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post #61 of 96
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Originally Posted by N8M
Strip clubs? In Utah?!?!? I didn't think such a thing would exist.

I was considering the downtown due to availablilty on Priceline... also I heard there really isn't anything to do in Sandy/Midvale after sunset. I guess that's not the case?
Sandy ain't exactly hop'n. I've stayed at the Best Western there quite a few times for weekend trips. There are a few spots around. And it's not so far that you can't drive to the brew pubs in town.

Think about taking a day at Snowbasin. I think it's a pretty unappreciated spot.

(okay, my last post to this thread. heh.)
post #62 of 96
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Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle
Okay, now you're just making me feel socially inept. I've had lots of lift conversations, and not once has it turned into me skiing with someone. How does that happen?!
It went something like this....(this is the short version)

Me: How long are you visiting?
Couple on gondola: For 5 days. We're from Toronto blah, blah, blah... And you?
Me: I am here for my honeymoon, but my husband tore his ACL yesterday and so blah,blah blah...
Couple: That's terrible! blah, blah, blah..Why don't you join us?

OK, so my sob story had something to do with the invites, but just to prove that one does not necessarily need a sob story, I will get invited to ski with someone on the lift next week in Killington and let you know.
post #63 of 96

Take a lesson!!!

When travelling alone, definitely consider taking a lesson. Several advantages of this are...

- The instructor will show you around the mountain.
- You will meet people in the class. Some of them you may want to continue skiing with after the lesson.
- You will improve your skiing.

Last year I traveled alone several times to go skiing as we had no snow in the Pacific Northwest. To give you some ideas, the lessons I took on my trips last year were...

- "Skiweek" at Taos Ski Valley. Group lesson in the morning with the same group for 6 days.
- "Steeps Camp" at Kirkwood. 2 full days of instruction that was excellent.
- half day lesson at Alpine Meadows

Several years ago I did the "Ski Esprit" at Whistler, which is a 3 day long group lesson where the instructor is also your guide to the mountain.
post #64 of 96
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Originally Posted by sellis
OK, so my sob story had something to do with the invites, but just to prove that one does not necessarily need a sob story, I will get invited to ski with someone on the lift next week in Killington and let you know.
Heheh! Okay, I'm looking forward to hearing how that works out!
post #65 of 96
I'll be heading out to SLC in late Feb for my annual trip with the guys(9 this year), but I do have a fantasy about jumping in a plane in Newark on a Friday morning to Aspen, and skiing 1/2,full, 1/2 and back late Sunday. I just might do it. I was looking at tickets and see that I could do it spur of the moment almost.
post #66 of 96
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee
I'll be heading out to SLC in late Feb for my annual trip with the guys(9 this year), but I do have a fantasy about jumping in a plane in Newark on a Friday morning to Aspen, and skiing 1/2,full, 1/2 and back late Sunday. I just might do it. I was looking at tickets and see that I could do it spur of the moment almost.
Delta currently has non-stops out of JFK to SLC for $216. Planes depart JFK @ 7:00 a.m. and arrive in SLC @ 10:25. Return flights depart SLC @ 4:45 p.m and land 11:15 p.m.

They also have the same flights out of Newark for $326, but the extra $110 is worth it for me to not deal with JFK. It would probably cost an extra $30 in tolls anyway.
post #67 of 96
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee
I'll be heading out to SLC in late Feb for my annual trip with the guys(9 this year), but I do have a fantasy about jumping in a plane in Newark on a Friday morning to Aspen, and skiing 1/2,full, 1/2 and back late Sunday. I just might do it. I was looking at tickets and see that I could do it spur of the moment almost.
Getting the half day on Friday is tough. You'd have to get a 4 or 5am flight.

No reason to only ski a half day on Sunday though! Sleep on the plane.
post #68 of 96
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Originally Posted by ChrisInSeattle
Getting the half day on Friday is tough. You'd have to get a 4 or 5am flight.
See post above. 7:00 flight out of Newark lands in SLC @ 10:30 a.m. From what others have siad on this board, you can get to the mountain in plenty of time to get the free lift ticket and ski 1/2 day.
post #69 of 96
Is it really possible to take a trip "alone" when you post here on Epicski ?

I started out on a trip alone last Spring and by the time I hit my last day, there was 34 of us skiing together.

I have no idea how many times I went out to dinner, and never alone.

Set something up on the Meet on the Hill forum.

Or take a day off from the madness and ski alone.:
post #70 of 96
absolutely! i do day trips all the time by myself...the solitude and serenity can be addicting...nobody to wait for or keep waiting...singles lines...
post #71 of 96

What?

