm giving the above Tourist Board and Chamber lists as not everything is found on Travelocity and in fact smaller places like what you are looking for are even more likely not to be taking online bookings.  

post #9 of 23

The Leadville Hostel in Leadville ,CO.

Stayed several years ago  and loved it

A bunch of areas within an hours drive

They have a website

post #10 of 23

If you are doing resort to resort, you might want to consider picking a central location and drive/bus to the resort. For example, if you are doing SLC, I think it might be cheaper to rent a small apt or studio for a week in the city (last time I did, it was less than $40 a night for a studio for a place 10 minutes from the airport) and drive/bus to the resorts. Same goes for CO.

post #11 of 23

Welcome to EpicSki!

 

The other place you could find a small condo for rent for one or two weeks is north Tahoe.  Take a look at VRBO.com.  Some owners are willing to negotiate a bit for reservations that are made well in advance.  For Jan-Feb, the bargain places are often taken before mid-November.  Lots of options after mid-March.

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Well, there used to be a couple of hostels in town, but I think they have both closed.  Not sure, actually.  I don't see them listed in the Tourist Board's list:  http://www.explorewhitefish.com/content_detail_index.php?uid=cot58D621180AAF47BBF

Of course, none of the mountain's properties seem to be listed there, either.  The only "sort of" hostel would be their low budget hotel, Hibernation House.  Definitely well-located and the price usually includes lift tickets.  Review on Yelp.  Reviews on TripAdvisor.  

Here is the list of Chamber of Commerce members:  http://business.whitefishchamber.org/list/QuickLinkMembers/lodging-travel-15.htm

 

I'm giving the above Tourist Board and Chamber lists as not everything is found on Travelocity and in fact smaller places like what you are looking for are even more likely not to be taking online bookings.  

My wife and I spent a few nights in the "Cheap Sleep Motel" in Whitefish back in July....basic, clean, and quiet. Not sure of their winter prices...

post #13 of 23

Never used these people but looks like a handy resource.  http://www.hostels.com/north-america

 

Have a wonderful adventure.  Think snow.

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Welcome to EpicSki!

 

The other place you could find a small condo for rent for one or two weeks is north Tahoe.  Take a look at VRBO.com.  Some owners are willing to negotiate a bit for reservations that are made well in advance.  For Jan-Feb, the bargain places are often taken before mid-November.  Lots of options after mid-March.

 

Also look at Craiglist.org.

 

And yes, your difficulty will be booking during school vacations: Christmas and New Year's weeks, Martin Luther King Jr. weekend (19-21 Jan), and President's Weekend/Week (14-18 Feb; and to a lesser extent 19-24 Feb).  It will be much easier starting 25 February, so you can wait and figure out which resorts had the best snow and which will stay open.  The good news is that that's exactly when the skiing is best (IMHO).

post #15 of 23

Take a look at the Hostel Handbook for more options - http://www.hostelhandbook.com/ You can search by different states and areas in the US and Canada, so you can either figure out where you want to visit and look for hostels or look for hostels in mountain states to decide where to visit. Hostels aren't as big over here as other countries, but ski country does have a few.

post #16 of 23
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Oh, thanks for the info about the holiday season. The good thing is that a friend lives in Oregon and this will be our basis...
 

post #17 of 23

airbnb.com has a growing list of properties including some private rooms in ski areas at decent prices.  To quickly find the lowest prices for hotels/motels and even some hostels you can search at http://www.lodging247.com/hotel-search/.  With 2 people, often times a cheap motel can cost the same or less than a hostel (which is one reason hostels are not as popular here)

post #18 of 23

Hope you keep in mind that the EpicSki Gathering is at Big Sky the last week of March.  Some people will drive and hit other places on the way.  For example, if starting in SLC then stopping at Grand Targhee and/or Jackson Hole is a reasonable choice to make.  If that's of interest, I suggest you join the Group for all the latest Gathering info such as the process for getting discounted lift tickets.

 

http://www.epicski.com/groups/show/16/2013-epicski-gathering-big-sky-bridger-bowl-moonlight-basin-montana

 

The Gathering includes a day at Bridger and Moonlight Basin too.

post #19 of 23

also check out https://www.mountaintravelcompany.com or airbnb.  Mountain travel company is brand new and started out of Park City Utah this year and is kind of a mix between vrbo/airbnb but for only mountain rentals.  I agree with some of the previous threads, an RV would be cool but once you add the cost of daily rental for the RV plus nightly rental at the RV port you might as well be  staying in a ski in ski out condo.  I did a great trip out of Utah through Steamboat to Jackson Hole to Big Sky and back to Utah a few years ago and had an incredible time.  Have Fun!

post #20 of 23

If the OP is considering skiing in Canada then I know Revelstoke has a hostel in town about 5 minutes from the resort. Sun Peaks has a hostel that is ski-in/out at the Burfield base.

post #21 of 23

if Canada is on - there are also Backpackers Hotel/Hostels in Banff, Jasper, Whistler, Golden, Okanogan Valley and many others I'm not familiar with. t. But generally unless it is slope-side lodging your looking for the cost of motels/hotels in adjacent towns in BC Alberta Washington Idaho and Montana are a lot cheaper than summer. It's actually off season. Unless you show up very late on a Friday night of a long weekend there will be lots of choices.   
 

post #22 of 23
Thread Starter 

Hi

Thanks for your reply. Do you have good resort tips, too??

 

Best, Kathrin
 

post #23 of 23
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Hi

Thanks for your reply. Do you have good resort tips, too??

 

Best, Kathrin
 

This probably belongs in another thread and it would help a lot if you gave us an idea of what you liked.

 

One issue may be cost...if you plan to ski 100 days, you might be looking at $5,000 if you do individual lift tickets at different resorts, even with discounts.  OTOH, if you get a season pass that covers multiple resorts this might keep your cost way down.

 

I would give serious thought about the Mountain Collective pass- it gives you 2 free days each at 4 top resorts (with Aspen actually having 4 different mountains and Squaw/Alpine as another for a total of 8 mountains).  http://www.themountaincollective.com/  You will also want to hit Snowbird while you are at Alta.  

 

Another pass to consider is the Epic Local Pass which gives you another 8 mountains (5 on your way to Aspen and 3 more while you are at Squaw so these two products could get you onto 14-16 different mountains for under $1,000 with unlimited days at the Summit County & Tahoe resorts on the Epic pass).  The Epic local also includes 3 days at Verbier if you will spend part of the season at home.

 

Most passes need to be bought by November, and prices tend to go up the longer you wait, so get on it.

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