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Spring break help [college students from Chicago]

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hey all,

 

Sorry for being the 100000th person to post one of these "help me figure out where to go" threads, but here goes:

 

Looking to head west from ~5th-15th of March (dates I have off school) for my spring break with a couple of friends.  For me it'll be my first time out west, and the group's skill ranges from intermediate to expert, with one beginner-intermediate kinda on the fence at this point.  Probably the most important thing for the group is ease of access and terrain for a variety of skill levels.  Being college students, the less $$ this takes out of the wallet the better, as well.  And I haven't run this across the rest of the group, but I know that for at least two of us a relative lack of crowds also wouldn't hurt.

 

I like the idea of flying into Salt Lake City and doing some combination of Alta/Snowbird, PCMR, Canyons, Solitude, Brighton, etc., while on the other hand I'm intrigued by Copper and some other CO resorts.  (Also had another group of friends with vast differences in skill do Aspen-Snowmass last year and absolutely loved it.)  Big Sky, Whitefish, Sun Valley, etc. also seem to be awesome, although they seem to be either harder to get to (we'll be flying from Chicago) or substantially more expensive to get to, especially relative to the UT resorts.

 

I'd be happy to answer any other questions, and any help would really be appreciated, even if it's just a copy-paste of another useful thread (like I said, I know I'm far from the first to post one of these).

post #2 of 17

Welcome to EpicSki.  Will you have a rental car?  SLC is a bit easier/cheaper to do without a car.

post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by blueandgold0302 View Post
 

Hey all,

 

Sorry for being the 100000th person to post one of these "help me figure out where to go" threads, but here goes:

 

Looking to head west from ~5th-15th of March (dates I have off school) for my spring break with a couple of friends.  For me it'll be my first time out west, and the group's skill ranges from intermediate to expert, with one beginner-intermediate kinda on the fence at this point.  Probably the most important thing for the group is ease of access and terrain for a variety of skill levels.  Being college students, the less $$ this takes out of the wallet the better, as well.  And I haven't run this across the rest of the group, but I know that for at least two of us a relative lack of crowds also wouldn't hurt.

 

I like the idea of flying into Salt Lake City and doing some combination of Alta/Snowbird, PCMR, Canyons, Solitude, Brighton, etc., while on the other hand I'm intrigued by Copper and some other CO resorts.  (Also had another group of friends with vast differences in skill do Aspen-Snowmass last year and absolutely loved it.)  Big Sky, Whitefish, Sun Valley, etc. also seem to be awesome, although they seem to be either harder to get to (we'll be flying from Chicago) or substantially more expensive to get to, especially relative to the UT resorts.

 

I'd be happy to answer any other questions, and any help would really be appreciated, even if it's just a copy-paste of another useful thread (like I said, I know I'm far from the first to post one of these).


Welcome to EpicSki!  Chicago . . . my husband and his brothers all went to U of Illinois.  My brother-in-law used to drive to Colorado for spring break ski trips with his son and another father/son when the sons were college age or younger.

 

Definitely makes a big difference if your group can rent a car or not, no matter where you decide to fly to.

 

Except for weekends, crowds are not usually that big a deal in March.  Spring breaks are spread out from March to early April, unlike school winter breaks.  The advantage of Colorado or Utah is that there are options for the weekend where fewer people tend to go.  For instance, Snowbasin or Solitude are good choices on weekend if can drive from SLC.

 

Use the tag links I added under Topics Discussed (right-hand column under Featured Stories) for SLC and Denver travel.  You can get some ideas from those threads.  Then come back with questions directly related to your group.  Every travel group is different.  I learn something from every question and I've been going out west a fair amount in recent years.

post #4 of 17

To toss this on into the mix,

 

You may consider the Tahoe region

 

For low cost/accessibility I would choose south lake Tahoe, ski heavenly and enjoy the nightlife that the south shore offers.

 

Lodging can be had cheap, food is cheap also plus plenty of partying options and dont forget the casinos, with major acts appearing in their showrooms.

 

skiing would be at heavenly in this case and depending on lodging choices it would be a walk or shuttle ride away.

 

Salt Lake is the other low cost lodging/ food option but ....

 

Your apres ski party options may not be quite like south lake, although  the skiing choices will be much better.

 

Kind of depends on your priorities

post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by near nyquist View Post
 

To toss this on into the mix,

 

You may consider the Tahoe region

 

For low cost/accessibility I would choose south lake Tahoe, ski heavenly and enjoy the nightlife that the south shore offers.

 

Lodging can be had cheap, food is cheap also plus plenty of partying options and dont forget the casinos, with major acts appearing in their showrooms.

 

skiing would be at heavenly in this case and depending on lodging choices it would be a walk or shuttle ride away.

 

Salt Lake is the other low cost lodging/ food option but ....

 

Your apres ski party options may not be quite like south lake, although  the skiing choices will be much better.

