With seven weeks of winter left, there’s still plenty o time to hit the slopes. Whether the snow is natural or man-made due to one of the mildest winters on record, read on for tips and helpful recommendations to enjoy your next ski vacation.
Go with the package deal – When planning a ski trip, check out packages that include lodging, lift tickets, and possibly a lesson. You’ll often save by bundling on your trip.
It’s all about seasonality – When you are planning your trip, consider a mid-week or early/late season adventure. Oftentimes you’ll get discounted rates for trips taken during the off-season. Last-minute deals and discounts can also be purchased if you have the flexibility to travel at a moment’s notice.
Rental car with ski rack – If you want to get around easily when you arrive at your ski destination be sure you rent a car that comes with a ski rack. Don’t forget to include a GPS navigation device.
Check with the airline – Before you start packing for your big ski trip, check airline regulations. Many airlines allow a carry-on bag, a personal item you can also bring on board with you, two suitcases, and one ski bag, but make sure your luggage and gear meet the requirements in advance of your ski trip.
Ski bag – Take a ski bag that holds 2 pairs of skis and pack it with other gear like your ski pants and jackets. You’ll save packing space but make sure it doesn’t go over 50 pounds or it will cost you extra.
Boot bag –The bag you use for your ski boots can double as your carry-on luggage. Besides boots, it can hold a helmet and a day’s worth of ski clothing – base layer, gloves, ski pants, ski jacket, boot heaters, and more. That way if your baggage gets delayed, your skiing won’t be held up.
Just in case – Before your head out on your ski trip, don’t forget to print off duplicate copies of your boarding passes (if you check-in before you leave), flight itinerary, car reservation and hotel reservation. Keep the extra copies in one of your bags just in case you need it.
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