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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Looking for ideas on a resort for my wife, 6.75 month old, and me. Mommy won't leave the baby with anyone but me. So we would likely split days watching the baby. There has to be something to do out of the cold.

I would like to get out of the mid-atlantic. So either NE, PNW, or Rockies.

Probably late Feb to early March.

I'm having difficulty with logistics, since I probably can't afford a week of slopeside accomodations. I don't want to lose an hour each way with shuttles.

Looking to come in at around $1500 for flight and lodging. Lift tickets and a lesson or two for the wife would be a bonus.

My wife hasn't been out on skis for 2 seasons now. Don't let this be her third. Please help.
post #2 of 17
It's going to be tough to fly somewhere and have everything under a budget of $1500. Your best bet will be to drive up to the NE, then you can spend the money on slopeside. Check Stratton Mtn in Vermont as they have some very good pricing for midweek. They have a nice "village" at the base that should keep whoever is babysitting occupied.
You could also check into taking AMTRAK to Vermont.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
Looking for ideas on a resort for my wife, 6.75 month old, and me. Mommy won't leave the baby with anyone but me. So we would likely split days watching the baby. There has to be something to do out of the cold.

I would like to get out of the mid-atlantic. So either NE, PNW, or Rockies.

Probably late Feb to early March.

I'm having difficulty with logistics, since I probably can't afford a week of slopeside accomodations. I don't want to lose an hour each way with shuttles.

Looking to come in at around $1500 for flight and lodging. Lift tickets and a lesson or two for the wife would be a bonus.

My wife hasn't been out on skis for 2 seasons now. Don't let this be her third. Please help.

I know it is a very long drive but Sugarloaf in Maine could have a slope side condo for a week Mon. - Fri in the $1500.00 or less range lifts and lodging. Its a great place especially for the ski in ski out factor. I have done this with my family of four over the past 8 years or so and have had prices from $850 to 1500 for slope side and lifts in some decent units. That time of year though might be hard to get in that price. They used to also throw in daily group lessons for adults.
post #4 of 17
I checked some sample airfares on expedia, and although they are surpisingly cheap (approx $300/person) that means half your budget would be spent on travel expenses. So I still recommend looking at someplace you could drive to and spend the money on slopeside or at least a short walk, and at someplace that has a good amount of diversions at or near the base area to combat the boredom factor the caregiving parent will face. Plus if you are slopeside, the skiing parent can stop in at mid-day, which I'll bet would make for a more harmonious vacation.
Anyway, that's the 2 cents of someone who has been there and done that with 2 kids how now are avid (and skilled) snowboarders.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yes I've checked some of the things you all have suggested. Not for everywhere yet.

Hey thanks.

What I've found. Amtrak to UT from WV takes 3 days each way! Goes to Chicago, then Portland and back to Salt Lake.

The drive to Stratton is about 12 hours from Beckley, WV. Not sure I want to do this yet...

I did look on Expedia, didn't see any $300 deals. Can you PM me some details? That is if you don't want to list them here.

Just for reference, about 5 years ago; I got a deal for 2 to Steamboat lodging and plane tickets to HDN for just over $500. Thats how much prices have gone up.

I think my previous post is a bit confusing. $1500 for lodging and plane fare.
post #6 of 17
I know I got something in the mail from Steamboat where kids fly free. i would check all the major mountain websites as they seem to have lodging/lift ticket deals.

I know Delta's webite you can do a search for weekend fares from like Thursday-Monday..and it will give lowest priced fares.

You may also want to check VRBO.com for lodging, once you narrow down a location.

Honestly though, I am a spreadsheet hound and no matter where you go, I think in the end, it all evens out( between lodging, airfare, lift tickets, car rentals). So you should probably should choose what fits your family the best, which my guess would be the least amount of travel time with your child.

