If you've never planned a ski trip, there are some basic things you should know in order to make your trip a success. With a little thought and planning, you will have a wonderful time. Here are the things you need to consider.
The best weather for skiing is sunshine or a cloudy day with no precipitation. But, light snow is alright as long as you can see where you're going. If the snowfall is too heavy and it blocks your vision, you can be injured by sitting trees or other objects. You could also find yourself lost if you stray from the main path unknowingly.
Very heavy snow and blizzards can also block roadways, meaning you either will not be able to get to the ski area, or you will not be able to leave.
Another reason to know the weather ahead of time is so that you can know wherever you will need chains on your tires for your trip. Getting half way to your destination only to have to turn back because you do not have the required chains can ruin an otherwise fun trip. To prevent this from happening, it's a good idea to keep chains in your trunk so you'll always be ready they should be needed.
You should always check the weather at your destination before you leave home. You'll want to know what kind of weather to expect for traveling to and from the ski area, as well as for your stay there.
Research Several Possible Destinations
If you're new to skiing this is a must. Different ski resorts have different things to offer. Some are for skiing only, while others offer many activities for you to enjoy. If you're just learning to ski or you're brand new, you might not want to spend all your time on the slopes. Having other activities to do will make the trip more pleasant. A variety of activities are also good if you're going with a group of friends, as not everyone may want to ski all the time.
Another reason to research ski resorts is location and price. How far do you want to drive and how much do you want to spend? Researching your options in advance means you'll be able to plan a trip that fits within the time you have available and that you can afford.
Wear The Proper Clothing
When you go skiing, you'll want to be sure to wear the proper clothing for both warmth and protection. If you're not warm enough, you'll need to stay in the lodge while everyone else is out having fun.
Even if the weather is sunny, it will not be warm. You'll need to wear long underwear and several layers of clothing. It's a good idea to visit a shop that sells ski equipment and clothing so you can see just what you'll need. Ski pants will keep your legs warm and your pants dry. You'll also need a warm coat that you can zip or snap all the way up the neck.
Plan carefully, and then relax and have fun!