Author Topic: Please suggest good and affordable skiing US destination for Christmas  (Read 12066 times)

Daisy

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Re: Please suggest good and affordable skiing US destination for Christmas
« Reply #50 on: September 25, 2015, 05:42:11 PM »
We would love to spend this Christmas somewhere where we could ski a little and teach our 4 year old daughter some basics. I know Christmas time is the most expensive and crowded to go skiing but unfortunately this is the only time we can go.
When I was browsing online the obvious destinations are Aspen, Vail, etc which are crazy expensive.

Do you know less popular skiing resorts in US with decent lodging and ski school for beginner kids which don't cost arm and leg?
FYI - we would be travelling from Miami, FL

Thanks in advance for your help;-)

This is exactly the opposite of what you asked, lol, but -- have you considered Canada? If you are in the US currently, the exchange rate is extremely favorable right now - best in 10 years.

Yes, I have considered Canada but unfortunately the cost of flying from Florida is killing the savings on the exchange rate :-(

I noticed the flight prices too. But I actually found that on American the cost of a trip using frequent flyer miles was more worth it. Flights were around $600 but you could also get a round trip for about 25000 miles. If you have frequent flier miles look into it. I am thinking of Canada as well because of the favorable exchange rate. I'm also Floridian.

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Re: Please suggest good and affordable skiing US destination for Christmas
« Reply #51 on: September 25, 2015, 06:09:47 PM »
Have you considered a house swap? If you're thinking Jay Peak I'm pretty sure you could find someone in northern New England who would like to go to Florida. Seems like everyone goes to Florida come February and March. Also lots of direct flights - at least to Orlando.

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Re: Please suggest good and affordable skiing US destination for Christmas
« Reply #52 on: September 28, 2015, 09:51:24 AM »
Pennsylvania also has some ski resorts, and Christmas is usually pretty cold so they should be more reliable than North Carolina or Tennessee. Ones near where I live are about an hour drive from the Philadelphia airport - Blue Mountain in Palmerton and Bear Creek in...Google calls that address Macungie.

Also, Camelback....if the snow isn't great or the kids doesn't take to it there is an indoor waterpark.

Camelback sounds really great. There is a direct flight to Philadelphia for $380. So far the lowest airfare to pay for Christmas skiing ;-)

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Re: Please suggest good and affordable skiing US destination for Christmas
« Reply #53 on: September 28, 2015, 10:28:49 AM »
Pennsylvania also has some ski resorts, and Christmas is usually pretty cold so they should be more reliable than North Carolina or Tennessee. Ones near where I live are about an hour drive from the Philadelphia airport - Blue Mountain in Palmerton and Bear Creek in...Google calls that address Macungie.

Also, Camelback....if the snow isn't great or the kids doesn't take to it there is an indoor waterpark.

Camelback sounds really great. There is a direct flight to Philadelphia for $380. So far the lowest airfare to pay for Christmas skiing ;-)

You should also check flights into Allentown PA and Newark NJ.....Allentown may require a layover but is closer than Philly and Newark is closer and may be cheaper than Philly.

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Re: Please suggest good and affordable skiing US destination for Christmas
« Reply #54 on: September 29, 2015, 05:55:26 PM »
My family goes to Peek N Peak in Findley Lake, NY. It's just a few miles from the PA border, near Erie (so you'd fly to Buffalo or Pittsburgh). It's a small, inexpensive resort with good runs for kids. It also has plenty of real, lake-effect snow, so the conditions are great (instead of the nasty hardpack/ice you get from manufactured snow).
« Last Edit: September 29, 2015, 05:58:18 PM by maco »

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Re: Please suggest good and affordable skiing US destination for Christmas
« Reply #55 on: September 29, 2015, 06:47:17 PM »
If you want to look at Canada, remember that Seattle isn't too far from Vancouver and the extra 2 hours added to your journey may reap significant savings.