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wife and I need to get outta here....Coloraddy? Taos?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Okay, we've darn neer had it with the warm weather and are feeling a quick jaunt west coming on. For some reason, tickets to Salt Lake are pricey and Jackson is up there as well. Cheapest flights have been to Albequerque (i don't know how to spell it..sorry) and Denver. Denver would be great but prices on lodging and lift tickets have been REDICULOUS. Any suggestions on how to get this cost down a bit? We've just been kinda looking at resorts' sites and they stick it to ya.

Taos would be great but the 2 hour drive from ABQ scares me a bit, plus I've heard it's been pretty dry there. Any confirms on the weather and/or the drive?

We are very flexible with our travel times and days...only constraint is we can only miss 2 days of work.

I've been looking at different ways to try and save money via the net, but am getting no where. I'm actually contemplating going to an agent....

Any thoughts? Suggestions? Anything to get me outta here? Shoot, I might just have to buck up if worse comes to worse...but there's got to be a way to save a little.

Thanks for any help.
post #2 of 28
Whistler, of course!

post #3 of 28
For what it's worth, Taos is having a VERY LOW snow year....

L
post #4 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lonnie
For what it's worth, Taos is having a VERY LOW snow year....

L

Actually, that's worth a lot. Thanks Lonnie.

Whistler would be great......and is still an option at this point. But flights are lonnnng from the midwest and it's almost not worth the hastle. But if the price is right.......i'm in.
post #5 of 28
check site59.com for cheap <2wk hotel/air packages. Whistler is worth the hassle, the drive is awesome and has to be done.
post #6 of 28
Fly Denver, rent econocar, stay in mom&pop motels in Georgetown and/or Frisco. Ski a couple days at Loveland, a couple days at A-Basin. Cheap trip, good snow&terrain, low crowds.
post #7 of 28
This is the year to do Montana since most of the resorts have great coverage. Fly into Spokane, rent a car and bounce between the big and small resorts for a week then fly out of Bozeman. Your other option would be to fly in and out of Bozeman & just skiing the resort around here. Both would be an experience you won't forget.
post #8 of 28
Go to www.jacksonholewy.com which is the central reservations for Jackson Hole, they've got deals on lodging and lift tickets I think 280 per person 4 nights lodging and three days skiing. Considering that it costs 70/ day just to ski this seems like a good deal. They claim they offer deals on Flights as well if you give them a call. If you can get in here on Friday night ski Sat., Sun, Mon, Leave Tue Morning back to work on Wednesday. Best part no driving or Rental cars to deal with just hop on the shuttle out to the Village.
post #9 of 28
The colorado resorts are having an epic year. You said you were looking at Denver or Albuquerque. Go to Denver. It's dry as a bone here. You will not be sorry no matter which Colorado resort you choose. Hopefully, next year will be another story and you will try Taos. The drive isn't too bad - very scenic but not mountainous. and you can ski Santa Fe on your way up!
post #10 of 28
Still find Utah to be the cheapest. Round trip from NY was $250.00. Hotels are cheap, lifts not too bad. The Marriot Residence Inn near Little Cotton Wood Canyon has deals for 1 night $170.00 includes a studio suite with 2 lift tickets, per day with breakfast. Still one of the best deals around. Oh yeah, the snow is pretty good too.
post #11 of 28
you can fly southwest to denver,slc, or reno/tahoe for 250 each.
tahoe - rentals are 75 for good quality low end.
salt lake city - rentals are 65 for good quality low end.
frisco - rentals are 75 for good quality low end or rent a condo -hocksnest.com for around 150 in breckenridge.

and all those places have great snow. i mean, if you want to stay close to lifts in slc or CO, you gotta pay; but there's lots of good options if you can book your flight far enough in advance.
post #12 of 28
I may be missing something here, but the fella's from MI, not NY. He said he checked airfares and was interested in either Denver or Albuquerque. Although it's good info for the NYers lurking...
post #13 of 28
The drive from ABQ to Taos is more like 3+ hours but it is very scenic.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by Jamesj
Fly Denver, rent econocar, stay in mom&pop motels in Georgetown and/or Frisco. Ski a couple days at Loveland, a couple days at A-Basin. Cheap trip, good snow&terrain, low crowds.
Seriously, this is a great suggestion. We stayed at the Georgetown Super 8 last year (when we only had one 'real' job between my husband & me, so were trying to economize!). Not a bad place, I think it was around $60 a night, even has a continental breakfast to get you going (and save bkfst $). Pretty decent food in Georgetown, too...I can't remember names, a nice burger/bar joint and a Czech place that was just awesome. It is VERY close to Loveland, which I thought was an awesome place to ski. Not far to A-Basin, either...we also took in Winter Park as well. (Another hint: you can get 2-1 Copper AND Winter Park tickets with this $10 coupon book: www.eduproject.com .... you can buy it online, if you have enough time, or check the website, there may be locations in Denver you can get it. Check dates, though, for restrictions.)
post #15 of 28

big year in montana

i'm with rio, go montana. flights to spokane, or missoula, i bet kalispell is expensive but convenient and big mountain is a great mountain and probablyl not as expensive as big sky/moonlight. You'll see some pretty country (hopefully) and we have lots and lots of snow.

