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Alta Discounts?

post #1 of 26
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I'm thinking of spending a month in SLC this winter, is there any cheaper way to ski Alta for a month than just buying a season pass?

Anyone out there want a roommate for a month?
post #2 of 26
Get the travelocity deal- buy two days, get one free. It might be cheaper overall, depending on the number of days you ski. I think it works out for $105 for three days.
post #3 of 26
If I wanted to ski somewhere for a month and price was an issue I would consider A-Basin. You can get a bonus season pass for $309 and do 4 days at Breck or Keystone, 1 day at Vail or BC and one day at Silverton. The rest ski at A-Basin. Although maybe A-Basin wouldn't be enough terrain to keep one occupied for a month minus 6 days??
post #4 of 26
our local hill (Wachusett) gives you half price tickets at Alta with purchase of season passes. There are other areas included - you get a free X2 card at Stratton, I forget where else too.
post #5 of 26
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Anyone out there want a roommate for a month?

are you female and between the ages of 18 and 30?

you can take a course though U of U and learn how to teach people how to ski and you get a 99 dollar season pass for you time.

College season pass(if you apply is) is 500 bucks still a good deal if you ski over 15 days.
post #6 of 26
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Yeah, that A-basin deal looks real attractive, I contemplate moving to Denver every time I'm reminded of it. That's $100 cheaper than a season pass to my local 425 foot bump. I figured powder opportunities and transportation options would be better in Utah, though. Am I correct in assuming that I would need a car to get back and forth to A-basin? I really would rather fly than waste 4 days of my vacation driving, and a rental car really doesn't fit into my dirtbag budget, unless maybe I sleep in it too.

Does anyone know how that superpass deal works? can I just buy 8 of 3 day passes for $106 and use them back to back? And does anyone know anything about The Avenues Hostel in SLC? Are there any other options for lodging under $500 for the month? Is the uta ski bus a reliable transportation option?

How difficult do they make it to get the Student pass? I'm no longer a student, but my college id has no expiration date on it.
post #7 of 26
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How difficult do they make it to get the Student pass? I'm no longer a student, but my college id has no expiration date on it.
They ask for a copy of your current semester course schedule when you go to get your pass, so I don't think that would work.

If you were a UT resident, I would suggest getting a "silver card" for $99, but it allows you to by $34 lift tickets (1 per day).

You can also check the classifieds on KSL.com or SLtrib.com for people selling season passes (usually single employees selling there "dependents" pass")

What about getting a PT job in the evenings that comes with a pass?

As a last resort, you could always call the ticket office and see what your options are.
post #8 of 26
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How hard would it be to get a part time job there in january? I'm only going to be there for one month, (28 days, exactly, that's all the vacation time i have), don't they usually require a deposit that's refunded if you stay till the end of the season? Legal and ethical questions aside, if I bought a season pass, how hard would it be to sell it for, say, $500 when I leave (probably around the beginning of february)?
post #9 of 26
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Yeah, that A-basin deal looks real attractive, I contemplate moving to Denver every time I'm reminded of it. That's $100 cheaper than a season pass to my local 425 foot bump. I figured powder opportunities and transportation options would be better in Utah, though. Am I correct in assuming that I would need a car to get back and forth to A-basin? I really would rather fly than waste 4 days of my vacation driving, and a rental car really doesn't fit into my dirtbag budget, unless maybe I sleep in it too.

Does anyone know how that superpass deal works? can I just buy 8 of 3 day passes for $106 and use them back to back? And does anyone know anything about The Avenues Hostel in SLC? Are there any other options for lodging under $500 for the month? Is the uta ski bus a reliable transportation option?

