Originally Posted by levy1
Originally Posted by LiquidFeet
What I think Levy is looking for is a way to get to the lodge at the base of the mountain every morning without having to lug skis over his shoulder, and he wants to do that cheaply.
He's mentioned ski storage near the lodge. Some mountains provide that, but only on weekends so be careful to go to a place that has that option available during the weekdays you'll be there. Ski storage works for skis, but those boots do need to dry out overnight. Someone talked about one place that provides boot dryers for a price; that would be most excellent.
Slope-side lodging would do the trick of course, but in no one's world is that option "cheap."
As alternatives to those, valet parking might work if you can unload your vehicle right there at the lodge and pay someone else to drive the car away and park it.
Any mountain that has a VIP parking lot near the lodge would work too.
I bet both of those are cheaper than on-slope lodging, and either one would be a great alternative for a mountain that doesn't offer ski storage and boot dryers.
Levy, do those options sound like things that would make your vacation more enjoyable?
Yes, you nailed it. At 67 I need all my energy to ski.
Confess I don't really understand this. I'm 15 years younger, true, but I wouldn't think that would change much about what I'm about to say.
The amount of energy that I need to walk across the parking lot to the lodge, with a pair of skis on my shoulder and a boot pack on my back - something I've done on almost every one of a thousand-plus lifetime ski days - is maybe, at most, 10% of the energy I need to ski just ONE bump or tree or aggressive carving run. If I did ten runs in a day, the parking lot walk would be only 1% of the total energy. If making it to the lodge is that hard for me, it tells me I'd better sit by the fire and read a book, rather than boot up to go out and spend the whole day being athletic.
Would I LIKE not to have to schlep my gear? Sure. But as someone who, like you, apparently, doesn't operate on a big budget, it never strikes me as an area where it makes sense to spend money.
In short, I'm with Tog: I think you're over-thinking, over-researching, over-optimizing. You can't control everything. Things are what they are. At some point you just make a decision and roll with it. If, in the event, the vagaries of an imperfect world mean that you end up spending 10% more than you thought you were going to spend to get what you planned on, that's life. This is a lecture I have to give myself from time to time, btw. The whole reason I'm responding is that I'm constitutionally prone to some of the same tendencies, and I have learned that I end up happier if I fight them a bit.