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Preparing for a ski vacation in the Rockies

Plan ahead for your trip to Vail or Beaver Creek so you can make the most of your stay! If you’re planning a trip to Vail or Beaver Creek, it’s important to be prepared. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • What do you want to do when you arrive? To make the most of your stay, think about what activities will enhance your experience. For example, if skiing is on your agenda then consider booking tickets for events like an après ski concert or gondola ride up the mountain. If hiking is more up your alley and you want an extra challenge, try out one of our guided tours! Not only will they take care of all the logistics so that you can focus on having fun but they also provide expert insight into local history and wildlife.
  • Make reservations for lodging and activities early so that no room at the inn (or lift) gets someone else their precious spot! This includes making reservations at restaurants as well as securing a place at one of our many campsites so that everyone has somewhere comfortable where they can relax after a long day exploring outdoorsy stuff together without worrying about running out space soon enough once again before everything gets too busy later on during peak season when everything is full already :(–don’t worry though; we have plenty available still 🙂

Make a packing checklist.

  • Pack a ski jacket and pants. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time at the resort, you may want to bring along some casual clothes as well.
  • Make sure your boots fit properly and are in good condition. Your boots should feel snug but not too tight; they should also be warm when worn with thick socks.
  • Bring ski goggles or sunglasses that offer UV protection and have anti-fog lenses (if possible).
  • Pack sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher, lip balm with SPF, sunglasses (and/or goggles), swimsuit/towel/toiletries bag, hat (with chin strap), gloves (waterproof or fleece), extra pair of socks or boot liners

Choose sturdy luggage.

  • Choose sturdy luggage.

The last thing you want to do when traveling is worry about your bags getting damaged or lost. Make sure that the bag you choose is sturdy enough to hold all of your belongings and can withstand the rigors of travel. The best way to search for suitcases is by looking at reviews from previous customers who have used them before, as well as looking at product descriptions and seeing what other people say about their experience with it (you can also use our article on how to buy luggage).

  • Ship your luggage with!

Pack a first aid kid.

Pack a first aid kid. You can buy one at any pharmacy or medical supply store, or you can make your own. First aid kits are one of those things that every person should have with them at all times, and since you’re going skiing (which is inherently risky), it’s even more important to be prepared. Pack an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in case someone gets injured while they’re on the mountain; this will help prevent infection by killing off potentially harmful bacteria that may have gotten into the wound. Also pack some antibacterial ointment for cuts or scratches and bandages in different sizes so it’s easy to find what fits best. Ibuprofen will help ease aches and pains from bumps and bruises sustained during skiing, as well as motion sickness medication for anyone who might suffer from nausea on the slopes or afterward; sunblock is another must-have item because skiers are often exposed to bright light for long periods of time without protection from UV rays; insect repellant comes in handy when there are mosquitoes around (and there always are). Don’t forget alcohol wipes — they come in handy for cleaning up small cuts before applying first aid cream — tweezers if anyone gets splinters while snowboarding (or falls into tree branches), eye drops if there’s irritation due to exposure during bright sunlight—and earplugs so everyone can get some rest after a long day on the mountain!

Bring plenty of snacks.

You may be tempted to scoff at the idea of bringing snacks on your ski vacation, but don’t! Snacks are important for any ski trip. You’ll need them to stay energized on the slopes, and they can be a lifesaver if you get lost or stranded in the mountains overnight.

  • Bring high-protein, high-carbohydrate snacks that will provide energy during long days on the slopes. These should contain plenty of electrolytes like sodium and potassium to help you stay hydrated during intense physical activity. They should also have plenty of fiber for digestion purposes.
  • Make sure that all your snacks are high in calcium and iron (specifically, vitamin C), which help build strong bones and muscles respectively; these vitamins and minerals are often lacking in diets low in dairy products such as milk or cheese (which is typical for vegans).

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