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Getting from Dillon to Vail without a car

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Good Morning.  My fiance's 21 y.o. son is taking his first trip out west with a group of 4-5 other starving college students (none of whom are old enough to rent a car) in January and is planning on staying somewhere cheap in Dillon (I think he should stay in Frisco) and getting a 4 day Epic Pass.  I believe he's planning on doing Breck, Keystone, and perhaps A-Basin. I think he might as well go to Vail since he will be out there, but I know the free Summit Co bus don't go there.  Any ideas how he can do it cheaply and easily?  Thanks. 

post #2 of 13

As starving students they could catch the free Summit Stage bus from points around Dillon or Frisco and get off at the stop nearest I70, then stand at the entrance ramp to 70 west and hitch hike.  There is a good amount of people making the daily trip over and back and a fair chance they would have no problem.  Once near Vail there is a free, but separate bus system they could catch near I70 off ramps there that would get them easy walking distance to lifts.   I believe there are numerous bus/shuttle services that will transport them over to Vail from Summit County, but it will cost $$$.  Perhaps they could set up a private ride a week or two prior to their visit via craigslist for much less?  If they stay in Summit County there is no problem reaching Key, A-Basin or Breck via free Summit Stage.  Another option from Dillon, A-Basin is still selling a transferrable 4 pack of lift tickets for $169. They could buy several of those to share among themselves and perhaps supplement with single day tickets off Liftopia for Copper (also served by free Summit Stage).

post #3 of 13

Check out Bustang but I don't believe the schedule is set up for day trips

post #4 of 13
Freshtracks Transportation has round trip shuttles from Frisco to Vail. $40 per person round trip or $35 per per person for groups of 4 or more. Kind of expensive but maybe worth a splurge if they want to ski Vail.

I am sure they could meet some locals and pay for gas/lunch for a ride over and back.
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So he should be looking for the 1975 Ford Econoline van with the tasteful and classy (and classic) bumper sticker that says, "Ass, Grass or Gas--Nobody Rides for Free"?  Seriously, assuming he stays in Dillon, where would be a good place to meet the locals and hook up a ride?  A particular brew-pub or some other watering hole?  He will be 21 and wanting to take FULL advantage of that. 

post #6 of 13

Pub at the Araphoe Cafe, Dillon Dam Brewery & Pug Ryans.  Jersey Boys deli gets a lot of locals through too.

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Maybe it's just a pet peeve of mine, but why is it that every time we hear the term "starving/poor" college student uttered it's in situations in which said student is anything but starving? Figuring out a way to add Vail to the thousands of acres of other resorts you'll be skiing on your first big West trip is a pretty good problem to have when you're starving. 

 

If he really needs to go to Vail (seems like those other resorts are plenty for such a short trip), I think hitchhiking is the obvious answer. Or tell him to spend some of the time saved having you plan his vacation for him working for some extra cab cash ;) 

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Maybe it's just a pet peeve of mine, but why is it that every time we hear the term "starving/poor" college student uttered it's in situations in which said student is anything but starving? Figuring out a way to add Vail to the thousands of acres of other resorts you'll be skiing on your first big West trip is a pretty good problem to have when you're starving. 

 

If he really needs to go to Vail (seems like those other resorts are plenty for such a short trip), I think hitchhiking is the obvious answer. Or tell him to spend some of the time saved having you plan his vacation for him working for some extra cab cash ;) 


Not picking on the OP, but I kind of agree.  There is plenty of skiing (specially first time out West) nearby where he is staying.  Why add Vail?  Just an extra expense that's not necessary.  Save that for the next time he goes after he has gotten a job and can afford it.

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Not picking on the OP, but I kind of agree.  There is plenty of skiing (specially first time out West) nearby where he is staying.  Why add Vail?  Just an extra expense that's not necessary.  Save that for the next time he goes after he has gotten a job and can afford it 

Perhaps that's a question for another thread.  My quick answer would be: because he will be there (courtesy of his father's unused frequent flier points), and it's there, and he will have an Epic Pass (21st Birthday gift) and nobody knows when he might be there again.  But when you get right down to it, unlike pimping, no ski trip is ever really necessary.  BTW, to allay any concerns about his finances and work ethic, he worked as a busboy at nights during his first two years of college as a full-time student while maintaining a 3.9 GPA, and works summers and holidays when home, but is busy right now getting A's in astrophysics at Penn State.  Kids today; what are you going to do? 

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Perhaps that's a question for another thread.  My quick answer would be: because he will be there (courtesy of his father's unused frequent flier points), and it's there, and he will have an Epic Pass (21st Birthday gift) and nobody knows when he might be there again.  But when you get right down to it, unlike pimping, no ski trip is ever really necessary.  BTW, to allay any concerns about his finances and work ethic, he worked as a busboy at nights during his first two years of college as a full-time student while maintaining a 3.9 GPA, and works summers and holidays when home, but is busy right now getting A's in astrophysics at Penn State.  Kids today; what are you going to do? 


Sounds like he's a good kid with a good head on his shoulders.  Didn't know he had the Epic Pass.  In that case, I agree with you.  He's there.  Might as well try to experience it.  Sorry for the negative comments. :)

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'Salright. No worries.  Think Snow!  :)

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 he will have an Epic Pass

In that case, maybe have him check back here about a week or two in advance and see if a member is passing his way one day during his trip and willing to offer free ride.  This is not too far fetched, a lot of nice and generous people on here from CO or vacationing same time.

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 he will have an Epic Pass

In that case, maybe have him check back here about a week or two in advance and see if a member is passing his way one day during his trip and willing to offer free ride.  This is not too far fetched, a lot of nice and generous people on here from CO or vacationing same time.

 

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