Best Value for family CO Skiing

dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,347 Admiral
Late to the game but thinking about taking the kids to Colorado to ski in March. Been all over CO but not in years. Looking for best value, crowd factor etc. winter Park? Utah? Sorry, no east coast skiing needed this trip. Best Ski Package seller?

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  • CaptCamelCaptCamel Posts: 703 Officer
    give these guys a shout
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  • grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
    There is no such thing as a cheap ski trip to the Rockies. If you plan it on your own, figure at least $2000 per person for flight, ski rental, ski lift ticket, lodging, meals, and the winter clothes that you're going to need to buy.

    Do a search for ski clubs in Florida. Tampa has a good one, but there are others out of Orlando and Ft Lauderdale. They put packages together with decent rates, but it's still $1000-1500 per person...and that usually does not include meals and ski rental.


    Tampa ski club:

    http://www.tampabayskiclub.com/trip_schedule.html
    Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016
  • magotmagot Posts: 6,640 Officer
    We found Utah to be the best value. Staying at the slopes is cool, but if you're wanting to shave bucks, staying in Salt Lake and "commuting" is cheaper. Rental car is the way to go, but buses run, I think, if you're going even cheaper. Our favorite was Brighton, and Spring break was our time.
    Hope it works out, dip.
  • grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
    magot wrote: »
    We found Utah to be the best value. Staying at the slopes is cool, but if you're wanting to shave bucks, staying in Salt Lake and "commuting" is cheaper. Rental car is the way to go, but buses run, I think, if you're going even cheaper. Our favorite was Brighton, and Spring break was our time.
    Hope it works out, dip.



    What magot said is true. Staying in SLC instead of slopeside is cheaper and you can commute back and forth. It's about 45 minutes I think?


    Colorado is harder to do that, because the Denver airport is quite a drive from the high Rockies (approx. 2 hours), and the passes often shut down due to blizzards. Vail airport is closer, but much more expensive to fly into.
    Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016
  • chick-a-deechick-a-dee Posts: 1,444 Officer
    Doug, we used Lilly from Snow Ventures to plan our last trip out to Telluride, and she did a great job. We got a ton of different places & options before we decided what we were going to do. She was great to deal with! That was a lot easier than trying to do it myself in the past!

    Lilly Howard
    800-845-7157 Ext. 305
    Cell-970-389-2918
    Lilly@snowventures.com
  • Slopps08Slopps08 Posts: 1,038 Officer
    Also look at Lake Tahoe! Go there almost every year!

    Tight lines to everybody!
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,414 Officer
    grady30wa wrote: »
    There is no such thing as a cheap ski trip to the Rockies. If you plan it on your own, figure at least $2000 per person for flight, ski rental, ski lift ticket, lodging, meals, and the winter clothes that you're going to need to buy.

    NO WAY !! If it cost you that $2K/person you are doing it wrong or staying forever. It can be done for MUCH, MUCH less than that.

    With that said, this would not be the year to ski in CO. The snow at the popular ski resorts B-L-O-W-S !!
    Which ever one(s) of you little boys complained about quotes in the signature should be ashamed of yourself. :blowkiss

    Instead of complaining to the moderators you should just quit playing on this board.
  • TriplecleanTripleclean Posts: 6,591 Officer
    Its a cool road trip.
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  • grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
    NO WAY !! If it cost you that $2K/person you are doing it wrong or staying forever. It can be done for MUCH, MUCH less than that.

    With that said, this would not be the year to ski in CO. The snow at the popular ski resorts B-L-O-W-S !!

    7 day lift ticket: $560 purchased online ($833 on site)
    7 days ski rental: $150

    Airline ticket plus baggage fee: $350

    Dining out for 7 days: $350/person ($50/day)

    You're at $1400 already, and that does not include lodging, buying winter ski apparel, and transportation costs to and from the airport.
    Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,224 Admiral
    airfare is a killer
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  • grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
    cpr wrote: »
    airfare is a killer


    Plus transportation costs from Denver airport to the high rockies!

