It may be hot where you are (it sure is here in Delaware) but believe it or not, we’re about two months away from the start of ski season. I can’t think of a better time to start thinking snow, and not just because it cools me off. Planning your family’s ski season in advance will save you money and also means that the first day you hit the slopes you waste no time searching for stray equipment.
So what can you do to get ready for ski season?
Start going through your gear. My children may roll their eyes when I pull out the snow pants in September, but having them try everything on now and seeing what I need to replace means I can keep my eye open for sales and ski swaps throughout the fall. I also visit the ski shop and pick up the equipment I lease seasonally for the kids as early as possible to make sure I get the best selection of the newest skis and boots.
Check out deals on passes or lift tickets. Many resorts are offering pre-season deals for families willing to commit ahead of time. Are you taking something of a risk by buying in advance? Yes, but I’ve been skiing with my kids for years and no matter how dry or warm the winter is, I’ve always saved money when I bought discounted passes in advance. This may mean we’ve skied in some less-than-ideal conditions, but I believe that this builds character.
Look at your vacation schedule. I like spontaneous ski vacations when there’s been a big storm. But now that my kids are older and in school it’s not realistic for me to think that we’ll actually head for the mountains on a whim.
Thinking ahead also gives you time to consider what type of lodging you might want and to see if you’ve got friends who might want to share a condo. Right now, many resorts offer discounts if you’re willing to reserve and pay in advance. I’ve got my eye on some nice looking condos in Breckenridge, Colorado – anyone want to join me?
Best of all, September 16th to 20th is Back to Ski Week
That means you have a chance to win some fabulous prizes – here’s how:
- Sign up for the Back to Ski newsletter any time before the 20th and you’ll be entered to win a $100 credit for lift tickets at Liftopia.com.
- Like Back to Ski on Facebook and you’ll learn about how you can get five chances to win a trip for a family of four to Keystone Resort in Colorado.
- Follow @Back2Ski on Twitter and join in our #backtoski chat next Wednesday, September 18 from 3 to 4 p.m. EST – not only will you get expert skiing tips, you’ll have a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.
You’re going to see lots more about skiing on my site this week and next including the story of our visit to Northstar last spring, dreams of a family trip to Keystone Resort, and much more. Hope you’re ready to think snow!
This post was written in conjunction with my relationship with Vacation Roost as one of their ambassadors.