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post #31 of 49
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GeoffD - I'm pretty sure I could handle Alta/Snowbird, but my buddy coming with is an Int Adv on east coast at best, so thats why we're looking elsewhere. And our budget range isn't ridiculously low but i'm just trying to conserve some cash given we're both graduate students with >$200,000 debt each. Stupid school!!!

Hey, we're only 200,000 in debt, lets go ski! The school is NOT what is stupid here, I assure you.
post #32 of 49
Fly into SLC and stay at a hotel on the Trax line. Get the superpass tickets and enjoy a free bus ride up to Solitude, Brighton, Alta, or Snowbird from your hotel and a cheap lift ticket to awesome skiing.

It's not the best nightlife in the world, but there are a few good spots around, and its the cheapest trip you are going to find if the airfare is reasonable.
post #33 of 49
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Nurseflash, I'm definitely nervous about the altitude sickness, but don't know if prophylactic Diamox would be a great idea given that I may just be fine.

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Hey, we're only 200,000 in debt, lets go ski! The school is NOT what is stupid here, I assure you.
Point well taken Karpiel, but since we're in the final year of medical school and start residency in a few months, everyone says not to worry to much about funding because its going to be the last time in about 3-4 years where we'll be able to go on such trips. So despite the debt, we need a vacation


onyxjl - SLC does sound really good, but i'm having trouble finding info for shuttles from the airport to SLC or PC and then from the hotels to the resorts. I'll check for the Trax line though. Thanks
post #34 of 49
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Timr1 - Thanks a lot for filling me on the conditions at Heavenly this past week. Given the poor conditions, I think we are going to end up heading to Steamboat, as they are having a better season and I've heard nothing but great things

Snofun3 - Thanks for the heads up about Steamboat and Hayden airport, going to see what I can book so we can try and see the last day

GeoffD - I'm pretty sure I could handle Alta/Snowbird, but my buddy coming with is an Int Adv on east coast at best, so thats why we're looking elsewhere. And our budget range isn't ridiculously low but i'm just trying to conserve some cash given we're both graduate students with >$200,000 debt each. Stupid school!!!
EWR-RNO: $325
Grand Sierra Resort: $69/night (so $140 each)
4 day pass @ Squaw Valley: $256
To and from mountain/hotel: $0, free shuttle every day

Total cost = ~$700.
post #35 of 49
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Only do that if your goal is to just be able tell all your friends that you went skiing while you really just sat in a bar getting drunk. If you want the best skiing Utah has do NOT go to Park City, or The Canyons, or Dear Valley.




Probably! LOL. The other side of the wasatch get's HALF the powder that Snowbird and Alta do. LOL, probably!


Oh God! Please go to Colorado, stay away from the LCC!
1) You apparently missed the point about the free ticket that only the DV resorts have where the OP is looking to keep costs down

2) FYI, SLC's not the only place in CONUS to ski, and two weeks ago was WEAK with no snow for two weeks AS YOU (and I unfortunately) KNOW. The probability for good stuff is fine, but there's also times nothing's happening and it's puking in CO, CA etc. That's why the PROBABILITY is good .

Please feel free to change or misquote at your leisure.
post #36 of 49
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onyxjl - SLC does sound really good, but i'm having trouble finding info for shuttles from the airport to SLC or PC and then from the hotels to the resorts. I'll check for the Trax line though. Thanks
Try http://www.skiutah.com for transportation. There are several shuttle services available. Check craigslist for a cheap condo.
post #37 of 49
Lost a lengthy reply so I'll try to make this short. Many responders are giving you some good tips on ways to make your trip as cheaply as possible. Let's not forget that 1st trip west is like sex - there's only ever gonna be one first time and you're never going to forget it. Give some heavy thought to whether you can possibly beg, borrow or steal $$$ so that you don't have to focus on doing the starving student youth hostel routine.

As for good sking, good grooming, and lots of acreage - Steamboat won't disappoint, particularly considering this season's snow patterns. They got 3 ft(!) from last weekend's dump and are expecting 15-20" by the time current storm ends.

