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i am from cincinnati, and am looking to go on a christmas trip out west to a resort (perferably utah/colorado, but could go to vermont too) we would like to stay 3 or four nights, and i am looking for a resort that has enough to do around it (movie theaters etc.) that some people who dont ski would still have things to do. does anybody have any suggestions? i am looking for a good deal. i was thinking possibly breckenridge, keystone, or vail. I would love to hear any suggestions about those or about others. Just looking for a great deal you know of!
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i am from cincinnati, and am looking to go on a christmas trip out west to a resort (perferably utah/colorado, but could go to vermont too) we would like to stay 3 or four nights, and i am looking for a resort that has enough to do around it (movie theaters etc.) that some people who dont ski would still have things to do. does anybody have any suggestions? i am looking for a good deal. i was thinking possibly breckenridge, keystone, or vail. I would love to hear any suggestions about those or about others. Just looking for a great deal you know of!
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You're putting-in quite the request here! First, putting Vermont/Colorado/Utah all in the same mix is just no good. If you are going to be flying to either spot, I would suggest ditching the idea of VT.....over Christmas all of the resorts are going to be crowded and expensive, so I would suggest you go where there is much more acreage....IE Colorado or Utah.

That being said, if you stay in the Ski towns (Breck, Vail, Park City) you'll probably be paying a heftier chunk of change than if you stay in one of the nearby towns. They (ski towns) are great experiences and all provide plenty of things to do for boards and non-boards alike.....all in walking distance! If you want to go to Summit County, CO you might want to think about staying in Silverthorne or Dillon. There are some things to do in each town and a bus system that can loop people to and from Breck, Keystone, and some of the other resorts throughout the day. Things will be cheaper (food, drinks, lodging) in those two towns and you still have the beautiful mountain scenery. Lift Tickets will not be cheap anywhere. Your request is like going to the beach over the 4th of July.

Utah might be a little cheaper, but not by much! For either spot, you might want to check VRBO.com for lodging ideas.

Good luck and have fun!!!! If you have time to play with before going, check snow reports....it is early season everywhere! (Though the Pac Northwest.....MtBaker.us) is getting hammered with snow.

Ehem...and be greatful that this is a Steeler fan offering this advice! =)

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You're putting-in quite the request here! First, putting Vermont/Colorado/Utah all in the same mix is just no good. If you are going to be flying to either spot, I would suggest ditching the idea of VT.....over Christmas all of the resorts are going to be crowded and expensive, so I would suggest you go where there is much more acreage....IE Colorado or Utah.

That being said, if you stay in the Ski towns (Breck, Vail, Park City) you'll probably be paying a heftier chunk of change than if you stay in one of the nearby towns. They (ski towns) are great experiences and all provide plenty of things to do for boards and non-boards alike.....all in walking distance! If you want to go to Summit County, CO you might want to think about staying in Silverthorne or Dillon. There are some things to do in each town and a bus system that can loop people to and from Breck, Keystone, and some of the other resorts throughout the day. Things will be cheaper (food, drinks, lodging) in those two towns and you still have the beautiful mountain scenery. Lift Tickets will not be cheap anywhere. Your request is like going to the beach over the 4th of July.

Utah might be a little cheaper, but not by much! For either spot, you might want to check VRBO.com for lodging ideas.

Good luck and have fun!!!! If you have time to play with before going, check snow reports....it is early season everywhere! (Though the Pac Northwest.....MtBaker.us) is getting hammered with snow.

Ehem...and be greatful that this is a Steeler fan offering this advice! =)
thanks for the advice! okay no vermont, i was looking at breckenridge and it seems we could stay there from dec 25 to dec 30th for 5,075 dollars with lodging lift tickets and plane tickets...is this a good deal? know any better deals? maybe telluride? or brighton? we need hillside lodging the whole taking a bus thing is overrated.
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I am going to assume that the 5G price is for multiple people. =) I've never been to Brighton, but i am going to assume that it is like a number of other resorts in Utah (Park city area, excluded).....limited Town Feel. If you're happy with the quote you got, go for it and have fun! If you have your own wheels in Colorado, I would suggest taking a day-trip to one of the other mountains!

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If it's 5 g's just for you than that is a rip. It has to be for multiple people. I would guess 3 or 4. Depends on how many you got. I also can't imagine Telluride being any cheaper either. You could find some good deals for Utah for sure.

T-ride would probably be a good choice, being an El Nino year and all. These storm patterns are definitely favoring the Southern part of the state. Crested Butte or Aspen would be another good choice. If you don't mind the remote locatoin, Wolf Creek is fairly inexpensive, is 100% open and the place just gets barfed on. I am sure it would be fantastic over Christmas.
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