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post #31 of 53
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Thanks sibhusky, that is a great rate. SW is the way to go. I know nothing about Whitefish or any of the others, but I'm going to do some research!

post #32 of 53
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Steamboat looks awesome, but a flight from my airport (PVD) to Hayden is $629, cheapest flights in early March. See, that's always my dilemma, and probably why I love Utah so much. In order for me to ski some of these "farther out" places, I'll need to up my spending limits or plan for more days.

 

I mean, I certainly will do that once I run out of great places that cost less!

 

I just checked Aspen, and it's over $800 per person to fly RT. I guess I need flights where South West goes. Om SW, same time frame in March is $470 to Denver and around $500 for SLC. Round trip. I can't wait to see when Jet Blue comes to Providence, maybe they will have better deals!


BOS isn't that far away and probably has far better rates than going out of PVD.

 

Asspen lodging is typically VERY expensive.

 

Won't argue that SLC has best $/fun ratio, but being a "mountain collector" you'll have to sack up sooner or later to some of the other areas.

post #33 of 53
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but being a "mountain collector" you'll have to sack up sooner or later to some of the other areas.

 

So true! But I still think I can do PowMow/SB and maybe another trip to CO for Vail and Copper, maybe? And yea, Logan is an hour or so from us, but it's a pain in ass. Providence is 2 miles from my house (well, the airport, that is). I am hoping Jet Blue will offer more when they get here...

post #34 of 53

Another place SW flies is Albuquerque . . . 2.5 hours drive to Taos.  Could be worth adding to the list for future reference.

post #35 of 53

There are lots of good choices for you.

 

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 I like open bowls that are not TOO steep and hairy!

 

 

I didn`t read the other replies, but you just described most of the backside of Vail perfectly.

 

 


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My son and I did a Vail/Copper trip a few years back and stayed in Frisco.  Drive time to Vail was about a half hour, Copper maybe 10 minutes.  If you like DV you will love Vail.  Yes it's pricey which is why we stayed in Frisco.  Just rented a cheap economy car with snow tires at the airport and had no problems getting around.

 

Copper is not as big as Vail, but does have some nice bowl skiing also with a bit steeper average pitch than Vail.  Frisco is an option, but since you already skied KS, A-B and Breck, you could think about staying in Copper as it will shorten your drive time (0 to Copper and only about 20-25 minutes to Vail and another 10-15 to Beaver Creek)...my guess is that there might be some better lodging deals than Vail, but check VRBO, aribnb or http://www.lodging247.com/hotel-search/ to compare prices.  You could also look at making Avon or someplace outside Vail Village (i.e. East Vail, West Vail, Vail Eagle) as a base as these will likely be less than Vail Village or Liionshead.  

 

If you look around, you can likely get some 2 for 1 lift tickets to Copper (I have some from a coupon book fund raiser at the local school here and Shell gas and some other places tend to do them during the season also)


Edited by MEfree30 - 10/31/12 at 5:45pm
post #36 of 53

brumor, if you figure this whole thing out, will you please let me know? I go through the same struggle every year and have not solved it happily yet. Like you, I live in New England (in my case NOT near an airport that Southwest serves, unfortunately). By the time you get done with the price and time suck of a three-leg flight to some distant non-hub locale, plus drive time, not to mention bag fees (if not on SW), you are talking two very, very long and expensive days of travel in each direction, before you even budget time and money for lift tickets and lodging. This is the main reason why I have not pulled the trigger (yet?) on the Big Sky gathering for March. Too expensive to get there.

 

