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first time ski resort

by europalover Online Now Jan 19, 2006 at 1:37 PM

hi, i've decided to treat myself to a nice birthday present and go skiing . i will be staying on my own so the nicer the better i figure.

i would like to stay in a nice (four star and up) hotel, i am looking for something about 300 or below (usd) per night. are there any websites you would know of that have good fares?
also, i would like a hotel close to shopping/ entertainment and walking distance to the lifts.
i was considering whistler or banff as well. any thoughts?
thanks!
dana.

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    RE: first time ski resort

    by bonaventura Online Now Jan 19, 2006 at 1:47 PM

    Hey dear, make a snowman for me ;-)

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    RE: first time ski resort

    by Callavetta Online Now Jan 19, 2006 at 1:52 PM

    Hi Dana, Why did you pick Aspen? It's the priciest of all Colorado resorts and you may be hard pressed to find a nice hotel for under300 a day. You could probably find something in Vail or Beaver Creek in that price range, and certainly would find something very nice in Breckenridge. They have good night time activities as well and are accessable from Denver Airport (or Eagle for Vail and Beaver Creek).

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    RE: RE: first time ski resort

    by europalover Online Now Jan 19, 2006 at 2:58 PM

    Hi thanks for your advice! i guess its one of those 'treat myself well' trips. and i have a thing for going to fancy schmancy places once in a while. aspen is still an enigma. i am also considering whistler. would you know of any websites that are worthy of checking out for discounts?
    thanks!

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    RE: RE: first time ski resort

    by Callavetta Online Now Jan 19, 2006 at 3:09 PM

    Check out www.skicoupons.com. You'll have a great time. This is a monumental year for snow. Enjoy.

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    RE: RE: first time ski resort

    by YVRDave Online Now Jan 19, 2006 at 3:21 PM

    Even though it is considered great, The Jerome can have bad rooms. Try the St. Regis

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    RE: RE: first time ski resort

    by DSwede Online Now Jan 20, 2006 at 12:42 AM

    Not just because it is close, but if you're in S Cal, Tahoe is very close and Southwest has good deals up to Reno.

    If you want ski-in/ski-out accomodations, The Village at Squaw Valley has shops, nightlife and big slopes. South Tahoe has nightlife and a larger variety of hotels, but you'll have to take a short shuttle bus to Heavenly ski area. Kirkwood (south of S Tahoe) also has ski-in/ski-out accomodations, but it is a bit quieter and the skiing is greens/blues.

    OK, I might be biased because I grew up in Tahoe, but I love it there. But I have not been back lately to know the current conditions, but things can change quickly. Last time I was there (New Years last year) I got 9ft in 3 days.

    If you want to go farther away say up to B.C., Whistler is good, but in my opinion it is overly crowded. Banff is nice, but once again you'll have to take a shuttle to the slopes. Check out Sunshine Valley, just outside of Banff.

    Damn, now I'm homesick... make some turns for me!!

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    RE: RE: first time ski resort

    by europalover Online Now Jan 20, 2006 at 8:59 AM

    hi dswede,
    thanks for your advice! but i've been to tahoe and it seemed a bit deserted. maybe it was a different area than what you were talking about.
    i was thinking whistler, but its really really expensive. i'm not much of a skiier, but i want to pick it up more and try different things. this will be a vacation of three days hopefully full of new activities and pampering.... and not of broken bones!
    :)
    no thoughts on aspen though ?
    d.

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    RE: RE: first time ski resort

    by YVRDave Online Now Jan 20, 2006 at 10:36 AM

    Whistler, expensive?
    It is also in Canadian dollars.
    Even though I would still go to Aspen. More sunshine, less trecherous terrain

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    RE: RE: first time ski resort

    by DSwede Online Now Jan 20, 2006 at 7:06 PM

    I also enjoyed Aspen, as well as a lot of the other spots in Colorado, like A Basin, Breck, Winter Park, Vail, Telluride, etc... The skiing is great there too, but in my opinion, for a short 3 day trip, its a lot of travel time to fly to Denver and drive up (if you were already in CO, then its a no brainer). Also, Vail and Apsen are very trendy, so relative costs are inflated. But with that, you'll have a younger livelier scene also have plenty of shopping and activities.

    Feel free to email me if you want. I agree Squaw can be quiet depending on the season, but many locals go there for the bands and bars. South Tahoe has the large hotels/casinos like Harrahs and Ceasars, with bid bands and dance shows, and is popular with the locals.
    -Dave

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    RE: RE: first time ski resort

    by Callavetta Online Now Jan 20, 2006 at 7:23 PM

    If you can afford it, Aspen is great. I assume you'd fly to Aspen rather than Denver. If you're not much of a skier, be sure to enroll in ski school. You'll enjoy yourself a lot more.

    I live in Keystone and can assure you, you won't find better snow than we have this year.

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