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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

Looking to do a ski trip to Jackson Hole in the end of January, 2017. I will be flying from either Hartford, CT or Boston airport and have friends who will be flying from NY/NJ area. Looking at flights now they are $500 and up. We can be flexible with our dates but I am wondering if anyone has insight on prices from the north east to Jackson Hole in the past and what they paid. Is this a good price to fly to Jackson Hole or will prices go down over the next few months? Thanks in advance for any feedback.

post #2 of 29
Try flying in and out of Idaho Falls?



Or La Guardia instead of Newark:

post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Try flying in and out of Idaho Falls?


 

Thanks a lot for the reply and looking into that. I just looked into Idaho Falls and that would be an option if prices went down more. I think if it were only $100 less I would probably still fly into Jackson Hole airport just because I would probably have to pay close to that for the additional distance in shuttle cost.

 

Do you have any idea if $500 for this time of year and from North East is a pretty standard price?

post #4 of 29
Well, I think it's generally close to our rates here. (Here being Whitefish.). Similar issues, small airport, similar distances. Normally our rates run just under $500. I don't know about Jackson specifically as I'd drive there. But before I was here, I flew from Newark and just from then and with people asking about coming here, I'd say our rates would be just under $500. But I always look at flexible dates, flexible airports, and use three or four apps to find things.

Airline prices are nuts. You can watch something daily for six months and there will be one crazy day it dips and then you never see that price or anything close to it again. I'm sure someone "in the industry" could tell you the week you're most likely to find a deal, but I see no pattern.
post #5 of 29
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info @sibhusky I really appreciate it. I will keep looking around too as you recommended. Hopefully I can find something a little cheaper but if not I can make $500 work.

post #6 of 29

Not Jackson, but I fly in/out of Aspen all the time.   Typically fares are higher,  up till about six weeks out.  Then they have an idea of load factors and they start to get aggressive with prices.

Then they jack them back up about a week out.  Just keep checking every week on Tuesday.

post #7 of 29

I think that sounds about right for NYC to Jackson.  Not worth going to Idaho for $100 savings IMO.  I also think Shredhead's advice is sound.  I am planning on a late January trip to Jackson with a couple of ski buddies who go every year and they always book last minute based on the weather forecast.  Storm chasers and powder hounds they are!

post #8 of 29

To me, that seems like a great price. I paid a lot more than that last year--but I wanted specific airline, specific flights and specific dates. It seems like a fair price to me at least out of BOS.

For what it's worth, my flights last year stayed pretty steady as far as pricing through Sept and Oct last year then spiked in early November and then dropped in late Nov/early Dec (this was for United flying early March). The year before that they were steady through Sept, then spiked in October and dropped in Nov/Dec.

 

I'm kind of nerdy and like to track flight prices for places I may visit. It's fun to see if patterns develop year to year as far as price drops/spikes. For the flights and dates and airlines I looked at out of BOS, I have not seen it go under $561. But your time year it may be different.

post #9 of 29
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the responses. I know they talk about the 47 day rule in general where around 47 days away from your travel dates are on average the cheapest for flights but with having to book housing in advance as well I am a bit nervous to wait and see prices go even higher. Ideally I would like to book my flight and then housing once I know exactly what dates I will be going.

 

Maybe I could find a airline/flight seller that allows for free of cost changes so that I could book now and change if I find anything cheaper as the date gets closer but I am not sure if companies still offer that.

 

@Miramar what time of year did you go last year, just curious?

post #10 of 29

@dbeadle I was there the last few days of feb and first day of march

post #11 of 29
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Thanks for all the responses. I know they talk about the 47 day rule in general where around 47 days away from your travel dates are on average the cheapest for flights but with having to book housing in advance as well I am a bit nervous to wait and see prices go even higher. Ideally I would like to book my flight and then housing once I know exactly what dates I will be going.

 

Maybe I could find a airline/flight seller that allows for free of cost changes so that I could book now and change if I find anything cheaper as the date gets closer but I am not sure if companies still offer that.

 

@Miramar what time of year did you go last year, just curious?

 

 

Why do you have to book housing?  Jackson's a summer resort, it's never full in the winter.    I've booked rooms after I landed at the Jackson airport, over Presidents weekend.    

 

 

It's called Southwest Airlines, but you'd have to fly into/out of SLC.  Still not a bad idea.   You can still get an MCP.

post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 

I am not familiar with the area/ resort, thought places filled up quick so that is good to know. Maybe I will worry about finding cheapest way to get there first then and then worry about a place to stay. While on the topic of busyness does it really make that much of a difference weekend to weekday crowd wise? In general talking about January, non holiday.

post #13 of 29
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I am not familiar with the area/ resort, thought places filled up quick so that is good to know. Maybe I will worry about finding cheapest way to get there first then and then worry about a place to stay. While on the topic of busyness does it really make that much of a difference weekend to weekday crowd wise? In general talking about January, non holiday.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Weekends will be busier.  Need to remember that even though JH is a major destination resort, there are a fair number of locals around too.  Meaning people who have regular jobs and/or kids in school.  So they add to the numbers on the mountain on weekends.  Have also heard that lines can be long on a powder day when locals can choose between working and . . .  ;)

