Planning a ski trip is a big ordeal; there are a million things to plan for to ensure you have everything you’ll need. You must consider what to pack, where to ski, and how much money to put aside for your trip. Not only do you need to do these things, but you also have to consider transportation, who will be joining you, and whether you plan to purchase or rent your ski gear. There is a lot to think about, but we’ve got you covered! Here are four things to plan for a ski trip to be sure you are successful.
1. Plan your skiwear
Skiing calls for warm gear that allows you to move freely without disrupting your need
for warmth. Make sure to include a travel set of wardrobe essentials to keep you warm and
In your unisex, gal’s, or men’s ski outfit, you’ll need a pair of snow pants, a ski jacket, mittens or gloves, and snow boots at the bare minimum. Ideally, you should look for waterproof options, so
you won’t retain any moisture from the snow while you ski. Wool socks will also help keep your feet dry. Staying dry will help your body stay warm, and you’ll ski better without the extra weight of damp clothing.
2. Plan for a practical trip
Many people want to plan their ski trips around the holidays or peak skiing season. This is understandable, but it’s not always the most practical. Booking during the holidays means more people will be skiing, making it much more crowded. Lines for ski lifts will be longer, too. Prices for gear rental, ski wear and vacation lodging will be higher and you’ll generally be more stressed. You might appreciate a more laid-back ski getaway.
Instead of planning your trip during prime season around the holidays, plan for a ski trip at a less busy time. You’ll save money and get more enjoyment out of it because you’ll feel like you have the place all to yourself. Essentially, if you plan your ski trip on weekdays from the month of January into late February, or wait until the snow is a bit lighter in the spring, you’ll have a less stressful ski trip.
3. Reserve your car rental
As you travel in snowy regions, you’ll probably want your own vehicle, rather than relying on public transportation. Get a safe rental car for winter traveling so you can go to different ski resorts without all the fuss. Make sure your tires are equipped for the ice and snow. In addition, make sure you have all of the necessary legal information before you rent a car — like your driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.
Consider how many people will be coming with you to find a vehicle with enough room to carry heavy-duty travel gear, equipment and any extra ski gear you’ll have with you. A ski rack will come in handy if you are bringing your own gear. Be sure you have the necessary snow chains for the vehicle you are driving. They are often required in snowy passes leading to ski resorts. And finally, many people enjoy skiing with groups of friends, so you might consider renting a van to fit everyone.
4. Plan your travel ahead of time
By booking your travel arrangements ahead of time, you are more likely to find deals and savings on flights, lodging, and other travel essentials. You might even score rental deals on ski equipment because businesses want to bring in more people during the off season to keep business flowing.
Make sure you familiarize yourself with the area you plan to ski beforehand so you’re not surprised by the weather and conditions. Some areas of the country are more ice-prone than others. If you’re not an experienced skier, this might be something to factor in to avoid injury.
Take the time to consider other snow activities you might enjoy, like tubing or cross-country skiing. Reserve skiing lessons if you need to brush up on your skills. Check out reviews for good restaurants for the perfect ending to a long day on the slopes.
The Bottom Line
You can never over-prepare for a ski trip. Take your time checking off the essentials
above, and organize your ski trip together, one step at a time. Remember to plan and
schedule your trip outside prime dates so you can save and reap the benefits of having
the slopes to yourself. Plan for a ski trip that will make lasting memories!