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Don't know if others have tried this yet but last week was my first experience with this website, which I think is affiliated with Travelocity. After I saw the forecast and the satellite photos for Salt Lake last week Tuesday (3/14) I went online and I got a flight from the East Coast and mid-size rental car for 6 days for $ 450. I flew out on Thursday (3/16) skiing four and a half days until Tuesday (3/21). By booking an inexpensive hotel online and getting vouchers in town at ski shops, I managed to ski at Alta, Park City and Sundance very reasonably.

Apparently you have to buy either a flight and hotel, or a flight and a car combo, because the airlines don't want you to know what you are actually paying for the ticket. On the plus side, the flights are with major airlines and you do get frequent flier miles. Some drawbacks are that you do need to constantly check the site, since prices and dates move around a lot as the airlines release new blocks of seats. In other words, if you don't like the price on Monday you can always check on Tuesday to see if things have improved. Also, they don't always let you rent a 4WD which is a little bit of a drawback. But other than that I can't complain. It's a great way to try and pick your trip dates to coincide with advantageous snow falls. I got fresh three days out of the five this past weekend in SLC.

Wife and I also have tix to Taos this weekend courtesy of same website, got car and flights for both of us for $ 650. I am now praying to the sacred powder kachina for Friday and Saturday as well.
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This only seems to be for flights from the UK, correct??
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Ah, OK, that's better -- thanks. Unfortunately, they base prices on at least two travelers, so the deals are not too good for solo travelers. Still have some good deals for couples and families though. I guess I need to start dragging my wife along....
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viking kaj: Just got back from skiing a couple of days at Taos. They have had a slim snow year and lots of the steep runs never opened, but there is still lots of good steep skiing. The cruisers runs are in great shape and you can ski off both sides of the ridge. You definitely will be dodging debris in some of the mogal troughs, but overall it was pretty good skiing. You should have a good trip and there is a possibility of more snow this week.
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A few weeks back you could have used the UK site to get 7 days in Canada in a wide choice of BC resorts for £269 (US$470) including flights, transfers, slopeside accommodation and all taxes.

Did I buy? Of course I did - but I didn't only stay for 7 days :-)
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Ah, OK, that's better -- thanks. Unfortunately, they base prices on at least two travelers, so the deals are not too good for solo travelers. Still have some good deals for couples and families though. I guess I need to start dragging my wife along....
Just readjust the pulldown menu on the screen for one traveler (it's an option that they don't seem to advertise just to confuse you fruther about the price). Sometimes the price actually goes down with only one, don't ask me why.

My first weekend I traveled solo (Utah), the second my wife went with (Santa Fe and Taos). Both went off without a hitch.
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A few weeks back you could have used the UK site to get 7 days in Canada in a wide choice of BC resorts for £269 (US$470) including flights, transfers, slopeside accommodation and all taxes.

Did I buy? Of course I did - but I didn't only stay for 7 days :-)
I notice the German site has lots of last minute deals for Austria and Switzerland. Anybody tried these yet?
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A few weeks back you could have used the UK site to get 7 days in Canada in a wide choice of BC resorts for £269 (US$470) including flights, transfers, slopeside accommodation and all taxes.

Did I buy? Of course I did - but I didn't only stay for 7 days :-)
How does that work? Do you have to fly to London to join the tour? Or can you just take the land package?
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Just readjust the pulldown menu on the screen for one traveler (it's an option that they don't seem to advertise just to confuse you fruther about the price). Sometimes the price actually goes down with only one, don't ask me why.
That's what I did. Once I picked all the options, a screen popped up that said something like "Sorry, our packages are based on multiple travelers splitting car and hotel costs. Single traveler prices will be higher". And sure enough, the prices were about the same as what I was seeing on my own -- not so great. There were also several times that the deals changed or were taken before I finished making all the choices. The impression I got is that it's a highly dynamic travel site, and if you see something that works you should nab it ASAP. So I would not be surprised if there are some good deals for single travelers at times. It's worth checking every now and then, especially if you're like me and have ski gear pre-packed and ready to go...
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That's what I did. Once I picked all the options, a screen popped up that said something like "Sorry, our packages are based on multiple travelers splitting car and hotel costs. Single traveler prices will be higher". And sure enough, the prices were about the same as what I was seeing on my own -- not so great. There were also several times that the deals changed or were taken before I finished making all the choices. The impression I got is that it's a highly dynamic travel site, and if you see something that works you should nab it ASAP. So I would not be surprised if there are some good deals for single travelers at times. It's worth checking every now and then, especially if you're like me and have ski gear pre-packed and ready to go...
You do need to check back because prices and flight selections will very from day to day depending upon which airline reduces another block of seats on a particular route. If it hits the price you are looking for you need to nab the tix quickly, since once the block is sold there are no more.

And,as you note, the sight is designed for those of us who are packed, want to ski someplace this weekend, and are willing to go quickly. If you are willing to do this, the site can be a great alternative.
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JMy first weekend I traveled solo (Utah), the second my wife went with (Santa Fe and Taos). Both went off without a hitch.
LOL, my bad..I read that cooment too fast. I reversed "second" and "my"...in a sentance that had "Utah" in it...ohhhh boy!:
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