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Skiing and Oklahoma City

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but if not, I'm sure the moderators will move.

 

I am exploring a job opportunity that would require me to move to OK City and am wondering what the possibilities for skiing are from there. Obviously, you can get most anywhere in North America by air but what I'm interested in is in finding out if there are day or weekend skiing possibilities by car. At just under 550 miles away, Taos seems like the closest major resort but getting there means a pretty long drive, and may make even a 3-day weekend trip problematic.

 

Can anyone provide more information?

post #2 of 8

I lived in Wichita for many years, which is a bit closer than the mountains. It was 500 miles to Denver, plus whatever distance to the mountain you were going to, so about 570 miles minimum.

 

There was a period of time when I was able to fly out to Colorado in a light plane, It was very weather dependent, but when the weather was good, we could leave Wichita at 6:00 a.m. and be on the mountain at Aspen by  !0:00 a.m.

 

As far as driving, I did it many times, but found that it didn't really work for me unless on a week long trip. A long weekend might work if you didn't mind driving all night and could split up the driving, but I didn't care for that.

 

I always went to Colorado, never drove to Taos.

post #3 of 8

One way to look at it is that from Philly to Stowe is only about hour hour less driving than OK City to Taos, ~7.5 vs 8.5 hours, and driving across northern OK is probably more predictable and quiet compared to a drive up I95 past NYC. How often do you make the trip from Philly to ski in northern New England? 

How often can you get 3 day weekends with your job?  Making 5 or 6 hours of the trip on a Thursday evening, then heading home about 2pm on a Sunday might be doable and Taos is a great mtn for advanced skiers and often not very crowded.  Should only get better with new owner.

Finally, you can probably buy a McMansion in OK for the price of a condo in Philly?

post #4 of 8
You can get 90-minute flights to Denver. Buy a cheap car, put good tires on it and use the new DIA parking program where they rent out the car while you don't need it so your parking not only is free, but might generate some income.
post #5 of 8

Ruidoso/Ski Apache/Sierra Blanca was the easiest drive from Norman when I was going to O.U.  Taos is about the same distance/drive time but the last leg is pretty sketchy in bad weather and there aren't as many places to stay nearby Taos on short notice. 

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all for the replies.

 

As Jamesj mentions, the drive from OKC to Taos is not much longer than Phila to Stowe. Put that in the plus column for OKC. I will have more than enough vacation time to do quite a few 3-4 day weekends, which is another plus. Housing prices are much lower in OK than PA, which opens up some interesting possibilities that could make a vacation condo viable, another plus. There are at least 2 airlines doing non-stops to Denver, which as KB mentions, is only 90 mins but that option comes a pretty steep price, so we'll call that a push.

 

Lots in the minus column, though most not having anything to do with skiing. Not to mention that it's far from certain that I'll be offered the job.

 

Thanks again to all

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Originally Posted by CharlieRN View Post
 

Thanks to all for the replies.

 

As Jamesj mentions, the drive from OKC to Taos is not much longer than Phila to Stowe. Put that in the plus column for OKC. I will have more than enough vacation time to do quite a few 3-4 day weekends, which is another plus. Housing prices are much lower in OK than PA, which opens up some interesting possibilities that could make a vacation condo viable, another plus. There are at least 2 airlines doing non-stops to Denver, which as KB mentions, is only 90 mins but that option comes a pretty steep price, so we'll call that a push.

 

Lots in the minus column, though most not having anything to do with skiing. Not to mention that it's far from certain that I'll be offered the job.

 

Thanks again to all

 

Is Southwest one of the airlines you've checked? They'll probably have the cheapest flights between OKC and Denver and will probably offer flights that will allow you to ski the same days you're traveling.


Edited by CerebralVortex - 5/26/15 at 4:23am
post #8 of 8

Southwest has two directs daily.  Join SW's frequent flyer program and get 50,000 miles with one of their credit cards. If you earn 110,000 miles in one year, you can bring a companion for the rest of that year and the entire next year for only the $11.20 TSA security fee.

 

I just booked RT to Denver for this Friday, returning Monday for 7,500 miles, which is peanuts.

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