Why You Should Plan Your Ski Vacation Early

The country may yet to see snowy slopes and winter flurries, but savvy skiers and families are already planning out their next ski vacation. Sure, there are only a handful of US ski resorts open, and most of them are already offering a whole new set of attractions that doesn’t involve making snow angels.

But making arrangements this early do have a couple perks. To name a few:

Beating the rush

Imagine having to book your ski trip at the last minute, and you’re halfway down the road only to realize you left behind your skis! Or how about taking a chance on budget accommodations that look good on paper (or on the web) then arriving only to get disappointed? This happens when you plan your holidays on panic mode (Read: less than a month before peak season). When you plan your getaway early, you still have enough time in your hands to research on the best accommodations and create an itinerary everyone can agree upon. It also allows you to plan out your wardrobe and decide what gears you’ll need.

The early bird scores the best accommodations

When you book your vacation early, you get first dibs on prime chalets, apartments or hotel rooms. You can even request a room just a stone’s throw away from the slopes! Booking early also means you get to pick your flight schedules, slots in daycare and ski schools for your kids, and the best table at your favorite restaurant.

And big discounts, too!

Many ski resorts offer a slew of early bird incentives for those who plan way ahead. Enjoy huge savings on lodging, airfare, bulk ski passes and lift tickets when you book way ahead of the others.

Come peak season or early ski season and prices start ballooning to premium rates.

Flexible payment terms

On top of discounts, ski resorts, too, may offer early bookers down payment options on ski passes and other fees. For instance, you can pay half of the price now then pay the remainder by September. This allows you to save up for the getaway you and your family have been dreaming of since the end of season, without accruing debts and credit card interest charges.

You can always take a chance on finding last minute bargains. But you could miss out on a lot of advanced reservation promotions that could save a great deal! And while planning out your winter getaway while everyone else is set to hit the beach and get a tan may strike others as odd, you’ll be treating yourself to a well thought off ski vacation you and your whole family will certainly cherish and enjoy.…

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5 Fun Things To Do On A Ski Vacation Besides Skiing

Skiing is one of the most popular winter activities for good reasons. It offers up a chance to take in the fresh mountain air and scenic views while screaming down snowy hills and pine trees. Unfortunately, the same weather that dumps inches of fresh snow to allow you to ski in the first place, can also cause dangerous weather conditions that may close the skiing parks and keep you off of the slopes. Don’t worry though, there are many other activities to partake in besides skiing. Here are 5 fun things to do on a ski vacation besides skiing.

1. Aprés Ski

The word stands for “after skiing” and generally means relaxing with friends after a long day on the slopes. However, you don’t need to have gone skiing all day to partake in this fun activity. If you can’t make it up the mountain stay indoors and enjoy some craft beers, wine, and food with friends and family.

2. Stay inside and watch movies

One of life’s great pleasures is staying cozy by a warm fire while a blizzard rages outside. Don’t let bad weather get you down, stay inside and enjoy a relaxing evening enjoying the amenities of your lodging. Cook a nice dinner, enjoy some wine, put on a movie you’ve been wanting to see, or simply lay back on the couch with a good book.

3. Hot tubbing and spa

If your lodging has a hot tub or spa, rest your muscles and recover after a long ski weekend. Spending day after day skiing can wear out even the most seasoned enthusiast. It is advised to take a break every 2 to 3 days and rest up. This is the perfect time to take advantage of your lodgings extra amenities or take a trip into town for a day at the spa. Your body will thank you.

4. Snow Shoeing

Snow shoeing is a great way to get exercise and participate in activities outdoors when you can’t or don’t want to go skiing. To snow shoe you put on what looks like tennis rackets on your boots. These displace the weight over a wide area of snow and allow you to walk solidly on even freshly fallen snow. It provides a less strenuous walk along with the sensation of gliding over the snow. Even if the snow is falling heavily outside you can participate in this activity and go for hikes near town.

