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Denver to Park City college spring break trip.

post #1 of 13
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Yes. It is happening in about 60 days for me and some friends. We are in college.

So. I have some top-notch access to a slopeside condo in deer valley for the first week in march, I am driving over with some friends from school to ski and have a spring break of a lifetime.

Being broke college kids, this trip has to be frugal on every level.
-Food is a given, We'd have to eat in park city just like we would in denver.
-Lodging is taken care of through my source for the week.
-Transportation is a given as well, gas is dirt cheap (for now) and if we were to stay and ski in Colorado we'd have to pay for gas and pool it.

But, We just dont have the lift ticket situation entirely figured out.
In Colorado, we have our treasured $500 "Colorado 5-mountain" passes. In Utah, we need to buy lift tickets.

Chances are, there will be a day or two that we wont ski to see the sights...but it still seems to be a $80/day problem...more than we make in 2 days with work-study jobs on campus.

My question(s)-What are the chances of getting some DEALS on lift tix? Does anyone have any ideas? Whats out there?

Again, this is VERY discouraging to myself and several (if not all) of my friends. We NEED to find a loophole or something just to get us on the mountain.

Thank you for any suggestions. We just want to have some fun this spring break before we have to try and work in this "economy."


PS- I KNOW I saw a thing at the Canyons last year about that time of year...a deal for $99 was 2 lift tickets, 2 drinks and 2 hot dogs...THATS the kind of thing we may be looking for.


Thanks again!
post #2 of 13
That deal you remember from the Canyons was actually for two cheeseburgers so it was even better! Who knows, they may be doing it again at that time this year. Just do a search for discount lift tickets in Salt Lake City. There are a number of places you can get them: REI, Costco, Canyon SPorts, Ski-n-see, Christy's and I'm probably forgetting a couple of others. If you look around you can usually get tickets for around $50 although you may not find Deer Valley tix for quite that good a deal.

The other places you might try are Craigslist and KSL.com. Craigslist I'm sure you know about while KSL is a local tv station website with a ton of classified ads. I really don't know how to varify that the tickets listed are legit, but I see them on those two sites quite a bit.
post #3 of 13
Ouch, Deer Valley and Frugal do not coinside.

If I were you guys I would stay in Denver Unless you plan to make it worth the trip to UT and SKi at Alta/Snowbird.
post #4 of 13
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Thank you both!

dcb, I am a little hesitant to buy tix from others as I believe it is illegal to "sell" a lift ticket after you get it from the resort...but not like something like that is going to stop me if the deal is right...(looks over shoulder)

aschick, I know, DV and frugal arent usually in the same sentence...but we have our lodging comp'd and all we need is tix. the plan is to ski as many resorts as possible, 7 in total if we ski every day, leaving Alta/bird ON the list! =D ...cant drive to utah without skiing alta/bird!
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Ouch, Deer Valley and Frugal do not coinside.

If I were you guys I would stay in Denver Unless you plan to make it worth the trip to UT and SKi at Alta/Snowbird.
I agree, there isn't really much difference between PC and the Epic resorts. Alta/Snowbird is another matter, but if you don't have money for tickets? Don't you guys have some place to crash in Summit County?
post #6 of 13
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Negative, We are all from out of state, me being from Arizona. Everyone else if from Ohio to California and everywhere in between...we would have to spend $$ to stay ANYWHERE other than denver.

Basically, this is the trip of a lifetime for us. We are going regardless, but every little bit saved is great.
post #7 of 13
I've never given much thought to whether of not it is illegal to get a lift ticket from somebody else. As long as it came from the resort, I don't see what difference it makes. It's not like somebody is going to be able to scalp the ticket for more than the face value, they're usually just getting rid of it because they can't use it for some reason. In any event there are plenty of places to get discount lift tickets.
post #8 of 13
Canyonsports and Lifthouse sell the same discount tix, most are about $10 less than resort, altho Canyons ski area has the best deal - save about $50 on a 2/7 day pass. Note that no discount tix are available in Park City (well, except from the brain-eating zombie time-share salesmen) - you need to drive into SLC to get them. So plan your first day in LCC/BCC and pick them up on the way.

Also, there is nothing worth 1-2 days of sightseeing in SLC - spend the time skiing.

Cheap food tip in PC: El Chubasco
post #9 of 13
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Thanks drb!

I've seen the sights in SLC and PC and heber, and provo, and everywhere else lol. been going to utah summer and winter since i was a little tyke...I was talking more along the lines of letting the girls do some main st. shopping one day...


Thanks Everyone!
post #10 of 13
Costco in SLC sells a 5 pack for PCMR for $250, normal price $83 a day at the window.
post #11 of 13
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My question(s)-What are the chances of getting some DEALS on lift tix? Does anyone have any ideas? Whats out there?
Yeah, go to Brighton after lunch, and just get on Great Western. They hardly never check tickets.

(Park City sucks by the way. Well, so does Brighton for that matter. )
post #12 of 13
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thanks everyone!

We're looking forward to some good spring skiing this year!
post #13 of 13
I was out @ Park City last year and got a great deal on lift tickets
on Liftopia.com. They seem to vary as to what resorts they offer discounted tickets for but it's worth a look. Plus if you're staying @ Deer you can take the free town bus to Park City or the Canyons and ski them as well. Have fun.
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