 

There are lots of lodging options for a small group.  If the Mountain Collective Pass doesn't make sense, you might see what the resort has to offer if you want to stay in Teton Village more or less slope side.  VRBO has lots of choices.  In that case no car is needed.  Liftopia has multi-day deals for JH for 2016-17.

post #14 of 29
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Welcome to EpicSki!  Weekends will be busier.  Need to remember that even though JH is a major destination resort, there are a fair number of locals around too.  Meaning people who have regular jobs and/or kids in school.  So they add to the numbers on the mountain on weekends.  Have also heard that lines can be long on a powder day when locals can choose between working and . . .  ;)

 

There are lots of lodging options for a small group.  If the Mountain Collective Pass doesn't make sense, you might see what the resort has to offer if you want to stay in Teton Village more or less slope side.  VRBO has lots of choices.  In that case no car is needed.  Liftopia has multi-day deals for JH for 2016-17.


Thanks Marznc. Forum has been a wealth of knowledge already. I am going to have a season pass to Stratton in VT so I think the Golden Ticket deal they have (40% off window ticket price) is my best bet. Think I am going to try and go midweek then to avoid some of crowds and maybe get some cheaper hotel/house rental rates.

post #15 of 29

They've increased capacity a lot since I've been there.   Lines were heinous over presidents weekend.

If you've never been and have a group, a guide is a good way to go.

post #16 of 29
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Thanks Marznc. Forum has been a wealth of knowledge already. I am going to have a season pass to Stratton in VT so I think the Golden Ticket deal they have (40% off window ticket price) is my best bet. Think I am going to try and go midweek then to avoid some of crowds and maybe get some cheaper hotel/house rental rates.

Interesting, hadn't heard about discounts for JH for any northeast ski resort before.  Last season JH was celebrating 50 years so there was a Golden Ticket offer of 50% off for a season pass from any other resort.

 

For my first trip to JH a few years ago, my friends and I opted to drive a little in the morning from a condo closer to Teton Village than the town of Jackson.  We were going to have a car regardless of where we stayed.  Parking at the lot close in with a free shuttle was free with 3 people.  Not sure what the carpool requirement is now.

 

We didn't get a guide but I did talk my friends into doing a private lesson together.  Same price for 1-5 people at JH.  We had a great time with a very experienced instructor and finished on Lower Hobacks.  The instructor knew exactly which section had good snow.  Our luck wasn't the best.  Even though it was late Jan, it hadn't snowed for three weeks.  That's pretty unusual though.

post #17 of 29
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Interesting, hadn't heard about discounts for JH for any northeast ski resort before.  Last season JH was celebrating 50 years so there was a Golden Ticket offer of 50% off for a season pass from any other resort.

 

For my first trip to JH a few years ago, my friends and I opted to drive a little in the morning from a condo closer to Teton Village than the town of Jackson.  We were going to have a car regardless of where we stayed.  Parking at the lot close in with a free shuttle was free with 3 people.  Not sure what the carpool requirement is now.

 

We didn't get a guide but I did talk my friends into doing a private lesson together.  Same price for 1-5 people at JH.  We had a great time with a very experienced instructor and finished on Lower Hobacks.  The instructor knew exactly which section had good snow.  Our luck wasn't the best.  Even though it was late Jan, it hadn't snowed for three weeks.  That's pretty unusual though.


Yeah, they brought the golden ticket promo back by popular demand for the 2017 season. I kind of just stumbled upon it, do not seem to be advertising it much. Details can be seen here if interested http://www.jacksonhole.com/lift-tickets.html.

 

I would ideally be looking for something ski in/out as I do not think we will rent a car but I am still very much open to ideas on lodging as well. The lesson is also a good idea especially if a small group costs the same as an individual.

post #18 of 29
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Yeah, they brought the golden ticket promo back by popular demand for the 2017 season. I kind of just stumbled upon it, do not seem to be advertising it much. Details can be seen here if interested http://www.jacksonhole.com/lift-tickets.html.

 

I would ideally be looking for something ski in/out as I do not think we will rent a car but I am still very much open to ideas on lodging as well. The lesson is also a good idea especially if a small group costs the same as an individual.

Thanks for the link!  Since it was an anniversary deal, never occurred to me they might do it again.

 

The JH ski school is one of the best in the country.  If you want recommendations for an instructor, ask in a new thread and I'm sure you'll get some ideas.

 

If you go to the JH Resort Page and scroll down to the bottom, there is a list of related threads.  Or use the link under Topics Discussed (Desktop Mode).  Note there is a pretty good bus system from town.  All a matter of whether you want the cheapest lodging possible or no bus ride in the morning.

post #19 of 29

Flying into SLC could be an option.  Not too bad of a drive.  I have been in JH when the airport was closed due to storm (as were 2 of 3 drives to SLC), but still able to get out.    So even though it adds drive time each way the flights are more dependable and car rentals are cheaper

post #20 of 29

I've been there the last two Januaries during non-holiday times - weekdays without powder were pretty empty. Powder days during the week seemed noticeably better than the weekend (one sleeper powder day I had 0-1 tram lines all day...) Weekend powder days were a 2 tram wait IIRC. People always debate the crowd thing...for me Jackson's terrain is so worth it. I love hitting the tram a few times then starting to hike. (If I was a local maybe I would do the opposite).

