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Looking for extended lodging in January in Colorado or Tahoe

post #1 of 12
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I'm finishing college and that's probably my last chance of a real extended vacations before I retire and I'm considering spending 3-4 weeks confined in a mountain and skiing as much as possible.

 

By what I can see, one of the biggest problems in skiing is that when people have time they don't have money and when they have money they don't have time. I've some money saved so that I wouldn't need to be working in the station but I can't afford paying 200+ per day in a hotel room with walking distance to the lifts, as I see in most resorts websites.

 

So, can anyone suggest a ski resort where I wouldn't need a car to access the lifts and that I could find a place to stay (could be shared and small, just need to sleep, shower and cook) for something around $50 bucks a day? Or maybe suggest how can I find it myself? Also let me know if you're looking for someone to share a lease.

 

As I'll be in SF in February I'm trying to find it in one of the Epic Pass' resorts "vail, beaver creek, breckenridge, keystone, heavenly, northstar, kirdkwood, arapahoe basin".

 

Thank you in advance.

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Originally Posted by Davi Costa View Post

I'm finishing college and that's probably my last chance of a real extended vacations before I retire and I'm considering spending 3-4 weeks confined in a mountain and skiing as much as possible.

 

By what I can see, one of the biggest problems in skiing is that when people have time they don't have money and when they have money they don't have time. I've some money saved so that I wouldn't need to be working in the station but I can't afford paying 200+ per day in a hotel room with walking distance to the lifts, as I see in most resorts websites.

 

So, can anyone suggest a ski resort where I wouldn't need a car to access the lifts and that I could find a place to stay (could be shared and small, just need to sleep, shower and cook) for something around $50 bucks a day? Or maybe suggest how can I find it myself? Also let me know if you're looking for someone to share a lease.

First, in regards to your first statement, what are you saying? You're going to work for 40 years and never take a 2 week ski trip again? Why in the world would you do that? Stick it to the man and either move to the mountains, near the mountains (Denver, SLC, Portland, Reno) or don't work for the 9-5 employer and do your own thing! Life's too short to fall for that shtick.

 

Going on, $50 a day? Well there's a reason why those resorts with are listing $200 a day to be walking distance. If you want $50 a day, you're going to have to stay 30 miles away in some rat cellar. 

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi COBillsFan, thanks for you answer.

 

Well, some PTO days is quite different from the 3 months I currently have from college, that was my point, I might take one week vacations in the future without any problem, or maybe two, but probably in the cost of not visiting my old friends and family that year... My point was just that this will be much harder later.

 

I see many people offering season leases for houses of 10 people for example for like $1200/person the full season, but I only have January and most of those leases don't like "full-time" living. I also believe there should be locals that have houses there subleasing just one room. (After posting I found some in airbnb.com).

 

It doesn't necessarily need to be ski-in ski-out (besides preferable), but they must be accessed by public transportation as I'm not living in the US for the moment so that buying a car + insurance would be too troublesome for only one month staying. Renting a car seems a waste of money as the price could be invested in staying close to the slopes.

 

I'm also posting here because I actually don't know all those resorts I'm listing, I don't know which of them actually have walking distance condos, public transportation etc... The closest ski station I have been to that was Tignes in France which was a huge station, with a nice night life and affordable prices for longer staying that I could find in their own website.


Edited by Davi Costa - 10/21/12 at 2:26pm
post #4 of 12

I don't know if it's still open, but the Turntable Motel in Minturn would fit the bill.  They had fairly cheap long term rates and it's on the free bus line to Vail/Beaver Creek.

post #5 of 12

I don't know their current prices, but the St Moritz in Aspen used to have pretty reasonable shared rooms (small rooms with bunks for 3 people and bathroom down the hall).

 

Another option would be to look in online classifieds for the towns you are interested in.

post #6 of 12

You should be able to find a room in South Lake Tahoe for less than $50/night.  Super 8 and Motel 6 come to mind there are also other places.  Last year I stayed at a place right across the Heavenly gondola (about a 50 yard walk to the gondola) for about $60 one night.

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Great advices, looks like its feasible :), I'm looking into the places mentioned, St Moritz in Aspen looks like a good candidate. Tahoe seems to have more options and more affordable. I found a  hostel in tahoe for $30/night for long staying, unfortunately it's almost an hour to Alpine Meadows/Squaw valley by the midweek public transportation, still considering it.

 

I also found a room inside Squaw Valley for around the same price.

 

Thank you all.

post #8 of 12

Breckenridge has free buses in town to the lifts. So do Vail and Aspen, but good luck finding prices in your budget. Another option is VRBO.com 

post #9 of 12

There are some inexpensive motels in Silverthorne that would probably meet your price needs.  Bus service would get you to Keystone, A-Basin, and Breck.

post #10 of 12

Craigslist South Lake Tahoe for a room if you feel like rollin the dice.

post #11 of 12

$50/night translates into $1,500 for the month...I think that is doable with a number of options including hostels (I think the Fireside in Breck fits the bill).  Some cheap motels might give you a long term deal also.   

 

I would also contact people who have a ski lease for the season...lots of these with groups of Bay people in Tahoe (and some Front Rangers in CO) who mostly use them on the weekends...You likely could get a good deal contacting them about a January only deal...many of these places are mostly empty during the week and if you agree to take the couch or air mattress or one of the less choice rooms for the weekend, I would suspect you could find someone who would work with you.  Check out craigslist which is a place where you might also find someone looking for a temp roommate (or place an ad there saying what you are looking for)

post #12 of 12
Hi, I've got a studio in Keystone that I can rent you for the month of January for $1500. I will send you a PM with my contact info.
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