It's never to early to start planning your spring ski vacation. Many ski resorts stay open well into April, and some offer great off-peak season deals. We offer some helpful suggestions for planning your spring vacation.
- Location, location, location: The options for great spring skiing abound: California, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, New York, New England and some mid-western and southern states. Driving does save on airfares, but it could limit your choices. Skiing in Canada can be alluring with the currency exchange bargain, while European all-inclusive packages are a competitive option. Cruise to www.skifun.com or www.goski.com for ski areas listed by region.
- Define your resort needs: Are you looking for a snowboard park, cross-country center or woods skiing? What mix of green, blue, and black trails do you want? Talk to people about their ski vacations. Read a ski magazine rating their favorite resorts. Use a search engine to find some ski areas that fit your requirements. Find a resort at www.hyperski.com or www.skiin.com. You may want to focus on childcare, ski school, nightlife or off-snow activities in order to narrow the choices.
- More Info: Central reservations staff should be knowledgeable about terrain, lifts, ski school and childcare in addition to accommodations and restaurants. Inquire about packages with airfare, transfers and lift tickets. Many of the resorts' Websites link you to area accommodations, local nightclubs, area maps and photos. For example, www.rsn.com has snow conditions and recent photos for over 50 nationwide resorts. You can also contact the local chamber of commerce for a calendar of evening events and snow-less activities.