well yea, but keep in mind flights and such.
I hear you.
We come from the East Coast.
Flights are $600 each
This year, our chalet is $245 each
Rental cars are $100 each (we rent 2 mid-size with a free upgrade to full size and a cargo van for 10ppl)
Gas is about $40-60 each
Hit Costco for all our food and lift tickets. $100 each for food, $50 per day for tickets.
About $1350 each for a week, slope-side with hot tub, individual beds and tickets.
The ability to cook and eat all your meals, including lunch, at your chalet is a huge convenience and savings. Also nice not to have to wait in the parking lot at the end of the day for the rest of your group.
Most of us have enough points to fly for free. We've just found that, even without flights, Skican can't touch the accommodation deals you can find on "for rent by owner" sites. It's not that the prices are much different, it's what you get for the $$. Last year we got a $2.5million, 4000sq ft slope-side chalet for the same price as 2 hotel rooms and that was the owner's normal price.
Check out vrbo.com
BTW Skican provides one standard price rental mini-van for every 4 people, no racks. Their flights are standard prices on Westjet flights. Their lift ticket prices are the same price as the multi-day pass at the hill. Their accommodation options are generally the corporate rate at the resort's "official" hotel. They do, however, package it all up for you.