The past two years, Summit County has won out, primarily because we have been able to score $220 RT nonstop flights on Southwest between BOS and DEN (even though it's a PITA for me to get to Boston), and because there is such a glut of cheap condos in Silverthorne.  We cook all our own meals and split the rental car and condo 4 ways, and get a week of skiing for just a tad over a grand, all inclusive. So the price is right.*  (Too bad the weather did not cooperate either time. In 2011 we hit literally the coldest week in 30 years, with subzero noon temperatures on three days. And then last year we were skiing on grass in the back bowls. frown.gif  ) We've skied at A-Basin, Loveland, Copper, Vail, and Beaver Creek. Haven't made it to Keystone or Breck. When skiing at Vail, we've typically parked at the Nordic Center (golf course) for free and taken the shuttle. Not that bad, but it does add 20 minutes onto the operation. Concur with others that the Back Bowls and Blue Sky are glorious for us right coasters, with more great lines and options than you could ski in a week. Never had a really memorable run on the front side, which in my brief experience somehow manages to be crowded and unappealing even in the dead of late January weekdays, with a lot of very unguided missles flying around. Copper is absolutely worth a visit, or more than one. There is some really nice stuff there, including about the longest and most exhausting sustained bump runs I think I've ever been on (skier right off the Super Bee). On the three days I've skied there I don't think I ever waited in a line. (Granted one of those days was so cold only Inuits in mukluks and, um, four buddies from Maine would have even considered going outside for any reason.)

 

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Nice. Anyone have suggestions for rentals at or near Vail that are reasonable? BTW, thanks everyone for incredibly fast and insightful replies! This site is awesome :)

 

Are you talking about condos or skis? If condos, VRBO is the way to go. For skis, people on this board recommended Precision Ski in Frisco, and it was a spot-on tip ... at least for one-day demos. My skis were in excellent shape and very well tuned.

 

Anyway, let me know what I should do this year!

 

* The down side, as sibhusky correctly pointed out, is the altitude - the condo we had last year was way up around 10,000 feet, which is a serious shocker if you live within a couple miles of the ocean like I do. However good you're skiing when you leave home, you absolutely will not be that good until maybe your last day there. At least that's true for me.

post #37 of 53

Snow Basin is a great resort with small crowds great snow and cheap condo rentals. Local ski shops will have discount lift tickets $9-12 dollars cheaper then the resort that should keep lift tickets between $60 - $65 vs. the $100 you are going to pay in Vail.

 

Park City and Canyons tends to get skid out by mid-morning unless you know where the good stashes are Be sure to check out Canyons on the day you fly into Salt Lake they usually have a ski free with proof of airline ticket on day of arrival. Did it two times last year. Landed at 11:30am from Atlanta and was on my first chair by 1:30pm. for a few hours of intro fun...

post #38 of 53
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Originally Posted by wolfpack View Post Be sure to check out Canyons on the day you fly into Salt Lake they usually have a ski free with proof of airline ticket on day of arrival. Did it two times last year. Landed at 11:30am from Atlanta and was on my first chair by 1:30pm. for a few hours of intro fun...


To piggyback onto that, the day of arrival free skiing is available at all PC resorts. It's through the PC Chamber of Commerce. Important to note because PCMR has night skiing, so you can take advantage even if you arrive later in the afternoon. It's called QuickStart and you have to fill out the form ahead of time and bring it with your boarding pass: http://www.visitparkcity.com/quickstart/?quickstartstep=1

post #39 of 53

Maybe someone's mentioned it but I didn't see it. If you're not sure which mountain you'll be skiing, and buying day tickets, hit up the local Colorado King Soopers supermarkets for discounted tickets. I haven't checked this year (since I have a pass) but they have offered them in the past. Perhaps someone can confirm. It'll save you a few bucks over buying them at the area ticket window. 

post #40 of 53
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To piggyback onto that, the day of arrival free skiing is available at all PC resorts. It's through the PC Chamber of Commerce. Important to note because PCMR has night skiing, so you can take advantage even if you arrive later in the afternoon. It's called QuickStart and you have to fill out the form ahead of time and bring it with your boarding pass: http://www.visitparkcity.com/quickstart/?quickstartstep=1

 

The Quick Start pass is blacked out in March when the OP expects to go:

 

Blacked-out from Sunday, December 23, 2012 through Saturday, January 5, 2013
Valid from Sunday, January 6 through Friday, February 15, 2013.
Blacked-out from Saturday, February 16 through Sunday, March 31, 2013.
Valid from Monday, April 1 through respective resort closing day 2013.
(Currently, all three resorts are planning to close Sunday, April 14, conditions permitting)

post #41 of 53
Thread Starter 

Yea, I have never been able to use it because it's been blacked-out every time we were there. Awesome deal, though!

