Tips for Planning the Perfect Family Ski Vacation

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Some of the most popular vacations are on the beaches–coastal towns, tropical island getaways and the like. But those who don’t mind the cold, and even better; those who embrace and enjoy it, can have a fantastic vacation in the snowy mountains by going on an exciting ski trip. Skiing has long been a fun vacation pastime, and the fun in the snow followed by cozy hours wrapped in blankets by the fireplace or hitting the town for dinner. Ski vacations are fun for the whole family, and if you want to go on a ski trip for your next vacation, you can follow these tips to start planning now.

You should start by making a budget for your whole vacation. Look into your savings and other resources and figure out exactly how much you can afford to spend on your vacation. If you’re planning for something several months away, don’t be discouraged by a lack of funds–you’ll have plenty of time to save before your trip. Look into prices for airfare around the time of your vacation, as well as taxi and shuttle companies to get an estimate for cost of transportation from the airport to the resort. Talk to the resorts themselves to check on accommodation costs. Often rooms off the mountains, further toward town, will be cheaper, but you’ll likely have to rent a car for transportation which could offset the cost.

Choosing a resort is the big decision you’ll have to make once you settle on a budget. The most popular ski resorts are in Colorado, but they are often more expensive than those in nearby places such as Utah, or eastern towns in Pennsylvania or New England. Think about cost when searching for the ideal ski resort, but also look at accommodations and trail maps. You want your vacation to be comfortable, scenic, and fun. Find a resort that you like in all aspects, one that would make a good vacation destination and has trails to appeal to all skill levels.

Once everything has been decided and planned out, you’ll need to get your family ready for the trip. Go shopping for good quality winter clothing, including warm jackets and pants that won’t let water in to chill your bones out on the mountain. If you have a nearby skiing school, consider taking a day trip to get everyone acquainted with skiing so that they can spend less time learning and more time having fun when vacation time rolls around. The trick to having fun on the slopes is to stay warm and know what you’re doing. You will fall down while you learn to ski. You’ll fall a lot. Get it out of the way before your vacation.

Get ready to have lots of fun on your family ski vacation, and don’t be surprised if someone starts looking into ski resort jobs so they can stay forever. Start planning today and you can have your dream vacation unfolding before you know it.


  1. We’ve never been sking. I would love to take the kids.

  2. We go skiing in Vermont every March Break with our family of 5. Our kids love it! The two oldest have been on skis since 2 1/2 and our youngest is starting this year. It is a highlight of our year – we would recommend it to anyone who loves winter.

  3. I was thinking about going snowboarding and how to do it with the kids. lol. But I think all we can manage is a day trip.

  4. I have never tried skiing actually it really scares me that I will go off somewhere and crash into a tree. One day I may give it a try though. I know I was scared of zip-lineing and then fell in love with it. Thanks for sharing different things you can do on a budget.

  5. As a long-time skier and Colorado resident, I loved seeing this post. Skiing is a great way to get kids outside, and is good exercise too! Plus, you’re right- there are lots of ways to do it on a budget. My one recommendation is to make sure you buy or rent helmets for everyone! Thanks for a great post, love your blog. 🙂

  6. My husband really wants to go on a ski trip!

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