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post #1 of 18
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Has anyone booked a trip with Snowventures (Snowventures.com)?  I'm about to hit "go" with them and just want to make sure I'm not falling into a trap.  Frankly, they've been amazing thus far.  I ski every year, but this is the first time I've had planning duty with the group I'm going with and am willing to pay a fee to have a little help.  It's one of those, this feels too good to be true moments and just want a second opinion.

 

By too good to be true, I don't mean the pricing - it's right in line with what I would expect - but I just want to see if anyone has used them and was happy with their bookings.  They're doing lodging, rentals, lift tickets, and lessons booking for us.

post #2 of 18

I'm curious how you come up with your ratings?  What's it based on?

post #3 of 18
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I'm not sure what you mean by my ratings.  Ratings are kind of what I'm looking for :)

 

All i meant is that they've been very responsive and friendly.  I just want to make sure that someone can tell me that they stay that way AFTER they have your money too.

post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by soonerwilliams View Post
 

Has anyone booked a trip with Snowventures (Snowventures.com)?  I'm about to hit "go" with them and just want to make sure I'm not falling into a trap.  Frankly, they've been amazing thus far.  I ski every year, but this is the first time I've had planning duty with the group I'm going with and am willing to pay a fee to have a little help.  It's one of those, this feels too good to be true moments and just want a second opinion.

 

By too good to be true, I don't mean the pricing - it's right in line with what I would expect - but I just want to see if anyone has used them and was happy with their bookings.  They're doing lodging, rentals, lift tickets, and lessons booking for us.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Not sure you'll get much response given that the season is winding down in North America and most people won't start thinking about next season for a few months.  Plus usually people come to EpicSki to ask for advice on how to do travel planning without a travel agent.  But I can understand the value of using a travel agent, especially for a group trip.  I've done that for group trips that didn't involve skiing.  Takes a lot of time to coordinate travel arrangements with a group of people.

 

How did you find Snowventures?  Where is your group going?

post #5 of 18
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I found them on google after I got a little overwhelmed with whether or not I was missing something or missing out on combo deals.

We're heading to keystone. I can't afford to stay lift / slope side but they found a decent place on the shuttle route
post #6 of 18
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$3300 including taxes and fees:

4 nights lodging
2x 3 day adult lift tickets
2x 3 day kid lift tickets
2x 2 day kid lessons
1x 1 day adult lessons
4x 3 day ski/helmet rentals

I was coming in around 2800 myself but I'm sure I was missing something

They also made a lot of convenience choices that will make going with toddlers easier.
post #7 of 18

So a relatively short trip, 4 nights and 3 days of skiing.  With lessons, lift tickets, and rentals included in the package, seems reasonable for 2 adults and 2 kids.  What do you mean by "toddler"?  In the U.S. that usually means 18months-3 years.  Some ski schools start at age 4.

 

Where have you skied before?

 

Realizing that you are hoping to make a decision sooner rather than later, you might learn something from this thread in Family Skiing about planning ski trips.  If not for this trip, then perhaps in the future.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/129632/tips-for-planning-family-ski-trips-from-flatlands-midwest-se-mid-atlantic-nj-nyc-ct-ri-ontario

post #8 of 18
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Yeah, I always forget they're growing up. The kids are 4 and 6 for me and older for the other families going. I've been to winter park, aspen, keystone, and steamboat. Only Colorado, but that's the best travel for us from Texas.

Thanks for the info! I'm probably going to go with the booking service this time around.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by soonerwilliams View Post

Yeah, I always forget they're growing up. The kids are 4 and 6 for me and older for the other families going. I've been to winter park, aspen, keystone, and steamboat. Only Colorado, but that's the best travel for us from Texas.

Thanks for the info! I'm probably going to go with the booking service this time around.


Ah, the age where it matters whether they want to be 4-and-a-half, not just four.  ;)

 

Hope it works out well.  Stop by and give us an update after the trip.

post #10 of 18

I don;t see what value-add they are offering for you if you're just a regular family of 4 staying at just 1 resort and without a multistop itinerary.

I would think every single resort basically has their own vacation department and "Plan an Trip" button on their websites and they all have their own specials..  

 

If you were a big group like for a school and needed weird things like individual split billing or a charter bus and college-aged party scene and buffet maybe there is some value there.

