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.