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Get Ready For Your Next Ski Vacation

Taking a ski vacation with your family or friends can be a stressful ordeal, but with our handy guide, you'll arrive to your destination prepared and ready to have as much fun as possible on your trip. We've thought of everything so you can get the most out of your ski/snowboard adventure.

Planning Tips

Planning is key to any successful vacation, but when it comes to skiing, it's vital. The amount of gear required for skiing doesn't compare to that of a beach vacation. With the right gear and some guidance, you'll be ready to board that plane or hop in that car in no time.

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Buy Tickets Ahead Of Time

Here are the biggest enterprise technology acquisitions of 2021 so far, in reverse chronological order. Buy lift tickets online in advance for maximum savings. Consider a multi-resort pass such as IKON, EPIC, etc. to get a better deal and be more flexible with where you can travel to each season.

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Rent A Place With A Kitchen

Eating out in resort towns gets pricy, same with eating at the resorts, so plan ahead and book and airbnb or hotel room with a kitchen. This way you can hit up the local grocery store and stock up for the week. Grab granola bars, nuts, or even a good ol' pb and j so you can avoid eating in the expensive lodges.

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Flying vs. Driving: Weigh Your Options

Of course with flying, you will get there faster. However, think about how much gear you need to bring with you. Flights and several checked bags of gear will get expensive. Driving is a better deal and you can bring all the gear you need for no added cost, but consider where you are traveling and what the weather may be. If you're going on a ski trip, heavy snow and poor road conditions occuring isn't out of the question.


Preparing for a ski trip can be tough with the amount things to remember to bring. We've loaded up a packing checklist and some suggestions to ensure you AND your gear reach your destination safely and securely.

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Make A Checklist

Making a packing checklist ahead of time can be a simple and easy way to ensure you get everything you need.

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Packing Tips

Save room in your clothing bags by wrapping any outerwear and bulky clothing around your skis in the ski bag. Not only do you have more room in your other bags, but your skis or snowboards have extra padding, too! If you don't have room for your boots, you can carry them on the plane to avoid having to rent.

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Consider Buying A Car Rack or Ski Bag

If you're driving, a car rack will make more room inside the car for your gear, more friends, and more snacks! If buying a rack is too much, try getting a ski bag instead. It will help keep your car dry and your gear organized and secured.


While on your vacation, managing your gear is crucial to staying comfortable while out on the slopes. We want to make sure you're taking care of your gear (and yourself) so you can enjoy you're trip once you've arrived!

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Dry Your Gear Nightly

You don't want ANYTHING to be wet, you will get cold on the slopes. Lay out all your gear overnight, leave nothing in your bag! This includes your helmet, gloves, jacket, pants, and especially goggles so you're not fogging up on the slopes. Removing your boot liners from the shell of your boots will allow them to try more quickly.

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Bring Extra Warm Gear

Bringing extra nuggies, goggles, and gloves is highly suggested. Gear can sometimes get wet, goggles can fog, so it's smart to bring an extra pair to keep in the car or at the condo, in case your gear doesn't dry completely overnight.

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Stay Hydrated

Wearing a Camelbak while skiing keeps you hydrated as to avoid altitude sickness and muscle soreness. You could also stash a water bottle in your pocket or day pack for to quench your thirst on the lift to keep you energized all day.