Originally Posted by marznc
I disagree. Planning a ski trip for mid-season any time before Thanksgiving is fine. Obviously, the sooner the better if want to get something from VRBO on a prime holiday week but there are plenty of options to consider in Sept or Oct.
Traveling with kids is not the same as traveling alone or with all adults.
Marznc, Now the OP doesn't say exactly when they want to go, but with kids in school, that would mean 1 of 2 times during the winter months, Christmas break and the Week of Easter which next year will be the first week in April. If he's thinking Easter, then yeah its not too late. But you have to also think about airfare as well as accomadations. Right now, the cheapest airfares are offered in the 8 to 9 months in advance of flying. I am flying out on Dec 22nd, which is going to be the busiest day to fly. I bought my tickets 10 months in advance and that's why the price I paid for with most preferred flight times is less than 1/3 of what current prices are for less than optimal flight times. If one is flying in to ski, then transportation ( air and rental) is the number 1 expense to any ski vacation.
And as far as your comment on the rental car, these are little kids. However, even if the kids are younger. One parent goes to the rental car place downtown while the other parent and the kids stay at the airport and collect the bags. You have to realize the huge savings. Right now if you rent an SUV from Hertz at the airport with a ski rack it is going to run you $2300. With everything remaining the same except you are getting it from the Downtown location, the price is under $900. You would be looking at a savings of at least $1400.