EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Budget Travel Top 10 Old School
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Budget Travel Top 10 Old School

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
"shut up and ski."

that's what it says.

http://www.budgettravelonline.com/bt...010400879.html

1. powder mountain, ut
2. burke, vt
3. wolf creek, co
4. homewood, ca
5. lost trail, mt
6. bridger bowl, mt
7. magic, vt
8. bogus basin, id
9. 49 north, wa
10. willamette pass, or
post #2 of 28

my kinda website/info

Thanks!
post #3 of 28
Just what we all need!
post #4 of 28
No Mad River Glen or Hickory Ski Hill? Bogus list.
post #5 of 28
Add Red Mountain to that list.
post #6 of 28
Add Red Lodge, Montana
post #7 of 28
As of next spring, you can delete Powder Mountain from the list. Construction on a new lodge and homesite development has been given the okey-dokey from Cache County (PM straddles the Cache-Weber county line) to begin next April. A sinister master plan looks very Deer Valley-esque.

Ski there while you can, Comrades.
post #8 of 28
Out of all of the mentioned is Bogus Basin, ID the only one close to a major airport? I'm looking for place that provides a shuttle or bus too to the resort, no car rentals for me.

Do they have long groomed terains with lots of snow (in early Dec.)? The resort is 16.5 miles north of Boise, ID. Open 10am - 10pm for $40/day
Roundtrip from Orlando, FL to Boise, ID, with 4-nights hotel is $470 + 3 day/night skiing is $120. $470 + $120 = $590.
post #9 of 28
I say add Monarch to that list. Lodging, food, and tics are dirts cheap and the people and snow are great.
post #10 of 28
flawed with no MRG.
post #11 of 28
I'm not surprised someone's about to pour money into Powder Mountain. If I had some money, I'd set up a club med (everything included, complete total holiday ski-week) type operation there. It'd be perfect.

I wouldn't be surprised if they got some kind of synergy going with Snow Basin, as it also has had the luxo treatment. And both are owned by small operations, not mega-resort conglomerates.
post #12 of 28
Saddleback in the lakes region of Maine should be on any budget list. Lift tickets are 40 bucks and it's a very underrated mountain with a 2000 foot verticle and some true steep fall line skiing....sort of old style classic NE terrain. Lodging is cheap in Rangeley and it's also an easy drive from Sugarloaf/Sunday River for a day trip.
post #13 of 28
Willamette Pass????? Apparently quality of skiing was not a factor. Willamette has some great terrain but global warming has been very unkind to it.
post #14 of 28
i'm w/ jamesx. this is only budget if youre w/in driving distance from the mountain.

doesnt take into account, transportation fees and plane ticket.

i still say you cant beat a southwest flight to reno, the casino shuttle to south lake, a cheap motel in south lake and free shuttles to heavenly, kirkwood, sierra and squaw; if youre going to have to fly.
post #15 of 28
I'd echo adding Red Mountain BC to the list as well. 83 marked runs (plus tons of unmarked), 2,900 foot vertical, 6 lifts (no high speed chairs), shuttle service from Spokane, Castlegar or Kelowna. At the booth lift tickets are $52 Canadian ($46 US).
post #16 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by JamesX521 View Post
Out of all of the mentioned is Bogus Basin, ID the only one close to a major airport? I'm looking for place that provides a shuttle or bus too to the resort, no car rentals for me.

Do they have long groomed terains with lots of snow (in early Dec.)? The resort is 16.5 miles north of Boise, ID. Open 10am - 10pm for $40/day
Roundtrip from Orlando, FL to Boise, ID, with 4-nights hotel is $470 + 3 day/night skiing is $120. $470 + $120 = $590.
I learned to ski many years ago at Bogus when I was in Jr High (had season pass/raced). In early Dec. it will be very unlikely that the snow will be very good (on average). It also gets insanely crowded on the weekend. Night skiing is very good (for night skiing)..the views of the Treasure Valley at night are really awsome.

As I remember there were a few long groomers, but most of the groomers were short.

The best skiing was on the backside (Pine Creek, Superior) and when it is open, the steeps off Shaeffer Butte

Bogus can be really, really good, but it sits in the desert, has a low base, so sometimes hurts for snow

sounds like a good deal but beware, you might get what you pay for
post #17 of 28
I would take Homewood OFF this list.

Tahoe lodging/food prices are the same for all areas.

