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Ski Trip for Wife's 40th

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Where should I take my wife skiing for her 40th birthday? We live in South Florida. She hasn't skied since she was a kid and it's been about 10 years for me. She says she only wants to go skiing a couple of days but wants to do all of the other winter activities that the resorts offer. I'm mainly looking at the Colorado resorts like Winter Park, Copper, Brek, Beaver Creek and Keystone. We're not looking for a party scene but would like a nice village with some good restaurants and bars. Where is the best place to get deals on ski trip?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 27
I think you need to give us an approximate time frame. Of the above, I'd pick Breckenridge for the town, but I don't know what particular "winter activities" interest you most. Personally, none of the above would be the ones that I would pick if your emphasis is on non-skiing. Park City, Aspen, Jackson, and Steamboat all have more "town".
post #3 of 27
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We will be going mid January. She would like to go snowmobiling, ice skating, tubing, she even said cross country buy I don't know about that. Lol. She also like to go out for dinner and drinks. would like the mountain to be pretty easy to get to and not have to take an 8 hr flight to get there.we would be flying out of ft. Lauderdale or Orlando which are both an hour and a half away. I would like to keep it under 4k for the trip.4 star on a 2 star budget would be nice. Thanks
post #4 of 27

CO - Breck - Good size town, but in 2 days you've seen it all

UT - Park City - plenty of things to do, but be careful you don't get close to the Sundance Film Fest as prices go to the moon

CA - Heavenly - lots of activities right by the base

BC - Whistler Blackcomb - great town, ALL the winter activities you could ever imagine

post #5 of 27

CO: Breckenridge, Vail/Beaver Creek and Aspen (Breckenridge is the most affordable).  No shortage of great food or shopping in the Vail/BC or Aspen areas.

UT:  If you want a "village" or town to be around at night, any of the three Park City resorts will work great.  Lots to do in town. No shortage of good restaurants in the area.

BC:  Whistler/Blackcomb.  This is a long way from Florida, but may be worth it if the price is right.

CA:  Lots of options in CA, with many threads on the subject.  It is hard to go wrong with Heavenly or Squaw.  The downside is the extra flight time...you may be better off in CO or UT.

 

You can find snowshoeing, x-country skiing, shopping, galleries, dog sled rides, etc. near all of the above.  When checking airfares don't forget to look at Southwest, which you would have to take out of Ft. Lauderdale.

post #6 of 27
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We will be going mid January. She would like to go snowmobiling, ice skating, tubing, she even said cross country buy I don't know about that. Lol. She also like to go out for dinner and drinks. would like the mountain to be pretty easy to get to and not have to take an 8 hr flight to get there.we would be flying out of ft. Lauderdale or Orlando which are both an hour and a half away. I would like to keep it under 4k for the trip.4 star on a 2 star budget would be nice. Thanks

 

How many days?

post #7 of 27

The resorts mentioned are all good choices but one more important factor is altitude. Breckenridge is 9600ft above sea level, Park City is 6900ft above sea level and Squaw is about 6200ft above sea level. Breckenridge at 9600ft can ruin a vacation pretty quickly when you are coming from sea level.

 

When you consider flights, ease of access from the airport, activities/ town, and altitude I would choose Park City.

post #8 of 27
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We will be going for a week hopefully.

post #9 of 27
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Is their a better website to get deals on ski vacations? Expedia, Orbits and such or is it usually better to go to the resorts website?

post #10 of 27
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 Where is the best place to get deals on ski trip?

 

Ski clubs have some really good deals if one of their trips works?

http://www.miamiskiclub.com/pdf/Flyer_Snowmass.pdf

post #11 of 27

First off, let me say Welcome to EpicSki.  I see you've gotten some great advice so far but I'd like to add some confusion to the mix by taking a line from SnoFun3's post. 

He suggests Heavenly, but I'd say Tahoe in any capacity.

Lake Tahoe is a gorgeous place to visit even if you're not a skier and has world class skiing.  If you get anxious to do something thats not in the mountains, you can always drive the 3 hours to SanFrancisco and do what people do in SF. 

 

You are a good husband! 

post #12 of 27
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Is their a better website to get deals on ski vacations? Expedia, Orbits and such or is it usually better to go to the resorts website?

As an AARP member, I've used Expedia most of the time in the last few years. I'm over them. I look at these places now to get an idea of the deals and prices, then turn around and book directly. They are fine as long as everything works, but impossible to deal with when problems come up.
post #13 of 27

Welcome to Epicski gmurr. Tahoe was the first place that popped into my mind as well. Altitude could be a concern. I am thinking you are looking for a ski resort that thas plenty of groomed, cruising terrain, maybe a good ski school and close to a major airport. Park City and the Tahoe area have that without the altitude concerns; altitude sickness will ruin a vacation. Once you narrow down your choices someone here will probably come up with some money saving tips and suggestions on fun things to do when you are not skiing.

post #14 of 27
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I did do a full season in Whistler. But that was 14 years ago.LOL So hopefully after a day on the slopes I will kinda get the hang of it again. If we get some powder I might send the wife to the spa so I can go and find some fun stuff! She will mostly be greens with a few blues. I'll probably spend most of my time on my butt. But I can dream about how hard I'm going to tear it up.LOL We are going up to the Detroit area for Christmas so I'm hoping to hit up one of the little hills around there for a day to get our feet wet before we head out west.

