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Motorhome Ski Trips

post #1 of 16
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I picked up a 34' motorhome this summer and was considering using it for some trips to Colorado and Northern NM.

Does anybody else take their motorhome to the resorts.

The cold does not bother me, the coach is designed to keep the water lines and tanks ice free as long as you keep the furnace running.

Parking is what I wonder about, can you find RV parks open?
Can you just park in the Ski Area parking lot?
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post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Great info, especially about the indoor/outdoor thermostat under the coach around the tanks. Winnebago says my Itasca Suncruiser will handle the cold but I worry about the drain valves freezing up when closed.

I may also add a battery or two, The generator works great but I am not sure how long I would have to run it to get a full charge. The fan in the thermostat does not use much power, I may test it this weekend just to see how long a full charge will run it, just run the fan without the heater.
post #4 of 16
This brings to mind an interseting scene from Aspen Extreme, where the two "heroes" almost freeze to death because they forget to fill the propane tank on their van become RV.
post #5 of 16
In the Northwest most ski areas have a dedicated Motorhome parking area. Call to find out if the resorts you will be at do. Some also have electrical hookups but I have not stayed at any with water or sewer.

We never have problems with our sewer but we add a few gallons of RV antifreeze to the grey and black water tanks prelaunch.

I would add either two or four 6 volt golf cart batteries instead of your crappy RV batteries. They should all be new and in good shape. You will need to run the gen but it shouldn't be a big issue. Or you could add on a couple of solar pannels and get a good charge regulator but the cost is fairly high for that.

Mark
post #6 of 16
one word: WALMART

As far as I know, Walmart has not changed their policy about allowing overnight parking in their lots. I can tell you, there are normally a few people in cars/motorhomes at Walmart here in Steamboat almost all winter long.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Manus View Post
one word: WALMART

As far as I know, Walmart has not changed their policy about allowing overnight parking in their lots. I can tell you, there are normally a few people in cars/motorhomes at Walmart here in Steamboat almost all winter long.
LOL, gotta love Wally World.
Do you know the definition of a Retiree in a Motor Home.

Thats a guy driving a $500,000.00 motor home pulling a $40,000.00 car and looking for a free place to park.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by Manus View Post
one word: WALMART

As far as I know, Walmart has not changed their policy about allowing overnight parking in their lots. I can tell you, there are normally a few people in cars/motorhomes at Walmart here in Steamboat almost all winter long.
Walmart recently sponsored a couple on a country wide RV trip and they were parking in Walmart lots. The couple had approached them for permission to write about it and they offered to pay their way. They had a blog about the whole trip but they took it down due to viscious attacks from the anti-Walmart groups. I read about the trip in Business Week magazine (or something like that) last week.

http://walmartingacrossamerica.com

So yea, they still allow it.

I'm looking into doing a ski tour with our 28' travel trailer someday when I get a decent amount of time off work.
post #9 of 16
I'm sure there are plenty of Wal-Marts sprinkled around ski country. Anybody know if any close enough to a ski hill for their parking lot to qualify as "slopeside accommodations" :-)
Is there one in Jackson, WY on the bus line to Teton Village?
post #10 of 16
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I'm sure there are plenty of Wal-Marts sprinkled around ski country. Anybody know if any close enough to a ski hill for their parking lot to qualify as "slopeside accommodations" :-)
Is there one in Jackson, WY on the bus line to Teton Village?
Frisco, CO

Free "Summit Stage" bus leaves the bus lot just behind Walmart for Copper Mountain (about 5 miles), Breckenridge (about 9 miles), and Keystone/A-Basin (about 12/18 miles).

Who would want a slopeside Walmart?
post #11 of 16
There is one very close to Beaver Creek in Avon. If it's not on the bus route it's probably only a block away.
post #12 of 16
The Walmart in Steamboat is between the mountain and downtown, and there are a couple bus stops just a stones throw away.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
I want to have the motorhome in the parking lot, ski in ski out motorhome.

Arrive early and have breakfast before the lifts open, a place to lunch, A place to keep extra gear and skis just in case, and a place for the wife to go if she gets tired.
post #14 of 16
There aren't a lot of ski area parking lots that would qualify as "ski in and ski out", and most of those won't allow you to take up two-three car spaces with a big bus. Most require large vehicles to park at a fair distance from slopeside, although many provide a shuttle.

Be sure to have your CO alarm installed. Generator and furnace operation can be killers.
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Does Arapahoe let you overnight at the beach?
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Does Arapahoe let you overnight at the beach?
Not anymore.
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