Best Ski Tips for Colorado

At Colorado Bear Creek Cabins, we offer a unique Evergreen Colorado vacation rental for your Colorado ski trip. Just like a hotel in Evergreen, our Colorado cabin rentals are comfortably rustic lodging for your next ski trip.

At Colorado Bear Creek Cabins, we recommend Loveland Ski Area. It’s family friendly, affordable, and best of all, it’s the closest major ski resort to our cabins. It’s a 45-minute drive during good weather and traffic. Our Colorado cabins offer Loveland Ski Area lodging for you and your family.

Are you ready for skiing? Here are some tips to prepare for your Colorado ski vacation. 

1. Checklist
Before you leave home, make a checklist of everything you will need for a ski vacation. When you are leaving for the slopes, create another checklist of everything you need on the mountain. Everything includes skis, boots, poles, goggles, helmet, coat, gloves, hand and foot warmers, neck gaiter, extra layers, sunscreen, water, snacks, etc. If you do forget something, the ski rental shop or retail store will have it.

2. Gear
If you are renting ski gear, it’s important that you arrive early to pick it up and make sure everything fits. Most ski shops in Denver open early, and the ski shops at the base of the mountain open an hour before the lifts. You don’t want to spend half a day in the rental shop when you could be out on the slopes.

If you are bringing your own gear, it’s ok to leave skis in the car, but don’t leave your boots in the car. It’s very difficult to shove a warm foot into a frozen boot. Bring the boots inside to keep them warm.

3. Outfit
Skiing requires appropriate clothing, and layers are your best bet. Check the weather report for the ski resort and remember to check the wind chill. A cold wind requires more layers, especially a wind-resistant jacket. In the winter months, a down jacket, warm gloves or mittens and a neck gaiter are a welcome treat. In the spring, a fleece jacket and nylon shell are probably warm enough. Remember that ski socks are designed for skiing and keep your feet warm in the boots.

The key thing to remember is no cotton and no jeans. You need breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics next to your skin, and you need a wind- and water-resistant outer layer. Always bring an extra layer because Colorado weather can change unexpectedly.

Helmets and goggles are a must. Even if you are an expert skier, not everyone on the mountain is at your level. You need a helmet to protect your head, and you need goggles to protect your eyes. Sunglasses don’t work. The sun glare can burn your eyeballs. Wear goggles and a helmet.  

4. Lift tickets
Buy your lift tickets in advance. If you buy online, make sure you purchase at least 24 hours before you ski. Typically you get a better deal buying online and you save time by not waiting in line at the ticket booth. If you plan to ski at Loveland Ski Area, you can buy tickets in advance at any King Soopers or City Market location in the Front Range. 

5. Rush hour
Ski traffic has its own rush hour, especially on Saturdays and Sundays. To avoid the parking lot on I-70, leave no later than 6:00 AM if you want to be on the slopes by 9:00 AM. Another option is to wait until 10:00 AM to drive I-70. Depending on your resort location, you will arrive between 11:00 and 12:00 and you can usually find a parking space from half-day skiers who are leaving at noon.

In the afternoon, the worst traffic is from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. If you go early, you can leave at 2:00 and miss most of the traffic. If you go up late, consider leaving after 6:00 PM to avoid the traffic.

6. Parking
Some resorts like Loveland Ski Area offer free parking, but this is the exception. Almost every other ski area has paid parking. If you have a lot of gear to carry, and if you’re skiing with small children, it’s worth the cost to park closer to the lifts. Most ski areas do offer shuttle buses that drop you off at the base.

7. Be Warm
We highly recommend hand and foot warmer packets for your gloves and boots. These can be purchased at Walmart in Evergreen, or at any ski shop. It’s also a good idea to pack one next to your cell phone because your phone may stop working in the cold weather.

8. Be Dry
After a day on the slopes, your gloves, socks and boots will be wet. Make sure you dry them out at night before you ski the next day. If you don’t have a boot drying device, a hair dryer works, and Colorado Bear Creek Cabins provides hair dryers in every cabin.

We hope you enjoy your stay at Colorado Bear Creek Cabins and have a wonderful ski experience that will create memories for you and your family that you will enjoy forever.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 303-674-3442.  Thank you.

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