Family Spring Break on Skis

Posted in Planning Smart
by Lisa-Marie on February 27, 2014

With plenty of late season snowfall at ski resorts across the country, Spring Break 2014 will offer some of the best snow conditions in recent years.  Spring skiing is typically more temperate and a great way for the whole family to spend time together on and off the slopes. It’s not too late to book your family ski trip if you start planning today.  So while you’re planning, keep in mind these practical tips and you’ll make this Spring Break the best yet!

Family Spring Break Ski Trip

-           Keep an eye on the storms.  When booking flights, consider your connecting flight cities and opt for connections in warmer climates (Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, etc.) to limit ground delays or cancellations due to poor weather conditions.  Of course, direct flights are ideal but not always available or cost-effective. 

-          Take advantage of the late-season lodging deals. Some offer an extra day free for trips longer than four days.  To save money, book rooms with kitchens.  Eating breakfast in your resort room will ensure that everyone starts their day with full tummies and saves time, too.  Take this time to go over what everyone has planned for the day, review the weather reports, and pack snacks for the day.

-           Buy your lift tickets in advance for extra discounts and also to avoid lines at the resort ticket counters.  Some resorts offer kids ski free programs with an adult lift ticket purchase.  Do your homework and save a lot!  Spend your vacation on the mountain skiing rather than waiting in line for lift tickets.  If your resort offers night skiing, be sure to try it at least once.  The kids will feel like they are getting an added treat by hitting the slopes after the sun goes down. 

-           To save on rental car costs, book an airport shuttle to the resort then brave the public transportation shuttles.  This works best if your kids are fairly self sufficient or little adventurers.  If you are staying at a ski-in ski-out resort, the need for a rental car is a personal choice.  With older kids, opting for public transportation to get around town could be an ideal and cost saving alternative.

During your Spring Break family ski trip, reconnect at the end of each day to share stories, photos, and cell phone videos, write in trip journals, and laugh.  It is a family vacation after all.


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