primesuspect said:Oh god if it's just the three of us that will be soooo awkward for you. I'm sorry in advance.
Oh god if it's just the three of us that will be soooo awkward for you. I'm sorry in advance.
@Tushon already told me he wants to stay in or near the resorts, but if anybody is ok with driving to them then I have rooms available.
Winter Park does ski biking, highly recommended if anybody wants to try something new. It's cheap, and you don't fall a lot.
I'll be getting quotes from several places tomorrow/Monday, but Winter Park was already high on my list.
For my stated goals, even without a group rate (which we may achieve based on friends and my family who is interested).
For 2 days of skiing/snowboarding and 3 nights of being there (thurdsay-sunday), total cost per person is looking to be ~375
For 3 days of skiing/snowboarding and 3 nights of being there (thursday-sunday), total cost per person is looking to be ~456.
This is housing, rentals and lift tickets. you may be able to get that number lower with stuffing more people in (but I personally will be sleeping in a bed) or using cheaper/your own gear (i picked the mid range gear price). This does not include your transportation cost. This also assumed a lower number of people/bed than I expect in reality (i.e. there are a bunch of couples signed up and that initial math was done based on 1 person per bed in a particular room setup. I will be doing full on research mode tonight with a linky to the information and how we'll work it.
Winter Park is pretty, and they have a pretty sweet Belgish Beer Bar that I will totally sit in all day while you guys got sunburned and fall down.
Anybody that wants to stay with me, pm me. This is our home's listing on airbnb but you will stay for free. Space will be limited probably to 6-10 people, I have to talk with Melissa. More about us? Our hobbies include sitting by the fireplace and watching the wildlife go by, drinking desert wines, playing cards against humanity, good conversation, strategy based board games, shoveling snow, and cooking/grilling. So first come first serve if there is interest in casa ninja.
The drive from my place -> Winter Park will be 2-2.5 hours due to traffic/conditions in February.
Basically if you want to do Winter Park and stay at my place, you should have a group to split the rental of an AWD suv of some sorts and carpool. I can pick someone up from the airport and drive them to a rental place that is not on site which will cut the cost of your rental considerably.
That's all I can think of for now. I'm painfully excited for this, why is it 6 months away.
With that said, I drove through Winter Park when I was in Colorado over Memorial Day. Beautiful country.
I may visit.
For housing, there are a variety of options/price points. I would think the best way for me to work it out would be to have IC people "group up", so I need a really accurate number of beds to be occupied (i.e. if you are a couple who will be sharing a bed, cool, if you are flying solo, cool). I'll be planning for my family separately since they will probably have kids involved. Alternatively, we can all book our own stuff, but that will probably result in overall higher prices. For example, there are options from hotel room style all the way up to 3BR condos with full kitchens. A big money saver would be making your own breakfast/lunch/dinner at the condo/hotel room with kitchen or staying in the town of winter park itself at a place which includes breakfast. Here is the info I received about rates. It should be formatted decently
There is also this information about lessons/lift ticket combos for those who might want lessons. I can "probably" teach you how to snowboard, but it involves falling. :P It took me about 3 days to consistently do well, but I was lucky enough to do this on a 6 day trip in high school.
Keep in mind when you plan to arrive and leave. You will likely only get 2 full days of lifts unless you arrive early (half days are possible). We'll definitely want to look at taking advantage of the lodging deals (info) to get "one night free" or cheaper lift tickets. We can also get discounts on lifts, but only if we have 20 or more people total and then we'd have to buy them together and at least 2 weeks ahead of time IIRC. Prices are not currently available, but via a lodging booking, you can expect ~$85/day for lift tickets at "normal" rates when booked with lodging (but you get a "free" night). Not booking with lodging, but at group rates is ~128 total according to this document (for 2 days), 108 total for 13-17 years old. So if we end up with over 20 people total, I'll be handling lift tickets separate from lodging booking.
So, for example:
Booking a "1 bedroom" 2 room connecting suite with 4 queen beds at 6 people (2 couples, 2 singles) for three nights [assuming a Thursday evening arrival] with lift tickets and rentals for 2 days works out to ~325/person for everything except food once you are at the resort.
The shuttle costs go down if people arrive at the same time and book in advance (i.e. not using a rental car, which of the two times I've been, we used the vehicle once to go to dinner at a far away restaurant which we could have taken a shuttle to anyways). Plugging in dummy numbers for 6 people yielded $57/person round trip to Winter Park from Denver International Airport. If we managed to have 11 people there at the same time for pick up/drop off, that per person price goes down to $44/person round trip.
Amtrak has a daily departure at 805A arriving at 1007A (from Denver to Fraser [town near Winter Park] and it's supposed to be really nice. Plan accordingly for your trip there and back if choosing this. The return trip departs at 350P for a 638P arrival in Denver.
Frontier is going to be a good choice for most people coming from a major airport. For comparison, I checked Southwest vs frontier and saved over $170 for Dallas to Denver and it was non-stop vs stopping in Houston (on Southwest).
