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Help! Looking for cheap place to crash in ANY RESORT near Salt Lake or Denver

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Got a spring break trip planned for my gf and I, except we havnt yet decided on where we're going! The dates would be March 28-April 1 or 2nd. Plane tix from NYC to either Salt Lake or Denver are about the same price ($200!!). Now we just need to find the best bargain and we're there! Looking for more than just a stale hotel room, it would be nice to find somewhere with a kitchen too. But beggers can't be choosers of course, we dont want to spend more than around $100/night. We only need 1 bed. So if anyone has any hookups they want to share with a fellow bear, send 'em our way! By the way, we'll be renting a car, so I'd say about 3 hours from denver or SL would be the boundaries (now that includes Steamboat too!!). We're super laid back, and we both go to med school at albany in case you have a hookup in mind but are not too sure about us!

We kinda need to find a place soon, in the next few days. I personally dont care, but she's kinda the type that needs things to be planned way in advance. So thanks in advance for tapping in your grape vine and letting us know about some options. Can't wait to head back out west!!

Ben
poppaskilove@yahoo.com
post #2 of 15
I would say you stand a better chance of what you are looking for in Salt Lake. Denver is at best a little over an hour from the resorts. In Salt lake you can be around 10-15 miles. There is a La Quinta in Salt Lake (or there was) that is off the drive that goes straight up Little Cottonwood Canyon. It was around $60 a night and is probably still under $100. I stayed there peak season last time. For that matter though, any hotel there will work for you.
In Colorado, you might try the Super 8 in Winterpark or look for some Hotels in Idaho Springs. That would put you at less than an hour to most of the majors. The Tommyknocker brewery has good beer and food and beau Jo's pizza is always a hit.
post #3 of 15
My wife and I own a condo in Silverthorne, CO (10 minutes to Copper, Arapahoe Basin, keystone, 15 to Breckenridge, 30 to Vail). We would be happy to rent to a fellow Bear for a reduced price, BUT, someone is already using during the dates you are looking for. If your dates are flexible at all let us know. Our condo website is www.skihikebikesummitcounty.com

Good Luck,
Peter
post #4 of 15
Look at Dillon or Frisco for cheap sleeps. Close to Breck, Copper, Keystone, A-Basin. Should be some decent spring ski deals. Look at the Breckenridge website. I suppose the same goes for the SLC ski areas too.
post #5 of 15
There is a Discovery Inn in Midvale that is across the street from the La Quinta that Killclimbz mentioned. It is very clean, but nothing fancy and there is a microwave and small fridge/freezer in each room. There is a free continental breakfast with make your own waffles and a 24 hour coffee bar. There is also a sauna and hot tub, but you have to walk outside to get to it. I just stayed there for $43/night with my AAA discount (regularly < $60). It is about 100 yards from the highway that takes you to Park City (about 40 minutes) or the Big & Little Cottonwood Canyons (25 minutes). Excellent cheap digs.
post #6 of 15
We could probably hook you up with a relitivily inexpensive condo, probably around 90-110 a night that time of year. I would be a little hesitant as that is a little late in the year to garentee good skiing in Steamboat. If you are interested shoot me a PM.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses so far, I can definately see us taking up Steamboats offer. You also bring up an interesting point that may affect our decision of colorado or utah. Being from the east, I just assume that all the resorts out west will always have yards of snow waiting for me whenever I wanted to take the plunge and fly out there. Didn't realize you guys can have bad winters like us (perhaps I did, but it gives me peace of mind to believe no matter how bad our winter is here, I can always take a flight out west and be back in the land of 300+ inches.)

At the very end of march, which place would offer the most snow? My gf has never boarded out west, it would be great to show her the unbelievable amount of snow thats to be had there in the bowls, glades, ect. So whats your take? CO or UT for the best snow and % mountain open?
post #8 of 15
for sure, flying to SLC and staying in Midvale/Sandy at the bottom of the Cottonwood Canyons is your best best for good snow and fresh powder! I stay at the La Quinta mentioned above, but I would check out the Discovery Inn to save a few more bucks. Wait until you take the Snowbird tram to the top and look down Little Cloud Bowl and Mineral Basin, it is ALL YOURS to ski. WOW!
post #9 of 15
We have had a ton of snow in northers and central Colorado this year. My bet is that most mountains will still be 100% open, it's just the question of snow quality. I doubt you want to come out west to ski slush. But on the other hand, the dates you are talking about can serve up some of the best powder conditions at any resort in CO.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Looks like we're heading out to SLC! Check out this deal we found.

Roundtrip tix from NYC to SLC
4 nights lodging in SLC
2 days at the bird/alta
1 day at park city

...=$457!!

Just couldnt pass that up. Thanks for all the help though fellas. Im on a super high at the moment now that I realize ill be skiing in the best pow in the world in about 2 months!
post #11 of 15
If you get in early enough, don't forget to sign up for the free ticket at the Park City resorts on the day of arrival.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Not sure what your talking about. I checked the pc site, but no mention of anything like that. We're getting in at 10 pm so its probably a moot point anyway
post #13 of 15
Park City definitely offers free skiing the day of your arrival. At the very least send them an email off of there website asking about it. I think all you have to do is bring your boarding pass ticket stub what ever they call it to the resort and they hook you up. After you have signed up for the deal that is. I just got back from Utah, and several of the people that I met up with who flew in that day did this very deal. If your flight gets in sometime in the morning it's worth it. Park City is not very far from the SLC airport.
post #14 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Poppa Ski Love
Looks like we're heading out to SLC! Check out this deal we found.

Roundtrip tix from NYC to SLC
4 nights lodging in SLC
2 days at the bird/alta
1 day at park city

...=$457!!

Just couldnt pass that up. Thanks for all the help though fellas. Im on a super high at the moment now that I realize ill be skiing in the best pow in the world in about 2 months!
Which airport are you flying out of? What airline? It seems the best prices are from LGA : .

I looked at JetBlue's site and they have $99 one way tickets from JFK to SLC, but the return flight is $250!! I would be better off trying to book through a standard carrier...
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
its funny you bring that up. Im apparently flying OUT of laguardia and flying RETURN to JFk! Not sure how we're gonna manage that, ill see if i can't call a few mates in the city to taxi us back to the car which would be in either laguardia or jfk.
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