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Old 09-29-2011, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Budget winter vacations?

The past few years have been kind of hard on me business wise, but things picked up this year just in time dig out of a hole and put a little away for a SB trip this winter. Usually we stay somewhere in or around Breck for 10 days and my part of the expensis are usually around 2k-2500 give or take. This year I have maybe 1000(probably closer to 800 lol) bucks to go, and I don't think my brother is going at all.

I'd like to get at least 5 days of riding in, and don't care at all about nightlife. I guess some kind of touristy type crap would be ok cause my GF is coming with me and she doesn't ride. It needs to be with in a days drive from Lincoln Ne. so pretty much Co. or Wyoming. I was thinking about Monarch, since that is where I learned to ride years ago, and it's fairly cheap to stay in Salida. Is it worth it as a more experianced rider to check it out, I olny got to see the lower part of the moutain, and rode the same green run the whole time.

I saw a banner ad for a package deal to Jackson Wy. under 400 for 3 days 4 nights lift and lodging, but then I saw it required double occupancy. That means I would have to pay a 100 bucks a night for my GF just to stay in the motel.

I did see a write up in snowboader mag awhile back about some little resort in Wy. that was a little mom n pop type place but looked awesome. I can't remember the name of it, I'll have to look through my back issues when I get home tommorow night.

I'm open to any and all suggestions after going all last winter on our mole hill, I really need a big mountain fix. Also booking much more then a week or so in advance is near impossible because of my work. However I do want to get in on some of the pre-season multi day pass deals if at all possible. Also, I'll be going in off peak season, not sure if early or late, is one better then the other as far as prices go? Thanks in advance for any help with this.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wolf creek is good also. You can stay in south fork or pagosa springs. Lodging in south fork should be cheaper. Hand and feb should be less expensive too. Lift tickets are under $60 a day. If your chick stays on the lower part of the hill its only $20 a day.
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Old 09-30-2011, 02:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Was it Grand Targhee the resort in WY?

I don't know how far Lincoln is to SLC but I would look into SLC. You could do it cheaper than going to somewhere in Summit. Stay somewhere cheap in downtown SLC and be 20-30 minutes from the lift. Plenty of things to do once you get off of the hill. Lame part is bars close at 1 so gotta remember that. If you need any info let me know in regards to SLC.
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Old 09-30-2011, 03:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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targhee and jhole would be a long trip for you. plus I80 has a track record of being closed all the time. trust me, i live on it. SLC is probably the same distance as jhole but you still have to take I80 there(shortest route anyway)which again is hit or miss. i would stick to colorado. loveland would be ok if you stayed in georgetown or silverthorne. a 4pack is only $130 so you could get two and still have lodging money.

anyway, good luck
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Loveland or Wolf Creek will be your best low-cost options. You're not going to get the resort experience, but she can go shopping anywhere. This gives her the opportunity to really learn how to ride. Have her be sure to pack her Ipod/Mp3 player. I turned my ex onto that and it tripled the amount of time she was willing to spend on the mountain.

I just looked at the driving distance from Lincoln. Yeah, I'd say your best shot is Loveland. I've never been, but heard great things about the place, and the 4-pack is right up your alley.
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Monarch is a good choice and Salida is a nice enough town. I like it quite a bit actually. The vertical isn't huge there, but there is some real terrain in Mirkwood. It's a highly over looked ski area. I have several friends who make three or four trips a season to ride at Monarch, and they are expert riders. There is definitely goods there or they wouldn't go. I haven't been in Mirkwood personally, but I've looked it over from the ridge across the highway plenty. It looks like a fun mini golf area to me.

You should be able to get a roadside motel in Salida for around $40 a night. Downtown Salida is quaint and fun to walk around.

Wolf Creek would be a good choice too. Pagosa has more going on, but if you stay in Southfork you don't have to worry about the pass being closed before you get to the ski area. You should be able to find a good deal on lodging, probably not as cheap as Salida.

Loveland is going to be the cheapest near Denver. You could try finding a place in Georgetown or Idaho Springs. Traffic woes on weekends though.
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If you wanna come all the way down to Monarch might as well drive a little further to Wolf Creek. Pagosa Springs is a interesting little town. There is a good number of shops, the hot springs are kick ass during the winter and if she wanted, Durango is only an hour drive from Pagosa and that's a whole visit by itself. Plus, if you look on their website, you can hit one of their local days and ski for half off.
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Thanks a bunch for all the tips guys. I looked quick, and yeah the resorts in Wy. are about a 14 hour drive. I could do it, but I'd be beat to shit by the time I got there lol. It actually looked closer to SLC, but I'm going to stick with Co.

So that narrows it down to loveland, Wolf Creek, or Monarch. At this point I am leaning towards Monarch, I worked for a company in my early 30's that was based in Salida so I'm very familar with the area. I stayed there a couple times a month for almost 2 years, and know the owner of one of the small motels if he still does I can probably get a discount.

To bad Loveland ski area isn't closer to the town of Loveland, I have an old friend that lives there and told me I could crash on his couch anytime. However Loveland looks good too. Does the Summit county bus run through silverthorne? If so I might just go to A-basin, I love that place. If lodging is reasonable around there. If I remember right our patrol has a deal with loveland for discounted tickets, so I might be able to afford to ride a couple days at both.

My GF has expressed no interest in learning to ride, but I'm working on that lol.
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The bus does run through Silverthorne and Dillon. What the lines are I don't know but we have plenty of members here who live there.

Lodging it going to be more of a premium in Summit County though. Much more so than in Salida or South Fork.

The town of Loveland is no where near close to the Loveland ski area. Seems every year, I see someone who booked a hotel in Loveland because they thought the ski area was right there...
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Wolf creek is good also. You can stay in south fork or pagosa springs. Lodging in south fork should be cheaper. Hand and feb should be less expensive too. Lift tickets are under $60 a day. If your chick stays on the lower part of the hill its only $20 a day.
I live in Texas and I went to wolf Creek on four trips last year and spent less than 1000 bux. The food on the mmountain is cheap and awesome. We stayed in a motel for about 80 bux a night which included breakfast and free wifi. Ended up spending around 200 per trip. The mountain gets unbelievable amounts of POW POW and has a great backside that no one is ever on. Highly recommend it. Cons: no parks, pipes, or jumps on the mountain. Pros: Tons of backside freshies and no skier families running around with the little hellions. *children
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