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You guys are 3 for 3 for recommending me where to ski, can we make it 4 in a row? Group trip in early February

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

So far you guys/gals have been spot on finding me a place to spend my vacations and I was hoping you could help me once more. The details:

 

Dates: 1/30/2014 - 2/2/2014

Where: You tell me! We are flying from Fort Lauderdale / West Palm Beach

What: Man trip, 6-8 people. 4 of us are advanced skiers/snowboarders . 1 person has done it once, 2 people have never skied/boarded before. The others are tentative.

Cost: Let's say value is good. We're not looking to stay in a Motel 6, but something decent enough. I would say $150-350 a night. Crashing on air mattresses is preferred.

 

This will be a bachelor party for one of the guys, who has never even seen snow. He does have wakeboard experience so hopefully that can translate a little to snowboarding. It would also be a complete surprise because he originally wanted to go to the Florida Keys for his party. The issue with that is it's a horrible time of the year for that and we already do it 4 times a year anyway. I just hope he doesn't spend 3 days sliding down the mountain on his ass or get altitude sickness.

 

What do you guys think? Where should we go? I originally thought Park City but since I've already been, it could be cool to check out something else.

post #2 of 23

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

 

 

It's a little longer than you're looking for, but you can catch the end of the XGames.

post #3 of 23
Whitefish has a new hostel if you're totally serious.
http://www.whitefishhostel.com

We also have lots of cruisers. And the lift tickets are cheap. Good bar scene. No altitude issue.

BUT. At that time of year, it can be pretty cold here for someone who lives in Florida. I happen to love it, but not for those who are underdressed. Also, there's always the chance here that you will have "low flying clouds".
post #4 of 23

Easiest and as good as it gets: Salt Lake City, staying right there or up in Park City.  Also look at Lakeside Properties for Snowbasin and Powder, could get a 2 bedroom condo for that price easily, and nice mountains.

 

Next in ease, land in Denver, try to get a deal in Winter Park or any of the Summit places.

 

Enjoy!

post #5 of 23

For only 4 days you should definitely go to SLC. Otherwise you'll chew up more of your limited time in transit.   The ability mix could be an issue, as Snowbird is the best for expert but not good at all for beginners.  With that big a group you may want 2 vehicles anyway, so the experts can get at least one day at Snowbird and the beginners go somewhere else that day.  Alta next door does have good beginner terrain, but that won't work if the beginners want to snowboard.  I'd recommend a day at Snowbasin for all of you.

post #6 of 23
Yikes, over New Year's weekend? You like to suffer, OP? The most likely "best" day would be bright and early Jan. 1, but more than likely, given the group, you'll be fighting a hangover with the rest of them.

You can't do it the next weekend, I suppose?
post #7 of 23

Aspen is a fun town with 4 resorts. Buttermilk is a blast for beginners and intermediates.

The more advanced guys can hike and ski Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands.

You all can ski together at Snowmass.

 

Jackson Hole would be awesome. It does have beginner terrain, and you could take a sidetrip to Grand Targhee. It depends what

you want to spend on airfare. 

post #8 of 23

What exactly are you looking for in terms of bachelor party? Is the skiing it, or do you want to drink and party too? Any of the suggestions are good for skiing, but the last place on Earth I'd want to be for a drunken bachelor party is Huntsville/Eden. SLC would be pretty low on that list, too. 

post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Yikes, over New Year's weekend? You like to suffer, OP? The most likely "best" day would be bright and early Jan. 1, but more than likely, given the group, you'll be fighting a hangover with the rest of them.

You can't do it the next weekend, I suppose?

Dates: 1/30/2014 - 2/2/2014
Somebody started celebrating New yera's Eve.....  :beercheer:

post #10 of 23
Oops. :-\
post #11 of 23

So just to get an idea what age group are you guys?

 

Also are your dates days skiing or is that traveling too? 

 

SLC is definitely what I would suggest for an overall good time but like previously mentioned not the best for your mix as the best expert mountains tend to not be great for beginners

 

Summit county gets a lot of crap from some of the forum members on here but since it is a bachelor party the  party scene in Summit is pretty hard to beat. The downside is that you will for sure lose a day flying out and getting up there and at least a half a day on the way out.