    Lift tickets ain't cheap either. And the restaurants are expensive.
    Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016
  • Security LeakSecurity Leak Posts: 838 Officer
    We always went to Breckenridge during spring break in April. My sons school was usually out for break just as the resort went from high season prices to low season prices and everything was basically about 1/2 price starting around April 15th or so. We always go a nice ski in/ski out condo. Rent a SUV and bring as much food with you as you can. You can hit a warehouse club in Denver before you drive up and get most of what you would need for the week. Even though lodging, lift tickets, and rentals go half price the grocery stores and resturants don't and can add up quick.
  • grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
    There is a reason why everything is half price around April 15th. The resort closes on April 14th:



    Frequently Asked Questions
    What are the resorts opening and closing dates for the season?
    2012/2013 Winter Season Dates:
    Keystone :: November 2, 2012 - April 7, 2013
    Breckenridge :: November 9, 2012 - April 14, 2013



    http://www.breckenridge.com/faqdetail/Mountain-Information/What-are-the-resorts-opening-and-closing-dates-for-the-2010-2011-season.axd
    Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016
  • 31-Jupiter31-Jupiter Posts: 17 Greenhorn
    Look into Copper Mountain, CO. 30% off lodging, kids ski and eat free. Fly into Eagle County airport (Vail) and it is a short drive. Go tubing while you are there.
  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,347 Admiral
    I said value, not cheap. I've been around enough to know that there is no such thing as a "cheap" week of skiing in CO. My parents live less than 5 min from Sugar Mnt, NC, that would be "cheap" in $$ but expensive in other factors.:grin
    Lot's of good info, thanks. For less money, it's hard to turn down 2 weeks in the Abaco's though for one week of skiing.
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,414 Officer
    grady30wa wrote: »
    7 day lift ticket: $560 purchased online ($833 on site)
    7 days ski rental: $150

    Airline ticket plus baggage fee: $350

    Dining out for 7 days: $350/person ($50/day)

    You're at $1400 already, and that does not include lodging, buying winter ski apparel, and transportation costs to and from the airport.

    Grady, I know you do things a little more high end than most, and I do too. But the number you throw out are all "window prices".

    American ski company, Vail Associates and the people of Colorado, thank you for depositing your money with them.

    More, seriously, and I am quite serious, only "tourists" pay those prices.........they ones who lay down the plastic and say "do it."

    There and innumerable ways to have a great ski vacation and not pay the window prices, with very little effort.

    Two extremely simple ways are to:

    Buy lift tickets at King Soopers (City Market, in the mountains) >>>>>>>> steep discount except during Christmas holiday. An easy stop on your way through Denver, or in any ski town. Another way is almost all hotels/condos have a fistful of comp tickets, but you have to ask.

    Buy rentals off the mountain: Christie Sports or Breeze ski rentals are two that come to mind but there are a ton of them.

    Also, what is a condo worth.....$1300 or so by the time you pay the bedroom tax and cleaning.
    Which ever one(s) of you little boys complained about quotes in the signature should be ashamed of yourself. :blowkiss

    Instead of complaining to the moderators you should just quit playing on this board.
  • razorreilly09razorreilly09 Posts: 8,401 Officer

    With that said, this would not be the year to ski in CO. The snow at the popular ski resorts B-L-O-W-S !!

    This. They are actually closing places on our mountain this week due to lack of cover and they are past their water quota for making snow for the season.
    I have been doing a lot of Nordic skiing lately because the downhill sucks. It's also in the 40's this week...
    Check out the conditions in and around mammoth Ca. They got some good dumpings this season.
    -praying for snow in Sw CO
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,414 Officer
    Reilly:

    The last report I read (I havent checked for a few days) from the Bureau of Reclamation and the State Engineer's Office is that in your part of the state the snow pack is about 58-percent of normal. Or, in English, a terrible snow pack. **** good thing the storms to you part of the state historically come in on the spring monsoons. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
    Which ever one(s) of you little boys complained about quotes in the signature should be ashamed of yourself. :blowkiss

