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May have to postpone our trip-what's it like in January?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by MichelleH, Apr 20, 2013.

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  1. MichelleH

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    :cry: Due to financial reasons, we may have to postpone our trip that is currently scheduled for June 10-13. Looking at possibly going January 2-5, 2014. What's it like right after New Year's?
     
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    It is pretty quiet, with a lot of the shows on hiatus. The weather also may or may not cooperate. I quit going in the winter, simply because the weather is so unpredictable, and it can get very cold at night. Days can still be nice, and a lot of people like this time of year, its just not for me.

    On the good side, there are a lot of deals to be had that time of year.
     
  3. MichelleH

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    Thanks! We weren't planning doing a lot of shows anyway, so that won't matter. Main thing I'm worried about is the weather and the crowds, but if it's pretty quiet, great! And I LOVE deals! :)
     
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    It should be fine for you then. The day time can be really nice, just not all that warm. I have gotten where when I leave the PNW, I like HOT weather, lol.
     
  5. MichelleH

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    Well, I've decided that I'm going to really try and talk my best friend into waiting until January for our trip. We will both have more money then and I'm thinking instead of staying at Harrah's we could get a nice room at Mirage!
     
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    Just make sure your avoid CES!
     
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    Have you ever been there on NYE? It's crazy but still fun!
    The next day all is quite! Be sure to take a jacket.
     
  8. MichelleH

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    Looking at possibly going January 2-5, so we would (hopefully) miss the New Year's crowds as well as the electronics convention.
     
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    Why during the winter?

    If I couldn't travel by late October then I'd wait until March. When I think of Vegas I think of warmth/heat. A cold Vegas would not be the same and I wouldn't want to be taking a jacket on and off and keeping track of it in casinos.
     
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    As someone who's a regular monthly visitor to Las Vegas, I can tell you that the week immediately following NYE is a slow one and like Skadoo says, avoid CES which comes along in early-mid January. That crowd pushes rates up mightily. Unless your one of those that thinks it time to put on a parka, gloves and a hat at 50 degrees... I wouldn't worry about the weather much. Yes... it's a crap-shoot... one day could be 60 and sunny and the next 2 windy and 40ish, but frankly the weather is generally better than where most came from, so I don't see the big deal.

    I actually prefer Jan-Apr and Oct-Dec over the May-Sept months. I don't allow my fun to be exclusively tied to the thermometer.
     
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    As a Clevelander, I don't wear a parka and gloves when it's 50 either, but you'd still need some sort of jacket, and I personally wouldn't want to bother with it.
     
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    Well, like I said, the original trip is supposed to happen in June and I bought the plane tickets at a sale in February, so the credit would only be good through February 2014.
     
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    Go have a blast!!! But keep an eye out for the jacket police...
     
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    We have been doing a December slow-time Vegas trip for the past 5 years and I'll probably make Dec 2012 the final year.

    Unless you are a multiple trip per year visitor, which I used to be, its a wasted trip which could be used in far better weather.

    I'm switching off my June - December twice yearly schedule to an April - October timing. It is a personal decision, but for me those 85-90 degree days while home is 40-45 degrees offer the best bang for my buck.

    If you can't make October, maybe wait til April when you will have more money and super nice weather. Just one opinion. :beer:
     
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    sorry just saw your date constraint, if you can make October work you'll still have better weather than Dec/Jan.
     
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    I agree with everyone telling you to avoid CES (Consumer Electronics Show) but chances are you wouldn't be able to get a room during that time anyway, as the dates have already been announced for 2014 (January 7-10) and that is a time when it is next to impossible to score a hotel room, much less for a deal rate.

    Another major event that takes place annually around the same time as CES are the Adult Video Entertainment Awards (in 2014 from January 15 to 18) and that is another time when rates will be through the roof with limited availability.
     
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    Smarty pants

    That's the Dream Police.

    And other posters are suggesting going during warmer weather (like October), too.
     
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    Wow, changing from June to Jan is a HUGE change and a bummer.
    No other chance of sneaking in an earlier trip?

    The biggest difference is really going to be the weather. Depending on your activity plans like going to the pool or other sorts you make have to change plans.
     
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    Vegas in January

    If you expect to walk around outside a lot, prepare for cold. Big difference in weather from June to January.:wink2:

    It is quite possible the AC will be on in the casinos or they aren't running heat or AC. So, it can be cold outside and cold inside.

    Outside, you could have a cold mist coming down, that is the worst. The only thing going on then, besides large conferences, is football betting on the playoffs. So, Saturday and Sunday can be a lot of fun in the Sportsbooks, if you like watching and betting on football.

    The crowds are much, much less than the summer.

    Some pools are open at this time, but fair warning, Las Vegas does not heat those big, outside pools. They use the sun to heat the pools. When it drops down to 36 at night those pools get frigid. I have been swimming in the Mirage Pool in December, with my then four year old son, never again will I do that. Most pools are undergoing maintenance at this time, so expect them to be closed.
     
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    OK...OK... I give!!! If you do go in January, be sure to let others know your route and take a back-up radio for communications. This is Las Vegas in January... very similar to Antarctica! Be sure to have plenty of extra food in your room. You could get snowed-in and it may be days before supplies arrive! You're on your own with such a trip. Please don't expect the authorities to be able bail you out if conditions are bad. There are families who arrived in January and we didn't see them again until the spring thaw!!! When they came out, they reported having to huddle together around slot machines for hours for warmth!!!

    If you see a big guy in a t-shirt and shorts... don't follow him!!! That would be me... I'm an idiot!
     
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