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Travel – The Snow Junkies http://www.thesnowjunkies.com Lodging, Gear, and Lift Ticket Deals for Skiers and Snowboarders Thu, 07 Mar 2013 01:32:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 Where I Skied http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/11/20/where-i-skied/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/11/20/where-i-skied/#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:04:41 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=6024 Usually, I wouldn’t recommend a Facebook app, but hell if this one from Liftopia wasn’t some good fun. Take the Where I’ve Skied Challenge by Liftopia at http://apps.facebook.com/whereiveskied.

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Deserts Never Snow — Unless It’s This Year http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/02/06/deserts-never-snow-unless-its-this-year/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2012/02/06/deserts-never-snow-unless-its-this-year/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2012 04:19:44 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=5849
The wacky weather of the 2012 winter continues with snow flurries in the Sahara Desert. Meanwhile, we’re still hitting rocks out here in Montana, and we’re supposedly one of the higher snowpack areas. It’s starting to feel like the scenes in the Day After Tomorrow.

On a weird side note, I found this photo on the Tataouine Tourism website which is the place where they filmed Star Wars.

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The TSJ Roadtrip: Early Season Colorado http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/12/23/the-tsj-roadtrip-early-season-colorado/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/12/23/the-tsj-roadtrip-early-season-colorado/#comments Wed, 23 Dec 2009 17:00:45 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=3876 [singlepic id=31 w=320 h=240 float=right]The nice part about riding in -35 degree weather is that there are no crowds. In mid-December, The TSJ team loaded up the car for an early season roadtrip to Colorado. We stopped by A-Basin, Loveland, Copper, and Winter Park. Would have taken more photos except the extreme cold weather kept freezing up our trusty camera.

We based ourselves out of centrally located Frisco on I-70. Not much of a night life, but it’s less than a 30 minute drive to six different ski areas. And if you need a party, Breckenridge is just a few miles away. Hop onto the free Summit Stage and avoid the heavily patrolled road.

The first two stops, A-Basin and Loveland, tested our cold weather hardiness with those cold Summit County winds keeping temps well below -20.  They both had limited terrain open, mostly blue groomers with a lovely three inches of powder covering them.

Winter Park had the most terrain open this early in the season. We spent the day cruising groomers although the trees were tempting. And finally at Copper, we were lucky enough to be first in line for a few rope drops leaving us hungry for more powder.

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Here are a few tips from our Summit County sojurn:

Best Lift Ticket Deal: We picked up a couple on-sale Descente Jackets for the season which provide an insane amount of free tickets — and three resorts which are less than an hour from Denver.

Best Runner Up Ticket Deal: The Colorado Gem Card. Our favorite $10 deal period. When we ran out of free tickets, this card got us 2 for 1 at Loveland Basin.

Best Lodging Deal: The cheapest one star motel in Summit County runs around $60. On a weekday. That’s why we swear by Priceline where we came across an astounding $35 Ramada Limited. The rooms, while tiny, come with free Internet and free breakfast.

Best Summit County Perk: The Summit Stage is a free bus takes you just about anywhere you want to go. It runs to all the mountains and goes late enough to get your fill of the bars.

Best Apres-Ski: The Dillon Dam Brewery. $2.50 pints of apps and huge 1/2 price appetizers (or what we call “splurging on a big dinner”)

Best $2 Dinner: That would be Ollie’s Pub & Grub in Frisco. Wednesday night is burger night. Buy a beer, get a $2.00 burger. Fixins are extra — one of our burgers ended up costing a whopping $4 bucks.

For the Return Trip: Stock up on Vitamin Water. Why? Because 10 of these will get you a 10 midweek voucher to Winter Park or Copper.

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2 for 1 Tickets @ Winter Park/Copper When You Fly Frontier http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/12/10/2-for-1-tickets-winter-parkcopper-when-you-fly-frontier/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/12/10/2-for-1-tickets-winter-parkcopper-when-you-fly-frontier/#respond Thu, 10 Dec 2009 21:58:13 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=3609 FrontierFlying into DIA just got a little bit better…at least on Frontier Airlines. From the Frontier website:

We’ve teamed up with Winter Park Resort and Copper Mountain to offer our Classic and Classic Plus customers this great two-for-one special on lift tickets! Just bring your Classic or Classic Plus ticket stub to either Winter Park Resort or Copper Mountain within three days of travel and you’ll receive a FREE lift ticket (of equal or lesser value) with the purchase of one adult full-day pass!

