Your Gnarly Group Ski Trip: Plan Early

The sun is shining. The pools are open. School is closed. Summer has begun for your youth group.

As you prepare to jump into summer mission trips, service projects and swimming parties, it might seem like an odd time to start planning a group ski trip. After all, your kids are dressed in cut-offs and Sperry’s, not North Face and ski boots.

But if you’ve been in the youth ministry game for long, you understand the beauty of planning ahead. And the benefits of early preparation are particularly great for a ski trip. Ideally, summer is the best time to plan ahead for the best group ski trip.

Plan Ahead for the Best Deals on Your Group Ski Trip

You are likely to get better pricing when you book early. In summer, the resorts see lots of unoccupied rooms in their future and set prices accordingly. But as the ski season draws near, rooms are getting booked and the resorts know they will be able to sell the space they have remaining. So the closer to ski season you get, the higher the prices available to you.

Allow Your Group to Make Smaller Payments Over More Time

Earlier booking allows you to space out payments. Making 5 payments of $100 rather than 2 payments of $250 is a big benefit for many skiers. When money is tight, spreading out the payments can make the difference between a group member going on the trip or staying home.

Book Early for the Best Selection of Resort Accommodations

When you book your group ski trip in the summer, you’ll have more choices because most resorts still have plenty of availability. If you have a particular lodge you want to stay in, book now! If you wait till fall, the spots start getting booked, and you may not end up in your first choice.

Plan Ahead and Look Like the Rock Star Youth Pastor that You Are

When you book your group ski trip in the summer, you have the opportunity to kick off the ski trip promotions on September 1. You’ll have all the details – dates, lodging, costs, and payment schedules. Students and their parents will know exactly what they are signing up for and will be more willing to say yes with all the info in front of them.

Your group ski trip will fill up earlier so you can plan your activities sooner, and quit worrying about who’s going and who’s not.

And in the end, everyone is going to love that organized youth pastor.

Oh No! Summer is over and I Still Haven’t Booked My Group Ski Trip

That’s okay. When you book your group ski trip in the summer, there are some great benefits. However, at Ski Daddy we are here to take care of the details and help you keep your group organized, no matter how early or late you book. Between our personalized service and the technology we provide to manage all the administrative tasks for you, you will have a great trip and you’ll be amazed at how easy it was to pull it off.

Ski Daddy takes the stress out of Ski Trips.  They take care of every detail and make group leaders look like they have everything together. – John (Group of 20 to Keystone)

Their support is amazing and they do basically everything for you – you just show up! – Alana (Group of 50 to Winter Park)

 

Are you ready to plan your trip? We are ready to get you started. Just get in touch, and we’ll handle the rest.

A Few Last Minute Suggestions Before You Leave on Your Spring Break Ski Trip

Last minute tips for your group ski trip

For those of you preparing for a great week of spring break skiing, we have a few last minute tips for your group ski trip to help it go a little more smoothly.

Don’t forget:

Plastic grocery bags. These guys come in handy for a load of reasons. You may have some wet clothing you need to pack on the last day. You may need to pile muddy boots in the car. You may have someone who turns out to be prone to car sickness after climbing a winding mountain road. Plastic bags. You just can’t go wrong here.

Swimsuits. With the giant list of ski wear you surely had to round up, swimsuits may have been forgotten. But it’s likely that your accommodations have a heated pool or hot tubs. And that just feels good after a day on the slopes.

Snacks for the car ride or plane trip. You’ve been busy planning for the week of skiing, but you’ve got to get there. People get hungry on the road, and if you don’t want to snack on Bugles from the gas station, you may want to throw some road trip snacks in the car.

Water. Because you should be hydrating by now. Drink it while you are packing. Drink it in the car or the plane. Drink it while having your skis fitted. Drink up.

