Dan Kuechenmeister

Dan Kuechenmeister 5 days, 2 hours ago on Ciao from Cortina: Living in a snow globe

Sophie, great story. Being in a European ski town is a blessing (even if far away from family) and you are fortunate. Skiers there are not worried a about how many vertical feet they get in a day. They have cappucino in the AM, maybe laced with a shot of some thing. They have a wonderful lunch from a family owned (not Ski Corp) restaurant. They have an apres ski beverage with people from all over the world. It is not a ski day, it is a ski experience. Enjoy and Merry Christmas and I migliori auguri per un felice anno nuovo

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Dan Kuechenmeister 6 days, 2 hours ago on Era of the Super Pass: Vail's 'transformative' purchase of Park City issues a challenge for destination ski resorts like Steamboat

Kieran, Targhee definitely worth a trip. Lift tickets reasonable - now $73 per day walk up. Targhee acreage a little less than Steamboat and vertical a little less as well as I recall. Been about 15 years. Targhee side pretty quiet for night life and lodging but when I ski it's early to bed any way.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 week, 2 days ago on Era of the Super Pass: Vail's 'transformative' purchase of Park City issues a challenge for destination ski resorts like Steamboat

Pat, in no way am I trying to be argumentative. Yep weekends, Holiday weeks, spring break can have 30 - 45 minute waits at I-70 resorts. For we who live in this valley the limited amount of times we have lift lines is a real benefit. For the family looking at spending $6500 + on a vacation that has flexibility to choose a week then they have to think long and hard about choosing Steamboat, one mountain with acreage similar to Keystone and Breckenridge, more then BC and 60% of Vail or 4 different mountains. For family on vacation, parking most likely not an issue and $20 burgers are a choice. I am not arguing against Steamboat. We, as Kieran states, enjoy the ability to hop in the car, park free, get some turns in and then off to do other things. My point is that vacationers have choices.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 week, 2 days ago on Era of the Super Pass: Vail's 'transformative' purchase of Park City issues a challenge for destination ski resorts like Steamboat

I've always wondered what the breaking point is for cost to become a factor. Best I can tell a family of four, assuming children are 13 or older and nobody needs lessons would spend $6500 - $8500 for air, 7 days lodging, equipment rental, 5 days skiing or riding, alpine taxi from Hayden for a one week trip to Steamboat. Also a 5 day pass for an adult purchased 7 days in advance is $555 at Steamboat while the local Epic Pass (restrictions at Vail, Beaver Creek and Park City) was $589 for the season. An argument could be made that 2 days at Vail, 2 days at Beaver Creek, a day at Keystone, a day at Breckenridge (doable in a 7 day trip) would surpass 5 days on the mountain at Steamboat even with the up charge on the teens being $455 - 5 days Steamboat vs. $589 6 days Epic pass

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 week, 5 days ago on Broncos beat Bills, 24-17, behind Anderson's 3 TDs

Bret Favre, Minnesota Vikings. Age catches up with all of us. Even NFL quarterbacks. Maybe Peyton can make it this year but the window is closing.

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Dan Kuechenmeister 1 week, 6 days ago on Era of the Super Pass: Vail's 'transformative' purchase of Park City issues a challenge for destination ski resorts like Steamboat

Hmmm. $769 for 22 resorts including 5 days at Verbier in Switzerland - have skied there and is a fantastic experience - and 5 days at the Three Valleys in France - both accessible from Geneva airport or $999 for Steamboat and we get $250 credit to spend at other Intrawest resorts. Skiing in Alps is an experience not to be missed. Skiing arguably not as good as the Rockies but the ambience far exceeds US resorts. Dining at mountain restaurants that are NOT owned by ski corporations but have been owned by families for generations. Apr├Ęs ski with people from all over the world, shoulder to shoulder at picnic tables drinking, singing talking. Originally from Minnesota, home of Afton "Alps". Ski patrolled there back in the day. I think it is an absolute hoot that Afton is part of the Epic Pass.

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