How difficult do they make it to get the Student pass? I'm no longer a student, but my college id has no expiration date on it.
If you do decide to go to CO the bus service in Summit is great. Stay in Frisco and you can bus to Breck (town and resort), Keystone, A-basin, Vail/BC, local shopping centers, etc. and it's free.
post #10 of 26
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If you do decide to go to CO the bus service in Summit is great. Stay in Frisco and you can bus to Breck (town and resort), Keystone, A-basin, Vail/BC, local shopping centers, etc. and it's free.
Thanks for the info, I didn't realize that. Do you know of any options for dirtbag cheap lodging in Frisco?
post #11 of 26
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Legal and ethical questions aside, if I bought a season pass, how hard would it be to sell it for, say, $500 when I leave (probably around the beginning of february)?
Read the fine print, they are non-transferable.
post #12 of 26
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Thanks for the info, I didn't realize that. Do you know of any options for dirtbag cheap lodging in Frisco?
It's been a while since I have been there plus my wife demands "plush" so I probably wouldn't be able to help even if I was there recently. I would check out Craigslist Denver though for people looking for roommates.

BTW not trying to talk you out of Utah just giving you some other options to look at. You could also get a season pass to Copper for $369. I could ski there for a month and not get bored.
post #13 of 26
from buffalo you can drive there in a day in half, 24 hours straight though if you sjsut stay on 80.

I just did 24 hours straight from denver a couple weeks ago.
post #14 of 26
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Options are paralyzing. So based on my research, i can get cheap lodging in slc, but expensive skiing, and in summit county it's the other way around. So which is the best bet for max number of powder days in january?

Is there another option that offers the perfect combination of bottomless powder and cheap skiing and lodging?

I'm starting to think I should just fully commit and drive somewhere right now to find a resort job for the winter. I hate my job anyway.
post #15 of 26
If you hate your job and have no other commitments (family, etc.), save some cash and do it now. Do some research on jobs and housing in the area and plan it out. You probably won't get the chance later in life and you'll be kicking yourself in the arse.
post #16 of 26
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If you hate your job and have no other commitments (family, etc.), save some cash and do it now. Do some research on jobs and housing in the area and plan it out. You probably won't get the chance later in life and you'll be kicking yourself in the arse.
yeah, that's the same argument i keep trying to convince myself with. just not sure if 36 is old enough for the whole midlife crisis thing.
post #17 of 26
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yeah, that's the same argument i keep trying to convince myself with. just not sure if 36 is old enough for the whole midlife crisis thing.
Retirement is wasted on the elderly. Be retired now and ski while you can...then work until you die. That was my credo when I was in my twenties. Not sure if it will feel right at 36 but you could give it a try.
post #18 of 26
yeah why not just quit you job and do it now if you can.

if you do that SLC is the way to go then for your quest for powder.
post #19 of 26
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yeah why not just quit you job and do it now if you can.

if you do that SLC is the way to go then for your quest for powder.
are there any "real jobs" to be had out there?
post #20 of 26
whats is your field? its a big city that in entire county has a population of around 2 million people. So yes there is normal real world jobs out here.
post #21 of 26
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field? Ok i suppose i should rephrase that question, are there any jobs out there for someone with a psych degree and no real skills?
post #22 of 26
what do you want to do? and what jobs does that psychology degree make you quailfied for?
post #23 of 26
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are there any jobs out there for someone with a psych degree and no real skills?
Politics.

SJ
post #24 of 26
I'm an East Coaster originally and have lived and worked in Boston and NYC. My first time living in SLC, I worked for the resorts and then transitioned to "real jobs."

I moved back to Salt Lake (from New York) about a year ago and work for one of the world's largest ad agencies. They're 'Western' office is here. So, yes, real jobs can be found.
post #25 of 26
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what do you want to do? and what jobs does that psychology degree make you quailfied for?
It would be helpful to know the answers to those questions, wouldn't it?

i guess if there are 2 million people in the area, there must be something other than seasonal jobs there, which i guess is what i was really getting at, you know, just in case i end up liking the place too much to leave.
post #26 of 26
even if your just a "weekend warrior" you will still get to ski lift servied from November to May. If you willing to earn your turns skiing 10-12 months out of the year is totally doable.

Plus in the summer in the areas surrounding SLC is what kept me there this summer.
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