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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

I'm a resort employee elsewhere and can get Copper comp tickets.  Looking to go for a low budget package: flight, lodging, transportation.  I haven't been to Summit County in many years.  Would be flying out of Albany, N.Y. , Manchester, NH, or Hartford, Ct.

 

Can I get away with no rental car?  Motel/hotel/hostel close to a shuttle?  Looking for no frills but tolerable lodging for two; microwave/refrig. would be good.  We're OK with bringing food/not eating in restaurants.  

 

Open to suggestions.  I inquired re. a package from the resort website and the price was WAY higher than I have in mind.  

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 23

Maybe look at staying in Dillion / Silverthorn at the La Quinta, or any number of other hotels,  and taking the bus out there?  The CME will deliver you directly there, however, if you have 2+ and are ok driving most cars in the snow it can be cheaper to rent then take the CME. 

post #3 of 23

Easiest would be to stay near the bus route in Frisco. Summit Stage is free; map and schedule here.  There is probably a bit cheaper lodging in Silverthorne (Luxury Inn, La Quinta, etc), but it isn't as close to bus, I don't think. 

post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 

Is a cheap rental car good enough (vs. SUV)?  I'm used to driving in the snow but with good snow tires and fwd.

post #5 of 23
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Is a cheap rental car good enough (vs. SUV)?  I'm used to driving in the snow but with good snow tires and fwd.

Probably, but it all depends on road conditions when you arrive.  At a minimum, have the rental car company provide you with chains, just in case.  If conditions aren't good on I-70, signs will say chains required and cops will be checking and ticketing.

post #6 of 23

Killington?  You MAY be able to stay in employee housing (The EDGE).  Call 970.968.3305 or employeehousing@coppercolorado.com   http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/jobs/housing

 

New this winter 'Bustang' http://ridebustang.com/west-line  Departs Denver downtown @ 5:00 PM Gets to Frisco Transportation Ctr. About 2 hours later.  Frisco to Denver @ 9:25 AM. $12 each way. http://ridebustang.com/fares-and-tickets

 
Greyhound departs Denver for Frisco @ 7:00AM and 12:15PM. 

 

​The 'A' line train service Denver to DIA isn't opening until late April so you will  need to use RTD bus to get into Denver

 

When I was young and dumb I'd do the rent-a car and stay in Leadville Co for 50% less than in Summit County.  Not sure there is still a $$ advantage.  Sometimes driving the 30 miles over the mountain was sphincter tightening.

 

These are all within a short walk to bus route. 

 

~Frisco Inn on Galena106 Galena Street Frisco, CO 80443 (970) 668-3224 friscoinnongalena.com‎

~Hotel Frisco Colorado‎ 308 Main Street Frisco, CO 80443 (970) 668-5009 hotelfrisco.com‎

~Frisco Lodge 321 Main St Frisco, CO 80443 (970) 668-0195 friscolodge.com‎

 

These are across from main bus 'terminal (Transportation Ctr)' where you can catch Greyhound to/from Denver and buses to other summit Cty resorts.

~Alpine Inn‎ 105 Lusher Court Frisco, CO 80443 (970) 668-3122 alpineinnfrisco.com‎

~Best Western Lake Dillon Lodge‎ 1202 Summit Boulevard Frisco, CO 80443 (970) 668-5094 bestwestern.com‎

 

I have no profit from any of these.

post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by JaneB View Post
 

I'm a resort employee elsewhere and can get Copper comp tickets.  Looking to go for a low budget package: flight, lodging, transportation.  I haven't been to Summit County in many years.  Would be flying out of Albany, N.Y. , Manchester, NH, or Hartford, Ct.

 

Can I get away with no rental car?  Motel/hotel/hostel close to a shuttle?  Looking for no frills but tolerable lodging for two; microwave/refrig. would be good.  We're OK with bringing food/not eating in restaurants.  

 

Open to suggestions.  I inquired re. a package from the resort website and the price was WAY higher than I have in mind.  

 

Thanks.

Assuming you plan to fly Southwest and have some date flexibility, fares are often lowest on Tue or Wed.

 

Did you read about the places @Jamesj stayed at last winter when he was solo in CO for a month?

post #8 of 23
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Yes, K'ton employee!  What a great bunch of suggestions.  Thanks.

 

Not comfortable with an open loft/bunkbed situation but regular rooms OK.  I can get a rental car for about $175.  Probably worth it to avoid the hassle of shuttles and to make it easier to get food, etc.  Good reminder about the chains.  I once had a rental car in SLC and had a very scary drive to the Canyons without chains.   I don't want to repeat that.

post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 

I forgot to ask about optimal time to go.  I'm assuming early February would be good?  March is the most heavily booked?  April would be too chancy re. snow?

post #10 of 23

A recent thread is about the impact of spring break.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/144175/spring-break-when-is-it

post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by JaneB View Post
 

Yes, K'ton employee!  What a great bunch of suggestions.  Thanks.

