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Mid March Solo Trip Suggestions! [first season, UT, CO, Canada, or ?]

post #1 of 10
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Hey All,

 

New to the EpicSki community but loving the wealth of information.

 

I'm also new to skiing.  I went to Breck back in November for my first time skiing.  Did three days of lessons and 1 day with my friend to close out.  Both my buddy and my instructors seemed impressed by my progression, and I got fully comfortable on all blues that were skiable while we were there.  

 

Moving forward I'm trying to plan a trip for mid-march around the weekend of the 19th for a ski trip.  I'm up for anything, be it Utah, Colorado, Canada, whatever.  I'd like somewhere with varied terrain and where I can hopefully continue progressing.  

 

My budget is around $1000 for lodging and lift tickets, I'd like to ski 4 days at least, and likely make one of those days a lesson to at the very least get a feel for the mountain.  

 

I don't need a big time night life, maybe just a nearby casual bar to grab a beer at to end the day.  Ultimately this is more about the skiing for me.

 

I'll handle airfare seperately as I've got a ton of miles with American Airlines.

 

Any suggestions would be awesome, look forward to hearing what y'all can come up with!

post #2 of 10
One would hope with that budget you could go anywhere. If airfare is not an issue, then just wait to see where the snow is. Here you can stay in one of the better bed and breakfasts for $130 per night, go dirt cheap at the hostel for $35 a night, or I'm sure, find a place where your bath tub is filled with champagne for way over your budget. Lift tickets for four days without any effort are $67 a day. Package deals can go as low as $87 for both lifts and lodging.

The mountain is a good spot for intermediates, with lots of cruisers.

But, a month out, hard to predict what the conditions will be. If you can wait, that's the thing to do.
post #3 of 10
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Probably should have said max of 1000, preferably less :)  I would prefer to make reservations in the next week or two so that I can schedule my time off work.  Based on that, consistent snow would be ideal (obviously lol)!

post #4 of 10

What is your AA gateway?

Directs are really nice, especially with short trips.

post #5 of 10
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Unfortunately I'm based out of New Orleans so as far as I'm aware guaranteed at least 1 connection to get anywhere to ski.

post #6 of 10

You might look into a Taos snowsport weeks, 5 days of morning lessons come for only $150 over ticket prices.  You would sure to progress in this program.

http://www.skitaos.org/page/snowsports-weeks

post #7 of 10

If you could get there without changing planes too often, Sun Valley might be worth considering.  Trying to think of a place that's a little off the beaten path so that you wouldn't be spending as much time in a lift line for green/blue terrain.

 

Another approach is to book a flight to SLC or Denver, then decide on the exact location for skiing a little later.

 

Would you rather find a place to stay that does not require renting a car or do a little driving and stay at less expensive lodging?

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by JollyRogers View Post
 

Unfortunately I'm based out of New Orleans so as far as I'm aware guaranteed at least 1 connection to get anywhere to ski.

 

I'd look at the resorts with AA directs out of Dallas.   Aspen, Crested Butte, Jackson, Steamboat, Telluride and Vail.

At this point it's probably more a factor of where you can get a FF seat,  on your dates.

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

I'd look at the resorts with AA directs out of Dallas.   Aspen, Crested Butte, Jackson, Steamboat, Telluride and Vail.
At this point it's probably more a factor of where you can get a FF seat,  on your dates.

Maybe surprisingly I really haven't had problems finding flights on these dates on my miles for various place I've looked!
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

So bit of a whirlwind weekend.  I have a free place to stay in Hawaii so I'm flying there on thursday (Feb 25th), Flying out late on the 29th, getting to Vancouver the 1st, then heading to whistler until the 6th when I fly back to New Orleans!  Got my buddy to join me for the whistler segment which helped with lodging costs and he has ski's for me to use.  Brought my portion of lodging and lift tickets to $900!

 

Thanks for all the help everyone!

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