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A month at a mountain?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

This is a longshot and hardly an original idea, but anybody know of a ski mountain where this is possible?

 

- move there for about a month this winter

- bring my two 55lb dogs with me

- within ~20 minutes of lifts

- no more than $2500 or so in rent

- I'd need broadband when at home

 

My thought is to work remotely for that period of time, skiing weekends and evenings.

 

Location - lower 48, else not picky.

 

An off-peak month is fine as long as there's snow. I figure the dogs would be the hardest part.


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post #2 of 25

Came across this, don't know about the internet stuff:  http://www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/43356.html

 

But I assume that internet cafe is available.  Plus, if you call, maybe it's available at this place. 

post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the tip! Looks like this could work. I also saw a bigger place in Stateline, NV ... more expensive, so I'd have to line up some guests to help me defray costs.

post #4 of 25

Don't know if this would fit all your requirements, but it's closer to your current location and just advertised today (not by me): http://www.dcski.com/ubbthreads33/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=59512

Timberline, WV is probably one of the better areas to spend a winter month in the mid-Atlantic because of terrain, snow, and other ski areas nearby.

post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by Keith Jordan View Post

This is a longshot and hardly an original idea, but anybody know of a ski mountain where this is possible?

 

- move there for about a month this winter

- bring my two 55lb dogs with me

- within ~20 minutes of lifts

- no more than $2500 or so in rent

- I'd need broadband when at home

 

My thought is to work remotely for that period of time, skiing weekends and evenings.

 

Location - lower 48, else not picky.

 

An off-peak month is fine as long as there's snow. I figure the dogs would be the hardest part.


Why "hardly an original idea"? I was entertaining the same thoughts for the month of June, when my family rent a flat by the sea

and only uses it for two weeks, so, I was thinking of exploiting the two weeks where it was left unused by working from there

(of course, to have a swim at dawn, lunch time and after EOBD, it's much easier than go out to ski, but I don't think your idea is unoriginal, on the contrary). Had no need to, managed to convince my parents to get there.

Nevertheless, If I had (either rented or owned) something on the mountains, I'd think of that too. Think, move there before everybody else, so to avoid traffic jams on the highways, and come down a couple of days later than everybody else, exploit the ski at night possibilities if offered (not many places here do offer that). Short of living there, it's a good compromise...
 

post #6 of 25

Great Idea. But I would go further a field than timberline.

post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 

"Hardly an original idea" means other people have thought of it before ... now in the era of telecommuting, it makes a lot of sense. I have approval at work and now just need to see if I can make the details work. I'll check out the WV place as well, thanks for the link.

post #8 of 25



 

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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

 

Timberline, WV is probably one of the better areas to spend a winter month in the mid-Atlantic because of terrain, snow, and other ski areas nearby.


Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

 

Because of the terrain, snow and other ski areas? West Virginia. From the website: "1,000 feet of fluff". "150+ of white stuff" (assume that means inches). "9.15 acres of skiable terrain" (add 580 Timberlines together and you almost have a Vail). My favorite: "The South's longest trail".

 

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!
 

post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 

It's all relative. As James knows, WV is a lot closer to me, which has various benefits ... easier travel there ... it would be possible to pop back over to VA for key meetings or to check on my (real) house. But that said, I'm thinking a lot more about Tahoe and Whitefish right now, and looking for a place in Utah but so far not finding anything that I think could work.

 

Jackson Hole - $$$

post #10 of 25

SLC would probably be the easiest with a relatively large rental pool. But I would probably prefer N. Lake Tahoe for ambiance.

In late spring you can often get passes cheaply. 

post #11 of 25

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

 

SLC should offer options. Major hub (Delta) + more affordable housing that a typical ski town. As for snow and terrain? Slightly better than WV.

 

Good luck.

post #12 of 25

 

Vail house, again don't know if requirements fit:

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/95127/how-about-an-epicski-house-in-the-vail-area

 

Also, keep an eye on the Getting Together forum for "gatherings" dates. For example this one last season in Utah, very nice to be in the area when this kind of group converges: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/95127/how-about-an-epicski-house-in-the-vail-area

 

Usually, there is a big gathering of epicskiers in the Summit County/Vail area of CO in late Mar and early Apr each year. Renting an inexpensive condo in the Frisco/Dillon area for several weeks at that time should be doable because of growing late season vacancies.  This is timeframe when some mtns like A-basin offer cheap spring pass.

 

Wait til jimmy finds out nogophers been dissing WV

post #13 of 25

I'd start cruising vrbo.com and punching your favorite ski towns. Many rentals are dog and pet friendly, some even have a fenced yard.

