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Ultimate Guide When Planning a Colorado Ski Holiday Trip

While some would think that the arrival of winter spells the end of fun outdoor activities, it’s actually further from the truth. In fact, the snowy season offers a different kind of outdoor fun for the whole family – skiing! Taking in the magnificent scenery from a chairlift, carving through the powdery immaculate white snow on your skis, and sipping hot cocoa after a day at the slopes – all these and so much more can be enjoyed by the whole family while on a skiing trip in Colorado.

So if you and your family have yet to go skiing, start planning your first ski holiday trip as soon as possible. If it’s your first time going on a skiing trip in Colorado, this guide will answer all the lingering questions regarding ski trip planning.

Guidelines When Planning Your Colorado Ski Holiday Trip

1. Establish a budget.

First things first, you must know how much you’ll spend on your trip. Setting up a budget may be time-consuming and tedious, but it’s a necessary step as you wouldn’t want to go overspending on your trip.

Here are some items you will need to include in your ski holiday spending plan:

  • Transportation – How will you travel to Colorado, and what would be your preferred mode of transportation going about the beautiful state’s major attractions? These are just some of the questions you will have to consider when planning a skiing trip with the family. You’ll want to compare the expenses of several travel options and choose the one that makes the most sense for you and your family.
  • Food – The food you and your family will eat during your trip will definitely eat up (pun intended!) a huge chunk of your overall budget. You must factor in the meals you will have to and from Colorado and the food you will eat throughout your stay in a Colorado ski resort. So make sure you consider these with your budget plans as well.
  • Equipment – Will you be bringing your own skiing gear, or will you rent? Make a list of what you already have and will need to rent, and then contact local ski equipment rental shops to get quotes. There is a possibility that they will ask for a deposit, which must also be accounted for.
  • Lodging – Where exactly are you planning to stay in Colorado during your ski trip? To help you determine which lodging to opt for, consider the best places to ski that will suit your family’s budget and preference.

2. Select your booking dates carefully.

The ski season varies yearly, but you can generally bank on it, lasting from late October to late May. In Colorado, snowfall differs from place to place, so it’s essential to research the specific region you’ll be visiting in advance.

The best time to ski is in the middle of the season, as early-season snowfall tends to be lighter and late-season snow tends to be sloppy.

3. Book a convenient accommodation.

As was previously noted, accommodation is a substantial expense that needs to be accounted for in advance. Picking a lodging close to the skiing resorts or lifts is crucial as it will mean easy access to the slopes and thus your family’s convenience.

4. Reserve a comfortable lodging.

This will be one of the more specific aspects of the planning process. Determine where you would like to stay and book your reservation online. Before making your reservation, verify your dates and the distance between the lodging’s location and the slopes.

5. Prepare what to pack.

Never pack your things at the last minute when you’re going on a skiing trip. Bringing the right gear is critical to having a good time, so make a list of everything you’ll need and pack accordingly. Here are some stuff you will need:

  • Ski jacket – It must be waterproof, insulated, and equipped with pockets.
  • Ski pants or bibs – Similar to your jacket, it must be waterproof or at least water-resistant.
  • Top and bottom layers – Your base layer should keep you toasty while in the snow and, at the same time, wick away any sweat.
  • Ski socks – Invest in thin wool socks designed for skiing.
  • Snow boots – You’re not going to spend all your time skiing on the slopes. Sometimes, you’re just going to walk around the town or skiing resort or a place to eat. You can even take a relaxing stroll in the mountains to appreciate the natural beauty around you. It’s for this reason that you will need to pack snow boots.
  • Ski gloves – Purchase ski gloves or mittens that are waterproof or water-resistant to protect your hands while skiing.
  • Snow goggles – Protect your eyes from the snow, wind, and cold with a pair of goggles.
  • Helmet – Helmets are typically not needed for adults, but they are strongly advised. Helmets will protect your head in case of tumbles and falls while skiing on the slopes. They will also keep your head warm.
  • Neck warmer and mask – Masks and neck warmers are great for protecting your face and neck from subzero temperatures while skiing.

Safety Tips For Skiing

Is this your first time skiing? Here are some safety tips to remember:

Take skiing lessons.

If you have yet to try skiing, it’s best that you take some lessons first. Aside from safety reasons, going through it will make you appreciate the sport more as a professional coach will teach you some basic skiing concepts and even some tricks to make your skiing experience a lot more enjoyable.

Put on your protective gear.

Downhill skiers, in particular, should always use a properly fitted ski helmet. However, not all safety equipment is meant to prevent injuries in the event of a fall. Skiing can cause you to sweat heavily and become too cold after you stop moving. Having suitable attire will help you avoid it. Furthermore, the sun’s glare can damage your eyes, so bring goggles, gloves, and warm clothing if it gets too chilly.

Know your limitations.

Having fun doesn’t mean going reckless. Recognize when you’ve reached your limits. Adjust the challenge and slope difficulties according to your degree of expertise.

Take note of the weather.

Never go out on the edge of a mountain when there’s a chance of a storm. Furthermore, you should inquire about avalanche conditions with the resort or local authorities. Remember that even if you plan during the best month to ski, weather disturbances can be unpredictable, so it’s best to be cautious and always check weather updates.

Bring a companion.

Sometimes, you may want to go skiing alone to enjoy the peace of solitude. However, this could be risky, especially if you plan on going cross-country skiing or skiing on an isolated ski area of the slopes. If you’re all alone, who would help you if you figure in an accident? That’s why you should always go with a companion when you’re skiing.

Ensure to hydrate.

When you’re at a higher altitude, you’re more susceptible to dehydration, and because it’s cold, you may not know how much you’re sweating. So, be sure to hydrate sufficiently before, during, and after a skiing session.


This concludes the planning guide for the ultimate ski holiday trip to Colorado. The fundamental strategy to ensure this vacation goes smoothly is to plan, plan, plan. And, in that plan, provide some wiggle space for the unexpected. Since it is a good idea to prepare in advance but also to go with the flow and leave room for spontaneous adventure. Lastly, keep this guide in mind the next time you plan a ski trip to Colorado.

Have a Worry-Free Ski Holiday Trip With Black Mountain Limo.

Don’t drive and risk your family’s safety on the snowy roads. Just relax and enjoy the snowy mountains in style with your private luxury transportation from Denver airport to Breckenridge. With our five-star quality service, you’ll have peace of mind that you’ll have a hassle-free ski holiday trip from arrival to departure. Call us now for a quotation.

About the Author

Worth Parker
Worth Parker

at the University of Colorado—graduated class of '04. Worth moved to Breckenridge in 2005 and has lived in the area since. He has been in the mountain resort passenger transportation industry since 2005 and started Black Mountain Limo in 2016.

He enjoys outdoor activities, including skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. Worth has worked as a professional raft guide in the summer for the past 15 years. He currently lives in Frisco with his wife, Jessica, and two daughters—Emerson, five years old, and Coralynn, two years old.

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