5. Snow Tubing

Perhaps you can’t ski or are recovering from an injury. Snow tubing is a great way to enjoy nature in a fun and exciting way. Snow tubing requires you to grab ahold of an inner tube and slide down a mountain side much like sledding. There are even makeshift tubing parks with lanes, racing activities, and obstacle courses. However, even the basics will get anyone’s heart rate going.

Don’t feel pressured to only ski during your mountain excursion. Take advantage of all the other activities at your disposal and enjoy …

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Ski Vacation Threats: Understanding Shin Bang

After long hours of skiing, there are skiers who experience pain radiating from their shins. If that happens to you during your ski vacation, you might just got “boot banged” while skiing. This condition is formally known as shin bang, or the hitting of the shins on the front of the boots every time a skier flex forward, resulting to a painful bruising. Here are some facts that you need to know about shin bang in order to avoid getting one during your ski vacation.

One of the most common reason of getting shin bang is wearing oversized boots. Wearing oversized boots mean that your heels are not being held in place perfectly, which causes your feet to slid to the front of the boots. This may end up landing in the backseat. So here are some ideas to prevent hurting your shins.

Wearing a perfectly fitted boots is one of the top recommendations in order to prevent shin bang. It is advised to consult to a professional boot fitter before you hit the slopes on your ski trip.

Although, there are boots that perfectly fit yet there are times that the liners have gotten packed out, putting your heels in a not so perfect place. If it happens, use a foot bed to help your feet stay still in the boots and prevents you from landing on the backseat. Likewise, if your boots are loose at the top (upper cuff/ top buckle) you tend to stand more upright and it make the boots feel a bit softer increasing the tendency to land in the backseat. Therefore, use booster straps to help it get tight enough.

If you are using your old boots or rental boots, try to find a pair that fits tightly, yet comfortable. It is recommended to add the boot padding with commercial gel and poron pad inserts, which absorbs impact and keeping your foot from getting bruises.

Furthermore, wear ski specific socks that have extra padding in the shin and calf area to add cushioning. In addition, calf and toe raises can help build up your shin muscles and protect your bone from the tongue of your boots.

In case you got shin banged, just remember RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Moreover if you are experiencing pain, taking over-the-counter pain killers would do.

So before you go to your ski vacation, be sure that your boots will not cause you any inconvenience during your trip. Awareness is the key in order to prevent from getting shin banged. Happy skiing!…

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Ski Vacation Tips: Go Green to Prevent Them From Melting

Planning on a ski vacation this year? Why not consider skiing green this time. With Earth getting hotter than usual due to global warming, ski resorts are mostly affected by this change. At present, they are now thinking of ways on how they can help to mitigate the problem.

The good news is, you too can do something to help reduce this problem. There are various ways that you can do to make it happen. You may think that your individual efforts aren’t enough to make a difference, but they do! So, here are some eco-friendly tips that you can do to help preserve our environment.

Ride smart for a greener trip

Instead of flying to other places for your ski trip, travel to ski resorts closer to your home. The good thing about this is you can pack other things like a cooler and enjoy your own food, drinks and snacks.

Also, if your friends and coworkers share the same interest as you do, you can carpool with them. But if you insist on flying to other destinations, you can also ask if the resort offers a shuttle service to and from the airport. This will allow you to save on gas instead of renting a car.

Choose greener ski resorts

Resorts are more aware now of the impacts of climate change and are now inclined towards pursuing a greener environment. In order to make greener choices, you may ask questions before you make a reservation. You can ask them questions such as:

What do they recycle?

Do they have a water conservation program?

Are their cleaning products eco-friendly?

Do their machines that help clear trails use bio-fuel?

Do they use wind power for energy needs?

Do they offer a shuttle service to and from the airport?

This will help them realize that their efforts in being an eco-friendly resort, really do matters. Also, compliment them on their efforts and encourage them to continue to maintain an eco-friendly facility.

Cross-country skiing? Why not!

You may also consider cross-country skiing this year. This can be done in many “local” places depending on the snowfall in your area. The good thing is, cross-country skiing burns more calories than resources, compared to downhill skiing.

