My father spent 37 years flying for an airline and retired earlier this year. As part of retirement he gets buddy passes for free flying (space available) that he gives to me.
So I can travel for free any time there is space (which is common on the small seasonal flights going into ski towns). I love skiing alone, and used to camp in the back of my Forester at the Alpine Meadows parking lot in my base layers and sleeping bag on powder days.
I'd love some ideas/advice on how to travel on the cheap, given that it's just me traveling and it'll be last minute (when a storm is on the way). I'm in my 30s and married, so I don't really care about nightlife, social stuff, or luxury lodging - I just want to turn first chair on deep days, then get work done in the afternoons/evenings.
Almost all the AirBNB and VRBO stuff I see is entire cabins or apartments. I'm fine with couch surfing, renting spare bedrooms, or bringing a sleeping bag and air mattress. Any advice on where I could look to find cheap rooms/couches?
Also, Any advice on where to find guides to ride with for a day or two to possibly include some sidecountry riding? I'd love to get a few good days in at places I've never been before - Taos, Alta, Kicking Horse, etc.