Thumbs up for Steamboat central reservations from me - one phone call will set up air, lodging, lift tix and I've found them very helpful to work with budget in mind.
post #38 of 49
Wherever you end up, if you do get lucky enough to be there for a big dump, don't hesitate to spend the dough to rent powder skis. Unless you are experienced skiers, you will flail around in powder unless you have appropriate sticks.
post #39 of 49
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Wherever you end up, if you do get lucky enough to be there for a big dump, don't hesitate to spend the dough to rent powder skis. Unless you are experienced skiers, you will flail around in powder unless you have appropriate sticks.
This man speaks the truth. I learned that lesson the hard way on a powder dump day at Snowbasin.
post #40 of 49
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Philcski- Thanks for the breakdown for SLC. I checked prices and what you posted is really accurate. Going to see what dates we are going and then compare SLC, Reno, & Steamboat.

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Lost a lengthy reply so I'll try to make this short. Many responders are giving you some good tips on ways to make your trip as cheaply as possible. Let's not forget that 1st trip west is like sex - there's only ever gonna be one first time and you're never going to forget it. Give some heavy thought to whether you can possibly beg, borrow or steal $$$ so that you don't have to focus on doing the starving student youth hostel routine.
Sr31aj, awesome quote. I'm hoping that it turns out to be that fun!!! But your right, its not worth cutting too much $ out cuz it will take away from the experience. And like I said earlier, this season is my last real ski season for the next 4-6yrs, might as well enjoy it!

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Wherever you end up, if you do get lucky enough to be there for a big dump, don't hesitate to spend the dough to rent powder skis. Unless you are experienced skiers, you will flail around in powder unless you have appropriate sticks.
Thanks for the heads up on that. Definitely a great idea cuz my skis are east coast carvers for groomed runs. I think they are 68's under waist, so they definitely won't hold up in powder >5". Only thing is I've never rode powder skis before so hopefully I won't suck with them!

Also, any thoughts on whether or not its worth going to any of the above mentioned resorts early March, like the 1st week of March? Since its my first time I don't want my trip to be tainted by poor conditions because its too late in the season...
post #41 of 49
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Nurseflash, I'm definitely nervous about the altitude sickness, but don't know if prophylactic Diamox would be a great idea given that I may just be fine.

Point well taken Karpiel, but since we're in the final year of medical school and start residency in a few months, everyone says not to worry to much about funding because its going to be the last time in about 3-4 years where we'll be able to go on such trips. So despite the debt, we need a vacation

Thanks
Consider Denver if you are looking for a FP residency. There are some great opportunities out here. (for both play and work!) Or, are you looking for something else. One thing to consider is the idea of taking time off post-residency to travel a bit.
Hydration - just go for the water. Don't be stupid with ETOH and activity the first few days either.
post #42 of 49
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Consider Denver if you are looking for a FP residency. There are some great opportunities out here. (for both play and work!) Or, are you looking for something else. One thing to consider is the idea of taking time off post-residency to travel a bit.
Hydration - just go for the water. Don't be stupid with ETOH and activity the first few days either.

NurseFlash - I'm actually doing IM to (hopefully) GI fellowship and trying to stay local as much as I would love to live in CO.

And yea hydration is def key but ETOH will not help the situation
post #43 of 49

So have a brew or two. IM/GI fellowship... Where does Geenen stand in that world now days?

post #44 of 49

No one has mentioned one of the best nightlife towns around, Jackson Hole.  Head to Jackson Hole and ski Jackson and Grand Targhee.  Targhee is one of the best kept secrets around, Powder from the heavens not hoses.

post #45 of 49

For my money Vail is the best mountain I've been to. It has everything for everybody. That being said for the cost if you're not going to use the back bowls or trees then it wouldn't be worth it. If you're looking for groomers head to Park City. You can access so many mountains there. Deer Valley is more family oriented and so they have more groomers. But if your friend feels like pushing it a little more you have the option of heading to the Canyons or dare I say it Alta and Snowbird (tougher terrain, but so awesome!) Others have also recommended Steamboat. I haven't been, but the people I know who have have called it a good intermediate mountain that makes you feel like a better skier. As for Breck, if this is your first trip out west I would start with a lower altitude mountain. That place can put a hurting on you the first day. Went out there a while back and the first day was met with a raging headache that only got worse heading up the lift. There are drugs you can take to help offset the altitude, but I still think Park City or Steamboat would be better.

