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Need help planning a ski trip

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Thread Starter 
Hi!
I'm interested in going skiing - went last year to Breckenridge for the first time and I'm hooked. Problem is it looks like it will be a solo trip for me and I'm not sure where to go/stay/etc. I need a place that would be close to the airport as I'm already having to fly from Miami/Ft. Laud which is long enough (If there's a good shuttle service from the airport it would help I think). Not looking forward to driving in snow so would prefer to stay in a location where driving isn't really necessary. Would like to be able to do this without going broke so cost is a factor. Still a beginner so need to have nice amount of blues and greens. Would like to go end of February or beginning of March preferably. I'm a teacher and have spring break first week of April but I'm pretty sure that's hit or miss when it comes to skiing =/ Any ideas?
Thanks!!!
post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by newtoskiing View Post
Hi!
I'm interested in going skiing - went last year to Breckenridge for the first time and I'm hooked. Problem is it looks like it will be a solo trip for me and I'm not sure where to go/stay/etc. I need a place that would be close to the airport as I'm already having to fly from Miami/Ft. Laud which is long enough (If there's a good shuttle service from the airport it would help I think). Not looking forward to driving in snow so would prefer to stay in a location where driving isn't really necessary. Would like to be able to do this without going broke so cost is a factor. Still a beginner so need to have nice amount of blues and greens. Would like to go end of February or beginning of March preferably. I'm a teacher and have spring break first week of April but I'm pretty sure that's hit or miss when it comes to skiing =/ Any ideas?
Thanks!!!
SLC

Ski anywhere the bus will take you (IIRC just about all of the ski areas near SLC) or suck it up and learn to drive in snow (be cautious and practice losing and regaining control in an empty parking lot, aka spin donuts and get out of them). Utah can be a relatively cheap ski vacation if done right.

Or Whistler, I'm pretty sure there are buses from Vancouver up to Whistler, but you are looking at more $$.

Good luck, have fun and welcome to the sport.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply Dumpy! So SLC is my best choice? Any lodging areas I should prefer? Whistler looks great but a bit pricey.

Thanks!
post #4 of 6
I'm with Dumpy. Look into Alta, UT ski area specifically. It is convenient to the SLC airport and will have good snow and spring discounts in early April. It has beautiful beginner, low intermediate terrain (and legendary expert stuff too). The slopeside lodges there offer a good environment for solo travelers, group meals come with the room fee. It is all about skiing, no boarders allowed, no night life except pool/hot tub and card games by the fireplace. If that appeals to you, a week spent in one of Alta's lodges is a quintessential American ski experience.
post #5 of 6
cheapest slopeside at alta would be the snowpine dorm but that is probably $120 + / night, includes breakfast and dinner.

cheaper: hotel near the UTA bus (ie 7200 south), plus you can get disount "super pass" good for alta/snowbird/solitude and brighton. but you are own your own for dinner

alta has a $32 pass that gets you on three lifts (sunnyside/albion/cecret)

cheaper yet: silverthorne has a hostel and summit county free buses can get you around to vail/key/breck/copper/abasin

but airfare may dictate where you go...
post #6 of 6
First week of April is still great skiing at many western resorts. At your stated ability level, the Summit County Colorado areas come to mind.
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