Lift ticket-wise....cheaper at Alpine Meadows on weekends, Mt. Rose 2-for-1 midweek and the Northstar/Sierra passes are similar in price.
post #18 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Treewell View Post
Saddleback in the lakes region of Maine should be on any budget list. Lift tickets are 40 bucks and it's a very underrated mountain with a 2000 foot verticle and some true steep fall line skiing....sort of old style classic NE terrain. Lodging is cheap in Rangeley and it's also an easy drive from Sugarloaf/Sunday River for a day trip.
Thanks for reminding me about Saddleback. I've never been... always wanted to go. Maybe this will be the year!
post #19 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by JamesX521 View Post
Out of all of the mentioned is Bogus Basin, ID the only one close to a major airport? I'm looking for place that provides a shuttle or bus too to the resort, no car rentals for me.

Do they have long groomed terains with lots of snow (in early Dec.)? The resort is 16.5 miles north of Boise, ID. Open 10am - 10pm for $40/day
Roundtrip from Orlando, FL to Boise, ID, with 4-nights hotel is $470 + 3 day/night skiing is $120. $470 + $120 = $590.
Early December is very doubtful. Take a look at the Bogus website. No snow anywhere on the mountain yet. Also, vertical is 1800' but not many runs groomed or otherwise with that much vertical. Travelling as far as your planning, I think you would be disappointed with the place.
post #20 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Treewell View Post
Saddleback in the lakes region of Maine should be on any budget list. Lift tickets are 40 bucks and it's a very underrated mountain with a 2000 foot verticle and some true steep fall line skiing....sort of old style classic NE terrain. Lodging is cheap in Rangeley and it's also an easy drive from Sugarloaf/Sunday River for a day trip.
Wow,
Saddleback sounds great. I really want to visit/ski Maine some day
cheers
CTC
post #21 of 28
Ski Cooper Leadville Colorado, Best kept secret in Colorado,
www.skicooper.com
post #22 of 28
Agree regarding Ski Cooper, although I bet there's a significant number of people who think they're at Copper!
post #23 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Vertical View Post
Ski Cooper Leadville Colorado, Best kept secret in Colorado,
www.skicooper.com
I've never been to Cooper, but Sunlight is a great little Colorado mountain as well.
post #24 of 28

Slc

I think this list is a little bogus. For one, Copper Mountain can be VERY cheap, depending on when you go. You can usually get 4-day lift tickets on ebay for around $100, and if not quite reasonable tickets at the Safeway in Frisco. If you stay in the Holiday Inn in Frisco, it's pretty reasonable. Same for SLC, where you can get a great room in SLC for like $80/night, lift tickets for $45, and ski the day you arrive for free in Park City. Only hitch is car rental, which is rarely super cheap. Also, I usually have good luck getting frequent flyer fights into SLC--so if you've got Delta miles collecting up in your account, your flight in is free, you can ski the first day free, you can stay in SLC cheap, and never have to pay more than $50/day. Doesn't that count as "budget?"
post #25 of 28
It's not just budget, it's about that "old school" thing. I don't think anything in Park City or Copper qualifies.
post #26 of 28

In Japan...

Just incase you for some reason venture off to this neck of the woods, don't miss out on Omoshiroyama. (translates into Interesting Mountain.) 20 bucks for three hours. (they don't cut you off, though) No parking lot, no cars, no crowds, it's a train stop. Off-board the train, walk a flight of steps, buy a coffee, boot-up, pay 20 bucks, ski ~800 vert of tree-gullies, alone off of one chair, hike the BC if you get bored to terrain that funnels back to the chair. Great on deep days due to the steep pitch.
My motto for it- steep, deep and cheap. I only go a couple of times a year for the down-to-the-grit-____.
post #27 of 28
Castle Mountain $50 Canadian
Red Mountain $52 Canadian
Whitewater $46 Canadian

Although my Sunshine season's pass reduces Castle to $40 and Red to $39.
post #28 of 28

Oh Canada

I'd love to be able to have a season pass to most any place in B.C. or alberta. Is there a discount for Mt. Baldy in your future?
Being a pauper in New jersey doesn't qualify me for residency in Canada.Also I'm running late on getting myself a passport which will be needed for us just to visit.
If whitewater is definite you might try to stay in Ymir, just south of there. It's a old mining town with some reasonable lodging options.Ymir hotel motto is, if you don't have fun there, give up. Whitewater is located on Ymir mountain (right side of lodge atleast), besides. Have you seen the expansion proposals there? on their website. The 50 ft average snowfall beats most all ski hills. Hope to get back there soon.
Harper mountain is great for a cheap ski alternative if you want to shorten the drive from Kamloops.. Alos loved powder springs ski and stay packages.
Can't say I've ever stayed on mountain unless snoozing in the car counts. see you up the mountain. v. varmit
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Resorts, Conditions & Travel
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Budget Travel Top 10 Old School