 

Kind of depends on your priorities


Would you say a rental car is needed?  I know there is a bus to Kirkwood for day trips when staying near Heavenly.  Also possible to get from an airport to Heavenly if planned correctly.

post #6 of 17

How important is a spring break party scene?   I know that was a key consideration when I was in college :)

 

Also, are you hoping to stay slopeside ($$) or save money by taking a bus or driving to the ski area?   

 

And, how many are you willing to pile into a room?  Looking to all have beds, or is the floor or sharing a bed acceptable as it was for me in college and long after!

 

Even college students have varying levels of cheap and what they are willing to tolerate.  We can help you better if we understand where your group is on the cheapness scale.  :)

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the quick feedback.  For those in the group who I've talked to so far, we're all willing to sleep pretty much anywhere with as many people in the room as possible.   With that in mind, I don't know if a slopeside accommodation, while more expensive, would be out of the realm of possibility if we'd be splitting the cost.

 

As for a party scene, it definitely wouldn't hurt (which would likely be a plus for Tahoe).  This is probably where we have some differing opinions in the group.  We have five guys definitely going at this point (with a sixth a "probably"), and like I said we have some varying skill levels (from beginner-intermediate up through advanced/probably expert).  For a couple of the guys I talked to today the skiing is definitely secondary to a good party scene, whereas for two others and myself it's the opposite (haven't gotten an answer from one of the guys).  Personally for me the skiing is definitely more important, and if there's a good party scene, then all the better.

post #8 of 17
The Bierstube at Whitefish was one named the best bar in Canada. (Joke there, as we're not in Canada.). You could stay at Hibernation House, ski in property at the mountain. Early March here conditions are still good. Train service each way could extend the party feel.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 


Would you say a rental car is needed?  I know there is a bus to Kirkwood for day trips when staying near Heavenly.  Also possible to get from an airport to Heavenly if planned correctly.

No, one could do the whole thing without a car, some properties even offer free shuttle back and forth to their properties with on call pickup

 

Aston lakeland village comes to mind for me as well as the casinos

 

The shuttle is always there for the Kirkwood/Sierra @ Tahoe option

 

Runs Mon/Wed to the wood

 

For sierra @ tahoe they got a free one

 

http://www.sierraattahoe.com/SouthShoreShuttle

 

 

They can stay at one of the casino properties if Partying is a super high priority

 

The airport has many shuttles but with a group of 5/6 the Limo may be the best way to go

 

Staying near US50 puts them where all the action & like minded girls are :D

post #10 of 17

Well as Mr Nyquist said the party is pretty good South Lake Tahoe and the skiing can be great.  The party scene in Utah quite frankly sucks but the skiing is likely to be better than Tahoe but not always. 

 

Colorado is good to but the least expensive lodging is in Dillon/Silverthorne where there's some OK bars that can be lively on occasion. But the best party is in Breckenridge and there's a free or very cheap bus from Dillon/Silverthorne/Frisco to get there in about 30min including stops.

 

If it were me and coverage is good in Tahoe I would go there with Colorado being 2nd choice.  If skiing clearly wins the priorities battle then Utah would be the choice.

 

Cheap hotel in south Tahoe = $50, Utah = $60-70 and Summit County = $80-100.

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by jgiddyup View Post   If skiing clearly wins the priorities battle then Utah would be the choice.

 

 

How many days has Utah had better skiing this season?

 

Road Triping to Colorado will be your cheapest option.     Gas is <$2 and the drives not bad.

post #12 of 17

Accessible, party scene, and good intermediate skiing sounds like Park City to me.  It's doable without a rental car via airport shuttle for a fee.  Here are some possibly helpful threads:

http://www.epicski.com/t/130662/any-insider-tips-for-a-park-city-rookie

http://www.epicski.com/t/131137/cheapest-shuttle-from-airport-to-park-city

 

If flights are way cheaper to Denver then maybe look at Copper Mtn, which can be reached by shuttle bus for a fee from Denver airport.

post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
 

 

How many days has Utah had better skiing this season?

 

Road Triping to Colorado will be your cheapest option.     Gas is <$2 and the drives not bad.


Good point on the driving (hadn't thought of it) and that would reduce cost significantly.  And Colorado is having a good snow season so far so it's a very viable option for blueandgold.

post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

 

Road Triping to Colorado will be your cheapest option.     Gas is <$2 and the drives not bad.

 

 

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Originally Posted by jgiddyup View Post
 


Good point on the driving (hadn't thought of it) and that would reduce cost significantly.  And Colorado is having a good snow season so far so it's a very viable option for blueandgold.

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

Very, very fitting meme.  Don't know why I didn't even think about that. Sounds better and better the more I consider it. 

post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by blueandgold0302 View Post
 

Very, very fitting meme.  Don't know why I didn't even think about that. Sounds better and better the more I consider it. 

Imagine the money you would have for Beer and other legalized substances in Colorado :beercheer: 

 

Hmmm

 

Slam dunk !!!!

post #17 of 17

Aspen.

 

Mike

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