the drive from ABQ to taos sucks unless you really have time to meander in sante fe (overrated) and take the highline down, but not this year. Mom is right, absolutely dry dry dry in new mexico. my usual advice for CO because I personally hate the i-70 parking lot and the zillions of people, is to rent a car in denver and head to steamboat, that or take the alpine taxi to steamboat where you really don't need a car. Mountain Resorts is the big booking agencythere, although there are several places on www.vrbo.com (vacation rentals by owner) which may offer some deals.

You mentioned you looked at jackson - i imagine the airfare is outrageous but i did a vacation once with a day in JAckson and the rest in grand targee (over the hill in idaho) on the backside of jackson. Cheaper, great weather, nice resort and really nice skiing - haven't been there in years but their motto used to be powder from heaven not from hoses, and was excellent skiing without the lines/drama/cost that is jackson in the winter. I think we stayed at the super 8 in Driggs (and there are some great outdoor shops in Driggs, really!! and some great food as well! )
post #16 of 28
Thread Starter 
wow.......thanks for all the suggestions. This board rocks as always. We're down to jackson and whistler.

Thanks again!
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by montana mags
the drive from ABQ to taos sucks unless you really have time to meander in sante fe (overrated) and take the highline down, but not this year.
Hey, as a card-carrying member of the NM chamber of commerce : I can't let that go unchallenged. The drive from Albuquerque to Taos has many spectacular vistas, even without taking the high-road. It's not mountain views, but the high desert has it's own awesome beauty. How can you not be overwhlemed by the view of the black, Rio Grande Gorge as you come up over the horseshoe curve? or the beauty of the canyon at Pilar? or the vastness of the high desert with chamisa and pinon/juniper and the Jemez in the distance? The charm of Velarde with its apple orchards? it's truly wonderful.

There is a bypass highway now, too, so you don't have to drive through Santa Fe (which still has plenty to do and a pretty sweet little ski mountain - especially if you like trees) and that cuts quite a bit of time off the trip. Its 2-2.5 hours, depending on how heavy your foot is to Taos town, a little further to the mountain itself. And, Taos is a great town with lots of interesting places to stay.

Unfortunately, it's true you should not come to ski this year, but next year, or hiking/biking this summer, New Mexico is great. It has not been overrun or sucked into the votex of USA homoginization yet.
post #18 of 28

new mexico

hi mom, well you can have new mexico (in the nicest way!). That drive to taos, no matter how you go, has the worst, scariest drivers I have ever seen. lived down there both around ABQ and in the south and in my very humble and only my opinion,hated every minute (driving to pagosa, driving to taos). I think sante fe as a high end shopping mall, the ski area is okay, for a day diversion if stuck there. also skied sandia peak...no comment on that! I do think the area around angelfire is pretty (but not like CO, WY or MT). Skiing wise just (again only my limited opinion) could never compare to other states, so....I figure my hope to never return there only leaves more space for those who love it .
post #19 of 28
[quote=montana mags] no matter how you go, has the worst, scariest drivers I have ever seen.
Well that's true, we do have the scariest drivers around.

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think sante fe as a high end shopping mall
All due respect, you need to improve your imagination/creativity if all you did in SF was shop. There are at least two world-class performing arts events on any given week in Santa Fe. And darn good museums too. And, in winter the science and literary life between Lannan and Santa Fe Institue aren't too shabby either.

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skied sandia peak...no comment on that!
Yeah, me either! Go midwest, young man.

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I do think the area around angelfire is pretty (but not like CO, WY or MT).
That's the point. NM doesn't look like CO, WY or MT. (The area around Angel Fire isn't near as intersting as the area around other parts of the state.) If you can't appreciate the desert, mesas, red rocks, wide spaces, arroyos, canyons, subtlely of the landscape, then it's not for you. But these too are beautiful.

