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post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
What's the funkiest place you ever stayed on a ski trip?

For me, it's a big old farm house in Waitsfield, VT called the Mad Ellen, just up the hill from the movie theatre. It was run by an older couple, Herb and Alice Leach, if my memory serves. The Mad Ellen is no more. I heard Herb and Alice moved to Florida. I stayed there about a half dozen times in the mid 80's. For 20 bucks they put you up in an attic dorm room and fed you a huge country breakfast and a huge country dinner.

The men's dorm was the attic, set up with 2 rows of very uncomfortable bunkbeds. The old steam radiator would groan and whistle and little valve dohickey would pop off ot it, but it never put out any discernable heat. They had a really fat dog that cleaned up all the leftovers. We met all types there, a NYC shrink and his son; the poor guy kept getting calls from a crazy patient. (This was before cell phones,) A mom with 2 teenage boys who, "took the kids out of school for the month because they weren't getting enough skiing in." (my kind of mom!), And, of course, your usual bunch of dirt bags like me and my buddies.

Well, so much for my trip down memory lane. How about you - what's the funkiest place you spent the night, besides your car, on a ski trip?
post #2 of 36
I stayed at a hostel in BC that had some serious funk going on. I think it may have been mixed with a little marijuana leaf at that.
post #3 of 36
Hostel of Mank in SLC. Spent the first couple of nights in a second floor room above a garage. I think that room was too cold to develop much funk. Moved to the basement for the rest of the week. Much warmer and funkier. Befriended peeps there that left in disgust. Swore something died in their room. Only place I’ve stayed that seemed equally a refuge for down and outs and magnet for tight fisted skiers. Left my sleeping bag there.
post #4 of 36
Thread Starter 
Uhmm, when I said Funkiest I didn't mean how it smelled.
post #5 of 36
With 'smell' out of play...Goldminer's Daughter, Alta UT. My definition of a funky ski stay well prior to modernization gizmos and gimmicks.
post #6 of 36
For a weekend ski trip it would have to be the stone hut at the top of Stowe right near the top of the Forerunner Quad. As rustic as it gets..wooden bunks, no running water, no electricity but did have a fireplace....pretty easy to get first tracks when you are sleeping at the top of the mountain. Did some amazing well oiled midnight hikes from the stone hut base camp to the very top of Mansfield too..
post #7 of 36
Sorry, funky=stinky to me.
-slept in old VW Beetle a few times in mid '70s, including the lots at Snowmass and Vail
-slept with 3 other guys in small, smelly trailer on summit of Blue Knob, PA in late '60s
-stayed for a week at T-Lazy-7 ranch near Aspen Highlands in early '90s; leaky roofs, but fun place
-stayed for 5 days at Dostal's at Magic Mtn, VT about 20 yrs ago; close to nadir in history of that place, hot tub room = CDC virus test lab.
-spent a night at Abominable Snowmansion hostel near Taos in early '90s; crowded dorms, but hard to beat the price&location

I bring my wife on a lot of trips now, so my funk rating has gone down. But I'm thinking of doing a Catskills van-sleep this spring for skiing w/ teenage son.
post #8 of 36
From Dec 15th to Mar 1st winter of '81-'82 in a 20 X 20 two room cabin. 10X20 BR with two full sized beds. 10X20 Kit/LR/DR/FR/Den etc. It was in Almont CO. between Gunnison and Crested Butte. Running water but no bathroom. Bathroom and shower house were shared.

This was an upgrade from Nov. 1 - Dec. 14 spent in a tent at the Gunnison KOA
post #9 of 36
About 1980, at Hunter in New York. The Clover Lodge ... was an old farmhouse or something. Shared bath with the room next door.

Each room had two or three very lumpy old single beds crammed in so if you and "Honey" wanted to sleep kind of together, you had to arrange them ... but the height of the beds wasn't the same so ......

Room came with a huge breakfast .... massive endless pile of scrambeled eggs and toast ... that was it ... and coffee or tea.

