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2 months ago

I know Southwest usually has a fall sale, does anyone know when that is, typically? I’m looking forward to getting out to SLC in Feb this winter.

2 months ago

The past couple years it was in Oct

2 months ago

Fairfax school spring break is last week of March.  Do you think that its too late to ski at ParkCity or Alta.  Don’t especially like skiing on mushy snow.

2 months ago

too late?  park city:yes.  alta: no.

2 months ago

spirou wrote:

Fairfax school spring break is last week of March.  Do you think that its too late to ski at ParkCity or Alta.  Don’t especially like skiing on mushy snow.

Definitely not too late for Alta/Snowbird in late March.  Of course, can never tell.  The worst spring skiing I’ve experienced at Alta in the last 10 years was last March.  Not late March, but the the second full week of March that happened to be in the middle of the heat wave.  It was in the high 50s at the base by lunch time.  Great powder two weeks before and good skiing two weeks later when I was back at Alta (without daughter).  10+ inches of powder the weekend of April 8-9.

FYI, I’ll be at Alta Lodge with my daughter and other friends the last week of March.  The friends live in Arlington.  All the kids (high school) have spring break that week before Easter.

2 months ago

If anyone is considering a European ski trip this winter, there are amazing sales on flights to Zurich right now ($4xxish).  Just do a google flights search.

2 months ago

SW Airline sale: It is in progress right now, I think

2 months ago

The Colonel wrote:

SW Airline sale: It is in progress right now, I think

I’ve been getting emails from SW about “sales” a lot more often this summer.  Almost every week.  But only for specific destinations from specific departure cities.  The big general sale in the last few years was a 3-day sale in early Oct.  There was a 2-day sale in late August 2017.

Right now the lowest price from RDU to SLC round-trip during late season in April is about $400.  Last Sept the price for a March 2017 spring break trip was $404 in early Sept and $330 a couple weeks later.  Of course, impossible to predict what will happen this fall.  Much like the long term weather forecast for snow. ;-)

2 months ago

The fall sale (for travel before Christmas and after New Year til about March 1) was August 22-24. Depending on distance one way fares were $49, $79, $99 and $129. The weekly “fare sales” you continually see are not really sales.

 

The next real sale will be next June or early July   for travel befoe Christmas 2018. I started a thread about SW’s earlier fare sale three months ago:  

http://www.dcski.com/forum/90497#new

 

2 months ago

So I was looking at some of the southwest flights today to try to go out west for the first time. Hoping to ski for at least 4 days, Keystone/A-Basin was my top choice,but winter park and Steamboat seem to be signifigantly cheaper…. because of current sales.

Any thoughts on those options, or is it one of those things for a first trip out west all of the options are decent?

2 months ago

rbrtlav wrote:

So I was looking at some of the southwest flights today to try to go out west for the first time. Hoping to ski for at least 4 days, Keystone/A-Basin was my top choice,but winter park and Steamboat seem to be signifigantly cheaper…. because of current sales.

Any thoughts on those options, or is it one of those things for a first trip out west all of the options are decent?

What timeframe are you thinking about?  What type of terrain are you looking for?  Lodging preference?

2 months ago

marzNC wrote:

rbrtlav wrote:

So I was looking at some of the southwest flights today to try to go out west for the first time. Hoping to ski for at least 4 days, Keystone/A-Basin was my top choice,but winter park and Steamboat seem to be signifigantly cheaper…. because of current sales.

Any thoughts on those options, or is it one of those things for a first trip out west all of the options are decent?

What timeframe are you thinking about?  What type of terrain are you looking for?  Lodging preference?

I agree with those questions. Lift ticket costs will produce sticker shock with any area tied to Vail having lift ticket costs exceet $160/day. Smaller areas (Loveland, A-Basin, etc ) will offer 4-packs which will cost less than $50/day if bought far enough in advance. If you insist on a Vail property, look at buiying one of the season passes. It’ll still be pricey (summit pass) for a 4 day trip (probably $125/day for 4 days at Keystone), but that beats $160/day. That cost lets you skii 100 or 1 days.

