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Looking to spend Jan & Feb at a ski resort

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I'm looking to ski for 2 months in Jan and Feb in either Colorado, Utah, or Tahoe.  Does anybody have suggestions on how to find lodging for 2 months? I've skied a week every year for a long time but have never tried going for 2 months.  Wanted to hear from people that have done this or the entire ski season to see what suggestions they have for finding lodging. 

post #2 of 16

Did this last year in Jackson for 3 months, you are going to have to basically get on it asap and beg someone to give you a rent shorter than 6months -- I paid slightly more per month than was requested on the 6month lease. Was an epic investment to say the least. 

post #3 of 16

I could be wrong, but I would think you'd have an easier time finding something in SLC than a ski resort. Just more options in a city. 

post #4 of 16
I'd think VRBO would have it. And far more likely in a resort town to find short term rentals than other towns. But maybe my area is different than others.
post #5 of 16

Local paper classified ads. Example - http://apps.summitdaily.com/utils/c2/app/v2/index.php?do=category&internetCode=11

 

craigslist - 'High Rockies' USE CAUTION!

 

VRBO

 

Local Real-estate offices will have information.

 

Best of luck. Bring a wheelbarrow of money.  Once you firm up the location it would be a good idea to visit and do a local look/see before you sign any agreement. 

post #6 of 16

If you're savvy and confident, nothing beats being flexible, a decent person and a bit of on the ground legwork with Craigslist to hand.  I got a room in a shared house in Tahoe that way (and was actually way less stress than laying down a big deposit unseen).  I'd imagine Jackson to be a lot tighter than Tahoe though, Aspen tighter than wider Roaring Fork valley etc.

post #7 of 16
I am looking to do something similar for possibly Feb and Mar, but for personal reasons won't decide for sure on where/when until Sep or Oct, which could put me behind the curve on the long term rental process. I too am finding that length of time a bit tricky; too short for typical season long six month rental, and rather expensive to do using a consecutive number of one-week condo rentals. There is at least one other recent thread going here on same topic, same timeframe by member "bamaman" for Colorado. See here: http://www.epicski.com/t/128326/spending-winter-in-summit-county (How do you do that @bamaman thing?)

CO is also my focus, but that could change. Some of the options I'm looking at include staying in an inexpensive motel room for two months (Jackson is good for this), using craigslist to find a room to rent in an existing group house (aforementioned High Rockies), renting a condo for two months off vrbo, or a combination thereof. I'm not ready to commit, otherwise I've thought about starting a thread to see who else might be interested in some sort of pooling of resources and/or house sharing? Even a two or three month condo rental off vrbo could get reasonable if it's multiple bedrooms and there are a few participants splitting the costs over much of the rental period.
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I am looking to do something similar for possibly Feb and Mar, but for personal reasons won't decide for sure on where/when until Sep or Oct, which could put me behind the curve on the long term rental process. I too am finding that length of time a bit tricky; too short for typical season long six month rental, and rather expensive to do using a consecutive number of one-week condo rentals. There is at least one other recent thread going here on same topic, same timeframe by member "bamaman" for Colorado. See here: http://www.epicski.com/t/128326/spending-winter-in-summit-county (How do you do that @bamaman thing?)

CO is also my focus, but that could change. Some of the options I'm looking at include staying in an inexpensive motel room for two months (Jackson is good for this), using craigslist to find a room to rent in an existing group house (aforementioned High Rockies), renting a condo for two months off vrbo, or a combination thereof. I'm not ready to commit, otherwise I've thought about starting a thread to see who else might be interested in some sort of pooling of resources and/or house sharing? Even a two or three month condo rental off vrbo could get reasonable if it's multiple bedrooms and there are a few participants splitting the costs over much of the rental period.

@Jamesj : if you are asking about @ messaging, the trick is to type the @ sign, start typing the username, then pick the correct username off the dropdown list.  Just typing the entire username without clicking on the list means not getting a blue @message.  Members can choose whether or not they get an email based on an @message.

