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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hey all. We are looking at taking a very inexpensive trip to a mountain

We are from WI so any real mountain with any kind of powder will be better then what we are used to.

Since we are traveling we are looking for somewhere that has pretty good public transportation to/from the airport/hotel/mountain. We would love to avoid the added cost of a rental vehicle. Also, we are looking for more affordable hotels / motels. This will basically cut out the community type mountains, but as I said above, we are ok with that. Does anyone have any advice?

Thanks in Advance,
Andrew
post #2 of 17
Fly to SLC, then public bus to Brighton Ski Area, sleep in Brighton Lodge.
post #3 of 17
It is my guess that Salt Lake City and the surrounding mountains hold the least expensive ski trip on the map.

Lots of choices there.

Good luck.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
As an update I found some deals that involve a 40 min ride each day but it's very affordable and doesn't require car rental.

http://ramadasaltlake.com/ski_packages.htm

Brighton seems a little bit more expensive with 3 poeple, more affordable and cheaper then the above once you hit 4 or 5 people it seems.

Thnaks All and keep posting if you know of any deals!
post #5 of 17
umm south america. 5 dollar steaks. 10 dollar hotel rooms. 20 dollar lift tickets.
post #6 of 17
Skiing in the boonies in Colorado, but you need a car (which prolly negates the price advantage, unless you feel like a road trip).

Lots of non-chain motels in Salida, South Fork, Pagosa Springs in the $50 to $75 range (some with breakfast or kitchenettes), lift tickets under $50. Ski Monarch or Wolf Creek.

Flying into Colorado Springs is sometimes cheaper than Denver, too (even when it includes a connection in Denver).
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
South America is cheap! But getting there is not

We booked to SLC and are going to do Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude, all for approx $550 with airfare.

SLC seems to be by far the cheapest (and best snow from what I hear), unless you know someone you can stay with and cab you around.
post #8 of 17
Crested Butte can be done extremely cheap if you stay in Gunnison. You can fly in, stay at the Days Inn or Alpine Inn right next to the airport (there are no flights at night so it's quiet). The rooms are about $60, which is 1/2 the price of in the Butte and you can get lift tickets at the motels for $45 through March, and then they go down to $29 again, instead of the $79 price at the mountain. Both places have a really good breakfast included and you can walk out the door with you ski boots on and catch a free shuttle that drops you off at the area right near the lifts. It's about a 45 min. ride They have shuttles running all day. Once you are up there they have free shuttles back and forth between the town the mounatin (about 5 miles).

Crested Butte is a small town with lots of bars and restaurants and you can walk from one end to the other in about 15 min. From the Motel in Gunnison you can walk to several restaurants, including Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Subway if you want to eat cheap. It's a college town so there are reasonabley priced bars and restaurants. The Butte is a fantastic mountain with lots of groomed cruisers and ungroomed steeps, and it's never crowded.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Awesome advice, but for me it's a $550 plane ticket. Otherwise that is def cheap! Thanks Mudfoot.
post #10 of 17
The money you would save on not having a rental car, and cheap lodging and lift tickets could cover the cost of the plane ticket. The places that are easier to get to tend to be more expensive once you are there.

Good luck, hope you can put something together. From Montana to New Mexico the Rockies are having an awsome snow year.
post #11 of 17
Least expensive skiing deal anywhere is FREE lodging! Available at Sipapu Ski Resort in northern NM and a couple of Taos hotels (see sig file below). Buy a lift ticket for $39+tx and we'll give free lodging. That lift ticket rate is amongst the least costly in the USA.

You will need a car rental as most of NM is spread out. I've made the best deals by using hotwire for cars. We've done cars for 50% of the rack rate which save a bundle.

If you can fly SW Airlines, the costs are often lowest in most markets.

For hotel lodging, the Taos area offers some real values. Current rates in Vail, for example, will be $200 a night and up, way up. Current rates in the town of Taos can be had for under $70 a night.

Ski you in Taos!
post #12 of 17
don't fool with public transportation on your SCL trip. at the very least rent a cheapo car and you'll have a 60% chance or so it won't snow and you'll be able to drive to any resort with it. if it snows you'll have to park and take the bus. I paid $320 for 4 days of my Hertz Outback, and today I really needed it. At Snowbird today they were "lined up" for the bus as usual, waiting for the next one, i've ridden those buses, and I think they are for the locals or for an experienced SCL skier who knows the ropes and the chances.

Brighton is #4 on terrain,(but a good mtn i enjoy skiing) compared to Solitude, Alta/Bird. Not a destination trip unless you know what you are getting into.

