For those who have chosen the Rocky Mountain region as the destination of choice, Mountain Threads is a proven source of guidance for ski and snowboard vacationers
Golden, CO (PRWEB) January 19, 2012
When planning a ski vacation, optimize time and money by creating a detailed plan ahead of time. Being a travel agent is not a prerequisite for making smart decisions. Line up key details before departure. Mountain Threads, a ski clothing rental company based in Colorado, provides some quick tips and tricks:
Choose a Resort –The Rocky Mountain Region sees by far the most ski traffic in the nation, and within this region, Colorado is at the top of the food chain. Within Colorado, there are 22 resorts to choose from. All resorts exhibit their own personality – whether it's serious back-country, excellent groomers, cat skiing, or just a nice resort village, Colorado has it all.
Lodging – Every resort contains myriad property management groups. Utilizing them can be helpful, as they may provide meaningful lodging advice. Otherwise, visit the resort’s website and browse some of the available lodging options. Hint: staying away from peak seasons (Christmas/New Years, Presidents Week and Spring Break) may reduce cost and increase enjoyment with fewer crowds and shorter lift lines.
Getting Around – When renting a car, reserve an all-wheel-drive vehicle, preferably an SUV, as mountain roads do get slick. Alternatively, there are shuttle services available directly from airports to resorts. Hint: If staying in a resort village, having a car is not essential.
Lift Tickets – Reserve tickets ahead of time to save money and the hassle of waiting in line upon arrival. Most tickets will decrease in price if booked for multiple days. Don’t miss the “kids ski free” option offered by some resorts. Hint: better ticket prices are typically found online.
Ski and Ride Schools – Ski and snowboard lessons are available for all ages and experience levels. For beginners, scheduling ski or snowboard classes can be very essential. There’s nothing worse than tumbling down the mountain all day, let the experts do their job. Schools typically accept kids as young as 3, so get them on the slopes early. For more personal sessions, look into private lessons of 1-6 people.
Equipment Rental – Make sure your party has reserved some equipment from one of the many retail shops at the resort. Renting in advance will assure that the equipment is ready to go upon arrival, but be prepared to spend some time at the shop for fitting. Advanced reservations typically yield discounted rates. Some shops offer kids equipment free with an adult rental.
Clothing Rental – Outfitting everyone with the appropriate gear will significantly enhance the quality of your trip. While purchasing new clothes can ring up a daunting bill, there are places to rent ski gear. Some shops rent ski clothes along with equipment, but the quality may be questionable. Finding shops that specialize in clothing is the best route. While they can be tough to find, rest assured they are out there. Also, make sure to pack (or order) good socks and long underwear (not cotton). Helmets are also a smart choice.
Activities – There is a multitude of fun things to do at a ski resort other than ski and snowboard. Ask for an event schedule when checking in to see if there is anything exciting going on. Explore less-traveled areas via snowshoes, sleigh rides or snowmobile tours. Make sure to indulge in some fine dining; resorts are full of world-class restaurants.
Acclimatization – When coming from near-sea level elevations, the effects of altitude may very likely be obvious (and might even affect the entire experience). Make sure to get a lot of rest and drink a lot of water; dehydration will only amplify the effects of altitude.
When it comes time to plan a ski vacation – go the whole nine yards to ensure the value of time and money spent. For those who have chosen the Rocky Mountain region as the destination of choice, Mountain Threads is a proven source of guidance for ski and snowboard vacationers, offering suggestions, references and experience in all the above categories. Not only is Mountain Threads one of the only companies to focus solely on ski clothes rental, they’re conveniently located in the Gateway to the Rockies, welcoming all visitors to the region with valuable advice.
About Mountain Threads
Mountain Threads is a ski clothing rental company based in Golden, CO. Carrying high-performance gear from reputable brands, Mountain Threads helps assure a warm and dry experience on the slopes. With convenient delivery and pick-up options, customers can arrange to have orders waiting for them at their resort accommodations. Learn more at http://www.mountainthreads.com.