 

I have never been to the lake Tahoe area but there is Reno and they have casinos which is always a plus for bachelor parties, not to mention some excellent skiing.

 

If your group is older then it's SLC all the way they have some awesome bars and distilleries like the High West Distillery, where you can get some of the best rye whiskey period.

 

I love Breck but it is a little more of a younger crowd due to all the front range colleges. If you do go to Summit PM me and I can give you recommendations on bars/restaurants to go to

 

Now multiple people are going to disagree with me on this but unless your all really hardcore skiers, which is unlikely given the never evers, your going to lose a day of skiing on either end. You can make it to a resort in under 2 hrs from the SLC versus the 3.5 -4 hrs for Summit but an average group isn't going to ski on their travel days.

 

Also final tip if you aren't already planning on it rent a house don't stay in hotels.        

post #12 of 23

I'm not savvy on the specific skiing options there, but I am surprised that nobody has suggested Tahoe. You can fly into Reno and it's an hour drive. Stay in South Lake and the casinos are right there. If you ski Heavenly you can take the gondola between the casinos and skiing. Everyone is happy; the house wins. It's a bachelor party!

post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by bliz1978 View Post
 

I'm not savvy on the specific skiing options there, but I am surprised that nobody has suggested Tahoe. You can fly into Reno and it's an hour drive. Stay in South Lake and the casinos are right there. If you ski Heavenly you can take the gondola between the casinos and skiing. Everyone is happy; the house wins. It's a bachelor party!

 

This is a very solid recommendation.  I've done a similar trip to the one that you are describing here.  We got a cheap room at Forrest Suites, right under the gondola.  For your advanced skiers, there's a bus to Squaw.  There's also a bus to Sierra at Tahoe.  You have a car to get from Reno to the SLT, so you could drive to Kirkwood if you wanted for a day.  We've also stayed in the Casinos.  Party in the basement, 3 block walk to the Heavenly Gondola when you roll out of bed.  On one of our trips, one guy hurt his knee up at Squaw, so he hung out in the casino and won back the cost of his trip in the sport book.  BTW, Reno is a Southwest city, so cheap airfare could be available.  

post #14 of 23
Tony brought up a good point, this is a short trip, get there as quick as possible. SLC. Option B. Heavenly, good skiing, night life and gambling. If someone decides to not ski, he can take in a show or gamble. 1 hour from Reno and you can take a shuttle.
post #15 of 23

The Miami Ski Club trip includes a direct flight MIA-EGE, full of skiers and a party bus to Aspen.  I don't think they have directs from south Florida to SLC or Reno and even if they did, you wouldn't be getting there any quicker.

post #16 of 23

Agree with Phil.  Like the OP, I live in non-ski country.  In the past 5 years, I have made 9 trips to SLC because of the quality of the skiing, the closeness to the airport, and the abundance of cheap lodging.  But, since this is some guy's bachelor party, there is a bit more nightlife in South Lake Tahoe, than there is at the corner of South Wasatch BLVD and E 7000 W.  

post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
 

The Miami Ski Club trip includes a direct flight MIA-EGE, full of skiers and a party bus to Aspen.  I don't think they have directs from south Florida to SLC or Reno and even if they did, you wouldn't be getting there any quicker.

Great point, with direct flights to CO and none to SLC, SLC skiing will have much longer total transit time.  Even when direct flights are an options, the extra flying time to SLC (for nearly all midwest, south and eastern cities)  means the SLC ski areas are only about an hour less transit time.

 

My recomendation to the OP is to choose an easy to access ski area that has non-skiing activities too due to the number of new skiers in the group.  Breckenridge or Park City seem like the most logical options.  Renting a house/condo can be done cheaply with larger groups.

post #18 of 23
If it is UT, strongly recommend a stay in Park city, no other option works as well for your group between the partying and the mix of advanced/newbies in your group, and the public transit and compact area mean you can just take the bus or stagger back at the end of the night. Not many folks want to ski very hard after a night of drinking at elevation.

