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post #31 of 41
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And the logistics will be much better than going back to LA from Mammoth. 

Yes, you're like to lose a ski day in travel time going back to L.A and then somewhere else.  You'll ski a full day at Mammoth, be in Tahoe in time for dinner and ready to hit Squaw/Alpine the next morning.

post #32 of 41
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Others here will know more but my recollection of looking to stay at Alta is that lodging there is shockingly expensive. Since you're adding up costs already, you might look in to that.

I must respectfully disagree: the price includes a very good breakfast, with made-to-order eggs if you want to take the time, and a truly amazing dinner. (At the Goldminer's Daughter, anyway) I would conservatively estimate that the food alone would weigh in at about $70-80 a day. Add in the ski in/out convenience, and the value is compelling.  And, like marznc said, the atmosphere is priceless. 

post #33 of 41
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Others here will know more but my recollection of looking to stay at Alta is that lodging there is shockingly expensive. Since you're adding up costs already, you might look in to that.

I must respectfully disagree: the price includes a very good breakfast, with made-to-order eggs if you want to take the time, and a truly amazing dinner. (At the Goldminer's Daughter, anyway) I would conservatively estimate that the food alone would weigh in at about $70-80 a day. Add in the ski in/out convenience, and the value is compelling.  And, like marznc said, the atmosphere is priceless. 


Of course, if someone is interested in a private room with 2 beds and with a private bath that includes weekend nights at a lodge at Alta, that's probably going to be far more than renting a 2WD car, staying in 3-star hotel, and not spending over $50/day for food.  But it's comparing apples and oranges in terms of experience.  I know people who stretch the travel budget a bit by staying in an airport motel the first and last nights, and then completely relax for the rest of the ski vacation while staying at Alta Lodge.  Rental car optional.

 

In any case, for the OP going to north Tahoe makes far more sense . . . this trip. :)

post #34 of 41
Alaska Air has an amazing $65 one way offer midweek LAX to Sun Valley. Like to hear someone taking advantage of it. I don't how the condition would be there late March though.
post #35 of 41
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Originally Posted by cosmoliu View Post
 

I must respectfully disagree: the price includes a very good breakfast, with made-to-order eggs if you want to take the time, and a truly amazing dinner. (At the Goldminer's Daughter, anyway) I would conservatively estimate that the food alone would weigh in at about $70-80 a day. Add in the ski in/out convenience, and the value is compelling.  And, like marznc said, the atmosphere is priceless. 

It could well be a great value. I tend to think about value rather than just cost that way myself, but not everyone does (and I too will easily spend that on food, but again, not everyone does). I've tried to convince people here that the Sun Valley Lodge and Inn are (usually) great values, but a lot of people don't care and would just rather spend less for a motel, which I understand. For someone that is keeping a running tally of what each destination is going to cost them, I think it's very much worth pointing out that they should price the Alta hotels rather than assuming lodging costs are going to be about equal and all of the proposed destinations.

post #36 of 41
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It could well be a great value. I tend to think about value rather than just cost that way myself, but not everyone does (and I too will easily spend that on food, but again, not everyone does). I've tried to convince people here that the Sun Valley Lodge and Inn are (usually) great values, but a lot of people don't care and would just rather spend less for a motel, which I understand. For someone that is keeping a running tally of what each destination is going to cost them, I think it's very much worth pointing out that they should price the Alta hotels rather than assuming lodging costs are going to be about equal and all of the proposed destinations.

 

We stayed at SV Inn before Christmas last year for $215 nightly, it was a beautiful experience.  But this year, Inn is $360 and Lodge $550 on the exact same dates. We will forgo the splurge (been there, done that) and are actually very excited about staying in Ketchum this time, will report back!

post #37 of 41
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It could well be a great value. I tend to think about value rather than just cost that way myself, but not everyone does (and I too will easily spend that on food, but again, not everyone does). I've tried to convince people here that the Sun Valley Lodge and Inn are (usually) great values, but a lot of people don't care and would just rather spend less for a motel, which I understand. For someone that is keeping a running tally of what each destination is going to cost them, I think it's very much worth pointing out that they should price the Alta hotels rather than assuming lodging costs are going to be about equal and all of the proposed destinations.

 

We stayed at SV Inn before Christmas last year for $215 nightly, it was a beautiful experience.  But this year, Inn is $360 and Lodge $550 on the exact same dates. We will forgo the splurge (been there, done that) and are actually very excited about staying in Ketchum this time, will report back!


Seems like one difference between the SV Lodge and Inn vs a motel in Ketchum compared to a lodge up in LCC vs a motel in SLC is that getting from any lodging in Ketchum to a SV base is easier than getting up the canyon to Alta/Snowbird.  Especially during a snowstorm.  Also the lodges in Alta are all independently owned.  Snowbird has both resort lodging and some private lodging such as VRBO condos.

 

Apparently the MCP discount for Gold Miner's Daughter is 10% for 2015-16, same as for a return guest.  In past years, the MCP discount was 20%.

post #38 of 41
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We stayed at SV Inn before Christmas last year for $215 nightly, it was a beautiful experience.  But this year, Inn is $360 and Lodge $550 on the exact same dates. We will forgo the splurge (been there, done that) and are actually very excited about staying in Ketchum this time, will report back!

Did you call and ask about their pre-Christmas package? It could be sold out by now, but the package rate is significantly less than the regular room rate. I think it was $79 per person per night. Even if you don't need the ski passes it's a much better deal than the room rate.
post #39 of 41

I lost track of who is thinking of going where when, but here are the Sun Valley pre-Christmas specials (through Dec 20)

 

https://www.sunvalley.com/deals

 

They usually have similar deals late season.

 

Late March was mentioned. Skiing is usually great then, as long as you are not looking for power.

 

9" new, more terrain open, and more coming.

post #40 of 41
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We stayed at SV Inn before Christmas last year for $215 nightly, it was a beautiful experience.  But this year, Inn is $360 and Lodge $550 on the exact same dates. We will forgo the splurge (been there, done that) and are actually very excited about staying in Ketchum this time, will report back!

Did you call and ask about their pre-Christmas package? It could be sold out by now, but the package rate is significantly less than the regular room rate. I think it was $79 per person per night. Even if you don't need the ski passes it's a much better deal than the room rate.

Thanks so much for the tip! The lodging in Ketchum we had in mind was unexpectedly sold out. Two calls to SV Lodge&Inn on Friday, morning of our stay, led to a fantastic offer of only $125 nightly x2 at the inn, including a single lift ticket! After redeeming our MCP, I stood out near the ticket purchase line and gave away the extra ticket.

The tree lighting celebration was right below our window, with carolers, cookies, bottomless hot cider and hot chocolate. We had a phenomenal stay!
post #41 of 41

Oh, fantastic! We've been there the past few years for that. The resort does such a nice job. And their hot pools are the best hot pools.

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