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Seeking good resort for broke college students

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I'd like some advice as to which resorts have decent cheap hostel-style lodging for broke college students, particularly where you can come as a single and get put in with a bunch of random strangers.  East coast preferred, since flights to CO are expensive, but I'd also just like to know what's out there.  Any that also have discounted lift tickets or lessons would be an added bonus.

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find a hostel for cheap socialable lodging. Turn of the river lodge near killington some might describe as ratty but I always found it fun. 

 

for cheap lift tickets in vermont check out Magic Mountain, Mad River Glen, and Bolton Valley.

 

I will repeat though that hostels with common area can be a heap of fun.

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Lots of two for one lift ticket bargains in New Hampshire on weekdays.  And even weekends some good mtns like Cannon, Wildcat, Black, Cranmore aren't too expensive.  If you go for twofer deal as single, just find another single in parking lot to pair up with.

Here's a hostel type place in Conway, NH near Wildcat, Black, Cranmore for about $25 per night for single, with double kitchen so you to heat up your ramen noodles for cheap dinner: http://www.conwayhostel.com/

 

Related thread with more suggestions:
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/96810/where-are-the-cheapest-places-to-stay-in-the-east

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I actually just did some recent research on ski hostels around the country. In the east, I found the one at Killington already mentioned, a couple in Mt. Washington Valley (NH) and Grampa Grunt's at Jay Peak. The last one doesn't call itself a hostel, but with cheap rates, shared rooms and a common area with pool, cards and kitchen, that's pretty much what it is. I've stayed there once and it was a blast--great breakfast for a few extra bucks, about 8 miles from Jay.

 

Outside of the east, I also found hostels in Crested Butte, Glenwood Springs and Aspen in CO, Salt Lake City, Taos and Jackson (probably the most famous one).

 

Several of those offer discount lift tickets, but I don't recall specifically which ones.

 

Canada also seems to have more than the U.S. (at least out west in Banff, BC, etc.).

 

Check out the hostel handbook, you can search the ski regions to find other options.

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As mentioned, the Turn of the River lodge a Killington is a good choice.  And a college season pass from Killington is a great deal, giving you access to both Killington and Pico.

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Now if you were really smart.  You would have the Delta AmExp card, where you would get 25K miles just for signing up, w/ no fee, and that gives you free baggage.  Then, I just checked, you could hop on a plane from Newark at 5pm tonight, and sleep in a $50/nt hotel w/ breakfast for 2 hotel in Sandy/Utah, rent a $25/day rental car, and ski Sat to Mon at 2pm and come back on the 5pm SLC>EWR flight on monday evening.  It would cost a few bucks more than staying in East coast, but would be an experience you wouldn't forget.  You could do this same scenario late March/early April.  25K trips are harder to get from Jan to late March.

 

oh how I wish i didn't have responsibilities and bills to pay and a xmas tree to put up, cause otherwise I would cancel work for this afternoon and Monday and practice what I preach and ski powder all weekend at the Bird.  just like that!  oh, I can dream.

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?site=slc&textField1=40.58194&textField2=-111.65444&zone=1


Edited by SnowbirdDevotee - 12/10/10 at 11:48am
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Now if you were really smart.  You would have the Delta AmExp card, where you would get 25K miles just for signing up, w/ no fee, and that gives you free baggage.  Then, I just checked, you could hop on a plane from Newark at 5pm tonight, and sleep in a $50/nt hotel w/ breakfast for 2 hotel in Sandy/Utah, rent a $25/day rental car, and ski Sat to Mon at 2pm and come back on the 5pm SLC>EWR flight on monday evening.  It would cost a few bucks more than staying in East coast, but would be an experience you wouldn't forget.  You could do this same scenario late March/early April.  25K trips are harder to get from Jan to late March.

Actually, any of the airlines is giving away miles if u sign up w/their c-cards ranging anywhere from 25 to upwards to 75k miles, w fees costing nothing to upwards of 100$, and they may require purchses of certain amount to get mx # of miles. I recommend www.flyertalk.com and go to the miles buzz forum to check out offers. I don't know where u reside but SnowbirdDevotee mentionedEWR, which is a big hub for Continental. They also offer a card that gets u free luggage. Also, check out www.liftopia to see if any resorts out in Utah are doing discounted passes- however they are short notice and you have only certain days to use them. The skisaltlake super pass when combned w/cheap hotel stay is a nice offer. You have 11 resorts to choose from within 1-1/2 hrs drive from SLC. As mentioned above use your time zone to your advantage and SLC is lot easier a/port to navigate than Denver.

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