updated 12noon Sunday 3 July 2022
NOTE: this sale with be back on from 9am Monday 4 July to 5pm Fri 8 July 2022 only
Skiing or boarding does not have to be expensive in North America, you just have to do it the right way. The following package holidays including 12 nights on snow accommodation & unlimited lift tickets at Copper Mountain, a major Colorado resort, are less than many airlines are charging for airfares alone. Why ? Ask them or maybe we just buy better.
How do we do it ? It simply bulk buying. The big boys are simply too big to offer the same.
INTRODUCING OUR ZIG ZAG SALE
(zig, while everyone else is zagging)
We have put together the following package to suit a family or group of up to 6 people
Firstly for a family of 4
for only AUD$9999
on sale until 5pm Tuesday 21 June 2022 or when sold out.
1) return airfares from Brisbane or Sydney (& similar deals from Melbourne & Adelaide) to Los Angeles(LAX) flying on the best & safest airline across the Pacific, with the best & newest fleet for 2 adults & 2 kids under 12 years departing 25 December 2022 (or $100 more to fly 26 December), arrive LAX same day, coming home late evening 14 January 2022 arriving in Brisbane am 16 January or Sydney at lunch 16 January (you can earn Qantas frequent flyer points)
do the family Christmas on 24 December & save massive amounts of money
2) 12 nights accommodation snow from 1 to 13 January 2023
( 3 star apartment with full kitchen, 3 or 4 beds in 2 separate areas, 1 bathroom & only 150m flat walk to 6 & 8 person lifts at one of Colorados best resorts). The best skiing &snowboarding ANYWHERE, is arguably in Colorado.
3) unlimited ski lift tickets for all 4 people, that's 2 adults & 2 kids under 16-no restrictions & you get discounts on food, drinks, ski or board rental, lessons etc.)
Already have season passes covering Colorado ? You might be able to deduct (up to) $1872 from $9999 meaning return airfares for 2 adults & 2 kids & 12 nights accommodation might cost you only AUD$8127 !!!
i) Do your own thing from 25 December 2022 until 1 January 2023, (no accommodation is included), for example go to Disneyland, drive to San Diego, drive the famous Hwy 1 to San Francisco & then drive another hour to Napa Valley, drive to Las Vegas & Grand Canyon, fly somewhere else in USA or Canada, possibly using Qantas or Virgin frequent flyer points
ii) flights to any Colorado airport (not just Denver) from Los Angeles 5 major international airports as there are so many want to get there
using from 12,000 Qantas frequent flyer points or from 11,800 Virgin ff pts + few dollars
simply buy separate tickets from various airlines, including Southwest who give you 2 free checked bags with all their fares. Southwest the largest & probably the best U.S. domestic airline will load their flights up to 4 January 2023, on 17 June 2022. Fares west coast to Denver usually start from USD$49 (AUD$68).
iii) transfers from airport to resort-again many ways to get there, very low cost govt run express coaches & 14 seater vans from Denver, Uber or private shuttle vans from airport
govt run full size coaches direct Denver to resorts on weekends
govt full sized coaches, 4 times a day, every day
Pegasus - new Bustang service
govt run, 14 seater vans up to a dozen times a day operating Thu to Mon in both directions
of course, you can get a Uber from any airport in Colorado to the resort or scheduled or chartered shuttle transfers from most airports to resort or rent a car. You can rental a car/SUV from Enterprise at Denver 5 points to nearby Silverthorne on a one way, one day basis.
Private car/SUV rental is available in Colorado. www.turo.com you just cannot rent one way.
A free county bus service operates from the resort to Frisco & beyond many times a day. The winter 2022-23 timeable is not available yet, but here's the 2021-22 timetable.
free buses go all over the county all day & night, to Silverthorne (great shopping at https://www.outletsatsilverthorne.com/directory/
Keystone, Breckenridge etc.
Wanting to maximize your time on snow, skiing or boarding ?