 

So, the more I think about it, it looks like we will be going back to Utah for the Powder/SnowBasin trip. Maybe next year I'll re-visit the Vail trip. This, however might change if SW tickets are significantly lower to Denver than to SLC :)

post #42 of 53

Try Lake Tahoe. Nice varied resorts (Squaw for steep, Heavenly for the views, etc.) Scenery is different compared to Utah and Colorado.

Or try Jackson Hole if you like the rougher cowboy atmosphere. Rough mountain with lots of possibilities. Don't forget to go to Grand Targhee just around the corner. Enjoy the Million Dollar Cowboy bar in Jackson and add snowmobiling through Yellowstone to top it off.

post #43 of 53
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Squaw just got the top spot in Outdoor magazine for this year. Here we go, just when I thought I made up mind, here I go looking at flight to Lake Tahoe!

post #44 of 53

Don’t overthink it Brumor, just pick a mountain ! No reason to flip flop because a magazine said to.

 

Vail is awesome. Snowbasin is awesome. Squaw is awesome. You’ll have a great time regardless of your selection. 

post #45 of 53
Thread Starter 

Nah, it wouldn't be because of a magazine rating! It's more like all the nice people coming on this thread and telling me about their fav places :)

I'm a very indecisive person, and I love the research and planning aspect of a trip...

post #46 of 53

Keep in mind if you are re-thinking Fail, they're part of the Epic Pass, which also includes Heavenly at Tahoe if you're back to thinking 2 trips. For one reasonable price you can get most all of the Front Range, plus one of the Tahoe areas.

post #47 of 53
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Nice job, voters of Colorado (and Washington)! Making CO an even nicer choice for winter vacations :)

post #48 of 53
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Nah, it wouldn't be because of a magazine rating! It's more like all the nice people coming on this thread and telling me about their fav places :)

I'm a very indecisive person, and I love the research and planning aspect of a trip...

Then research and plan away

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Keep in mind if you are re-thinking Fail, they're part of the Epic Pass, which also includes Heavenly at Tahoe if you're back to thinking 2 trips. For one reasonable price you can get most all of the Front Range, plus one of the Tahoe areas.

The Epic Local doesn`t include Copper, Winter Park or Loveland, but it does include 3 Tahoe resorts- Kirkwood & Northstar have been added in recent years.  It is definitely a good option for someone looking to get in 10+ days in Tahoe/CO

 

The Mountain Collective Pass can save some $ for someone looking to make multiple trips going to Squaw/Alpine, Snowbird, Aspen/Snowmass & Jackson Hole- total cost will likely be more than the Epic Local, but it still beats paying window prices if you are riding 6+ days at 2 or more of the included resorts.

post #49 of 53

Just in case it matters, it's Alta, not Snowbird the Collective pass covers.

post #50 of 53
Thread Starter 

Well, it looks like I have finally made up my mind! After all these GREAT recommendations, I am going with last year's original plan... back to Utah :)

 

We are going to Eden end of February. We are going to stay at Wolf Creek:

 

http://www.utahlodging.com/vacation-rental-home.asp?PageDataID=48766

 

It's about 5 minutes from Powder Mountain and 20 minutes from Snowbasin. This condo is newly renovated, 2 bed, 2 bath... for $125/night! This is one of the reasons I always seem to always head back to Utah. That and the short and easy drive from the airport (vs. Colorado), and the huge powdery peaks :)

 

So, we are excited for this one. I may start a new thread asking about the 2 mountains and suggestions, etc. But if anyone has any good info on PowMow or SB, please post. And thanks to everyone who participated in this thread!!

post #51 of 53

Can't go wrong flying to SLC.  If you haven't found it yet, use the tag for Snowbasin (to the right of Post #1) to get to the EpicSki resorts page.  Scroll down for reviews and a comprehensive Guide.

post #52 of 53
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Can't go wrong flying to SLC. 

 You can if you decide to ski at Wolf Mountain / Wolf Creek.  Low elevation makes for heavy wet gloppy snow and the vertical drop is no more than you get in the midwest.

post #53 of 53
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Yea, we aren't going there. It's going to be Powder and Snowbasin. We will be skiing 3 days, so whatever we like best out of those two will be the third day...

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