Since we’re moving into the fun part of the ski season as the snow accumulates and nearly all runs are open and activities under way, I’ve been thinking about five basic things planners should think of when selecting a ski destination.
- Ski towns have distinct personalities. Ask around and talk to various destinations to find out what place might be the best fit for your group.
- What level of skiers and boarders are in your group? Find out the amount of terrain resorts have for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers. Will any of your group want to be in terrain parks?
- What types of things are there to do on non-skiing/boarding days and for those who don’t want to hit the slopes? Snowshoeing, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, spa treatments, museums, shopping, and art and cooking classes are some of the options to ask about.
- What size of group will you be bringing? Not all ski towns can host large groups.
- What is your budget? Some ski towns are more expensive than others.
In a week or so, I am heading to Snowmass, Colorado, with a media group to experience two totally renovated hotels, The Westin (formerly the Silvertree) and Wildwood Snowmass, along with a slopeside Viceroy Snowmass. While Snowmass has long been popular with groups due to the sheer volume of skiing and boarding terrain for all levels, recent upgrades throughout the resort make it a place to consider. Besides skiing, we’ll also get to experience hot air ballooning, cross-country skiing, the Viceroy’s spa and various culinary options, which is a great mix for a varied group.