post #46 of 49
Thread Starter 

NurseFlash - I've heard the name before and saw that he's well published but don't know any more about him. Still got IM to focus on before I can brush up my GI stuff more :)

 

bndfishing - I'd love to go to JH but my friend/friends going with me are more like intermediates and JH is more of an advanced mountain. Plus I'm a damn good skier out east but don't wanna push it out west by going to JH my first time ;)

 

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For my money Vail is the best mountain I've been to. It has everything for everybody. That being said for the cost if you're not going to use the back bowls or trees then it wouldn't be worth it. If you're looking for groomers head to Park City. You can access so many mountains there. Deer Valley is more family oriented and so they have more groomers. But if your friend feels like pushing it a little more you have the option of heading to the Canyons or dare I say it Alta and Snowbird (tougher terrain, but so awesome!) Others have also recommended Steamboat. I haven't been, but the people I know who have have called it a good intermediate mountain that makes you feel like a better skier. As for Breck, if this is your first trip out west I would start with a lower altitude mountain. That place can put a hurting on you the first day. Went out there a while back and the first day was met with a raging headache that only got worse heading up the lift. There are drugs you can take to help offset the altitude, but I still think Park City or Steamboat would be better.

 

Def a good point regarding groomers in PC. I think PC would be a great choice including PCMR. The only problem with PCMR is their website sucks for vacation planning. I'll prob have to call them or use another site if we go that route. And didn't think of comparing altitudes but your right Breck for our 1st time might be too drastic a change, especially given we're coming straight from sea level lol

 

post #47 of 49


 

Def a good point regarding groomers in PC. I think PC would be a great choice including PCMR. The only problem with PCMR is their website sucks for vacation planning. I'll prob have to call them or use another site if we go that route. And didn't think of comparing altitudes but your right Breck for our 1st time might be too drastic a change, especially given we're coming straight from sea level lol

 

Glad I could help. I do think PC is going to offer you the most options. I'm not sure many have mentioned it, but Whistler also might be a good choice. I've never been, but from what I've heard from friends and reviews it's just so freaking huge that you can't help but find something. Also the night life can't be beat anywhere else. The one issue though is that in the Pacific Northwest you run a higher risk than anywhere else of catching a rain day.

 

One more thing about going out west. Don't discount the bowls bc of your friends. Sometimes the mountain grooms a section of some of their bowls to allow the intermediates to go there, and then you could ski along side in the powder. Just a thought. Unless of course by "few bowls" you meant you want it to have a few bowls so you have the option of skiing them. If that's the case disregard the last part.

 


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Edited by cabrown317 - Tue, 03 Feb 09 14:48:52 GMT
post #48 of 49

I just went through the same process and came up with SLC. Now I do like night life but skiing is why I am going.

 

Anyway I live in SC got a flight from CLT to SLC for $246 got a room for a weekly rate of $251 at the National 9 in SLC, right onthe Trax line and ski bus route. I still may rent a car I saw some stuff at Powder Mountain I may want to do.

 

Anyway I did this using the o nline travel sites and help from folks on here. If you look hard you can save a ton of $$. Good luck and have fun wherever you go. I will be in SLC are first week of March.

post #49 of 49
Thread Starter 

 Thanks for the posts cabrown and theconz. I appreciate the help. Conz you def got some great deals there, especially the flight. That was the main deal breaker for us, most of the flights I could get were $350 and up, then plus shuttle from airport to resort made the trip a bit pricey. Unfortunately as of right now, I'm sad to say that we may not be doing the trip due to conflicting schedules with many of my friends. Hope we can get it together though and maybe go in March.  Have fun on your trip! :)

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