5 Tips to Make Your Ski Season Great

5 Tips to Prep for a Killer Ski Season | Deer Valley Resort Blog

Just like the secret to cooking a great recipe or becoming a top notch Boy Scout, having a great ski season is all in how you prep for it. It’s easy—and essential—to live the Boy Scout promise and to be prepared.

Here are 5 tips to make your ski season a success.

5 Tips to Prep for a Killer Ski Season | Deer Valley Resort Blog

1. Plan Ahead

Planning a ski vacation is more than just showing up at the ticket window with credit card in hand. Do your research before the ski season even starts to get the most bang for your skiing buck.

Deer Valley Resort specializes in customized vacation planning including lodging, lift tickets, restaurant reservations, transportation, travel insurance and more. It’s important to take advantage of packages that bundle all of your on-mountain activities. Lodging packages should be the first place you start when planning your next ski vacation.

Buy lift tickets ahead of time. Deer Valley limits the number of lift tickets sold each day. During the holiday periods such as December 26 through January 1 and February 17 through 22, the resort typically reaches capacity. Make sure to pre-purchase your tickets online.

Two often overlooked steps in planning a ski vacation are making ski school and dining reservations in advance. You may know that it is important to book ski school lessons and childcare in advance, as many products reach capacity early.  Be sure to do the same with private ski instructors and dining reservations.  Making reservations in advance will ensure you can enjoy your favorite dining traditions and your favorite instructor on your next ski vacation.

5 Tips to Prep for a Killer Ski Season | Deer Valley Resort Blog

2. Clothing and Accessories

Unless you’re that fashionista who is always styled with the latest and the greatest, your investment in ski gear and accessories should last for many seasons. So if you’re like the rest of us who plan on making a multi-year return on that ski jacket investment, take my advice: Don’t wait to pull out last year’s ski gear minutes before heading out the door.

Instead, days and even months before your first ski outing, take an inventory of what still zips? What’s ripped? And what simply doesn’t fit?

Give yourself the time to research and restock with today’s latest look at Cole Sport with brands like Bogner, Mountain Force and Spyder. Seek out stores that carry gently used merchandise. Switchback Sports in Park City and 2nd Track Sports offer ski gear sold on consignment. If you’re privy to online shopping, keep an eye out for last year’s discounted inventory on daily deal sites like backcountry.com, whiskeymilitia.com or  steepandcheap.com.

5 Tips to Prep for a Killer Ski Season | Deer Valley Resort Blog

3. Kid’s Gear

As they say, kids grow like weeds. Rather than investing in all new gear each year for your growing guppies, try a seasonal ski gear rental program. Several ski shops offer children’s ski and boot rental programs set up to outfit your kid for the whole season at fraction of what it would cost to buy new.

Return the skis and boots at the end of the season and then rent again next year with upgraded and new equipment as the kids sizes and ability grows too. Check out Christy Sports in Park City and Salt Lake City’s The Lifthouse for more information.

5 Tips to Prep for a Killer Ski Season | Deer Valley Resort Blog

4. Safety First

Each year advances in technology make skiing with a helmet more and more attractive, figuratively and literally. Today’s helmets are more than just a safety tool. Engineered with speakers for your favorite playlist, visors to shield sun, wind and snow. They keep your ears warm too.

Today’s helmets are the smart way to meld style and safety in one.

5 Tips to Prep for a Killer Ski Season | Deer Valley Resort Blog

5. Choose Your Route

Whether you’re a seasoned regular or a brand new visitor, check out the lay of the land for a successful ski season.

Visit the resort’s website to find out about mountain improvements, new amenities, changes to policies and look for special offers throughout the year.

Log into a maps app on your smart phone to gauge travel time to the resort and road conditions.

Review the online trail map for the optimal runs for your improved skiing ability.

And because we all need to eat, know which lodges offer the most appropriate dining options for those with dietary restrictions or budget concerns and where storage lockers are available.

Heidi Larsen is the creator of foodiecrush.com, the blog and online magazine featuring family friendly recipes and inspiring photography. She also photographs Deer Valley Resort’s food and fine dining when not enjoying quality time on the ski hill with her husband and 12 year old daughter. See more of what she’s crushing on at Facebook and Instagram.

2 Responses

  1. Heidi Huff says:

    I have developed a fear of heights and get insane anxiety on lifts without a safety bar. Do all of Deer Valleys lifts have a safety bar? I will be there in February of 2017 and am trying to plan out what lifts and runs I will be able to do.
    Thanks so much.

  2. Deer Valley says:

    Hey Heidi,

    19/21 chairlifts have safety bars. Burns and Snowflake chairlifts are the only ones that don’t. Let us know if you have any other questions. Enjoy your trip.

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