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figure my hope to never return there only leaves more space for those who love it
. Well, darlin' don't let the screen door...
post #20 of 28

land of enchantment

naw, I see that screen door comin' I did actually go to the opera in SF, hiked around a bird ?(or something, can't remember) sanctuary near town, lovely place for receptions,went to several conferences in SF, yes,some nice restaurants, interesting mountains, but still seems like a big mall to me and I am not a shopper (which might be why it seemed that way)..actually got around the state quite a bit but, just like many of my friends think I'm retarded (for many reasons!) but also for loving foggy,wet, inconvenient, cell-phones-barely-work, hard-to-get-to nw montana, I will leave NM for those that love it, and I mean that with all respect, really!
post #21 of 28

If you can sit tight...

See what the storms that are due to hit Wed-Sat of this week bring to Northern New Mexico. We were hit with a foot and a half of the dry fluffy stuff last Thursday night and more is on the way. Right now, the money you will save on hotels and lift tickets will afford you the ability to charter a private plane from Abq to Taos airport so you can skip the argument about a scenic drive. And...If your trip is anywhere near mid Feb, the snow will be great. Always is by that time. That's just me sticking up for Taos.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by Rio
This is the year to do Montana since most of the resorts have great coverage. Fly into Spokane, rent a car and bounce between the big and small resorts for a week then fly out of Bozeman. Your other option would be to fly in and out of Bozeman & just skiing the resort around here. Both would be an experience you won't forget.
Here is wisdom. Unless you go to Big Sky, Montana can certainly save you money on the lodging and lift ticket prices of Coloraddy. Western Montana has had a good snow year so far, Lost Trail has had huge dumps recently, Discovery has great coverage, and Snowbowl, er, well, nevermind, nothing to see here, move along to Bozeman.
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 
We really tried to dig into the montana thing but just had no luck unless we wanted to fly into billings, which is just too much driving for our timeline.

Colorado would've worked very well, too......but we chose Jackson. Easy flights with very very good times (important with such a short trip). Plus....last year of the tram and I've never ridden it.

Either way, very thrilled. Thanks for the suggestions, all! If anyone will be there around Valentine's day, lemme know...we'll do a drink.
post #24 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by montana mags
I figure my hope to never return there only leaves more space for those who love it .
Keep hopin - The state's not called it the land of entrapment for nothin! I've just recently landed back in Abq after being away for 13 years or so!

Although I can see both sides of the drive argument... I happen to think it's a gorgeous drive to Taos, and Pagosa as well, *once you get out of espanola* That first leg Abq->SF->Espanola kills me though, after doing it almost every weekend since early Nov. Coming around that horseshoe, up the hill, and seeing the gorge open up as you crest though - man, always gives me the biggest smile.

And SF, while small, has some really great terrain (assuming it's actually covered in snow!) and some amazing views.
post #25 of 28

lovely NM

yep, skied SF, nice little place, crazy parking as i remember, pretty road up but was behind a total pussmonger on the way back (going a solid 15mph,bright sunny day) so,good thing I had my bruce cockburn tape , took over 90 minutes to get back to SF

still can't remember any part of that drive i liked,especially espaniola.Way too scared and I drive a big a$$ truck. Talk about picking cotton....

now the drive from denver to steamboat IS pretty, and the drive from Granby to Walden is also lovely, but I'm biased of course. The drive from Missoula up to the flathead has a lovely view as well, if only you could see it.

If I was cruising down i-25 (God forbid) and it was winter and the snow was decent and I had a ton of time and my skis with me I MIGHT meander over to taos but again, my opinion only, enjoy other areas so much more, particularly on low snow years. I do know people (who are NOT on medication) who claim taos is their favorite area so just goes to show...
post #26 of 28
No point in trying to convince MontanaMags, they are happy where they are and that's great. (even if they are prone to exaggeration - 14 miles to the santa fe ski basin makes 90 minutes pretty hard to believe, even at 15 mph, especially since we are all such crazy drivers!) Anyhow, here are a few photos to show we in NM are not completely nuts in thinking there is beauty in the land of entrapment (cute!) food's good too...



Back side of Taos



Ski Santa Fe (last year)



Road to Taos ski valley



Rio Grande gorge from the road to Taos.
post #27 of 28
If your thinking jackson Hole Then you could always land in SLC and take the drive up to Jackson Hole It is almost all Freeway. Hitting Grand Tarhgee while up that way is well worth a day or two.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by Mom
Hey, as a card-carrying member of the NM chamber of commerce : I can't let that go unchallenged
Good for you, those claims were absurd. The drive is certainly one of my favorites.

For those who don't know, I'm from NY, so I'm no New Mexico fanboy.

ABQ>Taos is 2.5 hours for me, but it'd be more like 2 if I had a modern automobile.
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