As a dark horse, consider Jackson,WY. It may not work with your itinerary, but If it were me thats where I would do go for a trip with lots of partying and skiing.
post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gpaulski View Post
 

Easiest and as good as it gets: Salt Lake City, staying right there or up in Park City.  Also look at Lakeside Properties for Snowbasin and Powder, could get a 2 bedroom condo for that price easily, and nice mountains.

 

Next in ease, land in Denver, try to get a deal in Winter Park or any of the Summit places.

 

Enjoy!

 

Thanks, I was thinking PC would be great, but my selfish self was looking for other options since I've already been there and would like to scope out other areas out west.

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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

For only 4 days you should definitely go to SLC. Otherwise you'll chew up more of your limited time in transit.   The ability mix could be an issue, as Snowbird is the best for expert but not good at all for beginners.  With that big a group you may want 2 vehicles anyway, so the experts can get at least one day at Snowbird and the beginners go somewhere else that day.  Alta next door does have good beginner terrain, but that won't work if the beginners want to snowboard.  I'd recommend a day at Snowbasin for all of you.

For the record, SLC isn't a direct flight for us. Also, a flight to Denver could be nice because it's direct, cheaper and we could all pack into a rental van for the road trip into the mountains. How far of a drive is it? Thanks for the other suggestions

 

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Originally Posted by SunValleySteve View Post
 

Aspen is a fun town with 4 resorts. Buttermilk is a blast for beginners and intermediates.

The more advanced guys can hike and ski Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands.

You all can ski together at Snowmass.

 

Jackson Hole would be awesome. It does have beginner terrain, and you could take a sidetrip to Grand Targhee. It depends what

you want to spend on airfare. 

Thanks, we're going to all want to stick together at particular mountains, and just split up for different slopes. I'll look into snowmass.

 

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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post
 

What exactly are you looking for in terms of bachelor party? Is the skiing it, or do you want to drink and party too? Any of the suggestions are good for skiing, but the last place on Earth I'd want to be for a drunken bachelor party is Huntsville/Eden. SLC would be pretty low on that list, too. 

 

I would say skiing/snowboarding mostly, with some good food/ drinks among the guys/ hang out a close second. We're a close group of friends who don't get together as often as we would like except a few trips throughout the year because everyone moved away. Strippers/blacking out over cheap drinks is definitely not a priority.

 

 

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Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post
 

So just to get an idea what age group are you guys?

 

Also are your dates days skiing or is that traveling too? 

 

SLC is definitely what I would suggest for an overall good time but like previously mentioned not the best for your mix as the best expert mountains tend to not be great for beginners

 

Summit county gets a lot of crap from some of the forum members on here but since it is a bachelor party the  party scene in Summit is pretty hard to beat. The downside is that you will for sure lose a day flying out and getting up there and at least a half a day on the way out.

 

I have never been to the lake Tahoe area but there is Reno and they have casinos which is always a plus for bachelor parties, not to mention some excellent skiing.

 

If your group is older then it's SLC all the way they have some awesome bars and distilleries like the High West Distillery, where you can get some of the best rye whiskey period.

 

I love Breck but it is a little more of a younger crowd due to all the front range colleges. If you do go to Summit PM me and I can give you recommendations on bars/restaurants to go to

 

Now multiple people are going to disagree with me on this but unless your all really hardcore skiers, which is unlikely given the never evers, your going to lose a day of skiing on either end. You can make it to a resort in under 2 hrs from the SLC versus the 3.5 -4 hrs for Summit but an average group isn't going to ski on their travel days.

 

Also final tip if you aren't already planning on it rent a house don't stay in hotels.        

Ages are between 25-28 and days include traveling. I'm planning on 3 days skiing and 1 day travel each way.

 

A few others mention Tahoe, I'll definitely take a look. As far as lodging, VRBO all the way! It's never let me down.