Stay in Denver the night of Saturday 31 December & get the early Snowtang coach expresss to the resort & you can ski up to a whole day before check in or stay at an airport hotel & get a shuttle or Uber to the resort, anytime that suits you on Sunday 1 January.
Then on Friday 13 January, either check out & head back to Denver or check out and then go skiing/boarding, part day or all day, have a shower at the Athletic Club (free) & get a Bustang coach (4 per day) or Pegasus van back to Denver (Around a dozen times a day)
Stay in Denver downtown for the night & get the train to the airport Saturday 14 January to fly back to Los Angeles to fly back to Australia, the same day.
An initial holding deposit of USD$40 is required by the resort & paid directly to them.
$500/person is required for airline deposit.
One month after initial deposit of USD$40 for the accommodation, 20% of the accommodation cost is required. The balance of the accommodation, ie. 80% less USD$40, is required no later than 45 days prior to arrival. If the balance is paid prior to 45 days, it is fully refundable, up to 45 days prior to arrival. At that time, accommodation costs are non-refundable in USD$. The credit card used to pay the USD$40 initial holding deposit will be automatically charged at around 45 days prior to arrival, unless another form of payment is provided. Up to 2 forms of payment can be provided, eg. another credit card, direct deposit into our trust account or cash.
Lift tickets, are subject to price increase if not fully paid by a certain date, yet to be advised by the lift company.
Prices are subject to exchange rate variation.
frequently asked questions
1. what if child is not under 12 ?
Add $499 for the difference between the adult & the child airfare if a child is over 11 years on day of departure
2. what if we have 3 or 4 kids ?
Add $1124 for each extra child under 12 or $1498 if they are over 12.
For extra child (more than 1 per adult but under 13 years add USD$349 for lift tickets
If kids are over 15 years but under 18 years add USD$489 for lift tickets (note kids ages are different for airlines & lift tickets)
3. can we upgrade the accommodation ?
Of course, subject to availability. It will simply cost more.
4. can we check in before 1 January ?
Of course, subject to availability. Prices per night before 1 January are roughly double the prices from 1 January.
5. we don't want to fly out on 25 December 2022. Can I depart earlier or later?
You can depart before or after 25 December. For example 26 or 29 December for $100/adult & $75/child under 12 more, subject to availability.
6. we want to take skis/snowboards. We've heard all airlines are now charging up to $600 return for a ski or board bag.
How much will it cost in this package ?
We have contract fares, which allow an extra baggage allowance included (2 bags 30kgs & 15kgs one of which can be an oversized ski or board bag)
7. can we see actual photos of the apartments ?
Yes & more info on the resort at www.CopperColorado.com
8. we'd like to pay by credit card. How much does that cost ?
Most of the accommodation & lift ticket components can be paid with any major credit card with no surcharge (you might want to check if your bank charges international transaction fees). For the rest, a 2% fee applies for Amex, Visa, Mastercard. We will give you a breakdown.
Note the components in USA, the accommodation & lift tickets will always be in USD$. This portion of the package is subject to exchange rate variation. The airfare component is in AUD$ &includes all current taxes & charges.
The flights are confirmed, the on snow accommodation is confirmed.
At present we have 6 apartments at these prices & trying to get more. The accommodation is not 5 star, but it's also not backpackers. It's a good 3 star standard. Each apartment is around 50 square metres, that's approximately 5 metres by 10 metres.
for more on the incredible aircraft that flies direct* Sydney to Los Angeles & back everyday
As always terms & conditions apply. Airfare component costs are non-refundable, but name changes can be done up until 3 business days before departure for a fee currently $260 per change. It is essential that exact names, as per passport are supplied, as changing 1 letter of a name constitutes a name change & the fee applies. Lift ticket costs are non-refundable, once fully paid. Accommodation costs are refundable in USD$ up to 30 days prior to arrival, except USD$40 booking fee, that is kept by the resort.
(* direct means same aircraft, it does not mean nonstop)
if you want assistance with snow accommodation, transfers or car rental simply click on FIND OUT MORE BELOW & fill in the form