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Tips for Navigating Mountain Resorts

Tips for Navigating Mountain Resorts

Planning a trip to a mountain resort is the perfect getaway during snowfall season. Even a couple of days away can be restorative and exciting. However, if you’ve never been to a resort town before or you’ve never gone away for a weekend of skiing, you’ll want to be prepared. Follow these tips for navigating your stay in a mountain resort town.

Snowfall and Snow-Making
If your main reason for visiting a mountain town is to go skiing or snowboarding, find out what type of snowfall the area gets. If they get a lot of snow throughout the season, you won’t have a problem. However, if they don’t tend to get a lot of snowfall, or if there isn’t a lot predicted for the year, you may not have a lot of options when it comes to which runs are open. While most mountains will make their own snow if there isn’t any that’s fallen, this can limit how many runs they’re able to open.

Lift Tickets
Staying in a mountain resort town can put you in close proximity to several different mountains. Do your research to find out where to get the best price on lift tickets. If you purchase your lift ticket at one mountain, you may even be able to use it at another mountain, under specific circumstances. You also may get a better price if you book in advance instead of waiting until you arrive. Also find out when the lifts start running so that you know when you can get started in the morning.

While you may be staying in the middle of several mountains, getting to and from those mountains is another story. Many hotels will have free shuttles or gondolas that you can take back and forth. Just make sure that where you’re staying can get you to the mountain of your choice. Also, make sure to find out when they run. You don’t want to get stranded!

If you have your own ski equipment, it’s best to bring it with you. There will also be a nearby store where you can purchase or rent ski equipment, but this is going to be more expensive than if you rent or buy equipment elsewhere. Renting or buying within a resort town is usually more expensive. On the other hand, renting your equipment when you arrive is highly convenient, so you’ll want to figure out the best scenario for you. Some shops will let you book your equipment in advance online, which could save you some money.

The Village
Find out what the village is like. You’ll want to know where the general store is and what it’s stocked with. You may need to go out of a town to a bigger grocery store if you didn’t stop there on your way in. Also, keep in mind that some resort areas are extra expensive – the food and toiletries you’ll get in the on-premise general store will likely be pricier than you’re used to. You’ll also want to check out what else the village has to offer and when everything is open.

The Apres-Ski Scene
Some people want to live it up after they come off the slopes, while others want to stay in a peaceful, quiet area where just about everyone turns in early. Check out what type of apres-ski scene the resort has. They may have none at all, which means plenty of down-time, or they may have hopping nightlife, which is great for people who want to experience everything resort life has to offer.


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