 

I think $500 is about right. Frequent flyer miles/credit cards have worked well for me.

 

For ski in / ski out - if you have less than 4 people hotels may be better. I searched slope side VRBO/Airbnb and couldn't make the numbers work for less than a 6 person group vs. slope side hotel.

post #21 of 29

I got curious.  Turns out that if I were willing to spend the entire day flying out (2 plane changes), I could get to JH from RDU for $450 in late Jan/early Feb.  $550 with only one stop on the way.  That seems like a pretty good fare.  Never checked before since my friends and I drove from SLC, and then skied in Utah after JH.

post #22 of 29

Great public transportation in Jackson so no car needed if you fly in.

post #23 of 29
Thread Starter 
Played around with my dates and found a flight from hartford CT to Jackson hole, one layover each way for $370. Extended my stay from Saturday to Saturday but figure the extra days will be much appreciated once I am there. each flight is about 7-8 hours. Get there for noon. Used my travel reward card too so cost me nothing besides points. Very happy with price I got. Thanks everyone for their input, now the real fun part of the planning can begin.
post #24 of 29
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Played around with my dates and found a flight from hartford CT to Jackson hole, one layover each way for $370. Extended my stay from Saturday to Saturday but figure the extra days will be much appreciated once I am there. each flight is about 7-8 hours. Get there for noon. Used my travel reward card too so cost me nothing besides points. Very happy with price I got. Thanks everyone for their input, now the real fun part of the planning can begin.


Yep, now the hard part is over.  Being flexible on travel dates can definitely help.  For sure you won't feel like the trip is too long.  I'm retired so have taken some trips out west that last a couple weeks.  Still never quite ready to come home.

 

If you post up your dates in the JH/GT thread, might have a chance to ski with a Bear or two.  There is also a northeast thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147429/2016-2017-jackson-hole-grand-targhee-meetup-thread

post #25 of 29
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Yep, now the hard part is over.  Being flexible on travel dates can definitely help.  For sure you won't feel like the trip is too long.  I'm retired so have taken some trips out west that last a couple weeks.  Still never quite ready to come home.

 

If you post up your dates in the JH/GT thread, might have a chance to ski with a Bear or two.  There is also a northeast thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147429/2016-2017-jackson-hole-grand-targhee-meetup-thread

What is a bear? Guessing you do not mean an actual bear. Question from a new guy:)

post #26 of 29
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Yep, now the hard part is over.  Being flexible on travel dates can definitely help.  For sure you won't feel like the trip is too long.  I'm retired so have taken some trips out west that last a couple weeks.  Still never quite ready to come home.

 

If you post up your dates in the JH/GT thread, might have a chance to ski with a Bear or two.  There is also a northeast thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147429/2016-2017-jackson-hole-grand-targhee-meetup-thread

What is a bear? Guessing you do not mean an actual bear. Question from a new guy:)


Sorry, when I write "Bear" on EpicSki, it's a throwback to the nickname that was invented a long time ago.  Early EpicSki members decided to become the Barking Bears.  Got shortened to "Bear" at some point.  Even in 2001 new members had no idea and the founder @AC had to explain.  

 

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Well, there is some history to that, as some of the long-time members will tell you. The original idea was to create sort of a post-ski pub environment in which people could hang-out and chat -- sharing stories. So I wanted sort of an English pub sounding name -- along the lines of some actual pubs like "The Mangy Moose" or "The Drunken Dragon".

It being a ski-forum, I wanted an animal that lived in the mountains as well as an adjective that suggested expressing oneself verbally. So, logicaly I named the forum "The Barking Beaver Forum". I also liked the industrious reputation of the beaver as we were setting out to build a community.

Well, you would not believe the imaginations that some people have. In fact, one member told the story of how he got in trouble at work when his boss saw him reading the Barking Beaver Forums in the office. Eventually, it occurred to me that perhaps a more inviting name would make a larger group of people feel more welcome, so when the site was completely revamped and the new forum software installed, the name was changed to "The Barking Bear Forum".

...and now you know the rest of the story.
post #27 of 29

WIth plenty of cheap busses to and from the mountain I would stay in town because there are a lot of good restaurants and bars and it's just plain fun.  Go to Mangy Moose apres ski and then bus it back to town.  Everything in town is walking distance - you do not need a car.

post #28 of 29

Motel6 runs a weekly rate, easiest to call the Jackson Motel6.  Good location in terms of supermarket/stores/bus but a bit out of town.  Been a while since I have stayed, but seems they are keeping the place up.  Hotel makes a killing in the summer.

post #29 of 29

Motel6 in Jackson are the smallest rooms I've ever seen there.  I've stayed in military barracks with more room, and more pizazz.  I hope never to stay there again.

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