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I did do a full season in Whistler. But that was 14 years ago.... We are going up to the Detroit area for Christmas so I'm hoping to hit up one of the little hills around there for a day to get our feet wet before we head out west.

I'd spend as much time as possible doing this (more than a day), plus hitting the gym. I ski 70 days a year and I spend the first few days pretty much reminding myself how to do it. You don't want to use up the big buck days in that mode.
post #16 of 27
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I did do a full season in Whistler. But that was 14 years ago.LOL So hopefully after a day on the slopes I will kinda get the hang of it again. If we get some powder I might send the wife to the spa so I can go and find some fun stuff! She will mostly be greens with a few blues. I'll probably spend most of my time on my butt. But I can dream about how hard I'm going to tear it up.LOL We are going up to the Detroit area for Christmas so I'm hoping to hit up one of the little hills around there for a day to get our feet wet before we head out west.

There are some Bears who live in the Detroit area who work at some of the local hills.  You may want to post when you're going there and see if you can get some more ideas. 

post #17 of 27
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Where should I take my wife skiing for her 40th birthday? We live in South Florida. She hasn't skied since she was a kid and it's been about 10 years for me. She says she only wants to go skiing a couple of days but wants to do all of the other winter activities that the resorts offer. I'm mainly looking at the Colorado resorts like Winter Park, Copper, Brek, Beaver Creek and Keystone. We're not looking for a party scene but would like a nice village with some good restaurants and bars. Where is the best place to get deals on ski trip?

 

Thanks!

 

She might like Beaver Creek since it's a resort that kind of pampers you. I think their motto "Not Exactly Roughing It" kind of hints at their philosophy along with the fact that they have a moving walkway and an escalator at the base of the lifts. They also pamper you with free hot chocolate at the top of one of the lifts in the mornings and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies at the bottom of the lifts at the end of the day...

post #18 of 27

It might be ok for you.  But I wouldn't subject my beginner wife to skiing in Detroit at Christmas time,  if I ever expected her to go again.

 

This is coming from someone that grew up skiing there.

post #19 of 27

For ease of access and altitude, I would choose Park City/Deer Valley over Colorado. Also look at Lake Louse in Alberta.

post #20 of 27
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The resorts mentioned are all good choices but one more important factor is altitude. Breckenridge is 9600ft above sea level, Park City is 6900ft above sea level and Squaw is about 6200ft above sea level. Breckenridge at 9600ft can ruin a vacation pretty quickly when you are coming from sea level.

 

When you consider flights, ease of access from the airport, activities/ town, and altitude I would choose Park City.

 

+1

 

As a flatlander from NC, one reason I go to Utah instead of Colorado is altitude.  Lots of lodging options in Park City.  Seems like a skiing at Deer Valley with no snowboarders could be of interest too given the OP's description of how long it's been since wife was on skis.  Certainly plenty to do besides ski.

 

Another plus is that less likely to have weather delays flying into SLC as compared to Denver.

post #21 of 27

I noted one direct flight from Orlando to SLC on Delta which would make travel time considerably shorter, lots of 2 legs including SW.

 

I'd second the lower altitude and SLC itself could be entertaining if not staying in PC.  for a 40th, and depending on budget PC is really nice but one would have access to Deer, Solitude, Brighten, Snow Bird, Alta, Snow Basin ..etc etc  ... but PC and Deer are pretty nice and should suffice if a shorter trip.

 

my wife and I found it one of the better adventures we took.  From a side activity like snow mobile, Nordic, snow shoe, etc, I would speculate one can find these but know Co has these.  We've loved Steamboat which too is lower altitude (than summit co) and know it has a great town, food, hot springs, tubing, etc etc but one would need to double hop for air .. not horrible.  Jan I recall has been dry in SB but if other activities are planned, may not matter too greatly if you can get a few days of powder.

 

if you can narrow down what activities in what time frame you need, it may cut down a lot on the options.   At $4k, I'd think you can do quite a bit as Jan is a low season.  Most resorts or agencies offer turn key vacations .. which I like only from having someone who can fix issues should they arise ... at least for special trips.   We drive now due to issues on connections and the number traveling ... but with 2, you should have pretty flexible options.

 

If one even puts 1K to air travel, that leaves 3K for room, lifts, rentals, transfers, etc .. a lot of options open up, even a few "nice" lodgings in PC.

