Planning a ski vacation this year? Check out these common sense tips before you go...or purchase those lift tickets.
One suggestion by avid skier and author Larry Olmsted is to take one longer ski vacation instead of two shorter ones. You can get better deals on multi day lift tickets and some places even offer stay five and get one night free deals.
Some airlines or travel sites put package deals together as well. See if booking your flight, hotel and lift tickets together is cheaper.
Have your own skis, boots and equipment? Check with your airline to see what the fees are for checked luggage of that size.
Often midweek is cheaper than week-ends. And it's definitely less crowded.
Check out coupons for ski rentals and lift tickets. Supermarkets in Denver, for example, offer deals for Summit County. Or look at websites like retailmenot.com and liftopia.com. Not going to ski all day? Ask about half day passes.
Taking your kids? Be sure to ask if there are discounts available for them as well.
Be sure to ski in an area where you are the most comfortable. Not a black diamond slope person? Then you could try out a lesser known place with less steep slopes and prices. Maybe you need a variety of slopes for the whole group. Make sure the place you are going has a variety. That way everyone will have a great vacation.