[via Frontier Airlines]

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Fly Into Vail, Ski FREE the Same Day http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/12/03/fly-into-vail-ski-free-the-same-day/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/12/03/fly-into-vail-ski-free-the-same-day/#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2009 21:42:54 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=3606
Remember when flying used to be fun?

Looks like someone told Vail Resorts about the Utah Quick START Program:

Guests flying into Eagle Airport on a direct commercial flight from Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Denver, Miami and Newark between Nov. 20, 2009 and Apr. 11, 2010 can ski or ride for free at Vail and Beaver Creek on their day of arrival. To participate, skiers and riders simply show their same-day boarding pass and Vail Valley lodging confirmation at any Vail or Beaver Creek ticket window to redeem their free lift ticket valid the day of arrival only.

[via Vail Resorts]

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Yeeehaw!! 2 for 1 Airfare from Texas http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2005/12/17/yeeehaw-2-for-1-airfare-from-texas/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2005/12/17/yeeehaw-2-for-1-airfare-from-texas/#respond Sat, 17 Dec 2005 21:37:48 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2005/12/17/yeeehaw-2-for-1-airfare-from-texas/ Dallas to Purgatory Mountain in Colorado for three days. Here’s the details from the site:

What’s better than flying direct from Dallas to Durango and the slopes of Purgatory Mountain? Doing it for Free!

With the purchase of the Purgatory Fly Away Package, including three nights lodging and three days lift tickets from $310 per person (double occupancy), add a round-trip plane ticket for $300 and we’ll include the second for free.

That’s a total of just $920 for a three day vacation to the beautiful Rockies, including air, lifts and lodging for two.

Site: Durango Mountain Resort, Colorado

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Let’s See Your O-Face http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2005/12/14/lets-see-your-o-face/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2005/12/14/lets-see-your-o-face/#respond Thu, 15 Dec 2005 02:54:42 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2005/12/14/lets-see-your-o-face/ Overstock.com is now selling clearance travel as well as ski packages. Not sure if there are any good deals here. Just thought you’d like to know. It’s what we do. That and snicker every single time Overstock.com mentions “The Big O” in their commercials.

Site: Overstock.com

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An Airline That Doesn’t Suck http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2005/12/11/144/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2005/12/11/144/#respond Mon, 12 Dec 2005 06:03:03 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2005/12/11/144/ Have you ever seen those bizzaro Frontier commericals where the animals on the tail of the plane talk to each other? Well, this post has nothing to with that. Frontier airlines has a couple of kick ass deals going on with Copper and Winter Park that you should know about.

The first deal is 2 for 1 tickets when you flash your boarding pass at the counter. It’s good up through 2/28. Some of the rules:

♦ Both tickets must be used on the same day at the same resort.
♦ One ticket purchase per boarding pass receipt.
♦ Valid at Winter Park/Mary Jane or Copper Mountain Monday through Friday until April 17, 2006, excluding December 26-31, 2005 and March 13-24, 2006.
♦ Must show valid ID such as a driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport and this ID must match the name on the boarding pass receipt.

Next up is a 5,000 frequent flyer miles (1/3 of a free ticket) on Frontier when you log 15 days on your Rocky Mountain Super Pass. Finally, a rewards program for the dirtbag lifestyle. Hope to see more of these in the future. Click here for more info on that promo.

Site:Frontier Airlines

TSJ Related Articles:
Fly United, Free Lift Tickets
Free Ticket for Flying into Salt Lake

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Road Trip http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2005/11/28/ski-hill-road-trip/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2005/11/28/ski-hill-road-trip/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2005 02:51:02 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2005/11/28/ski-hill-road-trip/ Don’t let yourself be at the mercy of taxis and ski shuttles. Load up a group of friends into an SUV from Avis. Their ski deal includes $50 off a weekly rental, unlimited mileage, and a ski rack is included. Plus it can double as a hotel room.

Site: Avis Deals

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