 

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Originally Posted by bliz1978 View Post
 

I'm not savvy on the specific skiing options there, but I am surprised that nobody has suggested Tahoe. You can fly into Reno and it's an hour drive. Stay in South Lake and the casinos are right there. If you ski Heavenly you can take the gondola between the casinos and skiing. Everyone is happy; the house wins. It's a bachelor party!

Thanks! Looking into it!

 

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Originally Posted by Timr1 View Post
 

 

This is a very solid recommendation.  I've done a similar trip to the one that you are describing here.  We got a cheap room at Forrest Suites, right under the gondola.  For your advanced skiers, there's a bus to Squaw.  There's also a bus to Sierra at Tahoe.  You have a car to get from Reno to the SLT, so you could drive to Kirkwood if you wanted for a day.  We've also stayed in the Casinos.  Party in the basement, 3 block walk to the Heavenly Gondola when you roll out of bed.  On one of our trips, one guy hurt his knee up at Squaw, so he hung out in the casino and won back the cost of his trip in the sport book.  BTW, Reno is a Southwest city, so cheap airfare could be available.  

Thanks!

 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Tony brought up a good point, this is a short trip, get there as quick as possible. SLC. Option B. Heavenly, good skiing, night life and gambling. If someone decides to not ski, he can take in a show or gamble. 1 hour from Reno and you can take a shuttle.

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by nathanvg View Post
 

Great point, with direct flights to CO and none to SLC, SLC skiing will have much longer total transit time.  Even when direct flights are an options, the extra flying time to SLC (for nearly all midwest, south and eastern cities)  means the SLC ski areas are only about an hour less transit time.

 

My recomendation to the OP is to choose an easy to access ski area that has non-skiing activities too due to the number of new skiers in the group.  Breckenridge or Park City seem like the most logical options.  Renting a house/condo can be done cheaply with larger groups.

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by tromano View Post

If it is UT, strongly recommend a stay in Park city, no other option works as well for your group between the partying and the mix of advanced/newbies in your group, and the public transit and compact area mean you can just take the bus or stagger back at the end of the night. Not many folks want to ski very hard after a night of drinking at elevation.

As a dark horse, consider Jackson,WY. It may not work with your itinerary, but If it were me thats where I would do go for a trip with lots of partying and skiing.

thanks!

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Originally Posted by gpaulski View Post
 

Easiest and as good as it gets: Salt Lake City, staying right there or up in Park City.  Also look at Lakeside Properties for Snowbasin and Powder, could get a 2 bedroom condo for that price easily, and nice mountains.

 

Next in ease, land in Denver, try to get a deal in Winter Park or any of the Summit places.

 

Enjoy!

Thanks!

 

So far I'm looking into Tahoe and PC, others seem to be not as recommended. Any others with this new information I provided?

post #20 of 23

With your ages you guys would fit in well with the crowd in Summit. 

 

It's about 1 hr 45 mins to Breck from Denver but the airport there is a huge PITA. It can take insanely long to get your bags and than you have to take a shuttle to get your rental car. Now since you have a group you can have part of the group wait for bags while some go get the rental car.

 

But Breck has the best bar scene in Summit and as long as you don't go over a holiday weekend houses can be found pretty cheap.     

post #21 of 23

Tahoe baby!  It is a bachelor party.  Stay in a Casino fairly cheap.

 

There will be something interesting to do there.  Just don't get arrested, and if you do have the bail money ready.

post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post
 

With your ages you guys would fit in well with the crowd in Summit. 

 

It's about 1 hr 45 mins to Breck from Denver but the airport there is a huge PITA. It can take insanely long to get your bags and than you have to take a shuttle to get your rental car. Now since you have a group you can have part of the group wait for bags while some go get the rental car.

 

But Breck has the best bar scene in Summit and as long as you don't go over a holiday weekend houses can be found pretty cheap.     

 

If you do end up giving Breck a seriously look, check out this place:  http://www.vrbo.com/21768  

 

We had 10 guys stay in this house for a ski trip that included Superbowl weekend.  Price was right, and the house was great.  

post #23 of 23

Reno/Tahoe has every imaginable sin you could ask for a bachelor party, man weekend type deal. Definitely in your price range, Long flight though

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