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Solo ski trip- where?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm starting to plan a short trip out west. I'll be going alone, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips on ski trips alone, where to go, how to save money, etc.

I'm a level 6 (on Cornbread's chart). I usually ski midwest greens, blues and blacks, I like steeps, no idea about bumps or powder.

I'm thinking to take a 2-4 day trip. I'd like to go somewhere that I won't need a car (Utah looks good for that. True?) and I'm planning on taking lessons each day I'm there.

Any recommendations, or anything to stay away from?
post #2 of 13
Alta, Aspen, Jackson and Lake Tahoe are all good for singles and relatively easy to get too from ORD.
post #3 of 13
when are you doing this?

park city (pc/dv/canyons) comes to mind, and summit county, colorado (keystone, breck, copper) especially regarding ease of transportation and level-appropriate terrain.

if you want to stay vehicle-less, the ride from airport to lodging will be cheaper (it's closer) from SLC than from Denver.

i find park city a bit more "atmospheric," unless you plan on staying in at night, although others might prefer breckenridge, where the "mountain town" thing is concerned.

lake tahoe being mentioned, i'd consider staying in the south shore if some casino activity is appealing, and skiing heavenly (waiting for snow). if you go before april, there will still be a shuttle running out to kirkwood and back. it's a nice ride. used to be one out to sierra-at-tahoe; if it's still running, go on a weekday if you have the option.

south tahoe is a comfortable and easy bus ride (ain't no school bus either) from the airport in reno.

jackson hole is great. despite rumors to the contrary, there's skiing for you on the mountain. it isn't all cliffbands, chutes and steeps. targhee is a shuttle ride away and worth a day. i loved night-skiing at snow king, in jackson.

aspen is on the pricier side but one can stay in snowmass for less. great shuttle system. my first day on skis was a lesson day at buttermilk, a very low-key hill that would make for a great first day.

whistler/blackcomb, british columbia. especially the later into the season you go. a great village scene if that's something you want.

timing may be a factor.
post #4 of 13
Whistler.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
About timing, I'm not set on particular dates. I'm just looking for when I can get the snow for the best price. No matter which dates I go, I'd need to leave Chicago on a Thursday, and return on either Saturday or Sunday. I can do those days either the last week in February, or either of the last two weeks in March.
post #6 of 13
I do the Aspen, Summit, Winter Park solo all the time.

Winter Park - Home James to get there/back to/from DIA or post a plea on craigslist like alot of people do. Once there, take the free shuttle. For cheap digs stay at the hostel in Fraser. Cheap & best hostel in the country. Right next to a shuttle stop. Winter Park gets its own weather systems and the snows great right now. Ski school is awesome.

Summit County - CME to/from DIA or craigslist plea. Stay at Alpen Hutte in Silverthorne which is right near shuttle transfer station. Summit Stage is free. AH is inexpensive and right across from rec center/hot tub. It's filling up on weekends now. They have vises so you can tune/wax your equipment. Not luxury accomodations but the showers are hot and the toilets flush. Eric sometimes gets his wife & friends together to do band practice in the common room.

Aspen/snowmass - fly to aspen, take free bus to into Aspen proper. Get off around 3rd street. Walk 2 blocks to St Moritz at base of Shadow Mtn. Stay in a dorm room. Don't need a car to get around to ski mountains. Take free shuttle. The SM is 5 blocks walking distance to bars. The snow is always good and the crowds don't exist. Eat from the bar menus. Breakfast is included at the SM. The ski school is excellent.

In general to save money. Be nice when talking to locals and ask them for help/advice. Money saving tips can be had from resort employees all the time.
post #7 of 13
I just got back from my own trip to SLC. Flew in late Friday night and took the redeye home, returning this morning...4 nights and 4 days skiing. I rented an intermediate car from National for a total of $113 but you can easily take mass transporation. I stayed in Cottonwood Heights at the Residence Inn Marriott ($170 night) but you can stay even cheaper in Midvale/Sandy...see La Quinta Midvale for $60 night.

For a short trip you just can't beat Utah. Short flight for you and 35 minutes from airport to hotel, then 35 minutes to mountains.

Do a search....LOTS of good info.
post #8 of 13
If you are over 35, got a little coin, looking for skier camaraderie, no discos, good snow and ski school, a food plan, convenient airport access via private shuttles or public bus - you'd be hard pressed to beat one of the lodges at Alta for a short, solo trip.
If you don't have much coin see gores95's tip about Midvale/Sandy and use Utah Transit bus to access Alta/Bird or Solitude/Brighton.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by daysailer1 View Post
Aspen/snowmass - fly to aspen, take free bus to into Aspen proper. Get off around 3rd street. Walk 2 blocks to St Moritz at base of Shadow Mtn. Stay in a dorm room. Don't need a car to get around to ski mountains. Take free shuttle. The SM is 5 blocks walking distance to bars. The snow is always good and the crowds don't exist. Eat from the bar menus. Breakfast is included at the SM. The ski school is excellent.
daysailer pretty much nailed Aspen. It's by far easiest and most time efficient area to get too from ORD. 2hr 14minutes last week on the direct, then a 5 minute bus ride into town. I've flown as low as $238RT thru DEN this year, but those are getting harder to find in high season.
The St. Moritz is good and if there full, try the Little Red Ski Haus. The bar menu at Cache Cashe, Elevation and a bunch of others is gourmet fare at 1/2 price.

I also agree with Jamesj on Alta. The Peruvian is a great old ski lodge and the experience is well worth the slight premium that you may pay. SLC is also well served by Southwest if MDW is easier for you.

Whistler is a fantastic resort, but it's just not practical for short trips from ORD. There's just no way you can get back without blowing a ski day.
post #10 of 13
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About timing, I'm not set on particular dates. I'm just looking for when I can get the snow for the best price. No matter which dates I go, I'd need to leave Chicago on a Thursday, and return on either Saturday or Sunday. I can do those days either the last week in February, or either of the last two weeks in March.

So, you could come to Tahoe for the Epic Gathering?

...http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=42348
post #11 of 13
Not Alta or Snowbird unless you are clergy. My vote is Whistler!!! Always and for ever will be my true love.
post #12 of 13
I don't know about now, but United used to fly direct from Chicago to Vancouver. Whistler has the best evening entertainment and village for travelling alone. Check out alluradirect.com or vrbo.com for a condo.
post #13 of 13
one more vote for whistler here.
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