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Long story short....

I am self employed and have a very flexible schedule. I am looking to do get out west and I'm not going to be really particular as to where I end up as long as the conditions are good and the terrain is varied. I would like to do this as inexpensively as possible.

Honestly, I don't even know where to start to look because there is so much to pick from.

I would be leaving from the NYC metro area airport wise and don't want rent a car to get to the mountain. I have the luxury of leaving on a whim more or less which might help.

I'm not picky about accommodations as long as it's clean and is close enough to the mountain that I don't need a car.

I would ski 3-4 days tops.

For those that know....any suggestions?
post #2 of 9
Simple....SLC or DEN.  You can stay in Sandy or Midvale (ski the PC resorts or the Big/Little Cottonwood Canyons) in UT or Frisco or Dillon (ski Summit County) in CO pretty cheaply.  Check the airfares and see which is cheaper.  There are a ton of posts on these locations so search away! 
post #3 of 9
I don't think you have much choice but take the 7:00am Delta flight from EWR to SLC, but do rent a car, only 25 bucks a day.  Stay 3 nights, and take the 5:00pm back to EWR.  You start skiing for the 12:30 ticket the first day and then have two full days, and ski until 2pm the last day.  Do the SLC parking lot shuffle arriving and departing. Completely doable.  I have never been delayed with many years of this plan. 

I just booked La Quinta for $47 (AAArate) for a double, free breakfast.  You can take a bus up to the mountain but it is quite a hassle and not worth lack of flexiblity and lines and time, not for 25 per day rental, but I think Super 8 is right by the bus stop if you must.  Can find even cheaper, Midvale or Sandy, get some maps.  Order the Ski Utah booklet.  The driving isn't too hard. You have 4 great resorts w/in 30 minutes and 4 more beyond that. 

get your lift tickets at the ski shops for like $55(not sure of this year), And if you get out there real soon you can ski first half day at Park City for FREE. google QuickStart Park City. You can eat cheap in Sandy/Midvale. you have to drive almost 30 minutes to the resorts and there could be weather trouble.

Denver>Colorado - long drive to mtns, extra hotel nights.
Tahoe - more expensive flight, extra hotel nights for days skiing, but an option.
Jackson Hole/Aspen - nice places to go, but more money
Whistler - forget it for now.
Other resorts where you can stay at base of mtn, expect expensive lodging to offset rental car.
you really have no other choice if it is cheap you demand. by the way you get the world's best skiing included!
but, there is probably someplace where you can fly in, get a shuttle, and find a cheap hotel, but you can't ski first half day, but maybe last half day. 

I just got my new American Express Delta card, free with 25K miles.  there are plenty of 32K flight available from EWR to SLC. My wife recieved some special Delta offer where we got 40K free by spending a certain amt in a few months.(we have a business so it can add up quick).  American Ex Delta has been a godsend for me and SLC, I just booked 3 32K tickets to SLC for my daughter and her boy friend, and it was during spring break.
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Long story short....

I am self employed and have a very flexible schedule. I am looking to do get out west and I'm not going to be really particular as to where I end up as long as the conditions are good and the terrain is varied. I would like to do this as inexpensively as possible.

Honestly, I don't even know where to start to look because there is so much to pick from.

I would be leaving from the NYC metro area airport wise and don't want rent a car to get to the mountain. I have the luxury of leaving on a whim more or less which might help.

I'm not picky about accommodations as long as it's clean and is close enough to the mountain that I don't need a car.

I would ski 3-4 days tops.

For those that know....any suggestions?
 


Join us at the gathering in SLC starting 1/31 to 2/4.  Stay in Sandy Utah Extended Stay for $48/night if you don't share a room.  Ride to Solitude, Snowbird, Alta and Snowbasin with us.  Pick up on a personal screening of the Edge of Never with Bill Kerig "gratis".  Free beer to me if you fall, to me if I fall.  What could be better.  I'm a sure winner either way .
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for chiming in...

I'm definitely going to explore the SLC option because it seems I can pack the most skiing into the least amount of time with the least amount of hassle.

Now I just have connect the dots!
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Guys,

Here's what I found. Please tell me if this makes sense logistically.

Leave NYC on Sunday afternoon to SLC.

Ski Mon-Friday for full days and return home late Friday night on a redeye to NYC.

The hotel I found is a Ramada Limited listed in Salt Lake City on State Street. I looked on the map and it seems realistic.

Car-wise I have a full size sedan picked out. Do I need 4WD or no? I hope not as the SUVs are 3X as much.

Looking to buy a 5-day SuperPass for tickets. I think that makes the most sense. I have a feeling we might need to take a breather (literally) about midway through the week to recoup.

So...air, hotel, car and 5 day super pass is just shy of $900.

What say you?
post #7 of 9
I would head straight to Alta and stay in one of the dorms. Possibly a private dorm room.?? The price would be all inclusive and you could wake up to Alta AND Snowbird for 4 straight days.!!

Wow, that would be a life changing trip.
post #8 of 9
A lot of us are staying in the Extended Stay  in Midvale or Sandy.  If you have the coin for Ramada, that's cool.  The outlook doesn't look bad for a 2WD car this week.  You could have a delay in one of the canyons, but mostly shouldn't be a problem.   A bunch of us are skiing at the gathering. Monday-Tuesday at Snowbird, Wed at Alta, Thursday Snowbasin.  Check it out.
post #9 of 9
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I'm probably not going for a couple of weeks. Of course, now that I've mentioned this trip to some people, they all want to come and now it's mess of dates. You know how the group thing goes... what a pain!
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