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My wife and I are wanting to move away this winter and go play in the mountains at a resort away from the hot dry desert here in Richland WA. We live in a pull trailer, and we are pretty down for any location our of WA where there's good snow and a nice community. Does anyone happen to have any ideas, resources or suggestions on a place where there is year round camping with full hook-ups and within 40 min of the resort? Any suggestions would be great! Thanks :) 

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We live in a pull trailer, and we are pretty down for any location out of WA where there's good snow and a nice community. Does anyone happen to have any ideas, resources or suggestions on a place where there is year round camping with full hook-ups and within 40 min of the resort?

 

You're a 4 1/2 hour drive from all of your requirements.  You could find a place in Bend and be 20 minutes from Mt. Bachelor. Good snow, a great town, and I'm pretty sure you can find a place for a trailer along the way up to the ski area.  Many, many things to do year round in Bend and vicinity.

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The Aspen-Basalt Campground is open year round, has monthly rates and is on the bus route (free for seniors) to the 4 Aspen mountains. AFAIK  there are a limited number of spots available.

 

There is supposedly a year round camp ground near Jackson Hole.

 

I would suggest checking to see if there are any year round campgrounds in Salt Lake City as the ski areas in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons are close to the city. Also any campground that might be open in Ogden would be close to the skiing.

 

Mammoth Lakes has a year round campground with an indoor hot tub. They have weekly rates, possibly monthly as well. It is about 1.5 blocks to the free bus to the skiing.

 

Whistler has a year round campground and so does Revelstoke. I think they are KOA.

 

I'm pretty sure that Tiger Resort near Breckenridge is a strata type campground that allows a few newer RVs to stay a few days. I don't know about monthly. They told me my truck camper was not allowed.

 

Unless the OP has an RV designed and built for winter use in the mountains with extra insulation and heated and enclosed holding tanks and dump valves, then I would suggest not running a water system in winter and instead use the campground's washroom/shower room.

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Thanks Posaune! We have been there once and loved it! Made a 4 day min vaca out of it actually, but unfortunately only boarded 2 of those days due to the weather (this last season, was terrible all around this area) but we really did enjoy the town for sure! Kind of wanting to explore more options further away from home, get some exciting experiences at destinations you really just day dream about haha..but I am definitely not disqualifying Bachelor because quite frankly anywhere is better then the Tri-Cities when you are a mountain person :)

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DanoT- This was really helpful, thank you so much! Im going to do some research right now in fact! You are correct about the winter RV situation though and that's something important that's been in the back of my mind as well so it would be great to fins a place we could avoid running water for the most part. This whole "living in an RV thing" is new to us but has always been a dream as well, traveling and working but doing what we love at the same time.(snowboarding) I know its not impossible, but will take some learning and adjusting too. We plan to have a very good custom made skirt for the RV, and obviously heater beneath the trailer, insulate windows, ect.. but the first and most important step is to find a year round place to park as close to a resort as possible, without donating a kidney to do so lol..Thanks again ill look into this :0

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Steamboat KOA does monthly rentals, I know people who've rv'ed it through the winter out there: http://www.steamboatcampground.com/.   It's on the west side of town, so probably takes 30-40mins by bus (only about a 10min drive), but the free city bus goes directly to the campground.

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Thanks Tam! lol can you explain where Steamboat is exactly?

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This is in CO? next to what resort?

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Thanks Tam! lol can you explain where Steamboat is exactly?

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This is in CO? next to what resort?

Uhhhh, Steamboat? Just a wild guess.... One of the top resorts in North America.

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You beat me to it!

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The Aspen-Basalt Campground is open year round, has monthly rates and is on the bus route (free for seniors) to the 4 Aspen mountains. AFAIK  there are a limited number of spots available.

 

There is supposedly a year round camp ground near Jackson Hole.

 

I would suggest checking to see if there are any year round campgrounds in Salt Lake City as the ski areas in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons are close to the city. Also any campground that might be open in Ogden would be close to the skiing.

 

Mammoth Lakes has a year round campground with an indoor hot tub. They have weekly rates, possibly monthly as well. It is about 1.5 blocks to the free bus to the skiing.

 

Whistler has a year round campground and so does Revelstoke. I think they are KOA.

 

I'm pretty sure that Tiger Resort near Breckenridge is a strata type campground that allows a few newer RVs to stay a few days. I don't know about monthly. They told me my truck camper was not allowed.

 

Unless the OP has an RV designed and built for winter use in the mountains with extra insulation and heated and enclosed holding tanks and dump valves, then I would suggest not running a water system in winter and instead use the campground's washroom/shower room.

This guy knows a bit about living in a camper and traveling to the best skiing in the country. 

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You beat me to it!

This guy knows a bit about living in a camper and traveling to the best skiing in the country. 

 

 

I also do the ski camping thing. Tiger Run is nice, with concrete pads and good snow removal. A lot of RV parks in Winter have very little visitation and can be a little slow getting things plowed if it snow. Tiger Run is pretty damned expensive for a parking spot- it is one of the most expensive RV parks I know of. I don't know about their rules for newer campers. Last time I stayed there was about a decade ago with a 1988 RV, so, I don't know.  This one is low on my list because staying offsite from Breck means you still get lots of nice Breck crowd BS.

 

Aspen/Basalt is a pretty good base of operations. I've done that one, just in Glenwood (the Hideout). Good transportation up and down the valley and a significant cost savings with some primo mountains.

 

I've stayed at that RV Park in Steamboat, and can recommend the pace as a good option. The town bus drops off at the campground so you have free access to the ski area.

 

I've stayed at Monte Bello RV Park in Taos, and it worked out well. The park is in Rio Grande Valley about a mile past the intersection for the turn up to TSV. The park facilities are very clean and management was friendly and accomodating.

 

We've stayed 3 different places in Salida for many Monarch trips.

 

1. Monarch Spur is closest, but I think no longer stays open in Winter. No big loss as they weren't really present even when they were officially open- my last trip there I saw NOBODY the first night and next morning- campground open but deserted with nobody on site. I tried to take a shower and found the main sewer was frozen and backing up unmentionable things on my feet. I left the site to find a park with functional plumbing with shampoo still in my hair and other poos on my feet after repeated calls to the "office" number rang unanswered. I got a call 5 days later from the manager saying he really was around and it was NBD. :rolleyes

 

2. Next closest is Heart of the Rockies Campground a few miles past Poncha Springs. We stayed there a few times and had a positive experience, but it sold a few years ago and is now run by... An unhinged person. If you want, you can google and read the reviews for yourself. 

 

3. Four Seasons is very nice, right on the Arkansas, and very accommodating of skiers. The problem is that it is a few miles past Salida heading towards Canon City, so it is getting pretty far away from skiing- 25 miles or so. Still, with the crummy experiences at the other places, this is now our default for our usually annual trips to Monarch.

 

Of everywhere I have stayed, considering the quality of the skiing and quality of the stay, Aspen and Taos are at the top of my list.

 

There are a bunch of threads that list RV friendly ski areas and campgrounds that stay open year round in ski country. 

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