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Help me plan my next trip

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Just got back from Steamboat. The resort is great and the sonw was incredible(Thanks to a 30" sunday night dump). The only grip is that it was expensive, mostly because we stayed at the Sheraton and were forced to eat out every meal.

We realized basically all we do is ski, eat and sleep. Thats it, so I was thinking that I could make the trip less expensive by going to a less popular ski destination and staying in a condo.

So here are my requirements

1. Must be relatively easy to get to( we would be flying out of charlotte nc)

2. Should be blessed with over 300" annually

3. Lift Tickets less than $59

4. Condo must be within 20 minutes of the ski area and a supermarket

5. There should be at least a couple of long beginner runs for my wife

After some intial research I concluded that Ogden would be a good choice. Easy flight to SLC and short drive to Ogden. Snow basin and Powder mountain are very close and uncrowded. I particularly like the option of the $7 snow cat rides at Powder.

Anybody else want to offer up some suggestions?
post #2 of 8
I was at PM yesterday (12-28) and Snowbasin the day before. Fantastic days with the edge going to PM due to very light snow and crowds. PM has a very retro feel and can be hard to navigate. Lift system is marginal at best, and the cat may not run on the days you want it most (like yesterday after the huge storm for example). Snowbasin has a ton of intermediate and adv. intermediate terrain w/posh lodges and warm gondolas.

You may want to consider staying downtown SLC. Nice hotel room can be had for $85-$100 per, and there is a very good variety of cheap eats and drinks. (I know this for a fact because i live dntn). All resorts would be within about 45 min (except PM), and you could go where the snow hits on any given day. For example, a three day trip of Alta, Dv, Snowbasin could easily be done from dntn.
post #3 of 8
Park City would be a good choice.. you will have to take shuttle to lifts but have three resorts to choose from (PCM, The Canyons and Deer Valley). Carriage House and Prospector Square are nice ( We stayed at PS) and relatively inexpensive condos/studios. You can take the shuttle from SLC for around $50 and don't need a car in Park City because the busses are free that take you to all three mountains.
Another choice would be Breckenridge. Lots of intermediate and beginner terrain. Shuttle in to mountain from Denver for $108 pp on resort-express.com. DOn't need a car here either. Bus system free. You can get lift tickets for cheaper than $55 by accessing www.sitzmark.com or www.arapahoebasin.com which allows you to ski at Vail-Beaver Creek/Keystone/Breck and A Basin for five days with a season bonus pass. The Great Divide Lodge (studios) is nice. There is also the Fireside Inn which is a B and B so you can eat in every morning as well. For a Condo, I would try Tyra River Bend.
The third choice would be Crested Butte. No crowds, beautiful mountain. About $60 RT from Gunnison County Airport. Bus system free to mountain and town (3 mi away). Great terrain. Lift tickets are cheaper than most ski resorts. Try www.wildernessways.com/cblifttickets.html And you can stay at the hostel in a private room for a really good price www.crestedbuttehostel.com or www.crestedbutte.resortquest.com for condos.
Last but not least would be Big Mountain Montana. Go to www.bigmtn.com. Only 20 min form Glacier International Airport(Kalispell?) and it a great mountain. Lots of blue and green terrain(bigger than Vail but not crowded at all) and you used to be able to buy a lift ticket for just the greens at a greatly reduced price.
Hope this helps!
Good luck!
post #4 of 8
Try looking into ski vacation packages to Europe. Last winter a colleague of mine took a trip to St Anton (Austria) for less than $1000. His trip included airfare, lift tickets, hotel and meals for 7 days.
It can be very affordable to ski in Europe if you can deal with a few extra hours in a plane.

post #5 of 8
Europe is a definite good economical chice. Whistler would be more expensive, but still much less expensive than most American resorts. Lots of great beginner terrain for your wife.

Ogden is good, but Brighton, and believe it or not, Alta probably has some better beginner terrain. Snowbasin is great, but lift tickets are expensive. If you stay at Extended Stay in either Sandy or Midvale, you can get a room with a kitchenette for under $40 a night! Supermarkets are relatively close. Have fun!
post #6 of 8
My wife and I skied in Whistler for the first time at the beginning of this year. It was wonderful. Our criteria for skiing is usually to find a deal on airfare and then look for a place where a car is not necessary (if possible). Airfare to Vancouver from Atlanta was $200 before junk fees, and the village has everything you need within walking distance. My wife and I are both intermediates, but she was not as confident in her skiing this year as last. Whistler was great because there are green and blue trails all the way up to the tops of both mountains that allowed us to stay together and enjoy ourselves.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
$200 from alanta, where did you get that deal from?

Whistler is on the short list and is looking like the choice. Where did you stay

Thanks for all the advice

[ December 30, 2003, 10:41 AM: Message edited by: mrryde ]
post #8 of 8
Flights to Germany/Austria/Switzerland for January and February are available for as low as $300 (I have been booking my own travel arrangements recently).
Although the Euro/Dollar exchange rate is not good right now, lift tickets are still cheaper than in the US. A one day pass to the Arlberg area in Austria is ~$48.

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