2 months ago

We are looking at early Febuary most likely (pricing for Jan 31-Feb 6). As far as terrain, none of us have ever been out west, but are all very comfortable on the terrain in the mid-atlantic. None of us are crazy about skiing the woods or moguls.

As far as lodging, we are looking to be within walking or convienent shuttle service to the slopes and pretty much just need a place to stash our belongings and sleep. Being within walking or shuttle distance of resturaunts and apres’ options would be desired.

If we go the Vail route I suspect we would do the 4 Day Keystone/A-Basin ticket, but I’d be up for other options. It looked as if Winter Park/Steamboat are doing some pretty good bundles for lodging/lift right now and at this point I would also say the max pass is an option for tickets as well. (All of our group has Snowshoe passes, so we would do the up-charge + add on)

2 months ago

rbrtlav wrote:

 If we go the Vail route I suspect we would do the 4 Day Keystone/A-Basin ticket, but I’d be up for other options. It looked as if Winter Park/Steamboat are doing some pretty good bundles for lodging/lift right now and at this point I would also say the max pass is an option for tickets as well. (All of our group has Snowshoe passes, so we would do the up-charge + add on)

A-Basin has no lodging, altough it has hourly bus service from Dillon and Silverthorne. Keyston has lodging as well as shutles and the same bus as Dillon. Don’t forget that Copper is owned by the same people as Winter Park and Steamboat. Copper and Steamboat have an abundance of lodging option. I’m not as familiar with the Winter Park options. If the Max Pass is a reasonable upgrade for you, one or more of those three might be good for you.

 

The big differences between Mid Atlantic and Wester skiing are (normally) better snow conditions and much longer trail length. Depending on where you are skiing, trails with the same designation (ie, blue to blue) across regins may be steeper. For example, A-Basin has a few blues that would be blacks (maybe double blacks) in the mid Atlantic.

2 months ago

Check ski and stay packages at Steamboat and Copper.

2 months ago

 

 

rbrtlav wrote:

We are looking at early Febuary most likely (pricing for Jan 31-Feb 6). As far as terrain, none of us have ever been out west, but are all very comfortable on the terrain in the mid-atlantic. None of us are crazy about skiing the woods or moguls.

As far as lodging, we are looking to be within walking or convienent shuttle service to the slopes and pretty much just need a place to stash our belongings and sleep. Being within walking or shuttle distance of resturaunts and apres’ options would be desired.

If we go the Vail route I suspect we would do the 4 Day Keystone/A-Basin ticket, but I’d be up for other options. It looked as if Winter Park/Steamboat are doing some pretty good bundles for lodging/lift right now and at this point I would also say the max pass is an option for tickets as well. (All of our group has Snowshoe passes, so we would do the up-charge + add on)

 

What!?! I missed the Fall sale? That’s terrible news. 

We loved Winter Park last year, one section of the mountain (Mary Jane) is well known for moguls and trees, but there is a lot of other fun terrain in that area as well- the Parsenn Bowl. The rest of the mountain is fun, too. We went to Steamboat, too last year, it was nice, but the conditions weren’t as good, we were there in the beginning of Feb, but they had a warm snap, it was raining at the base of the mountain. I’m sure you’ll have a great time at any of those places, I’d check Copper out, too, they have some good deals and a lot of fun cruisers if you’re not that into moguls or trees.

 

2 months ago

rbrtlav wrote:

We are looking at early Febuary most likely (pricing for Jan 31-Feb 6). As far as terrain, none of us have ever been out west, but are all very comfortable on the terrain in the mid-atlantic. None of us are crazy about skiing the woods or moguls.

As far as lodging, we are looking to be within walking or convienent shuttle service to the slopes and pretty much just need a place to stash our belongings and sleep. Being within walking or shuttle distance of resturaunts and apres’ options would be desired.

