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post #31 of 45
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Originally Posted by goranmilos View Post

Update on accommodation search.



Garni (R)auch (HQ) seems to be fully booked.

Still looking, thinking about St. Jacob - big saving vs. inconvenience of short bus rides.

Stuben, Lech, Zuers ? 

I am mostly looking at St. Anton website and then send a request. Are there any ski clubs that have group/package  pricing for first two weeks of February? If anybody interested I have a ski club info for one week in Tignes , 6 days pass, studio for 2 for E380 < $520 per person. That is 7 nights and 6 days skiing Espace Killy. Spartan but cheap and clean. Feb 01- Feb 08.

I really want to squeeze this cost so it is comparable to France - not managing to do it so far. But I am sure I will get there wink.gif Not expecting that price from above but still not expecting to pay Euro130 per night.

How is parking situation around ski lifts? Thinking getting a car in ZRH and do a tour of 4-5 ski areas in my two weeks in Europe.

Any interest in ski chalet rental (5-6 rooms)?

So many questions and decisions to be made ...

Regarding School Holidays mentioned in related thread, it is not as bad as it seems since European ski school holidays (breaks) seem spread between the regions so not whole continent descents on the Alps at the same time.

 



Lech and Zurs are generally more expensive than St. Anton. I'm not sure about the costs in Stuben. I'm trying to do an accommodation search, but the site (www.stuben.com) is struggling to load at the moment.

If you're going to rent a car, then you might as well expand your accommodation search to include Pettneu and Flirsch. You'll find cheaper accommodation there and you'll still be able to drive in to St. Anton in just a couple of minutes. You can see parking locations on the interactive piste map (http://ski.intermaps.com/skiarlberg/skimap.asp?map=ost&startdata=lifte&lang=en). Just go in to the Infrastructure menu to highlight the parking. The Nasserein parking would be the shortest drive and I think it's the biggest parking lot. Plus, it's closest to HQ for meeting up with other gatherers.

As always, I don't recommend doing a 4- or 5-resort tour in the Alps. The best way to think of it is going to the movie theater to watch the first 30 min of a film, then driving to a second theater to watch the first 30 min of a different film, then driving to a third theater to watch the first 30 min of a third film, then driving to a fourth theater and leaving after 30 min to go home.

At most, I'd only recommend two resorts, spending one week in each. You could try a Swiss resort like Laax or Davos, or you could try another Austrian resort like Ischgl. They're all reasonably close to Zurich and St. Anton. But, with the expansion of the Arlberg area to include Warth-Schrocken, I think it's got enough terrain to keep you happy for two weeks, especially if you take time to explore the smaller bits like Pettneu, Zug, and Sonnenkopf.
Edited by CerebralVortex - 10/18/13 at 5:59am
post #32 of 45
ES Handle: dirksuchy
Lives in: Tilburg (the Netherlands)
Travel with: car
Sleeps in: car (it's a small VW Eurovan camper) or cheap last minute room
Off Piste %: 70%
Arriving on: hmm... We will fly to the US for a four week trip, starting in February, but we will try to go to St. Anton for a couple of days as well. Depending on snow and money redface.gif. And with we I mean my girlfriend Daphne and I.
post #33 of 45

Bump, who is in, keep checking it 

post #34 of 45
I will not be going to St Anton this year, so I hereby remove myself from the roll call list. Have fun!
post #35 of 45

I'm going to be pushing it out a year as my best ski buddy, my daughter, is very much in grad school at the moment.  Hopefully, she will be gainfully employed in 2015.  

post #36 of 45
Silence and lack of initially shown enthusiasm is deafening !
post #37 of 45
I can't make it , have the second part of my level 3 class this week frown.gif
post #38 of 45
OK,
Since there is lack of any communication from "group leader" and in view of recent cancelations I am officially declaring myself out of any "gathering". However, I will be skiing somewhere in Europe between Feb 3rd and Feb 15th.
If most recent weather trends come along, I will be in St. Anton or close by.
They need 50" of snow by then - otherwise it is between Cervinia and Val D'Isere.
post #39 of 45

I was enthused about this event last spring, but I couldn't (without going to Turkey) find airfare under $1000 and I was going to bring three others with me.  $4000 just for airfare was too much for my budget.  Hope you all have a great time and I still want to join you at some point in the future.

post #40 of 45
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

I was enthused about this event last spring, but I couldn't (without going to Turkey) find airfare under $1000 and I was going to bring three others with me.  $4000 just for airfare was too much for my budget.  Hope you all have a great time and I still want to join you at some point in the future.


 



Have you checked SAS Airlines? It looks like they've got flights from Dulles to Zurich for about $950 with a stop in Copenhagen. I just did a search for the 8th to the 15th and got $445 for the flight out and $509 for the return flight.
post #41 of 45
I don't think $3800 is going to be enough of a difference from $4000 to change his mind.
post #42 of 45
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I don't think $3800 is going to be enough of a difference from $4000 to change his mind.

 



In that case, traveling to Europe with four people is always going to be too expensive unless you go through Turkey or stumble on some ridiculously good deal. I did some searches for DC to Zurich for weeks of the year that I thought would be inexpensive (outside of school/public holidays), and Turkish Airways is the only company offering tickets under $900. Even in the middle of September, the prices are pretty much the same.

That matches what I see when traveling from London to DC or NC to visit family. I haven't managed to book a flight to DC for under $800 since Northwest was bought out a few years ago.
Edited by CerebralVortex - 1/20/14 at 7:15am
post #43 of 45
There was a BRIEF two days last summer where I could have booked this gem... $51 base fare??? On Delta.



I initially found it on Skyscanner, couldn't believe it, then went to the Delta app and there it was.
post #44 of 45
Thread Starter 

damn.... 

 

Next time you know, click that "Purchase Now" button!

post #45 of 45
I had just given up on going and clicked another purchase button two days earlier. Lesson series that I am now regretting. However, being as the snow here is good this year, postponing until next season may have been the right choice.
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