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      01-13-2020 02:45 PM #1
      MissSomething12's post got me thinking about my own upcoming ski trip....


      We're headed to CO to go skiing/boarding with friends this winter. 6 adults with full gear and suitcases (1x boarder, 3x skiers, 2x renting at the mtn). We've rented a yukon xl (or similar) w/ ski rack. carrying board/ski bags and carry-ons on laps is OK with me as it'll only be a 2hr drive to Breck.

      we've been discussing this lately:
      1. Do the Suburban / Yukon XL rentals come with 2nd row captains chairs or benches? and
      2. Will we fit?




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      01-13-2020 02:50 PM #2
      Guess it depends on how large their suitcases are. Ski racks gonna help, but I think its still gonna be cramped with boots, 6 adults and 6 suitcases unless they are all duffle bags or carry on size only.



      If I was going on this trip with you, I'd say "I'm good" and rent a car and carry 2 others.

      Are 2 mid size suv's a lot more expensive than 1 "large premium suv" ?

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      01-13-2020 02:53 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by absoluteczech View Post
      Guess it depends on how large their suitcases are.
      I'm thinking 4x ski bags (skis/boards on roof), 1x medium suitcase per couple except for the couple w/o skis (4x total suitcases), and a few carry-ons / backpacks.
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      01-13-2020 02:59 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by absoluteczech View Post
      If I was going on this trip with you, I'd say "I'm good" and rent a car and carry 2 others.

      Are 2 mid size suv's a lot more expensive than 1 "large premium suv" ?

      We thought it was plenty big, till we rode in a QX-56 w/ captains chairs and 7 adults over the weekend (2, 2, 3)... didn't seem like a lot of room left at that point. haven't looked into renting 2x awd cars/suvs - that seems like that would be super easy to split 4ppl in 1 car, and 2ppl and all luggage in the other.
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      01-13-2020 03:08 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by col.mustard View Post
      We thought it was plenty big, till we rode in a QX-56 w/ captains chairs and 7 adults over the weekend (2, 2, 3)... didn't seem like a lot of room left at that point. haven't looked into renting 2x awd cars/suvs - that seems like that would be super easy to split 4ppl in 1 car, and 2ppl and all luggage in the other.
      When I flew in to Denver last April for work and got a Nissan Rouge awd. I drove on the weekend for a day trip to ski in Vail. I think 2 of those would work or something similar. Or even 2 Jeep Cherokees? Not sure about awd sedan at rental lots though. I think anything with awd is going to be an SUV

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      01-13-2020 03:19 PM #6
      Grew up making family trips to Stratton with 2 adults + 5 kids in a full size Suburban. Even in the later teenage years we all fit, provided the roofrack was used.

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      01-13-2020 03:27 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by col.mustard View Post
      We're headed to CO to go skiing/boarding with friends this winter. 6 adults with full gear and suitcases (1x boarder, 3x skiers, 2x renting at the mtn). We've rented a yukon xl (or similar) w/ ski rack. carrying board/ski bags and carry-ons on laps is OK with me as it'll only be a 2hr drive to Breck.
      Which means you'll wind up with a Traverse or a Caravan.....

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      01-13-2020 03:36 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by robr2 View Post
      Which means you'll wind up with a Traverse or a Caravan.....
      shouldn't be, we confirmed yukon xl or suburban are the only 2 vehicles in that class/size/code.
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      01-13-2020 03:44 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by col.mustard View Post
      MissSomething12's post got me thinking about my own upcoming ski trip....


      We're headed to CO to go skiing/boarding with friends this winter. 6 adults with full gear and suitcases (1x boarder, 3x skiers, 2x renting at the mtn). We've rented a yukon xl (or similar) w/ ski rack. carrying board/ski bags and carry-ons on laps is OK with me as it'll only be a 2hr drive to Breck.

      we've been discussing this lately:
      1. Do the Suburban / Yukon XL rentals come with 2nd row captains chairs or benches? and
      2. Will we fit?
      I've done this twice--Suburban in CO for skiing.

      1. 2nd-row bench.
      2. Yes, if one of you doesn't mind sitting in the single seat in the 3rd row. And especially if you have a ski rack. I did it with 2 ski tubes inside the car.

      Have fun!

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      01-13-2020 03:58 PM #10
      If it's snowing en route, you really can't beat the roof top clam shell.
      If your gear is on a rack (or in the bed of my truck) it just gets obliterated with the snow/salt/slush. Not a deal breaker but it kinda sucks.
      If your gear is in the car/truck on the ride back, you've got wet everything everywhere when you go to unload it.

      Times 6? How many of the 6 are women bringing 2 suitcases? For an extended stay? Is winnebago an option? Yikes.

      Quote Originally Posted by col.mustard View Post
      haven't looked into renting 2x awd cars/suvs - that seems like that would be super easy to split 4ppl in 1 car, and 2ppl and all luggage in the other.
      That sounds like a good plan.
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      01-13-2020 04:38 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by VAB5 View Post
      I've done this twice--Suburban in CO for skiing.

      1. 2nd-row bench.
      2. Yes, if one of you doesn't mind sitting in the single seat in the 3rd row. And especially if you have a ski rack. I did it with 2 ski tubes inside the car.

      Have fun!
      perfect. thanks! yup, I think 2+3+1 seating should work!

      Quote Originally Posted by Gitcha Sum View Post
      If it's snowing en route, you really can't beat the roof top clam shell.
      If your gear is on a rack (or in the bed of my truck) it just gets obliterated with the snow/salt/slush. Not a deal breaker but it kinda sucks.
      If your gear is in the car/truck on the ride back, you've got wet everything everywhere when you go to unload it.

      Times 6? How many of the 6 are women bringing 2 suitcases? For an extended stay? Is winnebago an option? Yikes.

