For those that have ever been on a ski trip, you’ll know it isn’t your average vacation, and that’s because it’s less of a holiday and more of a way of life. It is about immersing yourself in the whole experience and not just the snow.
Don’t get us wrong, a big part of a ski trip is the skiing. It is getting up earlier than you normally would on holiday, sipping down a coffee, eating a big bowl of porridge, strapping on your clunky boots and heading to wherever you think the snow will be best. But that’s still just a part of it, which is why we have pulled together some top tips on how you can get the most out of your next ski vacation and every one after that.
- A Bedrock of Luxury
The first thing you need to get right is your accommodation. This is your base from which everything else blossoms. It’s that place you wake up in feeling rested, that haven you get back to after a long day on the slopes and that spot you get ready before a night on the town. If you’re skiing in Colorado, then book yourself a luxury villa at the Marriott's StreamSide Birch at Vail. If you’re heading to Whistler, go to the Westin Resort and Spa. That’s the benchmark you should be aiming for.
- Life’s All In The Timing
This may seem obvious, but you really need to time your ski trip to coincide with the kind of snow you want. Sure, somewhere like Colorado may get snow every month of the year, but if you want to enjoy thick powder, then you should aim for March, which is when the most snow falls. If you want lighter snow that’s not so heavy, then December and January is your best bet. It all depends on what you want and whether your trip is more about skiing or soaking up the lifestyle.
- Know What’s On First
Like we said, the skiing side of a ski trip is just a part of it, which is why you should see what other magic your chosen resort has on that week. There could be a small music festival, a downhill competition, snowman building competitions, live storytelling and music or special events to make the Apres Ski even more enticing. Whatever it is, have a peek so that you don’t miss out on anything or realise too late.
- It’s Cool To Be A Tourist
On a mountain, the cool thing to be is a seasonaire, not a one-week a year skier, which makes looking like a tourist an uncool thing to be. But we disagree. The moment you start trying to act nonplussed you miss out on the best bits. That’s why you should make it your business to know where the iconic attractions are and the must-ski slopes. For example, if you’re in Whistler, then you need to jump on the almighty peak-to-peak gondola that connects Whistler to the Blackcomb Mountains. That’s how to get from A to B. That’s how to get the most out of a ski trip.