Good luck!
post #7 of 17
ski & stay at Sugarloaf starts at 69.00/pp per night in a condo. 79 gets you the inn, 89 gets you the hotel. This includes lift tickets. They also have midweek deals running about 299-399 per person including lift tickets (Sunday arrival, Friday departure). http://www.sugarloaf.com/packages.ht...d=97&show=full

if you havent skied Sugarloaf, you won't regret it. Great mountain.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Interseted in Sugarloaf. Is it far from the airports? Anything other than whats listed on the web site to do. Well, I'll be skiing as much as possible. For the wifey? Should I rent a car? Late Feb. early March is a AWD or 4X4 needed?
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Alliegator View Post
I know I got something in the mail from Steamboat where kids fly free.
I do believe that all children under the age of 2 fly free on all airlines.
post #10 of 17
Local: in March Snowshoe has some pretty good deals, and ski conditions are sometimes very good. Great deals at Canaan Valley lodge at that time too, although not much there for nonskier. Holiday Valley and Ellicotville might be worth looking into, a little further away.
Northeast: I wonder if a drive to Lake Placid/Whiteface would be good for you? Interesting town and WF would be real good in late winter/early spring.
West: Park City or Breckenridge might fit your needs.
PS: Taking an infant on a ski trip with just you and wife is tough, sure you can't team up with any other couples/relatives to share the care giver load?

Sugarloaf is a nice mtn, but sorta far from everywhere. Lots of condos and a number of eating places. I've been there and snowshoe. snowshoe probably has more for a nonskier, neither as good in that regard as some suggestions above.
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm at Snowshoe like... all the time. Maybe again tomorrow. If it doesn't rain. Winterplace, Timberline, Canaan, Seven Springs, Blue Knob, Wisp, HV. In that order, frequency.

I cut my skiing teeth in Switzerland, then lived in WA and ID, before moving to VT. Raced in HS and 2 years college. Quit racing so I didn't flunk out, had to transition out of the 'bad boy' thing. Now I'm playing Joseph in tonights church play.

So, basically I'm very bored with mid-atlantic. I've also had some pretty poor service at Snowshoe. I still go there, more because it the best place around than anything else.

My wife had skied once before she met me. I got her up to an intermediate level (pre-baby). Before she basically refused to go any further. She is athletic and could be a better skier. She just doesn't see the need to push beyond intermediate. So, "where the kid goes Mommy goes." In order to progenerate my skiing species, the trip must commence!
post #12 of 17
It's not a very challenging resort, but I beleive bretton woods in n.h. lets parents in your situation share a lift ticket. that might save some dough. your wife wouldn't be at all intimidated, you might get bored with the terrain however (in which case you could drive 20 min over to cannon for a day).
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Before we were married I took my wife to Wildcat. She did like it there. She mentioned liking the Nike and LL Bean outlets. Might be tough with the little one.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
Northeast: I wonder if a drive to Lake Placid/Whiteface would be good for you? Interesting town and WF would be real good in late winter/early spring.
???
Lake Placid is at least 20 minutes from Whiteface...going to make it tough to split skiing with the wife.

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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
Interseted in Sugarloaf. Is it far from the airports?
Sugarloaf is far from everything.
post #15 of 17
Park City has the Olympic Park, a great mainstreet and an Outlet Mall. So that might keep your wife busy. Also Deer Valley has a top notch ski school and child care for kids..so maybe one day you can part with child and have wifey/hubby time.

Kids do fly free under 2 (if they sit on your lap). For me I did that once and never again. Flying in/out of the mountains I've hit terrible turbulence and I just didn't trust not having my children strapped in. That was just me.

I know Smuggler Notch in Vermont was offering great deals too. Check their website, as I got something in the mail from them as well!

Good luck. Maybe when your child is a little older you can turn him/her into your ski buddy.

Good luck and I hope it works out. It's a bit of an adjustment traveling with babies but you will be happier when they are older as they are more adaptable!
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the good advice.

I looked into Park City. Really expensive. I used to have a buddy that was an instructor there. Last I heard he was in VA?

Flying with the Boo-Boo? Yes that kind of freaks me out.

The main reason I was looking at New England was flight times were 3.5 to 4 hours to Portland, ME and Burlington, VT.

Right now I'm thinking of just staying mid-atlantic and driving. Things are just getting too complicated. I'm having issue with some of the staff calling in sick all the time. We are supposed to get a new surgeon. Looks like I'm going to be working a lot.
post #17 of 17
Since you live in WV I would also suggest driving and saving $$ on the flying. Snowshoe and Seven Springs should be close by. If you stay at the SS hotel I know they have a nice indoor pool and you don't have to waste time on a shuttle and they have a nice indoor pool that maybe you guys and the baby would enjoy. Too bad your wife won't consider day care at all. We have used the daycare at two resorts so far and have been very pleased. My dd was a bit older (1 1/2 yrs) and she really had fun at both of them. Maybe next winter.
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