Top 10 things to consider when choosing a ski/snowboard trip.
10... Dates, dates, dates.. if you're traveling during holiday periods, lock in early. Many resorts have different restrictions in place over popular dates, ranging from minimum night stays to having premium rates in place.
If you're looking for best value.. stick with non-holiday, midweek stays..Sunday through Friday.
9... Transportation.. how are you getting there.. Air, Car, Combination of both?
Consider that many of these winter destinations require use of all, or, four-wheel drive vehicles. Some resorts have parking fees. If traveling by air.. be sure to know that specific airlines bag weight limitations, etc.
8... Destination.. each of the resorts we cater to have their own, respective, unique footprint.. Know the area before you get there.. do your homework and ask lots of questions as to avoid not having expectations met... is it a mountain resort town, a quaint small town, a shuttle ride, walking distance??? etc. Familiarize yourself with the ins and outs.
7... Dining... Can't emphasize enough the importance of planning ahead.. be sure consider what meals and when.. are you going to be eating out a lot?.. or would a place with kitchen facilities be more suitable?.. Go grocery shopping at a convenient supermarket rather than pay higher resort-general store fees for goods.
6.... Travel arrangements.. don't forget.. Canada requires a passport these days.. we offer tips on going about having proper identification.. http://
5... On the mountain...Know the code,,
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
4... PHAT.. thats Protetct Head @ All Times! Consider a helmet for safety on the mountain.. Some resorts require all kids to have helmets.
3... Find a local guide if you can.. There is no better way to learn the special charms and unique contours of any given mountain than to hook up with a local and hit the secret stashes.
2... Weather.. hey.. we're not weatherman here.. it's hit or miss.. always has been.. Do your best snow dance! Do keep in mind there is historical data on snowfall amounts available at every mountain town.. and we've put our snow order in for this winter!
Have a terrific winter!
Andrew Goldman is one of our resident shredders. Wintertime finds him roaming Vermont's North Country in search of secret swaths of the holy grail of all skiers and riders.... the great untracked! He capably staffs one of our two offices in the Green Mountain State.