 

But for a regular family, I think these days you can just identify what resort you want to go to and book directly, just like how you don't need a travel agent to book an airplane flight.

 

If you need confirmation, once you decide where you want to go, you can post here and people can help fine tune the vacation plan FOR FREE.

 

The real complexity is if you have a lot of people is savings on accomodations if you get a House rental.  But AirBNB and VRBO have made that transparent as well so you can do it yourself there too.  

post #11 of 18
I thought this was a multi family thing? Not just four people? Cannot imagine using a booking service for that. Maybe to go to another country where I didn't speak the language. But I've booked multi trips for family traveling together as a unit just with the internet.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by soonerwilliams View Post I've been to winter park, aspen, keystone, and steamboat. Only Colorado, but that's the best travel for us from Texas.
 

 

Ever considered going to Breck?  Colorado humor  :)

 

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by soonerwilliams View Post

$3300 including taxes and fees:

4 nights lodging
2x 3 day adult lift tickets
2x 3 day kid lift tickets
2x 2 day kid lessons
1x 1 day adult lessons
4x 3 day ski/helmet rentals

I was coming in around 2800 myself but I'm sure I was missing something

They also made a lot of convenience choices that will make going with toddlers easier.

 

That could be a great deal or a bad deal depending on details.  It seems like nearly 2k of that cost is going to lodging (lots of deals at keystone on lifts/rental/lessons)  500 bucks a night should get you a nice place in a fairly good location.

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I thought this was a multi family thing? Not just four people? Cannot imagine using a booking service for that. Maybe to go to another country where I didn't speak the language. But I've booked multi trips for family traveling together as a unit just with the internet.

 

Originally, it was a group trip, but is looking like a single family trip now.  Either way, I wasn't able to beat their cost with everything included.  I had underestimated the cost of lift tickets in my first attempts at this.  I'll probably have some lessons learned for next time, but being on the resort shuttle route and in a decent condo will be worth it with the kids.

post #15 of 18

The time frame of the trip has not been stated. It's not possible to evaluate whether it's a good price without knowing that.  I'm hoping this is not Christmas Week with kids that young.  When they are older you may be constrained to school holidays, but now you should be saving $$$ and avoiding crowds by going some other time.

 

Also, going to a Vail resort for only 4 days is a worst case scenario price-wise.  Once you get out to a week or more you can take advantage of Epic Pass deals.  Shorter trips you might want to consider other options.  Copper in the same neighborhood comes immediately to mind.   Keystone has a strong reputation among beginners and families but Copper is at least as good.

post #16 of 18

FYI, you can get a keystone season pass for 300/220 adult/kid.  Being on the shuttle route is wise but i would think most places would be.

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

The time frame of the trip has not been stated. It's not possible to evaluate whether it's a good price without knowing that.  I'm hoping this is not Christmas Week with kids that young.  When they are older you may be constrained to school holidays, but now you should be saving $$$ and avoiding crowds by going some other time.

 

Also, going to a Vail resort for only 4 days is a worst case scenario price-wise.  Once you get out to a week or more you can take advantage of Epic Pass deals.  Shorter trips you might want to consider other options.  Copper in the same neighborhood comes immediately to mind.   Keystone has a strong reputation among beginners and families but Copper is at least as good.

 

^ this

 

Season Pass at Copper  $399   Week long Epic Pass $609.  Yes the Epic Pass gives you unrestricted flexibility if you wanted to ski multiple areas.  I'm not saying Copper is always the best bargain. They can get some hefty prices for lodging depending on dates.   That said, if you do your homework you can find some very good all inclusive deals at Copper.  Being flexible with your dates will help even more.

post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by soonerwilliams View Post

Originally, it was a group trip, but is looking like a single family trip now.  Either way, I wasn't able to beat their cost with everything included.  I had underestimated the cost of lift tickets in my first attempts at this.  I'll probably have some lessons learned for next time, but being on the resort shuttle route and in a decent condo will be worth it with the kids.

Be aware of issues like who provides shuttle services and the source of equipment rentals. Some lodging provides on-time shuttles, some rely on area free bus schedules. If the rental source is not slopeside, what happens if there's an adjustment error? It's not uncommon to find off-site equipment needing adjustment that you can't get at the mountain. Not good to have a lesson scheduled that you can't get to on time because of either issue.
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