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Today 10:22 AM
sabatoa I've heard good things about Steamboat. Colorado hasn't been on our radar, but I'll throw this out to her and see what she says, especially because the cost would probably be the lowest. It looks like 50% blue, 50% black. haha

So, unrelated, but some guy plead no contest to the Highlands arson. Got drunk and fucked his life up; Petoskey man pleads no contest to arson in Boyne Highlands fire | Featured-pnr | petoskeynews.com
Today 10:21 AM
david_z
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Sab - Might want to throw Steamboat in the mix. You can fly into Steamboat (Hayden Airport) for about $360 from Grand Rapids/Lansing/Detroit.
Damnnnnnnnn I didn't know this.
Today 09:31 AM
Karpediem Sab - Might want to throw Steamboat in the mix. You can fly into Steamboat (Hayden Airport) for about $360 from Grand Rapids/Lansing/Detroit. They have some decent deals going now too for lift and lodging. The town is awesome, and they have night riding Thursday - Monday which you can go for free on the night of your arrival if you fly into Hayden....so just don't arrive on a Tues or Wed.
Yesterday 11:08 AM
david_z
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You got any of those frequent shredder, awesome, super secret insider tips for flying into Redmond Oregon??
Never heard of Redmond before just now but I googled it and can't imagine there's a more cost effective way than just flying in to PDX which is only IIRC about 90 mins drive to Hood/Bend area. That would be like trying to fly in to Traverse City rather than Grand Rapids if you were going to Caberfae. small-time local/farm airport probably unmanned, grass runway, etc. You might be able to end up there via some major carrier but I can guarantee it would require a connection & change of equipment at PDX anyways, and the relative cost would probably be outrageous, and by the time you deal with all that hassle you could've already been there via Uber.

(Southwest flies to PDX, also.)
Yesterday 10:25 AM
chomps1211
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aight, wife has a ride to Holly so I'm down for Cab and picked up my liftopia ticket.

Rumor has it that @Leo might be joining me at Highlands on Jan 28/29. These three days prolly will round out my January...
….bummer! I've got a 4 day weekend the following week!! I really would have liked to see & ride with you & Leo again!! Give him my best!!


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….Snowbird probably too gnar, there's plenty of blue and even a large bowl on the back side that is essentially green, but maybe not enough begintermediate terrain for Lori...
Love that term!!!! "Begintermediate!!!" Perfectly descriptive turn of phrase!!!

Imma steal that,… OK?

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also if u take the earliest flight out of Detroit at 6am, you can be on the slopes by lunchtime. assuming your connection isn't late.

looks like best airfares are Friday depart, return Tues or Weds. might I'm seeing that in the 450 range late February.

leaving Fri AM, optional half day then you still get 3 or 4 full days to ride even if you take an early flight home. or, take the 4:55 flight home which lands around 1145pm in Detroit, and you can ride Brighton until 230 and still make your gate on time.

ask me how I know lol.

Hey Dave,… You got any of those frequent shredder, awesome, super secret insider tips for flying into Redmond Oregon??

@sabatoa,…. Remember what I told you about airport vehicle
rentals!! If you can swing a shuttle or a cab or whatnot to your hotel or the general area in town where you'll be staying,… Renting a veh away from the airpot could save you BIG $$$!

While researching my PNW trip in Mar. I discovered that by taking a $32 dollar shuttle from Redmond airport a few miles into Bend? I saved over $460 off the cost of the very same SUV, for the same number of days!! That savings paid for my room!!!

Also,… Auto Slash web site will find you the steepest discounts on rentals for whatever area you're traveling. (…using them to find where to rent outside of the airport still applies for the best savings!!)

01-18-2017 10:40 PM
sabatoa
01-18-2017 09:54 PM
david_z also if u take the earliest flight out of Detroit at 6am, you can be on the slopes by lunchtime. assuming your connection isn't late.

looks like best airfares are Friday depart, return Tues or Weds. might I'm seeing that in the 450 range late February.

leaving Fri AM, optional half day then you still get 3 or 4 full days to ride even if you take an early flight home. or, take the 4:55 flight home which lands around 1145pm in Detroit, and you can ride Brighton until 230 and still make your gate on time.

ask me how I know lol.
01-18-2017 09:41 PM
sabatoa I was looking at Powder Mountain earlier today and it looked pretty good. She thought she was settled on Alberta, but I'm re-introducing this with the new southwest air info and some time set aside to take a look at trail maps.
01-18-2017 09:27 PM
david_z Southwest doesn't do any of those websites. Also factor they check TWO bags per person, free. that includes a board bag. easily saves you 50 to 100 bucks in nbaggage each way.

Brighton is small byout west standards but it's a great mountain and while I'm sure it gets busy on occasion, the only time I waited in lift line more than 2 minutes was for first chair on a 15" pow day

Snowbird probably too gnar, there's plenty of blue and even a large bowl on the back side that is essentially green, but maybe not enough begintermediate terrain for Lori.

Solitude might be better for her.

But there's also Powder Mountain and Snobasin up near Ogden (this about 90 mins drive), PCMR and Canyons in Park City, and Sundance about an hour SE of PC.

Sundance also small and inexpensive, but some awesome scenic views, among the best out there I think. worth the drive for a day trip but that about it.

variety is the spice of life.... in 2011 we stayed in PC for 7 days and rode 5 different resorts. 2 days each at PCMR and Brighton, a day at Snowbird, Powwow, and Sundance. I lost 10 pounds.
01-18-2017 08:19 PM
sabatoa
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I'd agree Mammoth is too far you'll easy burn a full day on each end if not more.

UT is killer, flights are probably around 400 on Southwest, and SLC airport puts you 45 minutes from several mountains. and they're having a good snow year, too.

Stay in Park City for the resort town vibe. Otherwise stay in Sandy/Midvale area and save a few bucks. I personally prefer Brighton/Snowbird/Solitude (never ridden Solitude but it's adjacent to Brighton) but Park City is fun enough I'm not trying to dissuade you its just is flatter, busier, expensiver, and averages 300" instead of 500" in the Cottonwoods... From PC proper you're still within an hour of those other mountains I think.
Good call on SW, I forgot about them- we were price comparing on Expedia and I don't think SW uses that site. We'll re-factor with that in mind.

How were the lines when you went to Brighton? They only have 5 lifts, kinda scary to think how busy it might get. Snowbird looked too gnar. Lori can do blacks, but she doesn't prefer them and it looked mostly black diamond. Is there more to it that I'm missing from the map? Are the blacks not really "out west black"?

*edit*

I read up on Snowbird, I don't think she'll like it. Still a lot of options there though.
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