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post #61 of 86
Thread Starter 

My friends just bailed out on me at the last minute. So now I either have to search for a new buddy to ski with, or just go alone. Is it worth going alone, or should I try to find someone to go with?

post #62 of 86
I thought it was your family coming?
post #63 of 86
Dude ... your in high school. Pulling it off by yourself might be a challenge. No disrespect, just sayin. Rental car is out. What about the hotel? You might want to do some research.
post #64 of 86
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I thought it was your family coming?


oh sorry, my family is coming what I meant to say was that I would be skiing alone, since the rest of my family are almost complete beginners. 

post #65 of 86

Most mountains offer free guided tours and they divide the guests up into intermediate or advanced groups, so a great way to find people of the same or similar ability to ski with and it is guided.

post #66 of 86
Plus, depending your destination, some Bear might be willing to ski with you, or at least show you around.
post #67 of 86

Just wanted to add, if you decide to go to Telluride, I strongly encourage you to fly into Montrose and drive from there. It's only a 1.5 hour drive versus the 6 hour drive from Denver. It also means you can pay for a shuttle and avoid the hassle of renting a car (which is entirely pointless to have in Telluride). 

 

As an aside, you couldn't pay to get me to fly into Telluride airport. Ignoring the cost and difficulties booking, that is the highest elevation airport in North America and looks like a death trap. Literally a single runway on the edge of a cliff. 

 

Also relevant since you mentioned you like bumps: Telluride is one of the best mountains in North America for mogul skiing. It definitely has the edge over Aspen in that regard.  It's also a relatively challenging mountain - they use the double-blue system, and some double-blues are definitely equal to double blacks back East. You won't be bored. 

post #68 of 86
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I thought it was your family coming?


oh sorry, my family is coming what I meant to say was that I would be skiing alone, since the rest of my family are almost complete beginners. 


Since your family are going, and are willing to pay for a premier ski destination, not much reason to skip the trip.  It's a bit hard to describe how much longer the trails are out west.  The snow is also quite different.  I did a few trips out west as a working adult as an intermediate where I ended up skiing alone quite a bit of the time because the others in the group were either far more advanced or very cautious intermediates.  Did I ski a lot of the mountain?  No.  I stuck to groomers.  Did I have a good time?  Yes.  And I was paying for the trips myself.

 

Besides the free tour, consider taking a group lesson or two.  Not only good for improving technique, also useful for finding out where else to ski by asking questions of the instructor after they spend some time with you.

 

Going without a ski buddy, I would suggest thinking about Aspen more.  Then you can easily explore four mountains, or find two that you really like.

post #69 of 86
Thread Starter 

Sorry for not posting in a while. I was waiting on a couple friends, one of them might come. We are buying tickets to Telluride either tomorrow or Sunday. Right now I'm just looking for the best deals before we book. Any suggestions?

post #70 of 86

Last email I received from Telluride Mountain Lodge was probably about a month ago now.  They had some stay and ski deals going.   You might call them.  I will be at the Ski and Ride Expo next weekend.  If Telluride has anything good going there I will post here.

post #71 of 86
Thread Starter 

My parents are afraid that since they don't ski, they will have nothing to do and will get bored in Telluride. From what I have heard there is a lot to do besides skiing there. Can someone confirm this please?

post #72 of 86
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My parents are afraid that since they don't ski, they will have nothing to do and will get bored in Telluride. From what I have heard there is a lot to do besides skiing there. Can someone confirm this please?


Can't remember . . . how many days do you plan to be at Telluride?  Do you parents have any interest in winter outdoor time?  Thinking about activities like snowshoeing or a sleigh ride.  Or are they strictly looking for indoor activities?

post #73 of 86

Telluride is great, but it is kind of small to keep a non skier occupied for more than a day.  Do they like hiking... lots of that.  I am sure there is snowmobiling as well.  

post #74 of 86

Telluride is a small town and quite remote.  However, there are plenty of non-skiing things to do there.  In SKI magazine's recently released rankings, Telluride was ranked #11 in the West for "Off-Hill Activities" , #5 for "Dining", #1 for "Scenery", and #1 for "Character."  There are two practical reasons why I think your parents will still have a great time there.  The scenery really is something special and is best enjoyed right there in town.  There are plenty of sight-seeing spots and hiking spots which can be enjoyed in winter, as well as other activities: http://www.visittelluride.com/winter-activities.  Again, the views alone are worth the trip.  Secondly, Telluride has a free gondola which allows for passengers to ride from town to the Mountain Village.  Not only would your parents get to see a good deal of the skiing terrain, but could meet you for lunch on the mountain if you so desire.

post #75 of 86

Or the OP could go to Park City which has the following advantages:

1. Frequency of flights is much, much greater into SLC and access via car or shuttle from the airport is much more convenient

2. Many more non-ski/non-snow activities in Salt Lake City and Park City

3. More bars, restaurants, and shopping near Park City

4. My opinion - I don't think non-skiers will notice material differences between the scenery and character between Park City and Telluride

post #76 of 86
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4. My opinion - I don't think non-skiers will notice material differences between the scenery and character between Park City and Telluride

 

Wait. WHAT?!

