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This years skiing budget

post #1 of 14
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Every year in the fall I make up a bogus budget that I have all the good intentions to keep but end up over budget every year. Every year for the last 4 years my budget has decreased and this year is no exception.

What is you're budget like?
post #2 of 14
Pierre - you left out the EXPENSIVE part... the lessons...

I can buy 2 season passes down here & it will still only cost about $14 per day to ski...

I can stay at the YHA for $330 a week & cook all my own meals as long as I don't mind taking my boots off for the hike back for lunch...

but those damn lessons send me broke each year....
post #3 of 14
This poll is flawed! (sorry to beat you to it, Fox) I wanted to answer just the last question.... no budget, but it woun't let me. If the answer to the last one is no budget, you CAN'T answer the others.

BTW, what happened to "eh?"
post #4 of 14
Speaking of budgetinf your vacation ... I wanted to go to Colorado this year. It was impossible to find anything below $200/night and that was off-season. I even tried to make a deal through a travel agency just a see how much they would come up with; for 2 including only air (from NYC), 7 night lodging and a rent-a-car … $6000. Can I afford it?! Of course! But why pay more if you can get more for way less…

And so, I opted to travel to SLC this year, Utah; full season/2 ppl/7 nights accommodation/air fare/rent-a-car a cool $1180.00 And I will be able to ski one resort everyday (possible night skiing which means I can do Alta/Snowbird and then go over Brighton for a few night runs). So, including slope passes/gas and food I will, if I’m really good, stay below $2000 which according to my math, it’s REALLY SWEET.

Colorado is nice… Been there with large groups ‘cause that’s how you save on accommodations. Large groups renting out $500 - $1000/night condos.

[ November 22, 2003, 07:08 PM: Message edited by: Euclide ]
post #5 of 14
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Speaking of budgeting your vacation ... I wanted to go to Colorado this year. It was impossible to find anything below $200/night and that was off-season.
Sorry, but you have an un-informed travel agency if you really want to do a budget vacation in Colorado. I stay at a lodge that is 5 blocks from the gondola in Aspen. Even in full season I never pay more than $38.00-44.00 a night. They have a steam room, heated pool with jacuzzi, and serve a contintal breakfast in the morning. Yes it's a decent place, just a little quaint. You can fly into Aspen and take the bus practically to the door of this place. Aspen city buses and shuttles to the ski areas are free. You don't need a car, cause you can walk everywhere in Aspen. I don't want to name the place here as my ability to find lodging throughout the season may disappear. Let's just say the Aussie's and Kiwi's have found this place so you can too.

I'm driving that way at Thanksgiving. Snowmass opens early! Woooooooo hooooo!

[ November 22, 2003, 08:13 PM: Message edited by: XX Boarder ]
post #6 of 14
Well, my affirmation was based on exhaustive research done on the Net using tools available. You see, I live in NY so I can’t take a quick run up to Aspen or surroundings and check things myself. I NEVER found anything close to the rate you posted above… Heck, I can't stay that cheap even when I go to Camelback, PA or Kilington, VT. This place must be really something to be so close to slopes and charge so little even in full season (as you stated!). Like I said… I NEVER FOUND ANYTHING CLOSE TO THIS ‘cause for a price like that and a cheap flight into Aspen, I can fly in on Friday and out Sunday night.

This is prolly the only cheap thing around there otherwise you wouldn’t guard its secrecy so passionately. I took a shot anyway so check your PM box… Or maybe I run into Aussie and Kiwi, you never know…

[ November 23, 2003, 12:07 PM: Message edited by: Euclide ]
post #7 of 14
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Originally posted by Euclide:
Speaking of budgetinf your vacation ... I wanted to go to Colorado this year. It was impossible to find anything below $200/night and that was off-season. I even tried to make a deal through a travel agency just a see how much they would come up with; for 2 including only air (from NYC), 7 night lodging and a rent-a-car … $6000. Can I afford it?! Of course! But why pay more if you can get more for way less…
Yeah, sorry dude, you're gonna take a beating on this one.

Here's a sample itinerary I came up with in 3 minutes;

For the week Dec. 13-20

Air- Jet Blue, JFK-DEN $225 pp

1 BR Condo- $400

2 season passes (Breck, Keystone, A-Basin) or perfect 10 packs- $299/350 ea.

Midsize rental car- $300 +/-

Total for 2 adults, approx. $1800.00, or less than a third of what you suggested.

Gotta shop around! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #8 of 14
Yeah, dude, but "for the week Dec. 13-20" it's no wonder... Try moving those dates a little, say, Jan - Feb and you'll see a difference.

I don't care what ya say... a trip to SLC is by far cheaper in or off season.
post #9 of 14
Euclide, sorry, but as a travel agent myself I can tell you that you spoke to one of the many THOUSANDS of worthless agents out there these days. Those prices are ridiculous. Granted skiing is not cheap, but $6k is way out of line unless you specifically requested 6 star rated condos with butler service directly on slopes at which point, you got what you asked for. Maybe not what you wanted to pay for, but what you asked for.
post #10 of 14
I did a little research this morning and found some decent deals, still way more exp. than skiing Utah for example, but somehow decent.

You're right... The quote was indeed way outta line (my line that is!). I didn't ask for anything fancy just... simple accomodations and that was what I got.

But you guys are right... $6000 is a little steep [img]smile.gif[/img]

[ November 23, 2003, 06:30 AM: Message edited by: Euclide ]
post #11 of 14
Try this AOL Link. Some pretty decent prices without much effort. I'm sure that with a little research and effort, you could do even better.
post #12 of 14
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This is prolly the only cheap thing around there otherwise you wouldn’t guard its secrecy so passionately. I took a shot anyway so check your PM box… Or maybe I run into Aussie and Kiwi, you never know…
You got that one right. I wasn't poking fun at you. I found it only 3 years ago after a horrendous search based on a tip.

I sent you a PM. I'm not pulling your leg on this.

Oh, with a Aspen Ski Co. ticket-it works at all four Aspen Mountains - Ajax, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass. Ski one place in the morning and at another in the afternoon via the frequent free buses. If you buy tickets online or via phone before Dec. 1, you can score some real deals on lift tickets and lessons that are good throughout the season. www.aspensnowmass.com

[ November 23, 2003, 06:09 PM: Message edited by: XX Boarder ]
post #13 of 14
Hey man, I really appreciate it! And I'm not pulling your leg when I say this

[ November 24, 2003, 12:58 AM: Message edited by: Euclide ]
post #14 of 14
Hey try moguls.com or booking a hotel on travelocity and getting lifttickets early or from moguls.
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