Save Some Dough – Lodging

By now, you have to be getting stoked for the season!! If you missed our previous two posts on ticket deals and gear, you might want to check those out! If you followed our recommendations, you have your lift tickets in hand and equipment in tow, now it’s only a matter of getting a place to rest your head. So…..let’s get this set so you can start enjoying that sweet, sweet feeling of anticipation for a well-earned vacation!!

Like lift tickets and gear, there are many advantages to looking for accommodations as soon as possible.

If you subscribe to the marketing emails from the resorts, you’ll see various early bird discounts starting just after Labor Day. For example, Copper Mountains offer this year was 33% off with only a $30 deposit. The resorts have also partnered up with the hotels and other local attractions to create package deals. One of our favorites is the “ski, soak, stay” package offered by the family-friendly Sunlight Mountain Resort. This includes lift tickets, hotel, and access to the Glenwood Springs pool. Trust us, nothing will do your legs better than a dip in the hot springs at the end of the day!923497_10202525174943379_803195912_n

If you prefer to avoid the likes of Aspen, Vail, Marriott or Hilton, shopping the shared economy using Airbnb, VRBOs, etc. are the best option in the shoulder season (later September to early October). We like to stay in touch with owners we have rented from before as they often hook you up if you don’t go through the portals.

If you’re a returning guest, don’t be afraid to ask for a discount, waiver of deposits, and reduction in cleaning fees….especially if you deserve them!!! We make a point to do a little extra when we check out, like stripping sheets and just straightening up the place. Trust us, the owners love the gestures, and they have rewarded us the next time. You’re likely saving the owner from various marketing fees Airbnb and VRBO charge them…..and they know you respect their property.

If these options are out of your budget, don’t forget about hostels. I have stayed in the Mountaineer hostel in Silverthorne CO and the Crested Butte Lodge and Hostel. Both were a pleasant surprise!  While these lack the privacy of a hotel, they more than make up for it on the access to cooking and amenities like fireplaces, pool tables, and sometimes a hot tub! We’re planning a stay at the newest hostel in Breckenridge called “The Bivvi” soon. We had friends stay there last season and it sounded amazing. Be sure to look for our review later this year.

Whether you opt for a hotel, a condo, Airbnb, or a hostel, it feels great to have the key pieces of the classic ski trip figured out! The next few articles will focus on taking your trip from the basic to the epic. So be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!

Until then, pray for snow and remember Ullr Provides!!

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