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Absolute Cheapest Ski Trip

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Leaving from Portland, Maine......

What is the lowest cost for a 5 night ski trip available in continental, USA.?? (west)

When is the lowest airfare available??

I am eyeing the Hostel X at Jackson Hole.

Let's kick this around a bit so I can dream.
post #2 of 17
You're on the right track with Hostel X - it's gotta be the cheapest lodging at any resort, especially given the location.

A quick look on kayak.com shows Portland to Jackson as $555. Compare that to $375 to Salt Lake or $339 to Denver. I did check airfare to Idaho Falls, but that's $546 and not worth the 2 hour drive. The difference you save in Lodging for Hostel X may very well make up for the difference in airfare. Otherwise, Salt Lake and Denver are probably the cheapest airfare options barring some kind of special promo. That was searching over all the weekends in February - probably the month you want to plan for.

If you're willing to drive down to Boston, you might be able to pick up some cheaper promo flights to DEN or SLC.
post #3 of 17
If you don't mind a daily commute to mtns there are other contenders depending on airfare, lodging, lift tics:
2. fly to SLC use public transportation and stay near Sandy in chain motel, ride bus to alta/bird or solitude/Brighton
3. fly to Denver, rent cheap car, stay in chain motel along I70, ski mostly Loveland and A-Basin, splurging a day or two at Winter Park, Copper or Breck
PS:
4. Look at flying into Reno for casino stay and ski deals with free shuttle to NLT resorts; e. g. http://www.sandsregency.com/golf_ski.html
post #4 of 17
The Hostel seems to have changed hands and increased rates. I would bet you could find cheaper lodging in town, especially at the last minute. I usually just use the bank of phone at the airport and start calling.

Jackson's an expensive airfare.

It doesn't have the ambiance of Jackson, but I would think it's hard to beat SLC when it's all said and done.

If your going alone, I would just wait until the last minute and go wherever is best.
post #5 of 17
Cheapest (west) ???

Drive to Rodgers pass, sleep in car, earn your turns.

The whole trip will cost you the cost of fuel.
post #6 of 17
Hitch-hike, wash dishes, sleep at the eating establishment
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by vinn View Post

If you're willing to drive down to Boston, you might be able to pick up some cheaper promo flights to DEN or SLC.
Just be aware that a weeks parking at or around Logan is going to take a big chunk out of, or even exceed any air fare savings you may find. If you can get someone to drop you off and pick you up---then it works.

For ESA II I booked flights out of Logan to SLC based on saving about 65 per ticket when we lived in Southern VT and then remembered that we needed to park the car for the trip about 5 days before we left. Ended up in long term off site parking for around $160. On top of that, we decided at the last minute to stay at the airport the night before to avoid driving to Boston with gear for a 6 am flight in the winter.

Total 'savings' for poor planning! Oh I dunno---maybe I increased the trip cost by 150 bucks versus flying out of Albany.
post #8 of 17
I was thinking the same thing re. Jackson. One note: depending on whether you prefer to stay at the mountain or in town, you can easily find a cheap, no-frills but perfectly acceptable place in town (e.g., Anglers Inn, where I stayed last season) for the same $70-80 a night you'll pay at Hostel X. Staying in town gives you more options for eating and drinking, and the Anglers Inn is a perfectly nice three- or four-block stumble from the Snake River Brewery.

There are certainly cheaper places to fly to than Jackson, but as far as terrain is concerned, few other resorts compare. As far as booking the flight is concerned, I would hold off, especially if you have any flexibility on dates. I booked last February for March and paid less than friends who had booked months earlier.
post #9 of 17
Fly to Denver and drive to Salida, plenty of cheap hotels there. Ski at Monarch ($42 a day lift tickets) for a few days and Crested Butte for a few. You could even spring for a cat skiing trip while at Monarch.
post #10 of 17
If you Ski Colorado look into a "GEMS"card
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post
Leaving from Portland, Maine......

What is the lowest cost for a 5 night ski trip available in continental, USA.?? (west)
West of Portland?

Drive to Rangeley. Stay at Rangeley Inn. Ski at Saddleback ($40 lift tix).

Drink $2 PBR tallboys at the Swig N Smelt (2nd floor of base lodge)

Some good, cheap places to eat and drink in Rangeley. Sarge's, across the street from the Rangeley Inn, serves up a very decent $20 steak.
post #12 of 17
Mt Abrams, Black Mtn or Lost Valley should be pretty cheap day trips from Portland. Splurge and hit up Shawnee Peak or Sunday River.

Seriously, further west it is hard to beat flying to Reno, staying in a flea bag there and skiing around North Lake Tahoe for cheap. A case could be made for taking a shuttle and staying in South Tahoe, but I'm not really a Heavenly guy.
post #13 of 17
Take Amtrak to Fraser, CO

Stay in a hostel bed at the Rocky Mountain Inn & Hostel in Fraser,CO

Use free bus system

Ski at Winter Park

Take train back to Portland.

I've met plenty of New Englanders and Mid-Westerners who've used this option.

The California Zephyr will also get you to Aspen/Glenwood Springs and Salt Lake City.
post #14 of 17
The Zephyr is a great option for getting to WP. As far as getting back east...... better build an extra day or so into your schedule.
post #15 of 17
if travelocity has the same deal on the salt lake superpass as last year, the cottonwoods would be hard to beat. airfare will be cheaper than to jackson, and there are plenty of places in the valley that are not much more than hostel-x, and the ski bus is included in the superpass.
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by daysailer1 View Post
Take Amtrak to Fraser, CO

Stay in a hostel bed at the Rocky Mountain Inn & Hostel in Fraser,CO

Use free bus system

Ski at Winter Park

Take train back to Portland.

I've met plenty of New Englanders and Mid-Westerners who've used this option.

The California Zephyr will also get you to Aspen/Glenwood Springs and Salt Lake City.

I thought John Madden was the only guy that rides trains?? No??

That would be a cool trip, non the less.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DropKickMurphy View Post
West of Portland?

Drive to Rangeley. Stay at Rangeley Inn. Ski at Saddleback ($40 lift tix).

Drink $2 PBR tallboys at the Swig N Smelt (2nd floor of base lodge)

Some good, cheap places to eat and drink in Rangeley. Sarge's, across the street from the Rangeley Inn, serves up a very decent $20 steak.

Good one. Saddleback is about an hour from where I live and I will make that trip several times this winter. Especially with a newly installed Quad Chair to access the best part of the mountain.

Don't tell anyone BUT........Saddleback is THE mountain to watch in New England right now. Family owned with a huge ($$$millions$$$) investment going in to all areas of the mountain. There is lots of beautiful skiing to be done there, and I mean lots!!!

The Berry family is doing right!! With the family in mind. $40 lift tickets to boot.

Love me some Saddleback.
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