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Sun Valley vs. Big Sky

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I skied at Sun Valley last month. It is a great resort, and Ketchum is a great town.  I thought the green runs were more like blues.  Has anyone been to Sun Valley and Big Sky who can compare the green runs?

post #2 of 13

Big Sky has some pretty good beginner terrain, I'll tell ya that but never been there. There was a thread on best beginner terrain around here a few months ago where I picked that info up.

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Big Sky's begginner terrain is much closer to the norm for green terrain and, by the way, some of it is very nice (long and interesting).  Most of Sun Valley's greens would be blue almost anywhere else. 

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Speaking of Big Sky I wanted to go there and Bridger but airfare up to Bozeman is $$$$$$, even way ahead. How do they get folks to go there? I guess people just bite the bullet and pay. Answered my own question.

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I'm sure it varies depending on the number of connections to get there.  Just curious how much it was to get there, how much to Kalispell (FCA), and how much to Spokane (bigger airport)?
 

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Speaking of Big Sky I wanted to go there and Bridger but airfare up to Bozeman is $$$$$$, even way ahead. How do they get folks to go there? I guess people just bite the bullet and pay. Answered my own question.


 

post #6 of 13

I am in SC but I fly either out of ATL or CLT which are big airports and will have the best prices. Even 14 days ahead Tues to Tues (cheapest days to fly so they say) for Bozeman or Kalispell was around $600 give or take $20.

 

I guess what is considered expensive is relative. If you got big bucks who cares, right? I get airfare to SLC for $235. Reno/Tahoe cost $340. Go Priceline and you can usually knock $50 off of that if you can fly any timeof day.

 

Of course Bozeman is out of the way. Don't know what lodging is in Montana but for both SLC or Tahoe you can stay a week (7 days) for $200. Haven't checked lodging in Big Sky/Bridger area but doubt it will be less than $50 a night.

 

Is the skiing in Montana that much better? Is it better at all? I guess if you have your heart set on going there spending an extra $500 is not a big deal. But if I save $500 thats another plane ticket and weeks lodging in SLC. Two trips for the price of one.

 

I find similar prices when checking out Jackson, WY.

post #7 of 13

Current specials are here:  http://www.skiwhitefish.com/ski_and_stay.php 

 

Most of them INCLUDE lift tickets.  Given that lift tickets at some of the other places can be upwards of $60 or more, these prices are pretty outstanding.  I don't know about the Bozeman resorts. 

 

The skiing is "best" whereever there was just fresh powder.  Montana is known for it's lack of crowds more than anything else. 

 

I'm surprised by those ticket prices.  I can usually find them for under $500 between here and NJ, where I used to live.  I hadn't ever checked alternate destinations. 

 

 

 

post #8 of 13

Sib I checked them as I was writing that post. If you find better please shoot me a PM as I have still not pulled the trigger on the PacNW trip yet.

 

Hibernation House deal is really good! I just checked airfare for next 3 weeks cheapest is $640. It seems lie if you find cheap airfare then lodging and lift is higher and if you find a deal like the $70 Hibernation House thing the savings get ate up in airfare. And they come out the same price.

 

Of course thats not coincidence. The places that are easier to get to know they are, hence more skier traffic hence less pressure to reduce prices. The out of the way places don't get as much skier traffic and are more difficult/expensive to get to, hence they have more incentive to cut rates to attract skiers. So its just supply and demand at work.

 

So the trick is to find the place with good airfare AND the lift/lodging deals AND the snow, LOL! Plus comparing everything to SLC or RNO is not fare they are the exceptions to the rule.

 

 


Edited by theconz - 3/14/2009 at 01:15 pm
post #9 of 13

Fly into Spokane, rent a car, and hit Silver and Schweitzer with the savings.  It's kind of late in the season, though.

 

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Flight:  Northwest Airlines flight 8904 operated by Delta Air Lines on a McDonnell Douglas MD80 Jet  
Depart:  Atlanta, GA (ATL)- Tue, Mar 31 6:30am
Arrive:  Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (MSP) - Tue, Mar 31 8:08am
 
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Flight:  Northwest Airlines flight 1513 on a Airbus Jet
Depart:  Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (MSP)- Tue, Mar 31 9:20am
Arrive:  Spokane, WA (GEG) - Tue, Mar 31 10:26am
 
 
 

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Flight:  Northwest Airlines flight 1510 on a Airbus Industrie Jet
Depart:  Spokane, WA (GEG)- Mon, Apr 06 12:30pm
Arrive:  Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (MSP) - Mon, Apr 06 5:21pm
 
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Depart:  Minneapolis/St Paul, MN (MSP)- Mon, Apr 06 6:40pm
Arrive:  Atlanta, GA (ATL) - Mon, Apr 06 10:05pm
 

 

 

post #10 of 13

LOL Sib you should be a travel agent! Let me check to see if any snow is headed that way. Heck I'm down for it if they may get snow. I just need to ski.

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They got about 7 - 9 inches last night and today.  I was out of commission due to the leg, but they're saying it's the biggest dump since early January.  The forecast is for continuing winter weather for the next week or so (through March 31):

 

This Afternoon: Snow showers. High near 28. South southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow showers likely before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Wind chill values as low as -1. Northwest wind between 15 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. East northeast wind between 3 and 8 mph.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. West southwest wind between 7 and 9 mph.

Friday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 35. West southwest wind between 9 and 11 mph.

Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Saturday: Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday Night: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 21.

Sunday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Sunday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Monday: Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.

Monday Night: Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Tuesday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

post #12 of 13

Sometimes I wish all the airlines would go broke. The fares theconz is quoting from SLC to BZN are about the same as I pay from MEM through SLC to BZN. What sense does that make? Airlines are the only industry that I know of that consistently charge their best (business) customers more than their occasional (vacation) customers. A pox on all of them and their kin!!!

post #13 of 13

Atta boy Steve, you tell 'em!

 

A reasonable alternative is flying into Billings, MT. It's interstate to Bozeman. Maybe 3 hours to Big Sky from Billings.

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