I think I asked about getting sausage or bacon (I'd have paid more) ... but got dissed .... "meat, if you want meat stay somewhere else" ...

I think it was about $5 or $10 per person .... whatever it was it was wicked cheap.
post #10 of 36
Grandpa Grunts - Jay Peak

Those who have stayed there know what I'm talking about.
post #11 of 36
Funky but not necessarily stinky.... I spent a couple of night in a pension in Courmayeur. Shower was down the hall and took a good six or seven minutes for warm water to emerge. The double bed had very deep outlines of a person on each side. Very creepy to sleep in. It felt like I was in Mother's room from Psycho.
post #12 of 36

Skykomish, Washington

About 15 miles west of Stevens Pass. There used to be an old "A" frame type motel across the river from highway 2. Coming down late from night skiing US2 was closed due to an accident, I was shocked a room was actually available. Must of been in the late 70's, it was no place to take a lady....but she did not seem to mind!

Cheers!
post #13 of 36
Actually ... for funky ... as in grossed .... as in bad ...

Up at Stratton a few years ago, I stayed in a B&B and rented "the pool house" ...

First night, I turned off the lights and started to feel the crawling things on my face and hands .... :

Turned on the lights to see a roach .... as in yer' basic SA cockroach scamper off my blanket. :

OK, I can deal with this .. I used to work in entomology and bugs ... are bugs ..... what's a single roach or two. Light out.

More crawlies .. again ... flip on light ... more roaches.

Called the owners on the phone ... it was only about 10 pm ... "those aren't roaches ... those are er ... diddly silly bugs .. not roaches, we don't have roaches here in upscale B&Bs by Stratton .. "

Now, all of the rooms within thirty miles are booked and I have kids in a race group coming up the next day. I'm stuck!

Go in the bathroom and turn on the lights and the place is swarming, roaches all over the tub and sink and toilet .... seems when they come out after being dormant ... they like water.

Took samples in plastic bags .. just to show them .. and sleep with every light in the place on high .... roaches don't like lights.

Next day ... show owner and drop kid off for race training and return to meet with the exterminator.

He is a nice guy and tells me these people are complete idiots in denial ... he treated the place for roaches in the fall. He also shows me where he put long lasting baits .. but the owners kept removing the baits .. so he hid a few (they were there). He also said how they got the problem was by bring up a group of "Mexicans" and they all stayed in the "Pool House" while they did cheap labor on the rest of the place.

He spayed ... we got through the weekend .... after viewing my "samples", the owners didn't charge me.

The rest of the group doubled up with others and I did the next night with the lights on again ...

Why me Lord ? ... :

When we got home ... stripped outside and plastic bagged all clothes ... sent off to cleaners .... all luggage/soft packs wiped and then placed in the dryer on high for a few cycles to dessicate any eggs those little f'ers lay ....
post #14 of 36

More Skykomish...

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Originally Posted by flaviaman View Post
About 15 miles west of Stevens Pass. There used to be an old "A" frame type motel across the river from highway 2. Coming down late from night skiing US2 was closed due to an accident, I was shocked a room was actually available. Must of been in the late 70's, it was no place to take a lady....but she did not seem to mind!

Cheers!
That place was the Ritz compared with the rooms above "Sweet Pea's" up by the stop sign. They were truly rustic.: The place is no longer open, but the Sky Motel which you mentioned is.
post #15 of 36

East of Baring on US2.....The Love Shack

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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
That place was the Ritz compared with the rooms above "Sweet Pea's" up by the stop sign. They were truly rustic.: The place is no longer open, but the Sky Motel which you mentioned is.
Glad to hear the Sky is still around, hopefully the carpet and linens have been changed....

Try getting a decent meal in Sky 30 years ago, only place only was a very nasty looking tavern on Railroad Avenue. My Bogner did not fit in!