      That sounds like a good plan.
      apologies, but i don't think i'm understanding your response/suggestions. we're renting the vehicle to get from the airport to our rental house. do they even rent boxes? would a board or skis even fit in a standard box? getting snow on our snowboard/skiis isn't a concern. we're not renting a truck, we need seating for 6. why will our stuff be wet in the trunk of an suv? a winnebago? what? why? yes, 3 wives coming along. they are not IG influencers; they will be allotted the standard amount of 80% of the suitcase space haha
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      01-13-2020 04:44 PM #12
      They come with both captain chairs and a solid bench, it's an option.

      I'd say you'll fit since you have the box on the roof.
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      01-13-2020 04:48 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      They come with both captain chairs and a solid bench, it's an option.

      I'd say you'll fit since you have the box on the roof.
      they come with both captain or bench as an option from the factory, but not the rental counter.


      no box. suburban/yukon xl with ski rack. can you rent boxes from budget?

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      01-13-2020 04:55 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by col.mustard View Post
      they come with both captain or bench as an option from the factory, but not the rental counter.


      no box. suburban/yukon xl with ski rack. can you rent boxes from budget?

      Ski rack* not box. My bad.

      And as far as the seats, I didn't know whether the rental company gave you a choice. I'd guess they'll probably all be bench seats, unless of course you can rent a "luxury" yukon-xl, because the higher trims are almost exclusively captains.
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      01-13-2020 04:59 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      And as far as the seats, I didn't know whether the rental company gave you a choice. I'd guess they'll probably all be bench seats, unless of course you can rent a "luxury" yukon-xl, because the higher trims are almost exclusively captains.
      we did not get the "luxury" class/size/code... they said that was the Escalade. I'm thinking bench too, and prefer it.
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    17. 01-13-2020 04:59 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by col.mustard View Post
      We thought it was plenty big, till we rode in a QX-56 w/ captains chairs and 7 adults over the weekend (2, 2, 3)... didn't seem like a lot of room left at that point. haven't looked into renting 2x awd cars/suvs - that seems like that would be super easy to split 4ppl in 1 car, and 2ppl and all luggage in the other.
      The QX56 isn’t the same size class. None of those SUV’s have the cargo space behind the third row that the XL/ESV/Suburban/expedition max have.

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      01-13-2020 05:02 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by col.mustard View Post
      we did not get the "luxury" class/size/code... they said that was the Escalade. I'm thinking bench too, and prefer it.
      Very nice.
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      01-13-2020 05:04 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by col.mustard View Post
      apologies, but i don't think i'm understanding your response/suggestions. we're renting the vehicle to get from the airport to our rental house. do they even rent boxes? would a board or skis even fit in a standard box? getting snow on our snowboard/skiis isn't a concern. we're not renting a truck, we need seating for 6. why will our stuff be wet in the trunk of an suv? a winnebago? what? why? yes, 3 wives coming along. they are not IG influencers; they will be allotted the standard amount of 80% of the suitcase space haha
      Anything more than a sentance and I lose people. I'm a builder not a writer.

      My point about weather during transport is that it's not fluffy powder, it's disgusting road grime snow. When that grit gets all in your bindings it's no bueno. It's cleanable, but it kinda sucks to have it all over/in your expensive gear.

      My Gnu 158 fit in a Thule box, I mean I guess there's different sizes boxes who knows...

      If you're staying on the mountain in Breckenridge then you won't have snow covered gear to transport back to your lodging, so the melting snow situation is not as much of a concern as if you were say driving back to Frisco or whatever.

      Good luck (reading that) & safe travels.

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      01-13-2020 05:12 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Gitcha Sum View Post
      Anything more than a sentance and I lose people. I'm a builder not a writer.

      My point about weather during transport is that it's not fluffy powder, it's disgusting road grime snow. When that grit gets all in your bindings it's no bueno. It's cleanable, but it kinda sucks to have it all over/in your expensive gear.

      My Gnu 158 fit in a Thule box, I mean I guess there's different sizes boxes who knows...

      If you're staying on the mountain in Breckenridge then you won't have snow covered gear to transport back to your lodging, so the melting snow situation is not as much of a concern as if you were say driving back to Frisco or whatever.

      Good luck (reading that) & safe travels.
      If you plan on taking gear back and forth from the mountain, just put it IN the car--it totally fits even with 6 aboard and no luggage. And as for making a mess, it's Colorado, they're used to people putting snowy gear in the car.

      To and from airport, those who brought their own skis will have bags/tubes, which in my experience also fit in the car with luggage.

      Folks are over-thinking this.

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      01-13-2020 05:23 PM #20
      Youkon carry all that stuff, especially if folks are willing to make room for luggage on their laps, etc.

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      01-13-2020 05:29 PM #21
      We just rented a Suburban and it was an 8 passenger, 2+3+3 configuration.

      I would think baggage should fit fine with split rear seat folded down, especially since its only to and from the mountain.


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      Here's me, trying to figure out when we can expect a "Will an E-350 fit 14 people + skis + luggage" thread:

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      01-13-2020 05:38 PM #23
      Full sized vans (think church vans) are fantastic for these types of trips. I have borrowed one from a touring accordion player for when i've done ski trips with friends and we've accommodated like 7 adults and all of their luggage and gear.

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      Quote Originally Posted by oidoglr View Post
      Full sized vans (think church vans) are fantastic for these types of trips. I have borrowed one from a touring accordion player for when i've done ski trips with friends and we've accommodated like 7 adults and all of their luggage and gear.
      agreed, and we were thinking of that, but aren't they FWD/RWD and not AWD? we'll be driving around to the other vail resorts as well, and will want the AWD - no telling what weather will be like in a month.

      thanks for input TCL. I will report back.
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