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Help me plan a trip, ski in, ski out.....anywhere west

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
looking to plan a week with the guys out west, we'd like ski in ski out, not a long drive from the airport, decent food, we are average skiers....we made a trip to vail last year, stayed at the cheapest place we could find in lionshead so we'd have ski in, ski out, and loved it. we don't need a fancy place to stay, just looking for some place with everything the village setting had in vail, just a tad cheaper, the size of the mountain doesn't have to be huge like vail
post #2 of 21

When?

post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
january thru march, doesnt matter
post #4 of 21
More info would help. For example, what are your other priorities: direct flights, lack of crowds, quality of snow, great views, what type of terrain; etc.

Just off the top of my head, Whitefish and Big Sky comes to mind, although that's a connecting flight from most cities. Schweitzer is an easy drive from Spokane, might also consider Red Mt in BC, also easy but little longer drive from Spokane. Red has 1000 new lift-serviced acres opening this year, including a lot if intermediate and advanced/expert terrain.

I mention these because you'll get lots of reccommendations about SLC/Park City and Colorado resorts, just thought I'd throw a few less crowded and less expensive suggestions your way.
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
direct flight is not a must, crowds- we will go during the week, quality of snow, not important, anything is better than the midwest where i ski. we are looking for the best bang for your buck with ski in, ski out.
post #6 of 21
I was going to suggest Whitefish.. Of course.

Super short commute from airport - 25 minutes tops. Low crowds, lots of cruiser terrain, good snow, shuttle service to/from town. Excellent value. There's even a new hostel in town this year.
Edited by sibhusky - 9/29/13 at 5:48pm
post #7 of 21

It's quite expensive to get a ski in ski out at Red, from what I have seen anyways. If you are flying and interested in BC there's certainly easier and cheaper options, much closer to airports with shuttles. That said, it's always easier to stay in your own country and there's certainly a lot of options out west there too. Really just depends what you're after. 

post #8 of 21

Tahoe, baby!

 

Boys trip stay in a casino within walking distance to the lifts.  Food options abound. Should be decent connections to Reno.  Have heard they drink there too.  

 

Just take more money.

post #9 of 21

Weedsnager

 

I would definitely say Lake Tahoe, but with all that there is to offer you will want to rent a car so you can explore the region.  Another option is Whistler, where  you can ski in  and out by staying in the village, but I don't think it would be any cheaper than Vail ( just guessing.)  Also with Whistler, you take a chance on fickle weather, there is a fluctuating freezing level and sometimes it warms up and can be miserable in the middle of the winter.  But, MOST of the times I have been there the weather god cooperated and  it's  been fantastic.

 

Have A Ball

post #10 of 21

I would suggest Snowmass. Lots of ski-in/ski-out, free buses to three other mountains (Aspen Mt, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk) and free or low cost buses to town of Aspen for additional chocies for dining and nightlife. I think Poldoki Lodge is about cheapest (haven't stayed there) or try VRBO for condos.

post #11 of 21

another vote for snowmass.  but then I am bias because I am going back again.  Great place for intermediate skiers which I am. Plus you get the bonus of a few other mtns with your pass if you feel adventurous 

post #12 of 21

Forget about Aspen/Snowmass if you want more value than Vail.

 

Look into Copper, Breckenridge, Winter Park, Keystone, Park City for villages with "value".

 

There'd probably be deals to be had in the Northern Rockies resorts too (Idaho and Montana), but airfare may be a bit more at those places.

post #13 of 21
I am so partial to Tahoe I moved here. Heavenly was mentioned for the south lake, I would suggest squaw if you are looking for some ass pucker terrain for you and you boys.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Weedsnager View Post

looking to plan a week with the guys out west, we'd like ski in ski out, not a long drive from the airport, decent food, we are average skiers....we made a trip to vail last year, stayed at the cheapest place we could find in lionshead so we'd have ski in, ski out, and loved it. we don't need a fancy place to stay, just looking for some place with everything the village setting had in vail, just a tad cheaper, the size of the mountain doesn't have to be huge like vail

 

If you want to do something other than smell each others sweaty underwear at night, being near a city or town would help.  As mentioned above, So. Lake Tahoe is a good choice due the the casinos and Heavenly, with Kirkwood and Northstar not that far away You can likely get multi-day tickets good for all three but I don't know for sure. There is good ski in-out at the Marriott properties, with some of the casinos being a short walk away (no problem walking with ski boots on).  The casinos like Harvey's and Harrahs could have cheap rooms and/or packages including lifts, depending upon the week.  You can't cook in the rooms like with a condo or condo-hotel, but the casino breakfast buffets are a good deal.  Park City should be on your short list since you can get ski in-out at any of the three resorts with PCMR being at the base of the town.  PC is 40 min. from the SLC airport.  Aspen isn't cheap, but Aspen is Aspen and that is pretty cool. That airport can be scary in the winter.   A lot of Colorado resorts would work OK, and you already experience flying into Denver.   Whistler Blackcomb is now a public company (investors need yield in Canada, too) and has the huge village you can walk around with plenty of lodging close to the lifts. You will need to take a bus ride from Vancouver or rent a car.  Lots of intermediate terrain is available at Heavenly, all three PC resorts, most of the Aspen resorts and the other CO resorts mentioned by JoeSchmoe , and Whistler Blackcomb.  


Edited by quant2325 - 9/30/13 at 6:14am
post #15 of 21

Be hard to beat Vail, IMHO the best mountain USA has to offer!

 

Check out Canyons in PC, big and up your alley, shuttles to everywhere, easiest flights, etc.

 

And, Mammoth, fantastic, big, somewhat crappy town but good eats!

post #16 of 21
Confused yet?
post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
Big sky, whitefish, Tahoe, heavenly, park city, and the canyons all sound like good options. do you guys have any specific places you've stayed at these places that offer a good value for ski in ski out?
post #18 of 21

The Mountainside Inn in Telluride.  Walk across the parking lot to Lift 8, and ski right back to the door.  It's not as fancy as your typical Motel 6, but it's the cheapest place in one of the best ski towns in North America. 

 

BK

post #19 of 21
I live here, so don't have the ski in-out issue. There are places right at the mountain, listed on their website. There also may be places on VRBO at Morning Eagle, which has got to be the best location on the mountain. However, for night life, downtown might be best.
post #20 of 21

At Silver Star almost every place you can stay on mountain is ski in-out.

post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Weedsnager View Post

Big sky, whitefish, Tahoe, heavenly, park city, and the canyons all sound like good options. do you guys have any specific places you've stayed at these places that offer a good value for ski in ski out?

 

Depends exactly of your definition of ski in ski out.  

 

If you truly are staying at 1 resort for a week, you will find where the (complimentary) ski check is.  A shuttle that picks you up from your hotel/motel and drops you off at the lodge is actually less trudging then having to walk across a parking lot or street of an actual labelled "ski-in ski out". 

 

The stuff in South Lake Tahoe has all range of options, and can be inexpensive, especially if you eat/entertain yourself at the casinos and don't go gambling.  There is all range of lodging options available at So. Lake, you don't need to nail that down until later.  

 

However, what you need to decide now is if you go to a Vail Resort more than 5days, you need to consider planning ahead and buying a season pass, even if it's just for 1week.   There are no great discounts for Vail Resorts available.  The casinos at South lake Tahoe do not have lift ticket pacakage.  They "give" you discounts only if you are a high roller- that's a comp not a discount. If you get a ski-and-stay lodging package (via heavenly's website) the best you can do will still be like $80/day for lift tickets.

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