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Vail for Under $ 50 a day with Lifts and Lodging

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Yes folks, you read that correctly. It can still be done. At the risk of being utterly redundant I am repeating this post from a few other threads as a public service in light of all the gripes about the $ 81 a day lift ticket.

Last spring I took advantage of the Spring back to Vail program which offered 6 days of lifts for $ 119. I coupled that with the Turntable Inn in Minturn (the old Sante Fe rail road dormitory http://www.mtvacations.com/turntable.html ) where I got the weekly (contractor) rate in April of $ 29.99 a night for a basic but clean room with a shower and TV. If you do the math that works out to $ 49.82 a day. Not only that, but the Turntable is right next door to my 2d favorite watering hole in the valley, the Minturn Inn. (I prefer the Red Lion in the village for after ski, but that is only because of the awesome babes doing the rub dances with each other to Phil's geetar. PS... Phil's new reserved table policy sucks but I suppose it was inevitable given all the money floating around in the valley.) The Turntable also has a great railroad diner with serious breakfasts and awesome green chili burritos for under $ 10 with tip, perfect after a hard day's skiing. The morning bus from Minturn is $ 3.00, way cheaper than the parking fees, and if the snow is good you can ski back home over the back of the Sundowner Bowl (which by the way is where the real lion's head, a rock formation, is located).

So I skied Vail in 2005 for under $ 50 a day for lifts and lodging. And it was awesome, of the six I had three powder days. Outer Mongolia and Blue Sky basin had 12 " of untracked some days. No chi chi shit, just ski till you drop.

And this trip was pure luxury compared my college days when we used to warm up the lunch chili can on radiator of the F-150 and sleep in a down bag in the back under the topper with the gear so 1) the gear was safe and 2) we could save all our money for the essentials, lift tickets and beer.

Finally, I don't think Vail sucks unless you spend too much time on the front nine with all the chi chi Eurogeeks and fat Texans. With the back bowls there is so much skiable terrain that it is impossible to get bored. Not unlike Paris, she who is bored with Vail is bored with life. My one gripe is that the patrol there is not real friendly to people that like to go out of bounds or hike for terrain, unlike the way it was with the back bowls in the old days, but then they have a monster area to police so it's somewhat understandable.
post #2 of 5
Well, it sure didn't take me long to bookmark this post.
I typically take solo trips to CO anyway and have been looking for a way to ski Vail/BC for a few days on the cheap...
Thanks!
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Why does the Front Side get so much flack? I really love runs like Riva, Northwoods, Avanti, and Game Creek....
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Originally Posted by DefJef
Why does the Front Side get so much flack? I really love runs like Riva, Northwoods, Avanti, and Game Creek....
I love the front side too, its just that it gets so crowded. If you check my other posts you will see that I like to go fast on the groomers, ie. GS racing fast. And crowds really decrease the necessary safety factor when you are cruising at 30 plus mph. So I usually get up there early and do a number of runs on the front side before things crowd up, switching to the back bowls usually about 11 or so, and then moving back to the front side at least a half hour before they start to close the bowls down (ie. 2:30-3:00 pm).

As previously noted there is so much terrain that he who is bored with Vail is bored with life. There is just so much to ski.
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Forgot to add that Belle's camp is where you want to be for lunch. Just remember to bring it with you because the only food service there is water.
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