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Ski for 1 month on a budget help URGENT!

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I need a little urgent break!.  I would like to stay in a cheap room/location near the slopes. I don't care if it is shared accommodation, stundent hall, motel, etc.  I do my work online so I can work from anywhere but I will need internet since I am traveling from abroad (Mexico).  I want to leave by February 12-19 and I want to ski until March 19, 2014.  I am an intermediate skier, I am 33 years old, I do not want to drive or don't really care for a party scene or bunch of restaurants.  I want to use this time for myself.  I want to be healthy, loose weight and focus on a new life plan.  I think I can roughly spend about $2,000 USD or less (without including airfare) and I do not have gear!  Do any of you guys think this is possible at all? If not what will be my best options and how much would I need.  I really want to use this as a boot camp kinda thing.


Thank you!

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An entire month for under $2000, and you don't have equipment? I don't know man. I would have said it might be possible with some long term planning, but last minute I doubt it. With longer planning, you can shop around and get the best season pass deal, probably snag something for less than $400. You could also land a pretty good gear deal in the off season, then really scope out hostels and get yourself in there and lock in a good rate. There aren't any pass deals this late in the season, and hostels/ motels might not be able to accommodate you for an entire month.


I'm not going to go as far as to say it will be impossible, but I will say the likelihood of you pulling it off is extremely remote. You're going to have to drop at least half of your budget on just a place to stay and food. Then you're looking at $1000 for a months worth of lift tix and rentals, or a months worth of tickets and purchasing equipment midseason? Sorry dude, I don't see it happening.

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Originally Posted by freeski919 View Post

An entire month for under $2000, and you don't have equipment? I don't know man. I would have said it might be possible with some long term planning, but last minute I doubt it. With longer planning, you can shop around and get the best season pass deal, probably snag something for less than $400.

Well, that depends.  It certainly wouldn't be doable in the Northeast without also having some kind if job/additional income.  But, there are other more depressed geographic areas where a person could snag a night pass for a hundred bucks and rent a room for less than five hundred bucks.  The Midwest, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, et all all have possibilities where a month of skiing on 2 grand could be doable.  However, not very likely along the East Coast, West Coast, Rockies in Feb/March or most of New England I agree.

post #5 of 11

I'd suggest starting where you can still get a reasonably priced season pass and work back from there to lodging then equipment.  Copper Mountain still sells passes for $499 and Winter Park for $599.  Vail's resorts no longer sell passes.  Anybody else still selling reasonable passes?





For Copper, try to find a room anywhere in Summit County on craigslist, airbnb or summit daily news for maybe $500-700/month.   Use the free busses to get to Copper.


Season equipment rentals maybe available somewhere still?   Check with Breeze ski rentals in Frisco, they do a demo pass for ~$250, but it sells out.  I think they do season rentals too, but might be too late.  I bet you can work a deal for rentals somewhere.


That just might leave a couple hundred bucks to go to the all-you-can eat indian place in Frisco a few times a week.  


See, that was easy :rolleyes 

post #6 of 11

This may be doable, but it'll be tight.  The problem is that you want to stay within a walk or bus ride to the hill, and the resorts with this kind of infrastructure tend to be expensive destination resorts.  Your cheaper  ski hills tend to be day ski areas where people drive to the hill.


That said, if you are willing to do some research you might find a way.



  • Lift tickets - there are resorts that still sell season passes for ~$500.  Yes, Vail resorts stops selling them in December, but many places will still sell you one.  At 30 days for $500 that's like $17/day.  This can be done.
  • Lodging - check Craig's list and you might be able to find a room in a house of resort employees. Another option is a hostel.  For instance this one in Reno rents a studio apartment for $500/month: http://www.wildflowervillage.com/wfv/bb/#hostel  Sometimes you can find monthly rates at motels for about that.  No, you won't find this near Vail/Aspen/etc, so focus on less ritzy areas.
  • Gear - Play It Again Sports  will sell you reasonable equipment for a couple hundred bucks.  Or check ebay.  If you are willing to wear used boots (and all rental boots are used) and ski on ten year old skis you can get a complete set up for a couple hundred bucks.  Some ski shops will do seasonal rentals - try calling the smaller family owned ones and see what kind of deal they will cut.


A quick search tells me that Brighton, Utah will sell you a weekdays only pass for $550.  I'm sure you could find a monthly rental somewhere near the bus line in SLC for $500 or so.  That leaves a $K or so for gear, bus passes, and food.


Obviously, if each additional $100 you can find in the budget will give you more options.

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I'm leaning towards saying this is not really doable if you have to include equipment and food. You'd have to find a place where you could cook your food, and find it immediately, and with public transport. And you'd have to buy the skis, used, when you got there, presumably including some clothes as well.

I'm subscribing to a troll theory.
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Unclear about trolls, but only doable if you plan to find a room to share in a typical crap apartment miles away from the slopes before you show up (otherwise you'll be sleeping in a shelter that frowns on ski equipment, or be arrested for vagrancy), take pubic trans, buy $200 worth of deeply used equipment, and buy $200 worth of oatmeal, pb&j, pasta and beans, do all your own cooking, eat the same thing every day, allow no options, no coffee or beer or nights out with friends or donuts at the midstation lodge. So unless the monastic life appeals to you, especially the self-flagellation, you'll crash and burn halfway. 

post #9 of 11

I was able to do end of season at Whistler for this rate: 


Late season pass: $200ish

Lodging: $600

Food: ~$600 cooking for myself


So you could do it for 2k if you buy some used skis and boots (maybe even new boots). But not until April. Right now you're in peak season and you're not likely to find enough deals to last you a month.

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Wow! Guys you are amazing! Thank you so much for all your help. I have been doing my research and I also think the best otpion will be SLC to Brighton/Solitude or Summit County.  However wifey wants to tag along and unfortunately due to her work whe will only be able to take a week off.  So… I think I am heading up east to VT.  I heard Killington is great!  And accommodation in Rutland is dead cheap.  Car rental from Burlington Airport is $14.50 USD per day and it is a midsize.  Any suggestions/recomendations/precautions/advise?  Thanks again.  I can't help being so impressed by this amazing community.  I work in the wedding industry and blog communities are so different.

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EdRi, one thing we don't know is your previous skiing experience. If you are a complete beginner you will want to budget in some basic lessons. If you have some experience, a couple of lessons can keep you from reinforcing bad habits for an entire month.

(Edit: ok I retread your OP and overlooked that you're an intermediate. The rest of my post is still important IMHO.)

Also, I think skiing for a month on used/second hand/rental boots is a bad idea. Bad bad bad. If you're spending a month on them (even if it's 4-5 days out of every week), you feet will hurt and your technique will likely not improve. Better to spend more of your budget with a good shop with a competent boot fitter who can fit you properly. Your feet will thank you, and you can put more energy into skiing better and faster and getting the physical activity you want, without discomfort.
Edited by DesiredUsername - 2/8/14 at 2:15pm
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