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    Posted: Apr/15/2010 at 4:19am
I have for many years wanted to cross the pond and try out boarding in some resorts in N America, Park City, Whistler, Breck, Steamboat etc. My question is if i was to come over, what are the prices like in your resorts for the general stuff, lift passes, eating out, drinking in the bars etc. I only ask this as it currently costs me around £1500 ($2300) for a weeks boarding here in Europe. I understand it will cost a little bit more for the initial holiday to N America, but what are the costs like when i get there.
I know there are boarders from all over the US and Canada on here so was just looking for a bit of a thumbs up for any resorts you think that are reasonably priced, and are well recommended for a visit.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/15/2010 at 5:19am
Depending on your accomodations and how many people you travel with to split costs. An on-hill condo in the CDN Rockies can run as low as $100/person/day and go up from there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/15/2010 at 5:25am
Steamboat and Breckenridge lift tickets run about $100 a day. If you do more than a three day ticket they start to give you a discount. Lodging in Breck is definitely more expensive but in both towns there are some restaurants and bars that are reasonable.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/15/2010 at 5:48am
here in california, most lift tickets are around $80-90 per day, but if you are doing multiple passes, you can expect about 10% discount..

lodging costs really depend on the time you are arriving; during the holidays, you can pay up to 3-5x the price...

food and drinking costs shouldn't change much though...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/17/2010 at 7:27am
Thanks for the replies guys. I would most probably be coming over in mid January, is this counted as early season or peak time. The cost of lift passes seems a bit on the expensive side though, they are normally around £180-£270 ($270-$410) depending on what resort you are at for a full 6 day pass here in Europe.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/17/2010 at 7:45am
Went to whistler for Christmas (so peak time) in Dec 2009. Split a condo with 5 other people for 3 nights, cost came to $170/person. This condo was 2 min walk away from the Blackcomb lift ( That was the other mountain at Whistler resort).

Got an edge card, so daily lift ticket was about $65. The edge card is basically a free membership card, but it was only for locals I think.

There were very few people when I went, I did not know why. The people there said they usually had it packed during the peak season.

Eating is normal price for food courts for an entertainment location. $10 burger on the peak restaurant on Whistler mountain...etc. But there are chain restaurants in Whistler village, so you can get pizza, kfc, or even buy your own food in grocery stores.

My friend booked an early bird special that included 2 nights stay and 2 day lift tickets and was about $100/person, but you had to book early and the days were before Christmas. It was a crazy deal so book early if you can.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/17/2010 at 7:55am
omg that's mad cheap lol
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/17/2010 at 7:56am
Yea I couldn't believe it when I heard it. And this was at Whistler, but I think it took them a little longer to walk to the slopes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/17/2010 at 9:58am
That was a crazy cheap deal. Would love to go to Whistler, it is probably the most high profile resort (over here) in N America and with the Olympics just being there it raised it even further. Those deals you mention though Jobe are really good. Shame i have to wait until at least next Jan to get out there.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/21/2010 at 10:24am
Just a note on Jobe's post - Edge card deal is only for Locals (BC and WA residents).  There are deals to be found on the Whistler website, just have to look for 'last minute deals'. Check out www.whistler.com or http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/index.htm.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/22/2010 at 12:53am
Cheers for the info, i will have to wait now until Jan next year, but will defo be having a look.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/16/2010 at 4:55pm
what about availability of backpackers and costs, anywhere particularly cheap?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/17/2010 at 5:18am
I wanna make you a question, is there gonna be any snow in Toronto-Canada during September? I am planning to be there that month and i need to know so i can get my staff with me!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/17/2010 at 5:25am
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I wanna make you a question, is there gonna be any snow in Toronto-Canada during September? I am planning to be there that month and i need to know so i can get my staff with me!


there will absolutely be no snow in toronto at that period in time. You will be lucky if we have snow here around november to december even. Last season, we barely had any snowfall, maybe 1-5 cm right before christmas i think.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/17/2010 at 5:36am
Heading to Whistler in January could be a bit iffy in January. You saw the snow they had (or lack thereof) for the Olympics this year. I'm not sure if their season typically starts later or what but I went there in Feb 2009 and it was good. Best deal for lift tickets I could find was purchasing them at Vancouver 7-11 and it saved about $10/day. I couldn't get the edge card because I'm from California.

If you want to save money I think you check out the prices for lodging, which can vary huge amounts by region. Lodging in California for example is expensive, but if you went to say Oregon then for half the price you'll get much nicer accomodations.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/17/2010 at 6:05am
here in toronto its a bit cheap, its like 2 ppl for 180/night during janurary-feb. that includes the lift and sleep only. it was a special during that time

Food can easily found 20 min away from the resort making it cheaper than in the resort. theres usually a little town around resorts. I went to blue mountain if your wondering
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