    Instead of complaining to the moderators you should just quit playing on this board.
  • Team SabatageTeam Sabatage Posts: 12,789 AG
    Utah. Snow is better than CO this year, but still not great, all that could change before spring break.
    Solitude has some great deals and it's a good mountain, not crowded at all. Same for Brighton.
    Some good deals on lift tickets, look on line. If you stay at the mountain, take a shuttle from the airport. The rental car will just sit. You don't know how to drive those canyons anyway, don't risk your family trying.
    Staying down in Salt Lake is a cheap way to go, daily UTA bus service is almost $10 per person per day round trip, so that adds up depending on how many.
    VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) have cheaper almost slopeside rentals than you think, check them out.
    BUY FOOD AT A GROCERY STORE! Even if it's just the cereal and doughnuts for breakfast, sandwich makings for lunch and some take and bake Pizza's. It can really help with food costs and leave enough for dinner out. Dinner is when mom and everyone else is tired and not wanting to cook or make a mess, so it is the best meal to eat out.
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  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 3,303 Captain
    It's been a while but my favorite was Big Sky Montana.It might have changed since I have been there but lift lines were not long. Side trips into Yellowstone are a neat side excursion.We were able to snowmobile in Yellowstone, not sure if that is still an option though. Second was tie between Durango and Park City.

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  • Security LeakSecurity Leak Posts: 838 Officer
    grady30wa wrote: »
    There is a reason why everything is half price around April 15th. The resort closes on April 14th:



    Frequently Asked Questions
    What are the resorts opening and closing dates for the season?
    2012/2013 Winter Season Dates:
    Keystone :: November 2, 2012 - April 7, 2013
    Breckenridge :: November 9, 2012 - April 14, 2013



    http://www.breckenridge.com/faqdetail/Mountain-Information/What-are-the-resorts-opening-and-closing-dates-for-the-2010-2011-season.axd

    Actually, it is the 22nd this year. I have been there 5 times in mid April and always had good snow base except one year.


    Breckenridge Ski Resort. Season 2012/2013

    Breckenridge Ski Resort is one of the most popular ski destinations in Colorado. Set in an old mining town, the world-class Ski Resort combines a historic and contemporary feel. It offers visitors some of the best skiing and riding terrain in Colorado. Plus, Breckenridge provides easy access to Summit County's three other ski areas, as well as Vail Resort, making it a great place to stay and experience a genuine Colorado town.



    Breckenridge Opening Day November 9, 2012- April 22, 2013 (Weather permitting)

    Ski Resort in Breckenridge receives an average of 300 inches of snow annually. Because the base begins at 9,600 feet, the resort enjoys a six-month ski season. It currently boasts the Imperial Express SuperChair, the highest chairlift in North America, reaching amazing bowl skiing topping out at 12,840 feet. The summit elevation of Ski Resort soars at 12,998 feet.

    BSki Resort has been open since December 1961. It offers 2,358 acres of skiing and riding, with the longest run, Four O'Clock, being 3.5 miles. The slopes rise a tremendous 3,398 vertical feet. The area is made up of 15% beginner, 33% intermediate and 52% expert or advanced terrain. Twenty-nine lifts deliver guests to 155 trails. The mountain is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Breckenridge features four peaks to explore. The summit of Peak 7 offers expert bowl skiing above treeline, accessible mostly through hiking off of the T-bar. Below the bowl, Peak 7's runs consist of wide, mostly groomed intermediate terrain, which the Independence SuperChair sweeps guests to.

    Peak 8 is one of the main base areas, which the BreckConnect gondola goes to. Take the Rocky Mountain SuperChair to expert and intermediate runs, or take the Imperial Express Superchair to intermediate and beginner cruisers. Above the chairlifts, the T-bar escorts skiers and snowboarders up to Horseshoe Bowl, a wide-open bowl filled with glorious powder after a snowstorm. Chair 6 ascends to the other side of Horseshoe Bowl, where expert tree and bump runs await.

    Peak 9 makes up the other main base area. Its two high-speed quads whisk guests up to mostly intermediate terrain. Above the lifts, hikeable terrain awaits adventurous spirits looking for challenging chutes through the trees.Read more
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,414 Officer
    To the OP. The link below is to Copper Mountain Resort. I received the offer in an email this morning.

    If you are still thinking about CO, perhaps you can take advantage of the offer. >>>> http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/plan_and_buy/kids_eat_ski_tube/index
    Which ever one(s) of you little boys complained about quotes in the signature should be ashamed of yourself. :blowkiss

    Instead of complaining to the moderators you should just quit playing on this board.
  • TriplecleanTripleclean Posts: 6,591 Officer
    Im eating the popcorn!!

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