That question only tells us how little courage you have. Why wouldn't you take a ski trip alone? would be a better question.
post #72 of 96
Ski trip alone; by all means ! I travel alone many many times a season. I am there to ski the best terrain I can find, as hard as I can, all day long. Then, "I drink alone, yeeaahh, with nobody elllse" No, but seriously I go eat at a pub after or cook on my grill and have a few beers. (I sleep in my truck or hostel)I like to keep my cash in the bank. If I meet some people to have some drinks and laughs with awesome. If not, oh well. I am there to ski and that means that the snow is there as well. If it turns out to be a bunk night. The thoughts of what I get to rip the next day is enough to put a smile on my face till I wake in the morning.
post #73 of 96
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Originally Posted by N8M
With the cheap airfares, i'm looking at staying in downtown SLC with a rental car to head up the LCC and BCC. Good idea, or do you think I should be staying in one of the resort towns?

I go solo all the time. If I was only going to ski LCC, I would stay at the Alta Peruvian. Communal dinning, nice pool and a good bar foster fond memories.
post #74 of 96
A fair percentage of people have always skied alone. Also a fair percentage of urban weekend skier that live within a few hours of resorts regularly drive up alone. That is more so the higher the skiing ability as advanced skiers are more interested in skiing when conditions are good than considering social situations. In fact better skiers often find themselves skiing by themselves even when they come up in groups. Now quite a lower percentage of people take destination ski trips alone. One reason is that most lodging deals and package deals are invariably built around having at least two people in a room. Singles end up paying way more in most cases with hardly a break in price. Never understood why the lodging industry about ski areas rarely tries to tap into that resource of avid skiers. Not all solo types are cheap dirtbags. Especially business travelers. There needs to be more smaller one person rooms available generally which grates against lodging conventional wisdom.

As for skiing solo, riding lifts is one of the most exceptional situations a talkative person can find for meeting people. Where else can a person find a situation where they have an opportunity to talk to such a broad segment of the public? Old, young, rich, poor, good skiers, mediocre skiers, beginners, beautiful looks people, plain looks people, quiet reserved people, excited talkative people, all are placed beside one via lift mazes in a quite random way that gaurantees over time one will be next to every type of person A to Z. And a lot of these people will be excited and smiling before they sit down on the lift.

...dave
post #75 of 96
Do it all the time at Sugar, NC. I go midweek, get some serious skiing in, and hang out with hillbillies. Can focus on my skiing, test skis, etc. No irksome wife to hustle me out of the bar and into a some shopping establishment....local App St. girls are fun. :
post #76 of 96
I wouldn't think of taking a big, multi-day ski trip alone...mainly because I have so many friends who ski who always jump at the chance to go on a ski trip.

I do, however, often go on day trips to ski alone.

My work takes me to Vancouver and Calgary a few times each winter, and I always leave one day free to drive up for a day at one of Van's local mountains or Sunshine. In Toronto, I take day trips alone if no one can get out up to Blue or Mt St Louis. I love it as I get in so many runs!! Very peaceful.
post #77 of 96
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Originally Posted by sellis
OK, so my sob story had something to do with the invites, but just to prove that one does not necessarily need a sob story, I will get invited to ski with someone on the lift next week in Killington and let you know.
I'm waiting eagerly to hear how your experiment turned out this weekend!

I had a pleasent conversation with a couple on a lift yesterday. They didn't ask me to ski with them. :
post #78 of 96
I prefer to ski alone. Don't have to negotiate and be sensitive about which trails, how long, how fast to ski. Also, when I have something to work on
--like one footed skiing---I need to be alone to concentrate.

As for nightlife, too tired.

There are certain places/conditions I would not ski alone. But, I am not averse to asking for help; for example in whiteout at snowbird I asked a
guy to stick with me 'til I got to familiar area-- and I would do the same for someone.
post #79 of 96
Surprising..I guess I am pretty social. I don't like skiing alone - travelling alone or eating alone..

Pete
post #80 of 96
Doing it this weekend. I'm an introvert so being by myself is natural.
post #81 of 96
A good place for a solo ski trip is Alta. Get a single room at Goldminers. There are usually one or two single tables in the dining room. You can speak about the days' skiing amongst new friends and if you have not hooked up with anybody on the slopes, the singles' dinner table is just the place to meet and greet and set something up with fellow skiers.
post #82 of 96
I'm planning one now.
post #83 of 96
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Originally Posted by powdog View Post
I belong to a ski club - but whenever we go to Utah (Park City), I rent a car at the airport, I was skiing at Alta (Supreme lift - Catherine's) around 12:30 PM or getting off the Snowbird Tram about 12:45. I want to ski a lot - no waiting for make-up putting-on women - and no waiting for any guy who's dumb enough to take a picture on the mountain.

No racing - I would rather ski than wait around forever for my second run. All my friends are slow, except for a couple of guys in Boulder who can still smoke my butt. There's about 10 guys in my ski club who ski faster than me.

If you're going to Utah, you can discounted lift tickets at the Lift House (I think it opens about 7:30 to 8:00 AM) and get your boots worked on.
What's wrong with taking pictures on the mountain?

I ski alone several times per season, though usually only day trips or just one night over. I'm typically much more likely to bring my camera when I go out alone, since I don't have to worry about holding up anyone else. I like nature photography and I like skiiing, so obviously I enjoy both together. While I don't necesarily want to be the guy that keeps holding everyone up, I don't see what's "dumb" about it...

