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US road trip, PC and Breck
So me and a mate are thinking about getting the epic pass and hitting park city then breck/keystone over 4 or 5 weeks around Xmas and the new year. However, looking around, accommodation in and around the resorts looks pricey. Is it cheaper to stay in SLC or some other bigger town/city and travel in or is there some other alternative we've just missed. Also, do you think its cheaper to use buses to get around (including going from Utah to Colorado) or buying a real cheap, used car for the time? Any advice on this or general ways to keep costs down would be awesome.
Dont know about Colorado but it is defenatly cheaper to stay in SLC than in PC. Transportation is usually alright too.
For what it would cost to register and insure the car, I would imagine it will be cheaper to utilize public transportation. I've never used it but I believe there is a cheapish hostel in the hell that is Silverthorne/Frisco/Dillon. If you're not planning this trip around school holidays you should know the snow will be better in Feb/March with considerably less people.
if you're going to hit Keystone/Breck, you owe it to yourself to ride Abasin at least one day
Yeah unfortunately we've gotta do it around holidays which sucks :( are there any resorts on the epic pass which are in utah /Colorado that are legit and don't get too crowded over Xmas?
Amtrak goes straight through Truckee, SLC, and Kremmling. Check out their rail pass deals for international visitors, and you can sleep on the trains to save money.....way less shady than Greyhound in the US.
I have been in the same situation as you guys! This past year I essentially did the same exact road trip (I live in park city).
What I would recommend:
Before you go:
Hop on KSL (SLC craigslist). Tons of cheap used cars on there.
I would recommend staying at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cottonwood. Make reservations early for the lowest rate.
Book flights on Southwest.
Here is the exact trip I took:
Day 1: Drive from Park City/SLC to Glenwood springs colorado. If you have the time/money, make sure to stop by Powderhorn resort (near grand junction) on the way. One of the few resorts where the top is actually a large mesa. Stay in Glenwood springs.
Day 2: Skied at Vail
Day 3: Skied at Keystone
Day 4: Skied at Ski Cooper, then drove into denver. Skied at Ruby Hill rail yard at night.
Day 5: picked up skis from Icelantic, skied some more at Ruby Hill. Drove to Pagosa springs, Colorado. Stayed at Travelodge.
Day 6: Skied at Wolf Creek, Colorado. I HIGHLY recommend going there. Hands down my favorite Colorado resort and one of my top 5 best days of skiing ever. Also, wednesday lift tickets are only $40!!
Drove through telluride to Moab, Utah. Stayed in moab for a night.
Day 7: Skied at Brian Head for a comp
Day 8: Drove back to park city.
Obviously, this is a super compressed version of what you guys would do. But it probably is somewhat similar and was also the best road trip of my life.
Wolf Creek Ski area
Hanging Lake Inn Glenwood Springs
Pagosa Hot Springs
Ruby Hill Rail Yard
Duffy's Cherry Cricket
Jack 'n' Grill
Courtyard By Marriott Cottonwood
Lazy Day Cafe SLC
In N Out (all over SLC)
Powder Mountain's Snow-shuttle service (weekends only)
All times are Eastern (-5)