It’s Time to Plan a Ski Vacation!

Yeah, I know it’s summer and everyone is rolling down to the beach, but now is the time to start planning a ski trip. You’ll have the best prices and the most options for flights, resorts, and dates if you think ahead!

  • Want to Avoid the Rush?
    • If you can avoid it, or afford the vacation days, it’s best to avoid holiday weekends, particularly Christmas. A lot of resorts won’t have quality snow that early in the winter, and will be overrun with travelers. Flights and hotels will be pricey, and unbelievably crowded. Spring skiing is a good option because resorts typically have plenty of snow, and if you avoid spring break week you won’t run into as many people on the mountain. 
  • AirBnB or Resort?
    • Both have perks! Resorts may offer extras like ski valets, breakfast buffets, shuttles and room service (nothing like having a burger and a beer brought to your door after a tiring day!) AirBnb’s can offer ski-in ski-out access, a big fireplace, or a hot tub all to yourself. You can also plan ahead for a full kitchen if you’re not looking to eat all your meals out. Both options can be found in any price range. In my experience, with a big group, it’s fun to rent a house so everyone can stay together. If you are looking for something a little fancier, check out the resorts!
  • Need Some New Gear?
    • If you start planning now you can decide what you’ll need for gear, and shop the sales if you’re buying. If you aren’t aren’t interested in checking oversized baggage, research the shops in the resort areas. You may be able to find some deals this far ahead! Rentals at the mountain will like come with a higher price tag, but the convenience is often worth it. Pus, if you normally ski the east, you might want some fatter skis to help you glide through the powder. Demo days are also fun, so check out if any big brands will be posting up on the mountain during your stay! Could cut your rental fees by a day or so. 

The best part of planning so far ahead? You have a ski trip to look forward too through the long and hot summer. 

The Weekend is Almost Here

Who else is looking forward to some powder over the holiday weekend? I remember skiing small, crowded resorts on holiday weekends as our yearly family ski vacation. While it is nice to have the mountain to yourself, nothing beats having some friends stay for a long weekend, and skiing in a group, regardless of ability, or crowds. The ski bum life isn’t for everyone, but it’s nice when everyone can get together and ski bum it for a weekend!

Throwing It Back to My Days As a Racer

So I never really thought I’d be a competitive skier, but I did have a few years of recreational racing in college. Mostly I liked it because I had a group to go skiing with at least 4 days a week, and people that didn’t mind skipping class for a day of fresh powder. Racing was always fun, and it made me a much stronger skier, but I never cared too much about the clock or how I was placing. 

So it is kind of funny to think that I might be racing in a rec league again this weekend! Pray I don’t blow a knee, I’m not as young (or reckless) as I used to be.

Looks Like Winter is FINALLY Coming to the East!

Living out west was the best decision I ever made. Well, maybe second to asking my girlfriend for her number…

Mostly because I don’t have to carefully save my vaca days to get a nice week of skiing in.

But I have plenty of friends on the east coast. Heck I’ve been skiing out there quite a few times over the years. Mad River Glen is always an adventure.

But when you don’t live nearly as close to the slopes, a ski weekend isn’t always doable. I know a few of my buddies who moved to the Mid Atlantic are struggling to figure out how they are gonna get their powder fix. I tell them to visit me all the time! But travel and work and spending time with your family can be a tough balance. We all have our priorities.

How many days on the slopes do you guys normally get every year?

A Darker Side of Skiing

I found this article from a little while back and thought it needed to be shared.

Nothing beats the quiet of backcountry skiing when it is just you, the mountain and the trees. However, this is some seriously upsetting news. Skiers should be trying to preserve the environments where we ski, not tearing them down. Cutting down a few trees to create a new trail may seem harmless, but this article talks about many consequences that people obviously aren’t thinking about.

Respect the environment, after all without, we couldn’t ski, hike, or bike without it.

Best Kept Secrets

Planning a ski trip, but not sure where to go? The popular resorts get too crowded for you, or you are just ready to experience a new kind of skiing? Check out this list of the Best Secret Ski Towns in North America. Whether it’s a family trip or something a little more on the wild side, it looks like these are the places for you. After you get your fix of fresh powder, head to the local favorites for great food and local beer apres ski.

I might be planning a trip to Pasoga Springs as we speak…

Which one looks like the most fun to you?