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Discussion in 'United States' started by skichic, Jan 26, 2017.
That was what I meant.
Yep Copper is rather nice, and lots of the 'deals' there are available for purchase locally, on the ground as needed.
I know Copper has a bad reputation on this site and I must admit I hesitate to post about it.
I have been there 3 times and have really enjoyed it. The mountain is good fun and has lots of options for everyone. The back bowl areas are particularly fun. The village has good restaurants, has that Whistler type magic of fairy lights and cobblestone (but on a smaller scale) and fun shopping and we have found the accommodation of high standard and reasonably priced. The local free bus system links to Frisco, the outlet shops and other resorts in the area. I would not count it out due to its reputation on here. A couple of times we have linked a week in Copper with time in Steamboat, Aspen and Jackson hole and Copper has been great fun.
Well, getting back to the OP... I would...
Fly into Denver
Collect your luggage
Collect your hire car/4WD (unless you've got a friend to pick you up/run you around)
Drive out to Frisco (You just get onto the I-70 and head towards the hills)
Stay at your airbnb/vbro accommodation
Ski Breck / A-Basin / Keystone using your epic pass; use the free bus to get out to Breck, A-Basin and Keystone have free parking
Ski Copper if desired
Ski Vail and Beaver Creek to mix it up a bit (an 1hr+ drive down the road) (Free parking can be had so do your research)
Post lots of pictures of skis leaning against stuff on the forums
Pay for stuff before the trip in Oz using your CC where you can
Use cash where possible in Colorado
My 2c worth
Pedantic I know, but replace "Kirkwood" with "Keystone" and it makes a bit more sense!
Also, why recommend the use of cash in Colorado?
Oops, corrected, thnx.
Personal preference, avoids issues around tipping when paying for meals etc if you carry a wad of $1 bills with you.
I was going to reply and quote everyone but then i realized that the it would be a massive post so here i go
I have started ready Astro's trip report form last year as we are looking at doing something very similar
I'm also not much of a fan driving through blizzards, that's also a reason we might look at March/April
We would be looking at SLC due to the cost.
The blackout days don't matter so much for me as after about 3 days skiing my knees need a day off.
We've used VRBO before so more than likely will be trying to use it again.
I too am a tight wad, I try and keep the accommodation cost to about $50 pp
We would be looking at hiring a car in LA and driving via Vegas and the Grand canyon upto Utah first before Colorado.
Thanks for the detail post, we won't be staying in the resorts so the cost should be a lot less fro accommodation, no lessons so basically it just the tipping, i'm not a fan of it, but when in Rome.
Good to know about the counter food with no service
I pay in cash for everything when i am OS
Car it is then.
We stayed in Sandy in SLC. It's a suburb with a mall and restaurants, decent connection to the freeways to the cottonwoods. Would recommend it.
We did not experience this problem in our recent trip to the US. Exchange rate aside we found restaurant food (not rubbish takeaway food - how people eat that stuff I don't know) is cheaper than here in Australia even taking the tip into account.
I would agree accomodation is cheaper in Canada. In our experience the US offers more non skiing things to see than a BC road trip. We're tossing up between US and Canada for 17/18 winter and will probably opt for a Jackson Hole/Salt Lake/Telluride/Mammoth tour with Yellowstone and Canyonlands thrown in.
As the puta at work was crunching the numbers today I did a bit of day dreaming about the idea I have in mind for next time and found this vid and had to take a gulp
Not for me.
It's reputation is a little more mellow than that would suggest.
Couldn't help yourself heh, back for more?
Sorry dude. I pride myself as the king of cheap airfare. And that fare just doesn't exist. So let me guess. It's a Copper bundle ?
I got $1400 fares Brisbane to Seattle and then LAX to Brisbane return. That was depart 1 Jan return 20th Jan just last month. Not part of a package deal.
Not with United to SFO on quoted dates. I found $1300 with other airlines, but 30+ hour flights. $1100 from mid January.
