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Mountain Bound: Planning a Skiing Road Trip Adventure

Friends and family packed into the car, great music and snacks, and beautiful winter scenery are the norm for a skiing road trip adventure. Depending on how often you hit the slopes, the trip to the mountain can be just as fun as the destination.

So how do you ensure that everything goes smoothly from start to finish? The key is to plan out your skiing road trip beforehand. The tips below will help set you on the right path. They’ll ensure you get to your destination with a big smile on your face, ready to hit the hills and have fun.

1. Set a Date

Planning a great skiing trip starts with setting a date. Once you know when you’ll be traveling, it will be that much easier to nail down the specifics of your trip. So figure out a date and let the rest of the planning begin.

Remember to make your plans well in advance if you’re staying over night at your destination. Lodging at most ski resorts is much cheaper several months in advance.

2. Plan for the Weather

It’s winter so you already know it’s going to be cold and snowy at the mountain. It’s still important to get a more in-depth feel for the weather though. Checking both the snow reports and weather reports often will give you a better idea of what to pack.

Climates in many mountainous regions can change drastically from day to day. One day you might be fine skiing in a light sweater and the next you’ll need a heavy winter parka.

3. Get Documents Ready

Purchasing and printing documents such as your lift pass is not only convenient, it can also save you big money down the road. Indeed, preordering your lift passes can net you up to a 20% discount in some cases.

Keep these documents in a safe location so you know for sure you’ll have them when you arrive at the ski resort. And keep a copy on your phone.

While international roaming charges are the reason many leave their phones at home, in the event of an emergency you need a way to communicate with others.

4. Figure Out Transportation

For the classic road trip, all you have to do is load up the car and head out. The Chrysler 300 for example is particularly well suited to winter driving conditions compared to the majority of other luxury sedans.

Make sure to pack snow chains as well as an ice scraper before you head out. A basic emergency kit with water, blankets, food, and an emergency radio is always a smart bet as well.

5. Pack Food

If you’ve ever been on a skiing road trip before, then you already know just how expensive buying a meal at the ski resort is. You’re much better off packing a meal for the trip. Pack snacks and a lot of water as well. With plenty of food, you’ll be able to snack on the way to the mountain and back.

A skiing road trip adventure is a staple of the winter season. Whether you’re driving to the local hill only an hour away or to a ski resort states away, the tips above will serve you well. They’ll help ensure that your trip is as much fun as possible.

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Eric Henley is a digital nomad with a passion for sports and outdoor adventure. Currently in Europe making the most of the ski season and working at a lodge as a ski instructor he blogs about travel during his free time.

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