Remember a motel further west on US 2 close to where 2 goes over the BNSF? Was a paramilitary place for while, and I believe a "love shack" with rooms by the hour?: I'm talking the early-mid 70's.....that place was scary...
post #16 of 36
Definitely the four-bunk rooms at the Goldminer's Daughter at Alta in the early 1970s. But there was a creaky old hotel at Tremblant I recall uncomfortably in the same era. It was almost as cold inside as the 25 below zero (F) that wouldn't let my car start the next morning.
post #17 of 36
Some buddies and i rented and FS cabin not terribly far from Big Sky, as the crow flies. Great BC skiing/touring, but.......phew!

After the first evening, we decided not to heat it inside because it kept the funk down. We just cooked outside.
post #18 of 36
In the Alps, there are thousands of miles of trails. Some of the more popular trails have cabins every 25 or 30 kilometers apart for hikers and CC Skiers. One night me and a buddy are in one of these cooking supper and it was cold out, bad if I guessed about 20 below or so. Anyway, the cabin was toasty and we were eating and this squirill lands on the table and trucks off with one of our chunks of toast.........Just like that. All night that night he chattered and ran about. I always thought they slept for the winter, aparently not.
post #19 of 36
The Teton Teepee. Check them out at www.tetonteepee.com. i cannot comment on the new owners but back when the Melahes family owned the place it was da bomb!
post #20 of 36
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Originally Posted by steelman View Post
The Teton Teepee. Check them out at www.tetonteepee.com. i cannot comment on the new owners but back when the Melahes family owned the place it was da bomb!
I used to hit the teepee when it was mark and squeak for years. It was nice when the rate included pouring your own beer out of the tap.
post #21 of 36
+1 on the Teton Teepee. Great place, and the Melehes family certainly made it a fun place. Looks like the current owners are trying to keep up the fun vibe, too.
post #22 of 36
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Originally Posted by flaviaman View Post
Try getting a decent meal in Sky 30 years ago, only place only was a very nasty looking tavern on Railroad Avenue. My Bogner did not fit in!
That's "Sweet Pea's." It was a major dive. The bar used to have bands on the weekend and the partying was pretty intense.

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Originally Posted by flaviaman View Post
Remember a motel further west on US 2 close to where 2 goes over the BNSF? Was a paramilitary place for while, and I believe a "love shack" with rooms by the hour?: I'm talking the early-mid 70's.....that place was scary...
I certainly do remember it. A motel with no other services. No food or gas or anything around. Just a motel. The first time I met up with it in the early '60s it was called the "Kitten Kat." I thought that was strange even as a little kid. Now it's nothing but a concrete pad, and you have to know where to look to find it.
post #23 of 36
We stayed in an OLD hotel in Mt.Tremblant. the room was on a slant, bathroom sink was outside the bathroom, really creaky. But it was so cheap we didn't care. While standing at the front desk a guy is there complaining that because of the way his room was slanted, he fell out of the shower and smashed his head on the toilet. At this point I'm trying not to laugh but it's pretty hard. The food was amazing...and included in the $35.00 a night price.
At Squaw we stayed in a room so small my friend had to put his clothing in the kitchen cabinets, in the pots and pans.............weird. Same thing in Chaminox. When we walked into the room we hit the bed. "do you have anything bigger?" "yes but only 30 cm's wider, and it faces and all night disco so you won't get any sleep" lots of drinking helped us through the week.
post #24 of 36
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
That's "Sweet Pea's." It was a major dive. The bar used to have bands on the weekend and the partying was pretty intense.

I certainly do remember it. A motel with no other services. No food or gas or anything around. Just a motel. The first time I met up with it in the early '60s it was called the "Kitten Kat." I thought that was strange even as a little kid. Now it's nothing but a concrete pad, and you have to know where to look to find it.
Ah yes, the Kitten!

Thanks Posaune....
post #25 of 36

Squamish Dives

A few years ago I was headed to Whistler late at night and forgot the road was closed for construction north of Squamish. As I had a large dog with me finding a room, much less a decent room proved to be a challenge.

Ultimately ended up in a cinder block 1950's motel near Cleveland St, a Beer and Wine store was across the street which did not bode well for a quiet evening.