 

Seems like there is potential for a Bear condo for at least a month if you can all agree on a location. :)

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If you're using the mobile version, there's a button with the @ on it, then select the name. It's a bit glitchy. You may have to do it more than once to see it pasted in.
post #11 of 16

I would pick up a Mountain Collective Pass.   Then decide which resort at the last minute,  based on which one is getting slammed.

post #12 of 16

@bumpfreaq spent an extended period of time at Winter Park last season. He had mixed results, but likely could inject some useful information. If he doesn't respond to the flare I just sent up, you might PM him. If given the opportunity I, for one, would gladly spend a month or more at Winter Park. A good resource would be vrbo.com. The Snow Blaze condos, in particular, is a handy place to stay: last shuttle stop on the way up to the mountain, with any of about three lines making that stop. (One line meanders up through the Beaver Creek condos before going up to the mountain, but it's easy to figure out which one that is) Snow Blaze is a little bit older property, so prices are very reasonable. I have met some season-long renters in the laundry room, and was quoted some pretty attractive prices. Again YMMV with a shorter stay. WP's $400 season pass is hard to beat; a two month stay should bring your net pass expense under $10/day. Mountain Collective can't come close to that, and I'm a huge fan, having bought mine for the second year.

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@bumpfreaq spent an extended period of time at Winter Park last season. He had mixed results, but likely could inject some useful information. If he doesn't respond to the flare I just sent up, you might PM him. If given the opportunity I, for one, would gladly spend a month or more at Winter Park. A good resource would be vrbo.com. The Snow Blaze condos, in particular, is a handy place to stay: last shuttle stop on the way up to the mountain, with any of about three lines making that stop. (One line meanders up through the Beaver Creek condos before going up to the mountain, but it's easy to figure out which one that is) Snow Blaze is a little bit older property, so prices are very reasonable. I have met some season-long renters in the laundry room, and was quoted some pretty attractive prices. Again YMMV with a shorter stay. WP's $400 season pass is hard to beat; a two month stay should bring your net pass expense under $10/day. Mountain Collective can't come close to that, and I'm a huge fan, having bought mine for the second year.

Yeah, I was looking for a three month stay and found lodging to be the most difficult piece of the puzzle.  I really only looked in WP and I used CL, VRBO, airbnb and some other sites, local newspapers, bulletin boards and shouting my requests in the morning lift line.  The only 'perfect situation' I found was on a bulletin board in the launderette and had been snapped up long before I rolled into town in January.  I think these opportunities are few and far between and mostly go to locals or their friends.

 

If I had it to do again, and I may, I'd start looking earlier, perhaps broaden my parameters and probably consider a seasonal rental even though I wouldn't be able to use most of it.

 

It works to the OP's advantage to be open to a large area.  IIRC I found some really fun looking flexi rentals in the Taos area...but didn't have permission to stray that far from home =)

 

hth

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

I found a few options with wildernest and have found some things here and there with vrbo.  Places are expensive in winter season at a monthly rate. 

 

I noticed there were ski clubs in Colorado for older adults and seniors.  Do they have these for people in their 20/30s?  I'm going to be in Colorado and/or Utah by myself and I won't know anybody.  I'm trying to figure out how difficult it will be to find people to ski with. 

post #15 of 16
I just strike up a conversation with chair mates. I never ski more than two or three runs alone, unless I want to. If you don't ski at similar levels, you can always say good bye with no regrets. I have fallen in with three groups of people from far flung places with whom I now ski every year.
post #16 of 16
Not sure about lodging, but for the skiing, Colorado is pretty tourist oriented and mostly groomers (at least at the places I have skied), Utah is great for serious skiers and has amazing off-piste, I haven't been to Tahoe but from what I know the terrain is great but snowfall is pretty unreliable.

To find people to ski with, you could probably find some people on EpicSki, maybe even locals who would show you around.
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