 

Not comfortable with an open loft/bunkbed situation but regular rooms OK.  I can get a rental car for about $175.  Probably worth it to avoid the hassle of shuttles and to make it easier to get food, etc.  Good reminder about the chains.  I once had a rental car in SLC and had a very scary drive to the Canyons without chains.   I don't want to repeat that.

 

 

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I forgot to ask about optimal time to go.  I'm assuming early February would be good?  March is the most heavily booked?  April would be too chancy re. snow?

 

Chains might help, but once in the high country you can use 'free' bus system to travel Frisco-Copper.  Frisco isn't a big town you can easily walk to most of the town in a few minutes.  Expect snow on roads February.  Late March and April the roads melt before noon and dry by closing time.

 

February best for Powder. March good snow and warmer, April is Spring!  Normally good snow on ground when the resort closes.  

 

Spring Break?  Breakers tend to party late and sleep until noon.  Most of the party crowd spend their time at Breckenridge standing in lift lines.  Copper rarely has lines more than a few minutes.  Weekends the lines are longer but you can use 'single' line for quicker access. 

 

Take a 'Tour' with the ambassadors.  Tour starts at Solitude Station (Top of Eagle Lift) at 10:00 or 1:00.  Good way to learn the mountain.

post #12 of 23
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I forgot to ask about optimal time to go.  I'm assuming early February would be good?  March is the most heavily booked?  April would be too chancy re. snow?

 

February would be optimal, IMO. March will be fine, it doesn't get too bad at Copper (But hotels will cost more). April is not chancy re snow, but they start closing a lot of the best terrain. (Copper Bowl, Reso, etc)  Lodging will be way cheaper.

post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 

What about Silverton as a place to stay?  So far that's the cheapest I'm finding.  Thinking first week in Feb. Monday through Friday.

post #14 of 23
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What about Silverton as a place to stay?  So far that's the cheapest I'm finding.  Thinking first week in Feb. Monday through Friday.

 

I think you may mean SILVERTHORN.  If you have wheels this is good.  NOT on a direct bus route to Copper (transfer required). 

 

Silverton is 280 miles away.  Nice town but not really commuting distance.

post #15 of 23

Silverthorn would be fine if you get a rental car.   We got a 2 BR condo there (full kitchen) for $135 a night two years ago.  Hard to beat that price.

 

Frisco is the most expensive for hotels/condo, then Dillon, then Silverthorn.


Edited by focker - 12/11/15 at 11:37am
post #16 of 23
Silverthorne with an e. And yes, Frisco is more expensive, but you can get away without a rental car. You just have to add everything up and figure it out
post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 

Thank you.  No, I don't want to commute almost 300 miles....

post #18 of 23

Have you checked snowshoe motel in Silverthorn? Free breakfast, the rooms are clean and it's 30 feet to the bus line that runs into breck if you want to go there for dinner/bars one night. It's usually around $79 a night. They converted one of the rooms into a sauna and hot tub which is pretty nice.  

post #19 of 23
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Have you checked snowshoe motel in Silverthorn? Free breakfast, the rooms are clean and it's 30 feet to the bus line that runs into breck if you want to go there for dinner/bars one night. It's usually around $79 a night. They converted one of the rooms into a sauna and hot tub which is pretty nice.  

 Peeps! The Snowshoe is in Frisco, not Silverthorne. :-)

post #20 of 23
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 Peeps! The Snowshoe is in Frisco, not Silverthorne. :-)

 

O wow. You are correct definitely meant Frisco. Perfect hotel for ski bumming though

post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 

Southwest seems to have the best air prices.  How far ahead do I need to nail it down?  Thinking February 2 Monday departure; Saturday return. 

Considering having this as a Christmas present trip for DH.


Edited by JaneB - 12/13/15 at 5:17am
post #22 of 23
With Southwest, I find I need to book a month out or more. can book closer and still get good prices with Frontier.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by JaneB View Post
 

Southwest seems to have the best air prices.  How far ahead do I need to nail it down?  Thinking February 2 Monday departure; Saturday return. 

Considering having this as a Christmas present trip for DH.


As long as you plan to fly Southwest again in the next year, no reason not to get plane tickets online now.  You can cancel or change dates for a year from the date of purchase without any extra fee.  Just apply the credit for the future purchase.  Even possible to book a ticket, then re-book for the same flight at a lower price if the opportunity arises.

 

If the snow is good, the cheaper fares or better schedules may book up if you wait too long.  Might even have a few Bears in your region decide to join the Aspen Gathering that week.

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