Just orbitz midvale, sandy for $60/nt hotels. i stay at the La Quinta, i think room is $70/nt with breakfast. Snowbird lift ticket today was $54 and believe me, i got my moneys worth!!!
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post
don't fool with public transportation on your SCL trip. at the very least rent a cheapo car and you'll have a 60% chance or so it won't snow and you'll be able to drive to any resort with it. if it snows you'll have to park and take the bus. I paid $320 for 4 days of my Hertz Outback, and today I really needed it. At Snowbird today they were "lined up" for the bus as usual, waiting for the next one, i've ridden those buses, and I think they are for the locals or for an experienced SCL skier who knows the ropes and the chances.

Brighton is #4 on terrain,(but a good mtn i enjoy skiing) compared to Solitude, Alta/Bird. Not a destination trip unless you know what you are getting into.

Just orbitz midvale, sandy for $60/nt hotels. i stay at the La Quinta, i think room is $70/nt with breakfast. Snowbird lift ticket today was $54 and believe me, i got my moneys worth!!!
Remember the super pass includes free ski bus transportation. You can get it through the below site, or at most hotels (you can at La Quinta at the front desk).

http://www.visitsaltlake.com/

Full buses can be a problem when going down from Snowbird, so if you're going to stop skiing late in the day I would recommend going to Alta since the buses do their first pick ups there THEN head down. If you're at Albion Base and get the bus there it will NEVER be full, that's the first pick up.

Sure, having a car is nice, and I respect your opinion. But the only way you'll get to know the ropes of public transport in Salt Lake is by using it. On top of that you can take the bus from the airport to the 7200s TRAX stop which is about a 4 minute walk from the La Quinta Midvale, that costs a few bucks vs. a Taxi which would cost $30.

http://www.rideuta.com/

You can plan out any trip around Salt Lake at the above website.

That said, whatever you do don't wait for the 4:30 bus at Snowbird or Solitude on a busy day, they will always be full and you'll be stuck waiting as much as two hours for UTA to send a second bus. You have a good point about that SnowbirdDevotee!
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
We will be going to Snowbird so the bus has me worried, I hate waiting! Looking at the website it seems that it only comes down once and at 4:30. I'm slightly confused here, does it run all day or did I read the schedule incorrectly? My brother is leaving Sunday and will need a way down around 1 or 2pm, any advice on how to accomplish this for less then a
$65 cab ride?
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by kewlguy53403 View Post
We will be going to Snowbird so the bus has me worried, I hate waiting! Looking at the website it seems that it only comes down once and at 4:30. I'm slightly confused here, does it run all day or did I read the schedule incorrectly? My brother is leaving Sunday and will need a way down around 1 or 2pm, any advice on how to accomplish this for less then a
$65 cab ride?
The bus to downtown directly from snowbird runs only around 4:00 on Sunday. But the the 992 to 7200s runs all the time, I've linked its schedule below. He could take the 992 down, then take Trax (The light rail system) to downtown Salt Lake, get off at Gallivan or Main street.. From there switch to the 500 which runs to the airport and stops all around downtown Gallivan

The 998 Bus Schedule:
http://www.rideuta.com/ridingUTA/vie...&pdaView=False

The 701 North South Trax (Light rail) Schedule:
http://www.rideuta.com/ridingUTA/vie...&pdaView=False

The 550 Bus Schedule (Downtown->Airport):
http://www.rideuta.com/ridingUTA/vie...&pdaView=False

For example, he could leave snowbird at 9:55AM, get on off the bus at 7200s Trax stop at 11:01. Get on the 11:16 Trax, get off the Trax at 11:40 at Gallivan. Then board the 12:21 501 bus to the airport, getting to the airport at about 12:43. This would cost $5 instead of $65. It might even be $1.75, though I'm not sure if this still counts as a one way trip (if it does you would need to get transfer tickets). The route finder won't find this since it takes over 2.5 hours...

The snowbird bus can be tricky if you wait for the last one, but if you get up nice and early and tire yourself out by 3:00 and board a bus around then you'll be fine. You want to stay in Midvale since buses run there really often throughout the day. Even if you do stay there till 4:30 the bus often won't be full, and they'll always send another. But it can suck to be stuck there for an hour, so just don't wait for the last bus
post #16 of 17
I just got an email for an amazing deal from Crested Butte. Airfare Boston to Gunnison, shuttles, 3 nights at a fancy place and 2 days lift tickets for 2 people for $235 per person (plus taxes, yadda, yadda, yadda -- prolly 20% more by the time you are done). Only good for about a dozen days in March/early April (must be really slow days), but if I had the flexibility...
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks Hvatum! I'll send this to my brother. We are staying in SLC proper and being shuttled up to Snowbird in the am, so he wants to try and get some downhill in before he leaves. We'll dissect the schedules and come up with a plan.
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