Does anyone have any recommendations or links for saving costs when traveling out west for a ski trip?
I have read this article on Epic, but I am curious to hear any good suggestions that other people have to share.
Great topic. The question you raised, East vs. West is one I've been weighing as a native from the Wash DC area for nearly 50 years in my annual ski trip decision making and I tried to put a lot of that into cited article.
- For many years I traveled with a family of six. In that case a drive in the family minivan from the mid-Atlantic to New England was much cheaper than flying all to the West.
- How much value do you put on good snow conditions, scenery, ambiance, terrain variety, and various travel intangibles? I love local day-trips, I've have some wonderful experiences in New England, and many memorable trips to the US West. But at this stage as an older, well traveled skier with some means I put quite a bit of value on "epicness", that is peak experiences at the best places. Since skiing in the Alps has been very rare for me and it is seriously epic over there I would put even higher value on a successful ski trip to Europe over a good western US destination.
- other times and financial situations I have been much less willing to pay top dollar and instead happy with bargain basement skiing in less than peak scenarios.
- I am not much of a fan of trying to ski on first day out west after getting off an airplane,same for skiing last day and arriving home at midnight (or worse 6AM) and planning to go to work next morning.
- I am a fan of longer trips, that is a full week or longer, especially when getting on an airplane and flying to a higher elevation destination. I always shake my head when I read about people planning a trip from the East to Summit County, CO for three days of skiing. By the time they are just starting to settle in and enjoy the trip it's time to go home. Better to go to a local place or New England for a three or four day trip in my opinion. But I recognize shorter, more frequent vacations has been a big trend for 25 years now and admit I am not as familiar/comfortable with the whole air travel hassle as many folks.
- here is a link to good info on ways to save skiing in New England: http://forums.alpinezone.com/showthread.php/136774-Skiing-on-the-Cheap-2015-16-Edition?highlight=skiing+on+the+cheap+2016