Some people dream of beach getaways…. but not all of us want sunshine and beach umbrellas. More and more travellers are taking trips to chillier destinations instead. Think fresh powdered snow, afternoons on the slopes, and a warm chalet. Are you dreaming about a ski trip this winter? Then why put it off for another year? There is no better time to start planning something special. These tips will help you organize the ultimate winter weather getaway.
Decide Who You Want to Go With And Where You Will Stay
Let the planning begin! The best place to start is by thinking about who you want to go on the trip with. Will it be the entire family, just your significant other, or a large group of friends? The people you choose to travel with can affect your overall experience. It can also impact where you stay. Larger groups might want more privacy – or budget concerns might impact how close (or how far away) you are from the slopes. Don’t worry, there are many affordable ski hotels to choose from as well as private lodges, resorts, and more. Before you make a decision, put some thought into your budget and the people you are bringing with you.
Choose The Right Destination and Travel Time
There is more than one place to go skiing. That makes your destination decision particularly important. Not sure where you should consider? Some of the most popular ski getaways take place in Aspen, Colorado, Vancouver, BC, Mont-Tremblant, QC, Stowe, Vermont, and Kitzbuhel, Austria. That means your ski trip can stay within North America or become an international excursion. Give thought to where you want to go skiing, how far you can afford to travel, and of course, the best time of year to go. And if you’re renting a vehicle or driving to your destination, make sure you have good winter tires for safety. In general, the best travel time for a ski trip is anywhere from November through to March. Pick a date that works for you and your travel companions.
Make All of the Necessary Reservations
Now that you have a good idea of who you plan to take with you, where you are going, and when, it is time to actually start booking. Start with your accommodations. Book your hotel first. They tend to fill up quickly, particularly in busy tourist towns. After your accommodations are all taken care of, make all of the other necessary arrangements. Think about things like airline tickets, renting a car, transportation, booking ski time, reserving equipment and so on. The more you do before your trip the less you will have to worry about once you get there!
Other Planning Essentials
- Make sure your passport is updated if you are leaving the country.
- Pack your suitcase with plenty of warm clothes, ski gear, and other essential cold weather items.
- Create a strict budget and do your best to stick with it. That includes food, drinks, and souvenirs.
A ski trip is the perfect choice for anyone who loves to have fun, be in nature, and do something adventurous. This year, forget about lying out in the sun all day…. experience the thrills and chills that only a ski trip can provide. It will be one you remember for years to come.