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post #31 of 38
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My concern was whether the main BCC bus stops going both ways. Having to loop all the way down to the valley to get the quarter mile between B & S would be annoying.


LCC bus stops going both ways.  I assume BCC bus is the same.  If someone is standing at the bus stop, the driver stops.

post #32 of 38

From http://www.gunnisonvalleyrta.com/

Gunnison Valley RTA

Schedule for the Free Bus

& Bus Information

Para información en español, por favor desplácese hacia abajo.

The RTA bus runs a loop through the City of Gunnison before heading north on Hwy 135 to Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. The bus leaves the following stops NO EARLIER THAN the times listed. There may be delays due to weather. THE TRIP BETWEEN GUNNISON AND CRESTED BUTTE TAKES ABOUT 30 MINUTES.  In Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte, you can get around by connecting to the Mountain Express free bus service.

New This Winter – Expanded CB South Service and Express Bus Service

post #33 of 38

I skied Winter Park when I was a poor grad student.  There's a YMCA camp about 15 minutes away (Snow Mountain Ranch) that's cheaper than staying on resort.  I like it enough that my wife and I got married there.

post #34 of 38

It sounds like Crested Butte might be the way to go--that's a good price, and it should be a lot of fun late March. Another option worth a potential look is flying into Albuquerque... you can take a free shuttle from the airport to the commuter rail station, pay ~$10 each to take the train to Santa Fe, and then inexpensive bus service to Ski Santa Fe, Taos Ski Valley, Red River, and Sipapu. You can probably get lodging in Santa Fe or Espanola down to around $15 per person per night if you do 4-to-a-room.

post #35 of 38

My recommendation based upon personal experience: Jackson Hole.  You most certainly do not need a car when staying at the Hostel and you'd be paying about $25/night per person there.  That is the last week that JH will be open and their lift tickets will be marked down.  I was there that week last year and had fresh snow on two of the four mornings I was there, though conditions did deteriorate in the afternoon when it warmed up.  While Snowbird/SLC is not a bad idea, it's quite a bit more of a hassle than staying right there on the mountain like you would at the Hostel in Teton Village.  While the airfare to Gunnison might be reasonable, Crested Butte is not cheap.

post #36 of 38
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Quick update - I'm looking still, and Crested Butte seems to be the most feasible. I'm pricing out a flight (with their $100 flight credit), staying on mountain, 3 days of lift tickets and rentals at around $700 per person. Only concern - is Crested Butte too extreme for us?

 

Our group's profile - 

Skiers 1 and 2 - two NC skiers who ski mostly blacks out west and anything in the SE/Mid-Atlantic

Skier 3 - NJ skier who skis in New England, skis mostly NE blacks

Skier 4 - NC snowboarder who skis blues/groomed blacks and some ungroomed blacks

 

Thoughts?

post #37 of 38
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Originally Posted by rykennedy55 View Post

Quick update - I'm looking still, and Crested Butte seems to be the most feasible. I'm pricing out a flight (with their $100 flight credit), staying on mountain, 3 days of lift tickets and rentals at around $700 per person. Only concern - is Crested Butte too extreme for us?

Our group's profile - 
Skiers 1 and 2 - two NC skiers who ski mostly blacks out west and anything in the SE/Mid-Atlantic
Skier 3 - NJ skier who skis in New England, skis mostly NE blacks
Skier 4 - NC snowboarder who skis blues/groomed blacks and some ungroomed blacks

Thoughts?

Hmm, i think you will have a lot of fun but if variety is critical, you might want to go elsewhere. You could also go to monarch one day from CB if you wanted too. (If you have car)

CB pros:great town, uncrowded, senic.
Cons: not a ton of blue/single black terrain. Many runs off paradise and east river. A couple options off silver queen. The other blue/green runs are very easy. Some double blacks can be viewed from below and skied if your up for it
post #38 of 38
I'm a college student and just booked a trip similar to this for spring break. We're doing Salt Lake City (some combination of Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton). 4 days of skiing - 5 hotel nights. Our trip cost is just under $800 /person for lift tickets, rentals, hotel, and airfare. We found that SLC was the only place we could make this type of trip work on our budget. I hope everything works out for you!
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