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How to Plan a Great Family Ski Vacation

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Soaring down the mountain through the cold air and sunny skies while laughing with your kids…there aren’t many experiences more exhilarating than skiing with your family! To make the most of your family ski vacation, here are some tips and a timeline to help you prepare.

6-12 Months in Advance

1.  Now is the time to decide where you want to go and to book lodging, particularly if you are thinking of traveling during peak times like the winter holidays or spring break.

2. At the same time, start looking at your transportation options and book airfare if needed. Don’t forget to reserve a rental car so you have the size and type your family wants.

3. Finally, because you’ve chosen your destination, look into ski passes for your particular ski slope. You can save a significant amount of money by buying well in advance. For example, we purchased full-season ski passes specific to Keystone Abasin in Colorado six months before a ski trip that cost less than three days of skiing! The Resort Access Epic passes we purchased are good the entire season with the exception of major holiday times such as the week between Christmas Day and New Years Day. But beware, many of these prices go up as you get closer to the ski season.

2 Months in Advance

1. This is a good time to take inventory of your existing ski wear and make a list of what you need.

2. With your list in hand, shop sales or borrow the items you are missing.

1 Month in Advance

1. To make sure you have the ski equipment you want ready when you arrive at your destination, I recommend going online now and reserving skis, boots and helmets for everyone in your family.

2. Now is also a good time to decide if anyone in your family would like ski lessons and to sign up for those online. Kids ski lessons can fill up at peak times so signing up early for the days you want is always helpful.

3. If you’ll be eating any dinners out, think about making one or two reservations so you have options and won’t have to wait for a table with hungry kids.

1 Week in Advance

1. Before you leave, buy any supplies that can expire such as sunscreen and snacks.

2. Check the weather forecast one last time and make sure you have the right layers and clothes.

3. It’s time to pack your suitcase! If you’re flying remember to leave out your heaviest boots and coat to wear on the plane.

Vacation Time

You have worked hard to get ready…now enjoy a great family ski vacation!

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