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Old 07-24-2010, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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a friend and i are planning on going on a trip out west for a week or so this upcoming winter. i plan on traveling from PA to somewhere out west WA, CO, Utah, not sure right now. what are some of your suggestions for a cost conscious area to visit and how much would i expect to pay to travel there (plane tickets, hotel rooms, food, riding)?
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I'm not going to plan your vacation for you....

If you're coming to CO and want to hit Summit County, staying in Silverthorne is going to be your best bet.

Lift tickets are about $95 a day here and you can find a room in Silverthorne for around $100+ a night peak season.

You can figure out your own plane tickets, rental car and what food you want to eat, cmon now... Put a little effort into it and make it fun to figure out.
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i dont want or expect anyone to plan my trip for me i was just curious as to what i could expect to pay. i was mainly asking for references on cost from people who have gone out west from the east coast and area/resort advice from those who live out west. we havent really started plannig yet all we know is that we want to go out west for a week or so during december/january. any advice and/or help than any of you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
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I dunno, I guess the way you worded it, sounded like you were looking for someone to figure out EVERY expense for you, including food...

Anyways I gave you a starting point, good luck
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if you are going to summit, go in the off peak season. You'll save a ton of cash. Check Dillon for lodging prices, like Silverthorne, on the cheaper side. Don't rent a car, the bus system there is awesome, and free. If you are going to ride for 7 days, get a season pass now, I just got mine to Key/A-basin for 359 vs. the 95 a day you pay during the season.
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many places have multi passes , like if you ride 5 of 7 days you can get a package to save $10 a day etc every little bit helps .. like some one else said dont travel during thx giving, xmas, presidents day, or easter those will be more $$$

on the average I would say expect to spend about $300 a day not including airfare unless you want to hit the bar every night then add in another 50 or so
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If you buy the CO pass, you're making up for the cost of the pass pretty quickly (4-7 days-ish). Airfares to Denver are competitive and relatively cheap. Dillon / Silverthorne / Frisco for cheaper lodging in Summit Co.

Utah, overall lift ticket prices are lower than in CO. They discount a lot of the resorts in the SLC area, there are numerous rental shops near the SLC hotels on 500 / 600 S. Public transport to the resorts in Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood Canyons, take the bus from the airport to the hotel or share a taxi, so there's no real need for a rental car.
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I've been coordinating a trip for 4-7 people for the last 7 winters. I might suggest find a few more people because some of the costs like lodging and rental cars cost the same whether you have 2 or 4 people.

We did a week in UT last year including 7 days on the mountains for about $1200 all inclusive, and we weren't really slumming it.

Flight: I fly Southwest almost exclusively, they don't charge you extra for your snowboard, or checked bags, they have low airfares and they fly in to most of the places you need to be, like Denver, SLC, Reno, etc. The only time I've ever paid more than $300 R/T for airfare out west was when we went to Jackson Hole (Southwest doesn't fly there).

Airport transfers: Although you might find some cheaper, plan on $70 each way for shuttle service. Usually in the range of $50 to 100.

Rental car: if you're not using a shuttle or public transit, car rental is going to cost you $50/day for a car or $100 per day for an SUV 4x4.

Lift tickets: $50 to $100 per day. Do some research online and find out you can get discounts buying them in advance, via Costco, or certain shops, etc. Multi-day passes save some cash, too.

Lodging: Of course if you have to stay at the Marriott slopeside, you're going to pay $800 per night.

You can get a no-frills hotel room for $100 per night in SLC for example, about 30-40 mins from a lot of mountains. Obviously lodging options are more limited (and more expensive) the closer you get to the mountain and further you get from a big city. We had good luck last year using VRBO.com for short-term rental houses/condos.

We have usually been able to find condos near the resorts for about $200-250 per night which accommodate 4+ people. If you go off-peak, you can usually get better rates.

Food: You can easily get by on $20/day if you prepare all your own meals. Probably closer to $40-50 if you're eating out a lot. We typically have a few nice dinners out at a brewpub or decent resto. Other than that we buy our own groceries for lunches, breakfasts, snacks, etc., and avoid eating at the resort at all costs (unless you like $14 hamburgers).

Party: Resort bars are expensive. figure $50/night out maybe.
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SLC is going to be cheaper overall than CO will be. I usually do 1 or 2 trips a season from NY to CO or SLC. Definitely go not on a holiday weekend to save the airfare money. The flight to CO is cheaper but everything else in SLC is cheaper (lift tickets, rental cars, food, lodging etc.) The nice thing about SLC is you can stay in the city for less than $100/night at a nice hotel and be about 30-45 minutes out of the mountains where in CO you have to stay in Dillon, Silverthorne or Frisco and they're about 30-60 minutes from the mountains but like 60-90 minutes from the Denver airport. The other issue with CO is that to get to and from you're on a major highway which has a serious tendency to get closed due to weather. In fact the only times I've ever feared for my life while driving was on the way back to the Denver airport on the major highway. I've seen more Audi's, Subauru's, SUV's etc flipped over on that road than anywhere else I've been.

Beyond that, the snow and the mountains in Utah are just better. Snowbird is the single best mountain I've ever been to for diversity of terrain and overall enjoyment. Brighton is dope, solitude is beatiful nature wise and super quiet, The Canyons and PC are both big resorts with any terrain you could ask for to ride and generally speaking once you get off the bottom lifts on any of the SLC mountains the lines are super limited.
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I've never rode around SLC, but I have driven through it a couple dozen times and the traffic there sucks. When I go on vacation I want to get out of the city, not deal with a bigger one. I guess it depends on what kind of experiance a person is going for. I prefer the small town atmosphere of Summit Co. It can be done on the cheap, last spring I did a week there for about 1200 bucks or less. I paid 75/night to stay in a house(6 of us split 450/night) I got two 3 day passes for 99 each(spring special) Since we were staying in a house, we cooked our own food so I spent about 100 buck for the week. That's 900 to cover the basics, and you don't need to rent a car.
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