Planning to hit the slopes for your next vacation? Read on for some helpful hints on how to maximize the fun (and minimize the costs) on your vacation.
- If you’re not planning to bring your own skis/snowboards, check with your resort or close-by ski shops about equipment rentals. Are you traveling during peak times, like over the holidays or during a school break? It’s worth it to be the early bird and reserve well in advance.
- Take some time to find out what non-skiing options are available at your resort, the mountain, or nearby. Chances are you might not want to ski or snowboard every day. Other fun winter ideas like ice skating, snow tubing, or even gondola rides will keep you entertained, while still enjoying the great outdoors.
- If the kids are new to skiing or snowboarding – or if you feel you need a refresher yourself – ask about lessons. Most mountains offer multiple lesson options, so you should be able to find one that fits with your needs.
- If you and your group are going your separate ways, decide on a meeting time and place for lunch or group breaks. Even though texting seems like it might be easier, you won’t be checking your phone as frequently – and when you are, texting back while wearing ski gloves is obviously a tough task.
- Après-ski at the lodge or local bar-and-grills could be crowded and expensive. Why not bring après-ski back to your rental? Throw together a quick spread of cheese and crackers, chips and dip, and any other easy bites in your kitchen and get cozy in your unit’s living room.
- Speaking of your rental unit, don’t forget about your rental’s washer and dryer! You can pack less knowing you can wash your family’s base layers together every night.
- A day or two away from the slopes during your ski vacation is important. It’s important to get some much needed R&R to help stave off sickness and exhaustion that could potentially lead to injuries.
- And don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful scenery. It’s easy to be distracted by all the skiers around you and the activities of the day, but take a moment to appreciate the stunning backdrop of the white snow and green trees.