January 2015 experienced a dismal snowpack in the Northern Rockies. Specifically in the Vail Valley as we hosted the 2015 FIS Ski World Championships, the conditions couldn’t be brighter for the reckless world of ski racers–navigating gates on the brink of disaster is best suited on a shiny, slick surface fitting for hurricane wind speeds that are exceeded by the best racers in the world. The conditions for free skiing couldn’t be worse as we experienced high pressure weather patterns combined with warming temperatures and sparse snowfall numbers.
The changing snowpack experienced during the winter months last year are too similar to the landscape we are experiencing in the travel industry. Just when we thought the hotel market couldn’t be stronger, a changing dichotomous pattern took the market by storm, pardon the pun: resort skiing and other expedition travel experiences got more affordable as traditional lodging options got more expensive. The Epic Ski Pass sale for the 2016/17 winter season is on sale for a whopping $809 dollars! Cheap entertainment considering you get unlimited access to 13 Vail Resorts owned mountains, including the infamous Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains. Given the window price for a daily lift ticket is approaching $180 dollars, the Epic Pass is nothing short of a steal. Here’s the disconnect: you have the disposable income to buy the Epic Pass, but you can’t afford to stay here? Why stay at the luxurious Ritz Carlton, Bachelor’s Gulch or the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa for a nightly fee that is consistent with a monthly mortgage payment?
Airbnb and VRBO are great options, but the inventory close to the mountain are limited and often expensive as well. Welcome home to The Bunkhouse! The Vail Valley’s only boutique hostel. A 38 bed design, including 30 custom wood crafted bunkbeds in a community shared space, and 4 beds in each of 2 private rooms for a more exclusive hospitality experience; great for parties of 4 people traveling together. We offer complimentary WI-FI, Loaded Joe’s Coffee, continental breakfast, valet car service, and a shuttle to Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains. All of this is included in your stay. We also provide linens, and storage for all of your adventure gear. The best part is the open lounge space serving nightly drink specials, a full-kitchen to purchase food to prepare on your own, or help yourself to cooking up whatever you brought with you. Opening May 27th, boo now! By the way, the rates start at $49.99 per night/person. Welcome home!