If we go the Vail route I suspect we would do the 4 Day Keystone/A-Basin ticket, but I’d be up for other options. It looked as if Winter Park/Steamboat are doing some pretty good bundles for lodging/lift right now and at this point I would also say the max pass is an option for tickets as well. (All of our group has Snowshoe passes, so we would do the up-charge + add on)

Between Steamboat and Copper, I would go for Steamboat.  There is a real town there.  The bus system is pretty good so don’t need to drive once you get there.  Can fly into Hayden and be close to Steamboat so no long shuttle ride or rental car drive.  The drive from Denver can be a pain if it’s snowing.

At Copper, the greens, blues, and advanced terrain are separate areas.  That can be good for a group who is about the same ability level.  Not so good for a multi-ability group who wants to start at the top of a lift together and meet up at the bottom.

Has your group had the chance to ski in fresh snow at Snowshoe or Timberline?  How deep?

Has your group slept at high altitude?  As in over 7000 ft?

2 months ago

bob wrote:

The fall sale (for travel before Christmas and after New Year til about March 1) was August 22-24. Depending on distance one way fares were $49, $79, $99 and $129. The weekly “fare sales” you continually see are not really sales.

 

The next real sale will be next June or early July   for travel befoe Christmas 2018. I started a thread about SW’s earlier fare sale three months ago:  

http://www.dcski.com/forum/90497#new

 

How do you know for sure that SW won’t have a 2-3 day sale in early Oct?

Prices dropped in the last week or so for ABQ.  Going with a few friends and we all bought our plane tickets now to lock in specific dates/times.  We spent the summer working out the dates in Feb that would work for everyone.

2 months ago

marzNC wrote:

bob wrote:

The fall sale (for travel before Christmas and after New Year til about March 1) was August 22-24. Depending on distance one way fares were $49, $79, $99 and $129. The weekly “fare sales” you continually see are not really sales.

 

The next real sale will be next June or early July   for travel befoe Christmas 2018. I started a thread about SW’s earlier fare sale three months ago:  

http://www.dcski.com/forum/90497#new

 

How do you know for sure that SW won’t have a 2-3 day sale in early Oct?

Prices dropped in the last week or so for ABQ.  Going with a few friends and we all bought our plane tickets now to lock in specific dates/times.  We spent the summer working out the dates in Feb that would work for everyone.

Well, I’ve flown Southwest since 1978 - 5 years after they were founded. I’ve been A List since the program started and would have been A List a decae earlier if the program had existed. I do know the airline. For at least the last 10 years Southwest has had 2 REAL sales a year. One in June for travel after Labor Day til just before Christmas, and a second one in August for the same period as the June sale pus the time after New Years Day til late February. The pattern hasn’t changed in a decade. 

 

Do a web search for Southwest fare sale. You’ll find thse two for this year.

2 months ago

bob wrote:

Well, I’ve flown Southwest since 1978 - 5 years after they were founded. I’ve been A List since the program started and would have been A List a decae earlier if the program had existed. I do know the airline. For at least the last 10 years Southwest has had 2 REAL sales a year. One in June for travel after Labor Day til just before Christmas, and a second one in August for the same period as the June sale pus the time after New Years Day til late February. The pattern hasn’t changed in a decade. 

 Good to know, thanks.  When I started flying out west to ski, I made use of the early Oct sale for late season trips in April.  That’s what folks on SkiSE talked about.  Few of them were ready to buy plane tickets in August even if they were planning a mid-season trip.  My trips to Alta are usually March or April so the August sale doesn’t help.

I learned about the June sale when booking flights for my daughter for winter break when she was in school in upstate NY.

2 months ago

Steamboat had a great deal last year they offered at the DC REI that was something like $225 for a 3-day ticket (so $75/day).  Similar to the Snowshoe deal, and they may have even offered it alongside the Snowshoe 3-pack.  I was able to buy it online, amazingly, and took a group of 10 out there.  Other than tearing my meniscus at the end of the first day, it was a great trip.