Exactly. Anyone who knows United and how they release and price tickets knows that the fare above is bullshit. Utter bullshit.
Sydney in Canada?
I enjoy dancing with you again.
So you quote that you found a $1390 United Airlines flight SYD to SFO on Skyscanner. Out 29th Dec. In 19th Jan. I think you're talking from your butt again. That airfare doesn't exist. If it does. You should be able to post a screen grab as I do everytime I quote an airfare. This is one I posted previously.
I won't hold my breathe till you provide proof of your quoted airfare. But please do. I promise to buy each of your 5 fictional kids a suitable present from my local Toy Store, (The one on Oxford St) if you do.
Enjoy Copper and "Keepa Dancin Maria". <shakes head>
Could anyone tell me the best time (if there is a typical best time) to book return flights Brisbane to LA for late December 2017/return mid Jan 17 please?
Not looking to buy internal flights just yet as we're not absolutely decided on itinerary.
Contemplating a BC road trip too so good times to buy flights Brisbane to Vancouver would be appreciated also.
Thanks in advance.
I got a cracking price on my Newcastle/Brisbane/Vancouver/Kamloops flight with a 26 January departure, on the 26th of June last year. But it was almost accidental.
My Skyscanner alerts didn't flag it. I'd signed up some time previously to Webjet or Flight Centre and agreed to receive emails. I received an email from them promoting Qantas and Virgin sales on flights to North America so decided to check Air Canada's pricing to see if they were responding to the sales. Bingo, my flight was $700 or so cheaper than the day before.
How this helps you, IDK. Maybe set up a disposable gmail address and sign up for as many promotional emails as you can eat. And check with your preferred airline's website once or twice a day, especially when their competitors have sales.
Where in that article do they say they bought a package through an agent? They had Epic Passes, and the only mention of how they booked accommodation was one reference to AirBnB.
get out of my thread
Which is probably why they used their Epic Pass.
A loose plan is forming at my end:
12 days Tahoe
12 days Park City
4 days NYC
2 days LA
Not to early to start talking and thinking about it here.
Booked flights to the US yesterday - if anyone is looking for "reasonably" priced fares we have booked leaving 6 Jan returning 27 Jan 2A1C for just under $6K including flights with Virgin to LA the 2 internal flights each way to Kalispell.
Hmmm just found out the cost to upgrade the Epic pass to include blackout days means kid would need upgrading to adult ticket. Not happening, now need ideas for a week non skiing between San Fran and Denver
There is this place called The South West. There is months of looking right there. Do Yosemite, get onto I 80 and turn right somewhere around Reno. Obvious are Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and the Utah Canyons but there is heaps to see.
Suggested route here
Are the roads ok in winter? Child-adults not so impressed when I suggested a road trip. They both want New York, not dragging ski bags to NY.
I have driven various bits of the south west in winter 3 maybe 4 times, and never had a problem. Like anywhere you can get hammered by a big storm.
New York is fun, particularly if you haven't been. There are solutions for ski bags. Scroll down to the Courier sub-heading. If you have a car Greyhound is pretty cheap.
Thanks for that
Couple of Biz Reward seats popped up on QF93 Jan 23rd so grabbed them
Doubt i'll be able to wrangle 4 wks+ off work this time around, so looking like maybe this:
10 days Tahoe
10 days Park City
2 days LA
I'm still waiting on return flights to come up, but spoke with Qantas today who said there were plenty of seats and they would be released, just have to keep checking.
We're now looking at 1 week road trip SF to SLC. A week Park City, then 2 weeks Colorado.
You would risk being in Tahoe when the Snow Queen and her super powers might not be there?!
Four days in NYC?!
Four days in NYC?! Tell me you're just being silly!
Four days is totally inadequate. Subtract 2 days from Park City, another 2 from LA - you've been there many times already - add them to NYC and you're on the way to almost adequate.
