Originally Posted by greatpenguini
I'm going to be alone and it seems that all ski and stay packages are "based on double occupancy". How can I make skiing alone affordable out there?
You didn't say where you're based. Do you have anyone to ski with?
I ask because I went through the same process like you some years ago. Itching to go out west but couldn't figure out how to do it economically. I bumbled along and found it out eventually, the slow way though. So, here I'll share with you the "proper approach":
JOIN A GROUP!!!
You can research the millions of choices till your face turns blue. Or you can do it easily by joining a group who had done it many times before and knows all the best place to ski, to sleep and to eat.
There're a few practical ways to find a group to go with:
1) Local ski clubs: You don't have to live in the city of the club, as long as it's at the same gateway city where the flights are leaving from to take advantage of the transport arrangements (with a few exceptions, most ski resorts are some ways away from the airport, requiring a rental car: extra expense!). The club trips usually takes advantage of "packages" and you get roommates if you need one.
2) Local ski shops: Almost all serious ski shops offer group trips, basically to bring together other single skiers just like you! Same advantage as ski clubs. Though the shop would need to make a bit of money for their work so it might be (ever so) slightly more expensive than clubs. Still, not having to spring for the car and a single room, you'll usually come out ahead.
3) Epic Gatherings!:
- First, there's the "official" gathering! I did last year's gathering, and will be going to one next week! :o) The "bears" here have great insider information to find economical places. I went to Jackson Hole last year for the gathering. It worked out to be one of the least expensive trip I've ever managed! And this year to Salt Lake City, is also a relatively inexpensive destination. You can also find people to share an apartment, which bring the expense down considerably and still live in comfort.
- Besides the "official" gathering, there're also the informal get-togethers. Just last week, I gave a ride to another bear to a mountain near home. It cost nothing extra for me to do so and he saves half of the bus fare, even after insisting to pay the tolls, which I would have had to paid even if driving by myself. So it's a win-win situation. If you watch the get togethers, you might be able to join one that's forming. I went to the LGC (Let's Go Colorado) 2 years ago and that's what got me hooked with the gatherings.