We’re strongly thinking about going back.  Terrain is definitely a bit more mellow than other places I’ve been, but if this is your first trip out west, that’s probably a good thing.  Unless you spend a lot of time in Vermont/NH, or routinely do backflips off boulders under the Ballhooter lift line, I think the step up to difficult west-coast terrain (think something like Corbets at JH) is often a bit of an adjustment for DC/VA/WV/PA/NC skiers.  

2 months ago

Interesting, one travel website mentioned Southwest having good fares before Sept. 21 for selected cities:

“There are low fares from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco. You’ll need to book by September 21 and travel from September 26, 2017 - March 7, 2018. These Southwest flight deals won’t last long, so check out the sample routes below and book soon!”

https://www.skyscanner.com/tips-and-inspiration/southwest-airlines-sale-flights-skyscanner

I decided to go ahead and book two tickets for me and my daughter from RDU to SLC in late March.  It’s a big spring break week since Easter is April 1.  Got the last two $219 tickets for the early morning flight that makes it possible to ski in the afternoon after arrival in SLC.  Price went to $299 when I was done with the purchase.

2 months ago

 I probqbly wasn’t clear. SW has only two SYSTEMWIDE fare sales a year. Like all airlines, it may discount fares between any city pair at any time.

 

marzNC wrote:

 

Interesting, one travel website mentioned Southwest having good fares before Sept. 21 for selected cities:

  

 

one month ago

Just got an email from Southwest … 3-day sale Sept. 26-28.  Seems like the early Oct sale that I used to wait for when getting plane tickets out of RDU for April.

“Book by 9/28. Nonrefundable. Seats, travel days, and markets limited. 21-day advance purchase required. Blackout dates apply. Continental US travel valid 10/17/2017 – 05/23/2018, international travel valid 10/17/2017 – 12/13/2017 and 1/9/2018 – 3/1/2018”

Haven’t checked yet if there are good deals left for RDU.  I have one more flight to book for my late season trip to Alta.

one month ago

marzNC wrote:

Just got an email from Southwest … 3-day sale Sept. 26-28.  Seems like the early Oct sale that I used to wait for when getting plane tickets out of RDU for April.

“Book by 9/28. Nonrefundable. Seats, travel days, and markets limited. 21-day advance purchase required. Blackout dates apply. Continental US travel valid 10/17/2017 – 05/23/2018, international travel valid 10/17/2017 – 12/13/2017 and 1/9/2018 – 3/1/2018”

Haven’t checked yet if there are good deals left for RDU.  I have one more flight to book for my late season trip to Alta.

I went ahead and booked a trip to SLC in Feb. Tix were a direct flight, $450. I was disappointed with the lack of Southwest direct flights to SLC, we live 20 mins from Dulles, but we couldn’t find anything direct from either that or National. I guess I’ll go all the way to Baltimore to reduce the chances of having our skis lost in transit. 

one month ago

eggraid wrote:

I went ahead and booked a trip to SLC in Feb. Tix were a direct flight, $450. I was disappointed with the lack of Southwest direct flights to SLC, we live 20 mins from Dulles, but we couldn’t find anything direct from either that or National. I guess I’ll go all the way to Baltimore to reduce the chances of having our skis lost in transit. 

Well, being able to drive to BWI beats having to fly an hour to BWI, or go thru MDW or DEN, to get to SLC. ;-)  I’ve looked into the Delta non-stop from RDU to SLC, but it’s an evening flight so that means Delta is more expensive, especially because of baggage fees.  Also means an extra night of lodging expense or one less ski day.  So far, I’ve stuck with Southwest.