Something to do in the car. A favorite book or two,

A backpack. If you are the type who likes to carry sunscreen, snacks, lip balm, a camera, your lucky rabbit’s foot, and a flask with you wherever you go, you’ll need a smallish backpack. If you are the type that everyone else expects to carry these things (aka, a mom) you will need a little less smallish backpack.

Neck gaters. Scarves are to skiers as capes are to superheroes. So, no scarves. And also, no capes.

And here are a few more things to think about when you pack:

Prep for Skiing With Kids

Ski Trip First Aid Kit

Are Gloves or Mittens Better?

Choosing the Right Socks

Do you have any last minute tips that help to make your ski trip great?

Ski Mama Says: Skiing With Kids – The Morning Of

Ski Mama Says - Skiing with KidsSo you prepared for your Colorado ski trip with the kids ahead of time, and you prepped by getting all your ski gear ready the night before your first day on the slopes.

Today is the day. The day you get your family dressed and on the slopes, ready to enjoy all the downhill fun.

 

If you’ve followed Ski Mama’s advice, this should be a piece of cake. Here are the crucial pieces you don’t want to miss.

1. Wake up early. Time is your friend in the mountains. When you mix heavy ski wear with thin mountain air, you have a recipe for moving slowly. Don’t fight it, just give yourself time to have a peaceful start to an exciting day.

2. Have some coffee.

2. If possible, eat breakfast at the base of the mountain. This let’s you be sure you are ready to ski and then enjoy a relaxed breakfast, knowing the drop point for lessons is a short walk away. If you do eat in your condo or hotel, be sure you have – you guessed it – plenty of time to get to the slopes.

3. Did I mention coffee?

4. Be sure your kids have your cell phone number in their jacket pockets, along with the detachable tag from their lift ticket.

5. Drop them off at lessons and then go, enjoy your day on the slopes, have another cup of coffee and enjoy your day on the slopes.

See? With a little planning, skiing with kids can be a breeze. Get all the great advice from Ski Mama as well as all the great service and deals by booking your spring break trip with Ski Daddy. It’s not too late!

Ski Mama Says: The Night Before Skiing With Kids

Ski Mama Says - Skiing with KidsLast week, Leanne, aka Ski Mama, gave her advice on how to prepare for skiing with kids before you leave on your Colorado ski trip. But once you’ve arrived it helps to have a plan and stay organized so that everyone gets to where they need to be and has a great time. Leanne can help you with this, too.

First off, you need to be sure you and your kids are hydrating, hydrating, hydrating. It’s the best way to keep everyone feeling their best and at the top of their game, including Mom and Dad.

When you visit the ski shop to pick up your rentals, be sure everyone brings their ski socks with them to get the perfect boot fit. This is a good opportunity to pick up any odds and ends you might have forgotten like lip balm or sunscreen.

Be sure you know exactly when and where to pick up your lift tickets. Will they be waiting for you when you pick up your ski rentals? Or will your group leader have them for you? Or do you need to visit the ticket window? Plan for this in your schedule if necessary (hint: ticket windows often close mid-afternoon).

Do you need to grocery shop? Have a list that takes into consideration when you will be eating out or purchasing meals. Do you plan to eat breakfast at the base to make the mornings a little smoother? Do you plan to pack lunches for the slopes to save a little cash for a nicer dinner out?

Try to enjoy a relaxed meal and don’t overdo it on the first night – you’ll have plenty of time to explore the town during your trip. Once back at your condo or hotel, have everyone set out everything they will need for the next day and do a quick run through to be certain everyone is set and ready to go.

Tear the stub off of everyone’s lift tickets and put it securely in a pocket of their ski jackets. If a lift ticket gets torn off somehow, this stub will be the key to getting it replaced. Don’t put them all in Mom’s or Dad’s pocket, because then the ski instructor will have to track you down to get it if one of the kids loses a ticket. Of course, let the instructor know where you’ve put it and be sure they have your cell number.

