Once you have arrived in your destination of choice, there are a few simple things you can do to get the most out of your ski vacation experience, straight from a resident ski town local:
- Be on the lookout to make a connection with the locals. They have insight on secret powder stashes, the best happy hours in town, where to (and where not to) eat, and which bars to hit up for apres and post-dinner. The chairlift is an excellent place to start a convo.
- Commit to new experiences. This can mean a variety of things, but some suggestions include: Hire a guide to take you around the mountain and show you new terrain or take you to a location you’ve never had the balls to ski (this can include backcountry skiing if you are ready). Rent a fat tire bike and inquire from the local shop staff on the best local trails. Go snowmobiling, dog sledding or experience a dinner on-mountain or via a sleigh ride under the stars. There’s a new adventure around every corner, no matter what your comfort level may be.
- Smile and say thank you. These tools are the ultimate icebreaker and will open up opportunities to chat with and learn from the locals. Don’t forget to smile at your hosts, fellow travelers, hotel staff, waiters, bartenders and storekeepers. The best part of feeling good and enjoying your vacation to the hilt is to help others feel good as well.
It’s time to execute. Don’t forget to be flexible with your plans, hope for the best and plan for the worst. Ski vacations are the greatest, get excited. I know we are.