 

I can recommend Sandpoint, ID -- seems to have everything on your list, and plenty in your price range. Drive up to Schweitzer Mountain Resort is only about 20 minutes. (or take a shuttle from the base).

 

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/idaho/sandpoint

post #14 of 25

You have until Sept. 30 to buy a season pass for $550. 
 

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Originally Posted by Keith Jordan View Post

It's all relative. As James knows, WV is a lot closer to me, which has various benefits ... easier travel there ... it would be possible to pop back over to VA for key meetings or to check on my (real) house. But that said, I'm thinking a lot more about Tahoe and Whitefish right now, and looking for a place in Utah but so far not finding anything that I think could work.

 

Jackson Hole - $$$

post #15 of 25

Which month are you doing this?

post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

 

Wait til jimmy finds out nogophers been dissing WV


WUT what what is a nogophers??? Little Dirt chickeen?? the anti-goffer? Does anyone have a goood recipe for this nogophers i'm hungry, maybe garlic and tastyblend??? this nogophers couldn't take the sophisticated atmosphere in WVA much less the 225" we had last year anyways, but that is a nice house, no internets though. Let's Gooo, Mountaineers. Headline in the Timberline Gazzette


"Rattler eats Trout" news at 11.

 

Keith Jordan good luck getting out of MASH for a month.
 

post #17 of 25
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Which month are you doing this?


Flexible, right now looking at January and February

post #18 of 25

A second for Sndpoint, ID the snow should be good there by then and Schweitzer is a really nice mountain. 

 

Sandpoint is a cool little town with some personality too.

post #19 of 25

Really, there's not a huge difference between Sandpoint and Whitefish.  Whitefish is slightly higher base elevation.  They both have similar weather patterns.  Both have "real" towns.  Sandpoint is convenient to Spokane.  Whitefish is convenient to nothing, but we've got our own airport, so it's not a huge issue.  I'm not going to fight for more people to come here, they can all go to Schweitzer if they want.

 

Very clunky website with lots of pics of the mountain here.

post #20 of 25

West Virginia is almost heaven!

 

Or you could keep going and be in heaven.

 

post #21 of 25

How much do you ski at home?

 

Would it make sense to time this trip more towards the end of the season?

post #22 of 25



 

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Really, there's not a huge difference between Sandpoint and Whitefish.  Whitefish is slightly higher base elevation.  They both have similar weather patterns.  Both have "real" towns.  Sandpoint is convenient to Spokane.  Whitefish is convenient to nothing, but we've got our own airport, so it's not a huge issue.  I'm not going to fight for more people to come here, they can all go to Schweitzer if they want.

 

Very clunky website with lots of pics of the mountain here.


There is a lot of truth here, just that I have skied Schweitzer quite a bit more.  Whitefish is a very cool place too, so if you are driving this way you could do way worse than either one.  The PNW is supposed to be seeing lots of good snow this winter so this region has some merit for probable snow.

 

Oh ya, good lakes at both of them so if your dogs are retrievers, they would approve of either choice.  
 

post #23 of 25

I'm thinking they better have skates....
 

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Oh ya, good lakes at both of them so if your dogs are retrievers, they would approve of either choice.  
 

post #24 of 25
Thread Starter 

So far, I have two basic groups ... one is places that are more expensive and larger. My plan there would be to get one or more friends to join me for part of the trip and chip in on rent.

 

The other is for places cheap enough that, while I'd still welcome guests, I wouldn't feel they were necessary to help cover expenses.

 

First group:

 

- house in Stateline, NV, Internet, four bedrooms, fenced yard, walk to Heavenly gondola, $4k

- condo in Squaw Valley, 2br, short drive to ski area, $2,700

- condo in Taos, NM, Internet, 3br, bus to ski area, $3,200

 

Second group:

 

- cottage in Whitefish, 1br, $1500 or so (varies by precise trip date)

- ? condo in Sandpoint, ID, 2br, short drive to ski area, $1,600 to $3,500 (varies widely by trip date, I'm not sure when the $1,600 price applies)

 

Figured some would be interested in case they're having the same notion. Thanks for the tips and please let me know any other good tips. Meanwhile, I'm checking with friends to see if they're willing to sign on. fwiw, I am not a fan of South Lake Tahoe/Stateline, that one's only listed because the house is nice for the price.


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post #25 of 25

I'd check the internet access on the Whitefish place.  You don't want to assume anything.  Also, I didn't spend a lot of time looking, there's probably more.

 

I also know of a place that's looking for a PERMANENT roommate in Aspen, close to the gondola, $640/month plus utilities.  PM me for more info.

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