Respect the environment

Every time tourists flock to ski resorts, it’s the environment that suffers due to the irresponsibility of the people. So be responsible with your trash every time you visit any ski resorts. Don’t throw your garbage everywhere. Use biodegradable products and reduce the use of plastic bags. Follow proper segregation and as much as possible, recycle.

With these simple tips, you will not only enjoy your ski vacation, you’ll also be able to help the planet from further devastation. So think green, go green, and support a greener ski vacation. Let’s continue to take care of this planet we call home.…

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How To Handle Unexpected Days Indoors During A Ski Lodge Vacation

One of the top winter activities for sports enthusiasts and vacationers alike is a good ole fashioned skiing trip. During the winter months, it is not surprising to have all the hotels and cabins booked up and filled with vacationers eager to spend weekends or even weeks skiing to their hearts’ content. However, even the best planned vacation can suffer some setbacks. Mountain weather is notorious for its unpredictability and can turn suddenly dangerous quickly. Blizzards and ice storms can shut ski slopes down for days. What will you do if you can’t hit the slopes? Here is how to handle unexpected days indoors during a ski lodge vacation.

1. Go snow shoeing instead

Perhaps the weather is too dangerous up in the mountains. However, this does not mean you can’t strap some snow shoes to your boots and go for a stroll around your favorite skiing town! Snow shoeing is a great way to get exercise and experience nature. The best part of it that a little bit of extra snow makes the adventure more fun. As long as you aren’t stuck in a dangerous life threatening weather situation, snow shoeing may just save the day when your ski plans are cancelled.

2. Aprés Ski

Aprés ski is a term for hanging out with friends and relaxing after a long day of skiing. You don’t have to be worn out and frost bitten to participate in this activity though. If inclement weather has cancelled your skiing plans, skip straight to relaxing at a saloon, pub, or hotel lobby bar or enjoy a hot coffee while the snow falls. Most mountain towns have pubs and saloons especially for this purpose and may even have some exciting drink specials to mark any tumultuous weather.

3. Relax Indoors

Take full advantage of the amenities offered in your lodging and enjoy a stress free and relaxing day indoors. Most hotel lodging will include the basic amenities you need to make you feel at home. Stay in and relax with some hot chocolate and take in a movie on cable television or on DVD. Cozy up on the couch or in bed with a good book, or simply invite your friends over for drinks and a game of cards.

4. Go on a date instead

Even if your skiing break was unintended, it may be the perfect excuse to slow down and let the vacation take a more romantic turn. The best mountain towns offer a wide variety of fine dining experiences. Everything from American food to more culturally diverse options are available. Take your significant other out for some wining and dining and save the chairlifts for another day.

5. Nightlife

After spending an afternoon engaging in Aprés Ski activities it may be necessary to take things up a notch. Go out on the town and enjoy some dancing, live music, and social clubs.

Don’t let bad weather keep you from enjoying your vacation. With this list of activities, you have no excuse …

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Ski Vacation Alert: Understanding Frostbite

During your ski vacation, long exposure to a cold environment may lead to frostbite. A frostbite is an injury caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. Before you go to your vacation, it is important to first understand this injury.

Frostbite is common on the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Usually skin exposed in cold weather is most susceptible from getting frostbite. But it can also occur even on skin covered by gloves or other clothing.

What are its symptoms?

When you get frostbite, your body will exhibit symptoms such as cold skin and pricking feeling; numbness; red, white, bluish-white or grayish-yellow skin; hard or waxy-looking skin; and muscle stiffness.

What are its causes?

One cause of frostbite is wearing inappropriate clothing. When your clothing does not protect you from extreme cold or it’s too tight, the chance of getting frostbite is high.

Another cause is long exposure to cold environment. A temperature as low as -15 C to -27 C increases the risk of getting frostbite in less than 30 minutes.

Lastly, touching materials such as ice, cold packs or frozen metal also results to this injury.