But when I do stay over...eat at the bar, soak in the hot tub, and then head back to your room and watch TV/bring a book to read/go online with your laptop (more & more hotels have free wifi these days...going to an online forum or IM'ing friends can make you feel like you are back at home) at night if you aren't comfortable going out alone. If you do want to go out, I recommend checking out some live music!
post #84 of 96
Most times I have no choice -- if I want to ski more than the 4-8 days a year my wife and friends ski, I have to go alone. Most are day trips, but I do some of multi-day trips alone. I do get bored skiing alone sometimes, if I am at a familiar mountain skiing plain old groomed snow... starts to feel like laps. But still better than not skiing!
post #85 of 96
I'll be alone the second week of April in CO. My friend can only take one week off so we'll ski Vail together the first week then I'm heading over to Breckenridge/Summit County for the second week. Will hook up with Uncle Louie and the LGC3 gang a few of the days.

I'm a pretty quiet person and enjoy just watching the crowds. I expect a quiet week, dinner out and an early night.
post #86 of 96
Solo trips are great if you take advantage of your logistic freedom. My best solo trip was to Snowmass. I took a group lesson and the instructor took our small group (4 skiers) all over the mountain including the Cirque Headwall and AMF. I never would have explored this area with my usual crew and I would have wasted a lot of time finding the best runs. The next day I demoed EVERYTHING. I tried over ten different skis and ended up with the Salomon Xscream Series. I never would have had time for these journeys with a group.

Good Luck
post #87 of 96
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Originally Posted by 270Bullet View Post
Most of my trips are solo trips. From 7 AM - 4 PM it's a real blast. You ski where you want, as hard as you want, go where you want. There is no waiting for someone to buckle their boots or discuss where to ski. You can stand on top of a run for as long or short as you want and go whenever you please. It's a blast. Every now and then you can hook-up with some local for a few runs. If you proove your worth, they'll show you a secret or two.

After you get back to the room, it changes a little. So about 6:00 pm you realize that there is no one to talk to about the day. You go eat dinner - table for one - and see other groups laughing and retelling tall tales. You sit quietly with your beer and burrito. If your'e the bar-fly type, you go to the local watering hole. But you feel out of place because you are obviously alone and everyone else is in groups of 2-3-4, etc. Girls see a huge sign around your neck "DESPERATE LOSER".

For me, it's either hit a movie - any movie - or head to the hotel, watch a little TV, get some sleep, wake early, hit the hot tub to work the kinks out, shower, then go ski. So the best part of traveling alone is the hours of 7 AM - 4PM.
On the other hand, when you travel with a group, you tend to hang with the group, and don't have much oportunity to meet new people.
Back in the 80's, I had 2 weeks vacation in December, there was no snow on the east coast, and none of my friends could take off last minute. So I booked a flight and a condo in Breckinridge. I looked up a friend who moved to Breck and was a part-time bartender, who hooked me up with locals to ski with, and then introduced me to all the other bartenders and bar owners in Breck. I skied with different people every day, drank for free, and partied with the locals every night well after the bars closed. 3 of the nights I spent with a lass from Boston, till she left for home. It was a ski trip I'll never forget!
post #88 of 96
I do most of my woods stuff alone, like early this morning I was cross country skiing and I'll go again today, alone is fine, literally thousands of times, but I really enjoy downhill skiing with other people, never have been able to shake it, maybe that is just what i'm used to, one of these days i'll hop on a plane and do the alone thing, i want to get to aspen and big sky and may be to do it alone.
post #89 of 96
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Originally Posted by N8M View Post
I'm seriously considering it as I have a free airline ticket out west that must be used before a certain date this winter. I've canvassed all of my ski buddies, but none of them can make the trip during the week that I have booked off from work. (unfortunately, it can't be changed)

On one hand, it would work to my advantage as I would get to see all of the things I want to see, and go to all of the resorts I want to go to. On the flipside, going out for dinner and out to the pub apres ski would be a little awkward all by my lonesome.

Has anyone here ever taken a ski trip alone, and if so could you describe the experience be it positive or negative?
Until a few years ago almost all of my travelling was done by myself. I see no downside at all.

Obviously you expect dining alone to be awkward, but why? No one there will pay you any notice, and even if they do, why would you care? You'll never see them again. I really don't understand you're concern here, but perhaps it's because I've done this hundreds of times. It's never been a problem.

You've got it right when you say you'll get to do everything you want to do. Enjoy that.

Just make sure you're safe when you ski. Don't feel shy about tagging along with a group in areas that are unpopulated.
post #90 of 96
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Originally Posted by 270Bullet View Post
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If your'e the bar-fly type, you go to the local watering hole. But you feel out of place because you are obviously alone and everyone else is in groups of 2-3-4, etc. Girls see a huge sign around your neck "DESPERATE LOSER".

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IMO, only certain people of a certain age would worry about this.
Not everyone is going to want to have a drink in the kind of place where "girls" see signs around people's necks.

Europe, and the bigger places in Canada & the US, have a greater selection of places for a drink than what would seem to be a glorified college pub.
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