Old 30-09-09, 04:36 PM   #1
 
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General query re saving in resort

Hi all,

Before I post a question I want to be up front. I was recently looking into ways to save while in resort and when it was mentioned in the office (I do work for a TO) it was picked up on as a good idea to help others. I have recently moved from sales to marketing and have been tasked with the job of coming up with suggestions on this - weird or wonderful!
It is a new move and completely different to what I spent nearly 10 years doing! (sales) so I have been looking through Google and thought Forums are a good place to look. Obviously I don't want to annoy people so please don't reply if you think I am going against the forum rules. If this is so I will get the thread deleted. I was looking for them but I can't find a link to the T&C and I joined a few months ago so don't remember what was in them!!!

Thanks,
Angela.
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Old 02-10-09, 07:08 PM   #2
 
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Hi Angela,

Here is a few suggestions on how to save while at a resort:
- Discounted lift tickets are generally provided when booking through an accommodator through the resorts main web page.
- Organize a group holiday to receive discounted groups rates on accommodations, lift tickets and more.
- Ask about any specials as most discounts are only provided when a guest refers to a special to receive the discount.
- Ski & stay early season, late season or mid week to receive the best rates and usually the best conditions and no lift lines.

Sheri
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Old 07-10-09, 04:58 PM   #3
 
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Hi Sheri,

Sorry for not replying to this sooner. I was out sick so this is the first chance I have had to reply to posts. Thanks for taking the time to give me your suggestions. They are much appreciated.
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Old 17-10-09, 02:53 AM   #4
 
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Hi all,

Before I post a question I want to be up front. I was recently looking into ways to save while in resort and when it was mentioned in the office (I do work for a TO) it was picked up on as a good idea to help others. I have recently moved from sales to marketing and have been tasked with the job of coming up with suggestions on this - weird or wonderful!
It is a new move and completely different to what I spent nearly 10 years doing! (sales) so I have been looking through Google and thought Forums are a good place to look. Obviously I don't want to annoy people so please don't reply if you think I am going against the forum rules. If this is so I will get the thread deleted. I was looking for them but I can't find a link to the T&C and I joined a few months ago so don't remember what was in them!!!

Thanks,
Angela.



Angela:

Some ski saving tips are fundamental:

1) Ski early or late in the season and often

2) Look for last minute deals - a empty hotel room or airplane seat can never be sold again once the plane has left the ground or the day has passed. I always wondered why a airplane seat got so expensive just prior to departure - it's kind of like fruit - let it is sit too long and it'll spoil and go so bad no one will want it. I think the airplane seats should get cheaper closer to departure time - that way the airlines have at least some chance of getting revenue from it. Same with hotel rooms - but, as long as someone will pay full price, I guess they're holding out on hope...

3) Bring your lunch skiing with you. Outside ski suit pockets often make wonderful cold-storage units. Just depends on how your ski suit is constructed and you'll need to find the coldest pocket. Lunch for me is usually a toasted bagel sliced in half (toast it good and let it dry out a bit after toasting before putting it into a baggie), a slice of cheese, about 3 or 4 oz of turkey, a small peeled clementine orange or two, some carrots/celery, sometimes small pretzels, and Cytomax (it's a powdered sport drink like Gatorade - I carry the powder and mix up the stuff in a big cup of water that I get at the ski area cafeteria). if you don't like your sandwich dry, pick up the packets of mustard/mayo/ketchup from the condiment station. During the day I use Clif Bars or Clif Blocks. Everything goes in Ziploc bags, sometimes double bagged, in separate bags - last thing you want is powdered sports drink on the inside of your $$$$ ski suit.

4) After skiing, when you want to wolf down 14 beers and various bar food at the end of the day, I use a recovery drink like Endurox (again a powder - mix into a big glass of water - are you seeing a theme here?) This will take the edge off the ski day and let your body drink in some nutrients before you hit it with the perfect recovery beverage (beer). After a hard day of skiing your body is really dehydrated and the food and drink cravings are from that. The recovery drink will fill you up a bit and take the edge off the cravings so you can enjoy a beer or two without wanting everything on tap** or on the appetizer menu. (** In other words, "N" beers where "N" is a large positive integer.)

5) Rush back to the condo, quick shower/hot tub, and then out to eat early. Avoid the crowd and maybe get some early-bird specials. Alternately, you can usually cook better and cheaper in your condo or hotel room if you do some planning: Pack up a few bottles of wine, and cook up spaghetti or other filling / complex carbohydrate stuff. Prepare ahead of time and freeze a bunch in single serving containers and then nuke it in a microwave. Add to this frozen veggies and maybe a fresh green salad with dinner rolls purchased at the local grocery and you have a nice, casual dinner with your buddies without having to fight the dinner crowds. Leave the steak and tater for the night after the last day of skiing - your body can't digest all that stuff before the next day of skiing and cram it into your system for use the next day. Breakfast is usually oatmeal with raisins, a hard boiled egg or two, peanut butter on toast, and a packet of GU just before getting on the lift. (again, nuke and run).

6) OK, I have taken a lot of this from road cycling. Being a bicycling roadie has taught me a lot about eating and exercising. You mileage may vary, but finding the right balance, taking your own food, and listening to your body will maximize your performance, keep it cheap, and also lessen the chances of intestinal distress out in the high alpine environment.

Hope it helps....

ColoradoSkiDude
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Old 19-10-09, 08:44 AM   #5
 
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Thanks for the good tips ColoradoSkiDude
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Old 29-10-09, 02:11 PM   #6
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If you can, talk to some locals and see if they know of any deals. I know of a couple of resorts in the interior of BC where you could get discount lift tickets at a grocery store in town.

Also, depending on how long client's are going to be at the hill, it may be cheaper to buy a season pass during the early bird period. At Heavenly for instance, the break-even between lift passes and season passes is 6 days. A great deal for anyone vacationing for 2 weeks or more.

If people are travelling in a small group, you can do well by renting a chalet instead of hotel rooms and then doing all your cooking at the chalet. We'd share cooking/cleaning duties (each person gets to showcase their cooking skills for a night and then get served the other nights) and split the grocery bill. It ends up being way more enjoyable than sitting in a restaurant each night and is a bit cheaper.

Finally, if any of your clients are ski instructors - or good enough to be one - suggest they keep their membership up to date and bring their card. Most resorts will give instructors very big discounts on lift tickets. The only exception I've found is Intrawest who give about 5%.

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