Expert tips for how to plan your next ski trip from Colorado skiers

We polled skiers and snowboarders in the official Ikon Pass Holders Facebook group to learn their tried-and-true ski travel advice. Here’s some of what we learned:

  • If you’re feeling extra spontaneous, book a Southwest flight (no change fees!) and keep an eye on the weather forecast. Then chase that sweet powder wherever it takes you. (You can also find out which ski areas have direct flights from Denver here.)
  • If you plan to rent gear when you arrive, take your own boots. You don’t want your vacation to be ruined by boots that don’t fit.
  • If you have to rent a car, ask about all-wheel drive or snow chains. When you arrive in the mountain town, park the car and take a bus or shuttle whenever possible.
  • If you’re traveling with a big group, keep a master Google Doc with addresses, phone numbers and other details. This way, everyone is on the same page and you can easily communicate changes.
  • If you can’t fly direct, consider connecting through southern (read: warmer) airports to avoid weather-related delays.
  • Call the official ski resort lodging office and see what deals are available to pass holders. You may be surprised at the savings you can get for a group. (Plus: Here’s a guide to planning a vacation around your Ikon or Epic pass)
  • Make a packing list and check it twice (especially if you’re traveling with kids!). You don’t want to wind up paying top dollar to replace a ski jacket that was left a home.
  • Even if you’re experienced, take a private lesson with an instructor to get the lay of the land at an unfamiliar resort.

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