 

 

:eek

post #77 of 86
Yeah, pretty sure Marathoner has never been to Telluride.  There's no question that Park City is more accessible than Telluride.  But that's part of what gives Telluride its amazing character....no crowds on the slopes, no crowded lift lines, no crowds in town...just a very laid-back vibe which is really hard to replicate and describe unless you've actually been there.
post #78 of 86

^ Agreed.   The caveat in this case is non skiing people.  If I had non skiing family members coming on a trip and was looking to spend a week somewhere I have to agree that some place like Park City would probably be more appealing for all involved.

post #79 of 86
I was looking at it from the perspective of non-skiers. I think they will be impressed by the ski town atmosphere and the size of the ski mountains with all the trappings. I may be wrong but that is my view currently.
post #80 of 86
And how long do you think non-skiers will be entertained by the majesty of a box canyon?
Edited by Marathoner - 10/31/16 at 3:06pm
post #81 of 86

Yeah I've been to both and there is a lot more to see and do in and around Park City than Telluride.  For skiing Telluride wins by a mile.  But you can do the entire town in a few hours.  There is a historical society museum, and a lot of great hiking and skiing.  Ouray hot springs a few hours drive away.  Plenty of great skiing in at Park City as well, and you have easy access to SLC.

post #82 of 86

The OP's request was...

 

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and my mom doesn't ski, so she would probably enjoy places to walk, things to see, a nice city, stuff like that.

 

Telluride's got more than enough of that. And assuming "stuff like that" is from a dispensary, Telluride's the hands-down winner :cool

 

If mom's a hardcore shopper, Park City is the better choice, although Telluride also has a decent amount of shopping. Park City also has more and (arguably) better nightclubs, if that's much of a consideration. If mom wants to drive herself to museums or the symphony or something, the Salt Lake area definitely offers more. On the flipside, Telluride's free gondola ride really is a nice amenity for non-skier visitors.

 

If mom says she's ok with Telluride, I think it's a great choice. Better terrain and snow, and low crowds.

post #83 of 86
Park City has way more to do for non-skiers. No contest. Plus if she's got a car, she can drive into SLC for the day.
post #84 of 86

@mrB17,  not sure what your current plans are but I did speak with Telluride today.  More specifically Estrella Woods.  Based on that conversation I would not expect to see any discounts popping online anytime soon, if at all.  You will need to attend an event that Telluride is participating in.  *If* Telluride is still your goal here are my thoughts.  I could be wrong but I believe you live in MA.?  If so then next weekend is the Ski and Snowboard expo in Boston.  I would talk to the parents about attending.  Telluride will be there.  That is probably the only way you will get the best discount.  I would also suggest calling someplace like the Telluride Mountain Lodge this week and talk to them about any specials or discounts on stay and ski packages.  That would give you the best price they would have and you can compare to Telluride pricing.

 

One other good thing about attending the event.  There will be other mountains participating.  You would have an opportunity to speak with resorts and get their best pricing.  Aspen, Vail, Big Sky, Whistler, etc. will be there along with a bunch from your area.

 

Whatever your decision, good luck and I hope you have a great trip wherever you decide to go. 

post #85 of 86
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Originally Posted by Mike78 View Post
 

@mrB17,  not sure what your current plans are but I did speak with Telluride today.  More specifically Estrella Woods.  Based on that conversation I would not expect to see any discounts popping online anytime soon, if at all.  You will need to attend an event that Telluride is participating in.  *If* Telluride is still your goal here are my thoughts.  I could be wrong but I believe you live in MA.?  If so then next weekend is the Ski and Snowboard expo in Boston.  I would talk to the parents about attending.  Telluride will be there.  That is probably the only way you will get the best discount.  I would also suggest calling someplace like the Telluride Mountain Lodge this week and talk to them about any specials or discounts on stay and ski packages.  That would give you the best price they would have and you can compare to Telluride pricing.

 

One other good thing about attending the event.  There will be other mountains participating.  You would have an opportunity to speak with resorts and get their best pricing.  Aspen, Vail, Big Sky, Whistler, etc. will be there along with a bunch from your area.

 

Whatever your decision, good luck and I hope you have a great trip wherever you decide to go. 

Thanks for the suggestion. I actually did get a chance to go to the expo today. We found the Telluride booth and got a good discount on my lift ticket, I got a season pass for $250. Now we just have to buy flight tickets and lodging. My parents have no rush to do so, should I try to convince them to book early? Also, should I bring my skis or get rentals?

post #86 of 86

Glad it worked out for you.  Sure wouldn't hurt to pay attention to lodging and flight deals now.  I got an email from Mountain Lodge last week so I know they had some special offer going.  Other places in town probably do too.   Your skis or rental?  Hard to say.  I guess I would look for an inclusive package that had skis otherwise you will have to decide if the additional cost of renting outweighs the baggage cost and dragging them with you.  I know if you were to go the rental/demo route Christy gets like $45 per day in Telluride.  And that's if you book in advance.  Probably add $10 per day to that otherwise.   The premium package is probably $35.   I don't know what places like Telluride Sports charges.

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