Things Other Than the Skiing to Consider When Planning a Ski Trip

So you’ve decided to take a ski trip. Congratulations! You’re in for the adventure of a lifetime while you fly down slopes during the day and chill in hot tubs or natural springs at night. You’ve most likely already chosen your ideal location, whether because the skiing there is unreal, the mountain is close, or the price is right.

But what about all the other factors that should go into choosing the perfect resort for you ski-cation? To help you feel completely confident that you haven’t forgotten anything for planning the perfect ski trip, here are three things you may want to consider—besides the actual skiing—when planning your winter vacation.


Get Your Gear Beforehand

Skiing can get expensive, especially when you lump all the expenses together into one trip. However, you can cut down the cost by strategically accumulating your gear before you hit the slopes.

While you can rent gear from the lodge or resort, advises against this practice. Renting gear requires you to take whatever you can get, which could make or break your vacation.

Instead, they suggest getting your gear before ski season really starts. By purchasing all your gear before the mountains open, you’ll have a wider selection to choose from, will pay less for your supplies, and will know for certain that you’ll be using gear you like and are comfortable with.

Remember the Non-Skiers in Your Group

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If you’re going with a group or as a family on your ski trip, it’s likely that at least one member won’t be as stoked about the trip as everyone else. They may plan to only ski for part of the time you’re on the mountain or maybe not at all. If this is the case with you, make sure you’ve found a location that provides more than just a mountain.

Look for destinations that have a town close by and other amenities to enjoy without your skis on. Walt Roessing of the Dallas Morning News recommends areas that include options like shopping, health clubs, other outdoor recreation, fine dining, classes, movies and more. By selecting a spot with more to do than just skiing or snowboarding, you’ll ensure that everyone in your group has a great time.

Timing is Everything

When planning your trip, it’s important to make sure you’re going at the right time of the year with regards to the type of trip you want to have. states that the type of skiing and the price of your trip can largely depend on what time of year and when during a week you choose to take your vacation.

For smaller crowds, taking your trip during the week will give you more space on the mountain. To get the most out of your trip, planning your vacation in January, February and March will give you longer days than if you chose to go in December while the snow may still be light but the days will be shorter. Decide what your priorities are for your trip and then choose a time that can give you what you want.

A ski trip is a great way to stay active in the winter and spend time with your loved ones. So to make the most out of this opportunity, make sure you have planned for everything on your vacation, not just the mountain you’re going to shred.

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