My flight back on April 14 from SLC to RDU, via MDW, was $195.  Save $10 compared to a couple weeks ago.  I booked going to SLC earlier because it was during a school break week when I’m flying with my daughter so not much date flexibility about the travel date.  Our one way tickets were $219, then the price went up to $299.  I got the last two at the lower price that day. :-)

Is $450 about as low as it gets mid-season from BWI these days?  I paid a bit under $400 from RDU a couple of years ago for flights the last week of January.  Prices stayed the same from mid-August to early October.  There was a relevant sale in late August, but the same price was available in late September.

one month ago

As for Southwest and baggage transfers …

My ski buddies live in Ohio, near Albany NY, and Philly.  They all fly Southwest.  In the last 5-6 years, the only baggage snafu was from Ohio.  The ski bag made it but the small suitcase didn’t.  That trip we drove to Jackson the same day our flights arrived.  Southwest used Fedex to get the suitcase to Jackson the next day.  I remember a flight via MDW when the take off was delayed because there was a group of skiers coming into MDW a little late because of weather in the northeast.  Not only did we wait for the passengers, we also waited for their luggage.  In short, I don’t worry too much about baggage transfers.

That said, I have the basics I need to ski comfortably with me on the plane (boots, helmet, goggles, ski pants, ski jacket, socks, gloves).  Can always rent skis and poles.  So far, so good (knock on wood).  I’ve traveled enough internationally that anything I put in a checked bag is replaceable.

one month ago

I also live in Ohio.  I used to fly Southwest for work weekly, and used the points for pleasure.  Southwest has never lost my board bag. US Airways did lose it once.  I was on the way home thank god.  And they found it a few hours later.  They put it in a seperate bagage compartment because it was so long, and no one in Columbus knew there was anything in that compartment.  Somebody dropped it off to my house 5 hours later, presumably when the plane came back.

one month ago

OK, so it looks like NOW the fall sale is going on, only a day or two left, so get on it! 

Flights from Dulles to Denver are $200 round-trip, other than that, not a lot of ski-destination options. Baltimore, of course, has more, including several upstate NY airports, and Sacramento for $300 round-trip. 

one month ago

I posted this in the other thread, but take a look at other airlines right now for fares to Denver.  I found cheaper options on Frontier, United, and American.  Some of the fares were basic economy, but that may be an option for people with status or a cobranded airline credit card.  Even the regular economy fares on United were often the exact same as the SouthWest sale fare.

The big advantage on SouthWest of course is the free two checked bags, and lack of change fees if you need to adjust your schedule.  On the flip side, whenever I fly them I feel the need to pay $15 each per segment for the early bird checkin, as I’m not willing to fly that far in a middle seat, and overhead space is important when I’m carrying my boot bag on.

one month ago

eggraid wrote:

OK, so it looks like NOW the fall sale is going on, only a day or two left, so get on it! 

Flights from Dulles to Denver are $200 round-trip, other than that, not a lot of ski-destination options. Baltimore, of course, has more, including several upstate NY airports, and Sacramento for $300 round-trip. 

Been a little different this fall.  But in general Tuesday is the day to check to see if there is a lower fare of interest.

one month ago

The so called sale found higher prices for the times and destinations I need and I checked 3 possible airports to fly from. Southwests sale remind me of th signs I use to see in all the surf shops at Myrtle Beach: Going out FOR business. The sale is very limited. Great for Denver but worse for Salt Lake City.

one month ago

Laurel Hill Crazie wrote:

The so called sale found higher prices for the times and destinations I need and I checked 3 possible airports to fly from. Southwests sale remind me of th signs I use to see in all the surf shops at Myrtle Beach: Going out FOR business. The sale is very limited. Great for Denver but worse for Salt Lake City.

Yep.  For RDU I found a $3 decrease in flights in March for a trip with my husband that isn’t related to skiing, and the same price for my ski trips in Feb and Mar/April that I booked in Sept.  At the same time, apparently there are some really good prices from the west coast into the Rockies for ski destinations.

one month ago

Prices to SLC have sucked so far. Some good deals to DIA and other points west.

one month ago

JohnL wrote:

Prices to SLC have sucked so far. Some good deals to DIA and other points west.

As weak as recent 3 day SWA sale was for Utah, I could at least find roundtrip flights from WAS to SLC for low 300s, now most choices are back to mid to high 300s:-(

one month ago

I found Dulles to Denver RT under $200 after tax and fees. I was pretty happy, although looking again today it wasn’t that much of a discount off the current price.

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