So for those inepts who can't manage to complete reading the thread in its entirety before responding to posts:
So then, it's No NYC for you?!
Not even a little bit?
Not any at all?!
But Seinfeld. Friends. Bagels. Shackburgers. Ribs. Brisket. Momofuku
New job means won't have 4wks+ leave saved up by Jan '18. Could do 1x ski destination and NYC......
New York can wow you in a couple of days and you would not be bored in a couple of months. Go and do what you can. But after 4 days you will know enough to know that you need to go back.
Now you're beginning to talk sense!
Sooo much awesome in NYC, I can't imagine you'd regret it.
Congrats on the new job, too - hope all goes well.
Just purchased flights into LA for December 26, 2017. We'll be in the States for 3 weeks. Planning on a Mountain Collective roadtrip so we'll likely fly straight into Jackson Hole. The second leg will be a few days in Salt Lake (never skied Snowbasin before) and then we'll get the overnight train to Tahoe. Probably stop in at Mammoth on the way back to LA.
I expect we'll probably ski 9/10 days and do other things on the off days. We're keen to hit up Yellowstone (Old Faithful), the elk refuge at Jackson, check out the Olympic stuff at Park City, snow shoe one of the peaks (Rubicon) at Lake Tahoe, try dog sledding at Tahoe or Mammoth. My wife will likely want a few hours hitting up the Outlet stores in Mammoth Lakes too.
Very excited and it's great to have something in concrete to look forward to.
Last years trip was sort of similar but we did Sun Valley, Alta, Snowbird and the four mountains at Aspen. We caught a couple of days in Arches National Park too.
Any 'musts' in this part of the world? Suggestions appreciated.
Old Faithful is a bit overrated, IMO, but the trip is worth it. Ask if they go to Upper and Lower Geyser Basin, where there is more thermal activity. If you are into critters, a day critter spotting with Wildlife Expeditions is a great way to raise your count.
The train is fun. If it is a full moon night the trip across the desert is beautiful.
BOOM flights booked.
Will be a stretch leave wise, but i'll make it work
If you do make it to NYC visit the new Australian cafe Citizens of Chelsea!
Awesome coffee and Aussie style food ( I must also disclose my son Andrew is the owner!)
Winner winner, New York Cheesecake dinner!
Annual leave?! Unless you're considering the newly vacant Buller Resort Management CEO position, then when it comes to NYC, meh job-shmob.
Well done, that's super exciting.
And I'm not even the one going!
Of course, NYC is a big place. It's easy to get lost there. You should really have a tour guide. You know, someone knowledgeable. Someone who's been there before. Someone who knows the ropes. . . <scratching chin>
You're right! I'll just wing over from YVR for a few days with the young fella. Omakase at Nakazawa should be a good start....
Lawdy Lawdy, give New York a break! It's only just beginning to recover from me being there a few weeks ago. With you two there together, I fear it might never recover!
But OK, all I had to offer is a leisurely breakfast at The Palm Court - which happens to be not far from the Ferrari store and Zibetto's Espresso Bar. Then strolling through Central Park on the way to Manhattan Motorcars, followed by a late lunch burger at Upland.
Afterwards, taking a tub of B & J Phish Food to Top of the Rock to tide us through while watching the sunset over New York, then chillin there until the sky goes dark and the city is sparkling like a Christmas tree. Then we Bar until the wee hours.
For Day 1.
Day 2 would have been a heli flight around the Empire State Building before exploring its lovely old interior.
But yeah, I see what you mean - I guess it's tough to beat your plan for a chunk of raw mullet.
a much more thoroughly considered response than my hasty reply.
What a town hey? One of my favourites.
This times a brazillion. So much of the east coast has a great deal of interest - history, architecture, galleries, museums, funky city art, I love it. And NYC has it all rolled into the one town - something for everyone, everything for many. It's one of my fave cities too. My lifetime won't be long enough to see and do everything I'd like to there.
Close enough to Park City?