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Epic ski trip- 7 weeks Summit County - any dirt cheap accommodation? [mid-Dec to late Jan]

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

Hi Dave here.  It's a bit complicated but I'm coming to Colorado 13 Dec 2014 - end Jan 2015.  Solo.  Too expensive to bring the kids (5) and my wife actually suggested this (legend).  I'm a bit of a ski nut and we only get a 4 month season here.  I'm in the teaching business and it's the break time, airpoints for ticket, cheap pass, now accommodation?  Any help as $70 - $100 mounts up.  I'm tough and will bring a sleeping bag; I just want to ski everyday.  Silverton? Dillon? Frisco? Breckenridge? etc?

Thanks  :-D

post #2 of 24

One possibility for low rent accoms, try following craigslist about a month or two before your trip to see if a room opens in a group house:  http://rockies.craigslist.org/

post #3 of 24

Try contacting the Fireside inn in Breck and the Riverside Lodge in Silverthorne.  Hostel-type accomodations.  Worth negotiating with the manager for a long-term rate.  Also the Alpine Inn in Frisco (nicer).  Good luck!

post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 

Awesome-thanks, yeah that's the sort of thing i'm looking for...  Hopefully it works out; I haven't ever been on Craigslist but I've heard of it.   :-D

post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 

Hey, thanks for that, I'll email them now   :-D

post #6 of 24

Also look into the Snowshoe Motel. They are usually around $70 a night have a free(albeit not great) breakfast and for some reason a super nice hot tub and sauna room. They converted one of the hotel rooms and it's super nice.

 

Also you are right on the bus line (the stop is on the parking lot curb) which gets you all over Summit county and the bus runs till around 0100 so you can run into Breck for dinner or to catch a concert.

post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks mate, will do.  I'll probably look for the group house option as the inns don't seem to lower rates for 'long term' stayers much.  I thought the cold times of Dec and Jan might encourage them.

 

Dave

post #8 of 24

You can also look around at working a few hours a day at places for lodging and meals.  Since no money is changing hands you don't need to worry about the work visa. 

post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
Awesome, I can do anything, split wood whatever, as long as I ski when the chairs are running.
Any work/trade/barter out there?
post #10 of 24

Wish I had better information to give you.  A couple people I know worked out deals at a hostel in Golden, BC and another worked at Alta.  I think in all cases it was a face to face thing.  Perhaps you could try reaching out to likely places ahead of time.

 

If I was in your shoes I would look at getting Vail's pass and drive around to the areas that are getting the snow.  I would rent a minivan with fold down rear seats and plan on sleeping in the minivan most of my nights.  But that is me.

post #11 of 24
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Wish I had better information to give you.  A couple people I know worked out deals at a hostel in Golden, BC and another worked at Alta.  I think in all cases it was a face to face thing.  Perhaps you could try reaching out to likely places ahead of time.

 

If I was in your shoes I would look at getting Vail's pass and drive around to the areas that are getting the snow.  I would rent a minivan with fold down rear seats and plan on sleeping in the minivan most of my nights.  But that is me.

 

You would need a really warm sleeping bag for that. I have seen temps hit below -25F fairly often at night over New Years week

post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 

Yeah, i've heard it can be a bit cold around there too.

post #13 of 24

That is why I said if ti was me.  TNF -20 degree bag with a vapor liner and good pad.  

 

I would want the flexibility to follow the snow.  This is very likely a once in a lifetime trip (at least for the length)  Focusing just on Colorado it is possible to get skunked for snow for most of the trip. Would mix in hostels, craigslist rooms and people I met. 

post #14 of 24

Does Dillon still have the Hostel, if so very inexpensive, great people, and a shuttle.

post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 

The riverside looks to have rebranded/gone upmarket.

Now I'm starting to worry, Minivan would be ok but they look to cost $150+ per day...

Is anyone out there (in Frisco etc.) who wants to make some money from the space behind your couch? or that unused entry space by the back door?

I'm bringing snofoam to pad my ski bag anyway...

post #16 of 24

I can ask around.  What were you thinking of paying per night/week?

post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks Mike, I've been looking at a 9 person dorm for $300 a week, if I could get a room at someones place for that or less, that would be great! but I don't know (from here in NZ) if that's possible? Thanks

post #18 of 24
The Turntable Motel in Minturn used to LT rooms.

http://www.minturntable.com/
Edited by SHREDHEAD - 8/7/14 at 8:31am
post #19 of 24

If there is a motel6 in the area you are looking to stay, they often have a very good weekly rate.

 

Think it has been mentioned, but look at craigslist and also post a listing of what you are looking for.

post #20 of 24
I can't get over the fact that your wife encouraged you to leave for 45 days to go skiing, while she was back in NZ with 5 kids....wow
That IS complicated.
post #21 of 24

Maybe someone knows of a board that has room postings from the employees? I know a lot of them do house sharing with long term foreign visitors.

post #22 of 24

I think I have a place for you.  PM sent.

post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 

Hey, thanks again Mike.

I've just sent them an email.

Looking forward to meeting you and buying you a beer.

 

Dave

post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 

Hey, I'm all sorted!

Say 'Hello' if you see me, blue jacket & white helmet with 'Turoa' on it.

Thanks for all your contributions.

 

Dave

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