I’m not sure how I live anymore without Craigslist when trying to plan a ski vacation — actually I’m not sure how I live period without Craigslist, but that’s another story. You can find everything from a cheap place to crash to a pickup from the airport. Like most things in life, keep an eye out for scams (although I’ve never run into one). But hey, doesn’t a little risk for a big reward sound familiar? It happens every time you trust a dangling chunk of frozen metal to transport you up the hill.
Here’s some of the things a snow junkie can find on Craigslist:
- Outdoor Gear
- Carpool Rides
- Lift Ticket Vouchers/Coupons
- Lift Tickets
- Awesome Barter Trades
About Lift Tickets
This is generally considered illegal as most ski areas explicitly state that you can’t buy or sell tickets so be especially careful purchasing passes. Same goes for vouchers, coupons, etc… I heard if you get caught an executive from the ski area chops off your hand, usually a guy from marketing.
Lodging is my favorite place to find a deal. You can usually find somebody who has extra room in their condo and will let you sleep for cheap. If you have a large group of people, check for last minute deals on houses and condos. The big bonus is not paying the heavy hotel taxes (state,county,town,resort) that ski towns levy on tourists. These can be as high as 16-18%! There’s probably something illegal about not paying resort tax, so I’d keep that on the down low as well.
If you’ve got room in your car, grab a passenger. Split gas costs, save Mother Earth, you know the drill. Carpooling can you even save you gobs of cash off a lift ticket.
If you get really ambitious with Craigslist, try out the Barter section. We dabbled with this on 100 Days of Winter. I got a ride from the Sacramento airport to Lake Tahoe for a lift ticket. We traded a 2 for 1 voucher for a shower and a pot (the cooking implement, stoner). We even offered up our services as “Mystery Solvers” in exchange for dinner.
That last ad got swiftly yanked. I’m still not sure why.