Choosing a destination. By combining my own ski travel experience with the expertise of my partner, Ski.com, we can help you choose the right resort for your family or group. We will consider the variety of mountain terrain, ease of travel, local nightlife scene, lodging options, and local activities. I’ll ask, “How much skiing you wish to do?”, “Are new or non-skiers in the group?”, “What are the ages and experience of the kids?” “Will you want great restaurants every evening or do you like to have evening meals at your residence?”
Finding the best lodging. Most families prefer more space than just hotel rooms provide, and often a private home or condo with resort services like skier shuttles, pools, recreational rooms, ski concierge, is the best choice. There are many hotels that I like with affordable 2 and 3 bedroom suites as well, and many provide breakfast to my clients as an added amenity–a real time and money saver!
Adding lift tickets and rentals. Working with Ski.com, I can get the best-available, discounted prices on lift tickets and rentals. If there is a ski rental shop at your resort or nearby, I will recommend using them. If not, I prefer to arrange equipment delivery to your ski home shortly after arrival for the most convenient experience. The delivery company arrives with a van and a selection of gear from which to choose.
Arranging transportation. Most ski towns have excellent public transportation and having a rental car becomes a challenge for parking or safe driving on snowy roads. However, if you’re going to be doing some extra touring or if the destination is easier with one, I’ll make that recommendation. I prefer private car service from the airport for my clients, saving time over a shared shuttle that makes many stops.
Ski school and guides. These are not just for the kids! For your first day, I recommend a guided outing of some kind for the whole group. Even a seasoned skier can benefit from lessons, either private or small group, and this is one of the best ways to start your trip as you not only get pointers on how to ski better, but you have a guide to introduce you to the mountain plus a local’s knowledge of the latest happenings around town. Best of all, having a ski school guide lets you skip the lift lines!
Local recommendations. I provide my clients destination information for restaurants, shopping, and activities, including my own personal favorites. For example, in Steamboat, I adore the ski club in town where we always enjoyed watching the local kids practice their slalom runs and ski jumps while having fun at the adjacent tubing hill.
Taking care of Non-skiers. Often there is a family member who doesn’t ski as much as the others, or doesn’t ski at all. I like to make sure they have a great snow vacation, too, and I offer alternatives and advice on Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, shopping, spas, art galleries, etc.
Enhancing with fun and adventure: It’s good to take a day off from the slopes and find another thrilling activity to do! To make your trip extra memorable, we can recommend snowmobiling, nature tours, dog sledding, private ranch activities, sleigh ride and gondola dinners high on the mountain. If you just want more adrenaline going downhill, let’s consider Snow Cat or Helicopter skiing!