How can we prevent it?

First, limit your time staying outdoors in cold weather. Be updated with the weather forecasts and wind chill readings. Exposed skin can develop frostbite in a matter of minutes during this extreme conditions.

Second, wear appropriate clothing. More importantly, change your wet clothing (such as gloves, hats and socks) as soon as possible.

Third, be ready. When traveling in cold weather, carry emergency supplies and warm clothing in case you get stranded. If you’ll be in a remote area, tell others your route and expected return date.

Fourth, stay healthy. Exercise. Eat well-balanced meal and stay hydrated. Do not drink alcohol before going outdoors. Alcoholic beverages cause your body to lose heat faster. If you feel cold, a warm, sweet beverage such as hot chocolate will help you stay warm.

First Aid

When it happens during your ski trip, you can perform the following first aid.

First, check for hypothermia. Signs include shivering, slurred speech, drowsiness and loss of coordination. Also protect your skin for further exposure. Don’t rub the affected area.

Second, stay out of the cold. Once you’re indoors, remove wet clothes. Gently rewarm frostbitten areas by soaking them in warm water (37-42 C) for 15 to 30 minutes. If thermometer isn’t available, test the water by placing an uninjured hand. Wrap the affected area to prevent them from refreezing. If numbness or pain remains during warming or if blisters develop, its best to seek emergency medical attention. If you are in pain, take over-the-counter pain killers to reduce pain and inflammation. If possible, don’t walk on frostbitten feet or toes. This will further damage the tissue.

The chances of getting frostbite during your ski vacation is high so it is important to know about this injury. In the end, we always go back to the saying, “prevention is better than …

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First Ski Vacation? Here Are 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Leave

Find yourself planning your very first ski vacation? Well, congratulations! You are in for a great time, with the proper preparation and planning. Many people stress beforehand and worry themselves needlessly. Thankfully, though, cold-weather trips can be just as relaxing and invigorating as those warm-weather beach vacations. There are just a few tips you should be aware of before you begin your journey. Take a look at the following to get you started today:

You don’t need as much gear as you think.

Most people erroneously believe they need to rush and buy every recommended snow item available. As a result, they load themselves down with expensive gear, like skis and snow suits and goggles. While these are necessary items for the trip, you don’t need to pack five suitcases worth of stuff. Not only is it cumbersome to keep track of so much stuff, it is quite expensive. If you are a first-time skier, then consider rentals for the larger, more expensive items. Most ski resorts carry skis, snow suits, snowboards, and any other gear you may need. Renting is not always the best decision, but for a first-timer, it can be the smartest. Not only does it relieve you of the extra expense of ownership, but it allows you to get a feel for some brands in the event you find yourself choosing to continue in your pursuit.

You won’t want to ski the entire time.

Yes, it is true you are headed to a ski vacation and you will want to ski. But snow sports expend a significant amount of energy, and every muscle group in your body will be engaged. Definitely plan for a day of relaxation while on your trip. This does not necessarily require a visit to the spa, although if that sounds appealing, then rest assured that most ski destinations offer such spots. Hiking, historical towns, local festivals and wineries are also great things to keep in mind when you are choosing a location. Extra diversions won’t take away from your ski trip – they will only enhance your visit.

There are always online deals to be had.

Snow sports can be expensive endeavors. Fortunately, many ski resorts offer discounts throughout the year. One great tip is to find a ski lodge that includes a combination of rentals. In other words, some hotels offer standard hotel rooms, along with suites, cabins and condominium-type rentals. With a condominium-style hotel, you should be able to choose a privately owned room. This allows for a variation in the prices. Just remember to always do your online searches before you make any bookings.

Lessons are a worthy investment.

If it is your first time on skis, then be sure and invest in ski lessons. While they may be expensive on the front-end, they can save you a lot of time, trouble and heartache in the long run. Plus, ski vacations are always more enjoyable if you know how to actually ski.

Brief yourself on ski safety.

Partaking …

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