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A To Z Guide For A Ski Vacation

Aug 17, 2007
It's time to plan a skiing vacation. Most ski resorts have websites. Start the planning process by accessing these websites to determine where you and your family might want to go for your family ski vacation. Don't worry, skiing isn't as expensive as you might think, and there are numerous resorts that cater to families, offering a variety of packages designed to save you money.

There are a few things you should look for when choosing your skiing destination.

1) The most important thing to look for is a ski school if someone in your family will need instruction. While most resorts do have ski schools, some don't. Don't make the mistake of choosing a destination where one or more of your family members won't have fun, simply because they don't know how to ski.

2) Take a look at the slopes, lifts, and trails. You want to make sure that the resort has something to offer everyone in your family. If the resort only caters to beginners, an expert skier will become quickly bored. If you have a snowboarder in your group, and there is no snowboarding park or terrain, that snowboarder will not be happy.

3) Lodging is the next thing to look at. You want to be comfortable, so where you will sleep at night matters a great deal. In most cases, there is a hotel right at the base of the slopes, but this isn't necessarily he best or most affordable place to stay. Find out what your lodging options are for the area, and choose the one that is right for your family and your budget.If you will be staying farther away from the slopes, make sure that there is transportation to and from the slopes each day!

When you start thinking about ski vacations, you will find a lot of information about various resorts and packages. Finding terrific vacation spots isn't that difficult, what is difficult is to fit your ski vacation into your budget.

Ways To Save Money On Your Skiing Trip

1) To save money, look for lesser known resorts.

I'm not saying that these resorts won't provide you with a memorable skiing vacation. It simply means that they aren't quite as well known as other resorts, and therefore, the prices may be cheaper.

2) Look for ski vacation packages

It is a lot cheaper to buy packages than getting individual deals. These packages will include your lodging, lift tickets, lessons, rentals, and possibly even some meals.

3) Save money on less important stuff.

For example, instead of eating in an expensive restaurant each night, eat cheaper fast food, or make sandwiches in your room. Borrow equipment from friends instead of renting it. Join a group for lessons instead of taking private lessons. Don't stay at a lodge, stay at a motel farther away from the slopes if necessary.

What To Prepare For Your Skiing Trip

If you will be traveling for a ski vacation, you may have a problem figuring how to get everything that you need from your home to your destination. Skis do not easily fit into suitcases, and if you are flying, this presents a huge problem. If you don't mind skiing with rented equipment, you can consider renting the skis, boots and poles. If you prefer to have your own equipment, find out if there are any ski shops in the area and ask if they buy used equipment. Figure the difference in the money you will spend on the ski equipment, and the money you will get for the used equipment when you are finished with it. If it isn't much more than what it would cost you to rent the equipment, go for it!

Ski suits, ski jackets, and sweaters can be very bulky, and hard to pack. These items will take up a lot of room in your suitcase, and leave less room for other clothing and essentials. If you are trying to pack for a two week ski vacation, it will be impossible to fit everything you need into one suitcase. To solve this, call the lodge or resort where you will be staying. Tell them that you need to ship a package, for yourself, to them, and that you need that package to be there when you arrive.
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