 

put out some bids to a few destinations and see what comes back ... you've got some time to your advantage

 

as am FYI, I just ran quick numbers on Steamboat Central, but any destination would have similar .. just that I'm more familiar with Steamboat .. for a Jan 10th to 15th, 5 nights at the Steamboat Grand, flight on American (most all flights were similar cost) arrive 1am, leave afternoon, 3 day lifts and skis .. ran around $2700, add a day it's just under $200/night at the Grand.  You'd need transfers or a rental car but I know Steamboat has some nice public and resort TX, SLC would have cheap car rental,cars at Steamboat are pricey less you have a good corp discount.  this would leave you with extra for blowing, eating ... well, the deal gives ya $100 towards misc but you'd spend money on food anywhere you go.  SLC has some nice options that can be less pricey for rooming as many hotels offer some really good lift discounts.  (FYI, Lifts 3/4 were $225/ea, $911 for air, taxes/fees around $175.   I know you can find less costly at SLC depending where you stay, perhaps lodging will be more in PC but the $200/night (was $965/4 nights for a studio w double bed) at the Grand may be comparable to PC prices)

 

As noted, my wife and I did SLC but we stayed in the city at the Little America, used a lift ticket package and had a rental, stayed 2 nights in PC at a B and B and found it great, split some costs with cheaper Downtown rooming and more costly B and B ...


Edited by pete - 9/6/13 at 10:25pm
post #22 of 27
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So the Sun dance festival is going to be going on the week that we wanted to go. So Park City is out. I looked into Tahoe a little bit but it's 2 stops and like a 12hour trip to get there. I can do Breckenridge for $1500 for the both of us flight and hotel. If we stayed in Denver for at least one night would that help with the altitude sickness? Our flight doesn't get in until 10:40 at night so we are talking about staying in Denver for at least that night and maybe the next. Are their any things you can take or do to help prevent it? Any other mountain suggestions?

 

Thanks


Edited by gmurr - 9/9/13 at 10:42am
post #23 of 27
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Thanks! She's a great wife and deserves this. Plus I love the snow and mountains!

post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by gmurr View Post
 

So the Sun dance festival is going to be going on the week that we wanted to go. So Park City is out. I looked into Tahoe a little bit but it's 2 stops and like a 12hour trip to get there. I can do Breckenridge for $1500 for the both of us flight and hotel. If we stayed in Denver for at least one night would that help with the altitude sickness? Our flight doesn't get in until 10:40 at night so we are talking about staying in Denver for at least that night and maybe the next. Are their any things you can take or do to help prevent it? Any other mountain suggestions?

 

Thanks

 

Staying in Denver for one night will help with adapting to Altitude.  Some people feel it more than others.  There are keys to prepping for it which are explained pretty well in this article by dp.  dp is a physician who has helped a lot of us deal with the effects of altitude. 

Altitude Adaptation and Acute Mountain Sickness

post #25 of 27

Did you check direct with the resorts?  most offer some pretty nice discounts and it's no cost to quote.   Only reason I cost out Steamboat as an example.   It seems historically one can find most any resort for similar pricing on a package ...

 

just a thought ....

post #26 of 27

I'll be  contrarian here: you live on the East Coast- why not take her to Europe (almost the same flight time).  It does not sound like both of you are hard-core skiers, and a european ski trip will have plenty of nice things to add to the slope time- the food is great, you can go sightseeing, the culture is totally different, and you could make it a trip to remember.  

 

In the US my vote would be for Aspen or Jackson.  In Tahoe, I would consider Heavenly- it probably the worst mountain in the region for a serious skier, but it has killer views that make all the difference to a casual cruiser.  There are plenty of activities at the base, but from what I heard they tend to be low-end casino kind.  Long time ago we took friends on a snowmobiling trip in South Lake Tahoe area, that was awesome.   

 

Squaw would not have been a great choice a couple years ago, but now with Alpline meadows addition, its also a viable choice.   If you come, book a dinner at Stella out by Northstar - this is where I would go today if I had to take my wife on her special birthday.  If Stella is booked, go to Moody's in Truckee.     

post #27 of 27

^^

That's some good advice.  Miami direct to Zurich and then staying in Lech or Zurs would be a very nice trip.

 

The Miami ski club trip I linked to, includes Miami direct to Eagle and a shuttle to Snowmass/Aspen.  You can fly right into Aspen, but you'd have to connect.

 

I understand the appeal of Breckenridge from a travel standpoint.  But 9600 feet is really high for a flatlander trying to sleep.

I'd rather see the op go to Vail just for that, even though I'm not a fan of either one for a destination skier paying full price for lift tickets.

VR's going to sell over 300,000 Epic Passes this year.  Why anyone that doesn't have one would go to one of they're resorts is beyond me.

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