How To Plan a Ski Trip

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Ski trips can be a thrilling and unique way to spend a vacation. Snowy peaks, stunning views, and cozy evenings after a day on the slopes are just some of the things you can look forward to with this winter excursion! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned skier, remember to pack and plan carefully. These are some reminders and considerations to keep in mind.

1. Transportation

Transportation to the slopes matters greatly when you’re planning a ski trip. If you are familiar and comfortable with driving in the snow, this should be no issue. However, if you have concerns about driving on icy roads, you may want to find other alternatives. More often than not, there are several services available to transport skiers to the slope from the main town. In Colorado, for example, you can access a Denver ski shuttle directly from the airport itself.

2. Packing

Packing for a ski trip involves more layers and thought compared to the packing process for a vacation in the tropics. Ski socks, for instance, are uniquely designed for snow activities so remember that your daily gym socks will definitely not suffice. Remember that keeping your extremities, neck, and face protected is particularly important so neck warmers and sunscreen are a must. Skiing is an adrenaline-filled activity that will also leave you hungry and tired at times. Taking snacks that can keep your energy going for the day, like granola bars and trail mix, are good to keep on hand, especially if you have children on the slopes with you. 

3. Gear

It probably goes without saying that skiing inherently requires specific gear but it can help to know your options for acquiring this equipment. If you are a beginner, try renting or borrowing gear for your first trip. Ski resorts will offer all the ski gear you need and the employees there can work with you to find skis, poles, and anything else you need. If you want to lower costs, you can look into renting or buying gear at any outdoor recreation outlet store. If you have been skiing for a while and are planning on doing more in the future, buying your gear can reduce the headache of scouting for rental options with each trip.

4. Housing

Remember that your ski trip, despite involving a little extra planning, is still a vacation and as such, you should enjoy your lodging experience as much as the skiing itself. You can find ski lodges easily and they will often be equipped with extra benefits, such as hot tubs and cocoa in the lobby, to make your experience truly relaxing. Otherwise, you can find cozy hotels or rental homes where your family can gather for a warm meal after a day of fun.

Ski trips can be particularly special because you can tie a hobby, recreational sport, and vacation into one experience. Keep these tips in mind and you are sure to have the time of your life on the slopes!