I checked in around 11PM and the clerk struck me as being very stoned (not unusual all things considered). I returned to the front office about 30 minutes later to find him brewing something over an open flame in a spoon and a needle and tourniquet on his desk!:

He seem annoyed I wanted another blanket!
post #26 of 36
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
Grandpa Grunts - Jay Peak

Those who have stayed there know what I'm talking about.
I agree... mirrors on the ceilings, hourly room rates, and a raging BYOB party in the basement most nights make this place about as funky as they get!
post #27 of 36
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Actually ... for funky ... as in grossed .... as in bad ...

Up at Stratton a few years ago, I stayed in a B&B and rented "the pool house" ...

First night, I turned off the lights and started to feel the crawling things on my face and hands .... :

Turned on the lights to see a roach .... as in yer' basic SA cockroach scamper off my blanket. :

OK, I can deal with this .. I used to work in entomology and bugs ... are bugs ..... what's a single roach or two. Light out.

More crawlies .. again ... flip on light ... more roaches.

Called the owners on the phone ... it was only about 10 pm ... "those aren't roaches ... those are er ... diddly silly bugs .. not roaches, we don't have roaches here in upscale B&Bs by Stratton .. "

Now, all of the rooms within thirty miles are booked and I have kids in a race group coming up the next day. I'm stuck!

Go in the bathroom and turn on the lights and the place is swarming, roaches all over the tub and sink and toilet .... seems when they come out after being dormant ... they like water.

Took samples in plastic bags .. just to show them .. and sleep with every light in the place on high .... roaches don't like lights.

Next day ... show owner and drop kid off for race training and return to meet with the exterminator.

He is a nice guy and tells me these people are complete idiots in denial ... he treated the place for roaches in the fall. He also shows me where he put long lasting baits .. but the owners kept removing the baits .. so he hid a few (they were there). He also said how they got the problem was by bring up a group of "Mexicans" and they all stayed in the "Pool House" while they did cheap labor on the rest of the place.

He spayed ... we got through the weekend .... after viewing my "samples", the owners didn't charge me.

The rest of the group doubled up with others and I did the next night with the lights on again ...

Why me Lord ? ... :

When we got home ... stripped outside and plastic bagged all clothes ... sent off to cleaners .... all luggage/soft packs wiped and then placed in the dryer on high for a few cycles to dessicate any eggs those little f'ers lay ....


Wow, so far you win this thread IMHO. I feel a little gross after reading that.
post #28 of 36
What, no one's mentioned the "X"? A little obvious, yes. How about the Tom-Tom motel in Bend? Used to cost ten bucks for a double room there.
post #29 of 36
Down the road from Whistler was Garibaldi Lodge - great little place with good home cooked food, basement ping pong and uncomfortable beds owned by a couple from Eastern Townships. The whole area was "condemned" because of some environmental issues which I think was pure local ploy to force people to stay at Whistler.
post #30 of 36
I will never forget this. Spring 1985. I was in Germany with my brother and we were staying with a German friend of his who was a major skier. His friend drove us to Stuben in Arlberg (Austria), and when we got there we parked in town. It was mid-afternoon. We took a chairlift up out of town, transferred to a second chairlift that took us higher, then got off, skied down the mountain a bit and then took a long off-piste traverse (maybe 1/2 mile) to a tiny hut ("Hutte") way up there by itself on the mountain. The Hutte provided accommodations consisting of a very large rectangular room with about 20 low flat beds along the walls, and a kitchen/eating area where the "caretaker" provided very basic food and drink. There was no hot water other than what was heated on the stove. I can't remember what this cost but it was ridiculously cheap (of course the dollar was worth a lot back then). We were the only ones there during our several-day stay. Each morning we would get up, eat, put on our skis and ski down into town, and then spend the day skiing the Arlberg resorts (which were awesome--very different from any of the big areas I've skied in the western US). I think that my 3-day ski pass cost about $25.00 at the then current exchange rate. This was the greatest ski experience, and one of the greatest all around experiences, of my life.
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