Make a plan for the morning. Remember that moving around in snow gear is cumbersome, and the altitude makes it even more so. Give yourself plenty of time. Better to get up half an hour to early and have to wait a bit than to be late and miss the lessons you’ve already paid for! In fact, Leanne suggests that you consider eating breakfast at the resort rather than in your condo. Once you are at the resort it’s easier to gauge your time and enjoy your breakfast than it is when you still have a long walk or shuttle ride ahead of you.

Go to bed, and get a good night’s sleep. You have a busy morning ahead of you!

Haven’t booked your spring break trip yet? Ski Daddy would love to help! Give us a shout.

Ski Mama Says: Prep for Skiing with Kids

Tomorrow is the first day of February, and it is time to start thinking about the spring break group ski trip that you have planned to Colorado, New Mexico or Utah. It is just around the corner, folks! Now if your ski trip involves skiing with kids, Leanne, The Ski Mama, has some helpful tips to make sure that you are well prepared before you ever get to the slopes.

Ski Mama Says - Skiing with Kids

Ski Gear

Previously we talked about ways to track down gear without paying for new. With little ones, this becomes even more helpful, since they probably won’t be able to wear their ski gear next year.

Ski Mama recommends that for each skier you pack long underwear, a light fleece jacket for spring skiing, and a neck gator to keep the neck and chin toasty. Children need to have goggles for their ski lessons, rather than sunglasses.

A hat is not necessary, because the helmet that is part of your ski rental package will take care of keeping your head nice and cozy. If you must have a hat, be sure it is thin and without embellishment that will interfere with the helmet’s fit and comfort. Ski Daddy recommends that EVERY skier, young or old, wear a helmet.

One big question everyone has is whether kids should have a one piece snowsuit or a jacket and pants. Leanne leans toward a one piece, even though she knows that it might make bathroom breaks a little more cumbersome. She points out that little ones won’t get snow down the back of their pants with a one-piece – that’s worth a little extra effort in the bathroom if you ask me. In addition, you can purchase a one-piece suit a little roomier to make it last for a couple of seasons. If you do that with pants, they will fall down. So, when in doubt, go with the one piece.

The kids will want snow boots for tromping around the resort, and fun outings like tubing and such. Wet, cold feet, can ruin a fun outing fast.

And be sure everyone has good ski socks rather than plain cotton.

Go ahead and pack the ski suit pockets with chapstick, a sunscreen stick, and a card with Mom’s and Dad’s phone numbers.

Packing

Ski Mama prefers to use one suitcase to pack the whole family’s ski wear in, and she makes use of space bags and oversize Ziplocs to squeeze air out of the puffy gear before packing. Each family member carries their own suitcase with their regular clothing and necessities in it.

NOTE: Don’t pack your jackets in a suitcase. It might very well be 78 degrees when you load up to go on your group ski trip, but when you arrive at your ski resort, you can be sure you will want easy access to the jackets. If the idea of digging through your suitcases in a cold, snowy parking lot troubles you, then keep your jackets accessible. You might want to think about what shoes you wear when you travel for the same reason. Hint: Crocs don’t keep the snow out.

Ski Lessons

Ski Daddy will arrange for lessons for your group. Be sure that you have signed everyone up for their lessons ahead of time. Remember that, in most places, ski school is for children 3 and up who are potty-trained.

While you’re still at home, with the comfort of your own computer and coffeemaker, scout out the lay of the land. Figure out where and when you need to catch shuttles, check-in to ski school, and where the ski school is located at the resort. Ski school is a lot like catching a flight. If you are late you will miss it, because the teacher often takes the students off to, you know, ski. Knowing ahead of time what you need to do to get everyone to the right place at the right time will make your mornings much simpler on your group ski trip.

So that’s it. Next week, Ski Mama will be back with her advice on how to prepare for your day on the slopes once you arrive at the ski resort.

Have you booked your spring break trip for your group yet? Ski Daddy can help if you need to get the ball rolling. It’s not too late!