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Old 08-14-2014, 10:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Travel from Midwest to the Western US Mountians, how should I travel cheap?

I want to travel out to the Western US a lot this coming season. I am from Chicago so I have access to a few different forms of travel.

I am looking at all places to snowboard in the Western United States (Colorado, Utah, California, Montana, Washington, etc). I don't really care about where exactly, just whatever is cheapest. I would probably go during the weekend (Thursday-Sunday) and will be traveling with anywhere from 1-4 people. I AM open to more unique routes to take to get out west and places to stay. A traditional flight/hotel works but can be expensive.

If anyone has stories or scenarios where they were able to travel to a resort very cheap PLEASE share them here. I am looking for any advice that might be outside of the box thinking compared to traditional routes


Travel-Any site like Expedia, priceline, etc work for low fares or wait for Southwest deals but does anyone know of back end routes to get cheap flights. Credit Card points, 2 for 1 deals, stand by discounts, currier discounts?
what about Amtrak or a bus?

Transportation: besides bus/taxi/shuttle/car rental. does anyone know of a cheap way, a share car service? can you pick me up?

Accommodations - What routes do you take to find places to stay that are different from the common priceline/expedia/hotels.com sites? Maybe a route to get a last minute deal on the place to stay? Has anyone tried couchsurf.org in some of these mountain towns like park city, Vail, aspen, etc?
maybe some site has a service for people to watch your home for the weekend?
hostels?

cheap lift tickets? where to get discounts?



a future thank you for all the advice!
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Southwest visa has a decent point set up. Colorado flights are always the cheapest. Monday - Thursday filghts and rooms are Cheaper. The epic local season pass is the most cost effective lift ticket solution.
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Southwest visa has a decent point set up. Colorado flights are always the cheapest. Monday - Thursday filghts and rooms are Cheaper. The epic local season pass is the most cost effective lift ticket solution.
yea that is identical to the route iv been taking but I have really only been able to afford 2 trips a year (trips to Colorado and Utah). I am looking to make more like 5-6.
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As I am sure you have found, Utah and Tahoe cost 2x or more than Denver for airfare.
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flyin to seatac or portland, rent a van and camp in the parking lot, eat sandwich, drink beer and ride...repeat

split a van between 4 folks and baker lift tickets 50/day plus pre/post bc....dirtbag life and if for a week could hit hood to blackcomb
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flyin to seatac or portland, rent a van and camp in the parking lot, eat sandwich, drink beer and ride...repeat

split a van between 4 folks and baker lift tickets 50/day plus pre/post bc....dirtbag life and if for a week could hit hood to blackcomb
Wish I knew a few single ridin' buddies so I could go that route myself. All the guy's I've met and ridden with here are married /w kids. Besides, goin' that "dirtbag" route,.. Always a chance of hooking up with some Shred Betty who has a room there at the resort, right?

(...another reason to find some more single guys to ride with. Of course, I'll likely wind up with her Gnargoyle friend!) LOL!
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Europcar has pretty low rates with no hidden additional costs (had to pay huge additional insurance with a different rental company, somewhere mentioned in font size 0.5 )
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How much are you trying to spend each trip? and how many days on the slope?

Not counting lift, you should be able to get air/car/lodging for $300 and 3 full days on the slopes. And that assume staying at the resort with 1+ bedrooms/kitchen and <5 minute walk to lift. I get that rate with only one other boarder. If you have 4, you can get even cheaper.
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How much are you trying to spend each trip? and how many days on the slope?

Not counting lift, you should be able to get air/car/lodging for $300 and 3 full days on the slopes. And that assume staying at the resort with 1+ bedrooms/kitchen and <5 minute walk to lift. I get that rate with only one other boarder. If you have 4, you can get even cheaper.
Care to share where and how you're able to pull that off?
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