Thanks so much for reaching out and for providing such great, detailed information with your request for proposal. I’m provided group rate information below for the 3 properties in and around the base of the ski area. If you are not seeing something that suits your needs, please let me know and I can refer you to someone that can help quote options in the town of Winter Park (2 miles from the resort) that would access the ski area via a complimentary shuttle system.
Additionally, I’ve attached a copy of our group rate sheet for lift tickets, rentals and lessons. Our group rates start for 20 or more individuals. It looks like you may hit that number. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Taxes and Fees equal an additional 13.909% at each location. Rates would not change for an arrival on the 6th or 7th, provided you maintain a 3 night stay.
ZEPHYR MOUNTAIN LODGE: - (Ski in/Ski out) www.zephyrmountainlodge.com
Zephyr Mountain Lodge is a mountain contemporary lodge with a slopeside location at the base of the Zephyr Express chairlift and is the prime location for the Resort’s winter “playground”. This unique, two building property is comprised of 230 condominiums ranging from one to three bedrooms. Each building has two private outdoor hot tubs and heated underground pay parking. In addition, a variety of shops and restaurants are located on the ground floor in the Zephyr Plaza. Lodging consists of one bedroom (Queen Bed, pull out sofa, full kitchen), two bedroom (2 Queen Beds, pull out sofa, full kitchen), and three bedroom (3 Queen Beds, pull out sofa, full kitchen). Some units have multiple bedding. If you’re interested I can send you a list of specifics. Free high-speed internet available in all units.
6 – 9 Feb 2014
1 Bedroom silver - $159.00/night
1 Bedroom silver mtn view - $176.00/night
2 Bedroom silver - $270.00/night
2 Bedroom gold - $305.00/night
2 Bedroom silver mtn view - $292.00/night
2 Bedroom gold mtn view - $326.00/night
3 Bedroom silver - $412.00/night
3 Bedroom gold - $466.00/night
3 Bedroom silver mtn view - $440.00/night
3 Bedroom gold mtn view - $494.00/night
FRASER CROSSING / FOUNDERS POINTE: (2 minute walk to lifts) www.fraserfounders.com
Opened January 2008, Fraser Crossing and Founders Pointe are the two newest properties at Winter Park Resort and offer guests the convenience of a prime location, just steps from the resort and the ski lifts. Fraser Crossing and Founders Pointe offer 195 units comprised of studios (King Bed, pull out sofa, kitchenette), one bedroom (King Bed, pull out sofa, full kitchen or kitchenette), and two bedroom (King Bed, Queen Bed, pull out sofa, full kitchen), condominiums. Each has the comforts of home and feature free high-speed wireless internet, flat screen TVs, large outdoor amenity decks with hot tub and BBQ, storage locker room and convenient, private, underground, heated pay parking garage.
6 – 9 Feb 2014
Studio - $120.00/night
Studio Gold - $133.00/night
1 Bedroom Efficiency - $137.00/night
1 Bedroom Efficiency Gold - $157.00/night
1 Bedroom Full Kitchen - $159.00/night
1 Bedroom Full Kitchen Gold - $178.00/night
2 Bedroom - $234.00/night
2 Bedroom Gold - $268.00/night
VINTAGE HOTEL: (2.5 minute Cabriolet ride to the Village at Winter Park and the lifts) www.vintagehotel.com
Located at the entrance to Winter Park Resort, The Vintage Hotel is comprised of 110 rooms that feature beautiful mountain vistas and is the closest lodging option to the resort that is pet-friendly. The full-service Vintage Hotel has traditional hotel rooms, studios, one, and two bedroom suites with many rooms featuring kitchenettes and gas fireplaces. Five Mountain Tavern, located just inside the lobby is the perfect place to catch up with friends and family. The Vintage Hotel also offers an outdoor pool, and Hot Tub.
6 – 9 Feb 2014
Hotel Room - $115.00/night - 2 Queens
Studio - $128.00/night - 2 Queens / Kitchenette
Lofted Studio - $141.00/night - 1 Queen / 1 Sofa Sleeper / Kitchenette
Deluxe Studio - $141.00/night - 1 King / 1 Sofa Sleeper / Kitchenette
Hope this helps get you started. Thanks again!
Lift ticket group rate
Group rental rates
I did my price estimate without group rates, so everything would go down if we have enough people.
This is a list of IC people that I have names for who are interested. There were two responses early on who I do not have a name for
@primesuspect and @troublebaker (any kids?)
@malia (and not @Cannonfodder IIRC)
@DJMeph (maybe, I know)
One of the two unknowns was @shwaip perhaps, based on Jackson Hole being the only response for location.
I have other friends/family that I'm contacting separately to bring our total to around 20 (depending on couples and kids)
email@example.com for paypal, PM me for alternatives
I might drag a crazy brit along with me
If anything I'll drive up to the mountains one of the days and chill with you guys for some amount of hours then drive home.
People I don't have direct confirmation either way from would be @Ryder and I've heard from @malia , @tiberiuslazarus, and others who have stated in the thread that they can't go or need to book later, etc.