When traveling for a ski vacation, it is often difficult to pack. The problem usually isn’t knowing what to take, but rather figuring out how to get it all there. Skis don’t exactly fit into suitcases, and if you are flying, this could be a major issue.
The best place to start is by knowing what’s available at your destination. Is there a rental shop? How much are the rental fees for skis, boots, and poles. If it’s reasonable, and skiing with rented equipment doesn’t bother you, this is a viable option – and it makes packing and traveling much easier.
However, if you much prefer to have your own equipment, there is another option. Find out if there are any ski shops in the area. There usually are. Check prices on skis, poles, and boots, then ask if they buy used equipment. If they don’t, you can ask the shop if there is any store nearby that does purchase used equipment or call around yourself. When you have the information of a ski shop that does, call that place to get an estimate on how much you could get for barely used ski equipment. After figuring out the difference in the money you will spend on the ski equipment, and the money you will get for the used equipment when you are finished with it, it’s easy to compare saving rates. If it isn’t much more than what it would cost you to rent the equipment, go for it!
Although ski suits, ski jackets and sweaters are essentials for the time you will spend on the slopes, they can be very bulky and hard to pack. They take up lots of room in your suitcase, and leave very little space for other clothing and essentials. If you are trying to pack for a two week ski vacation, it will be impossible to fit everything you need into a single suitcase.
The best solution is to call the lodge or resort where you will be staying. Inform them that you need to ship a package, for yourself, to them, and that you need that package to be there when you arrive. Inquire if the hold packages at the front desk and for how long. In most cases, they will. Next, get a box, pack all of your ski suits, ski jacket, and any other bulky items and ship it to yourself, in care of the lodge or resort. Shipping can be overnight, two day, or three day depending on how far it must travel. Depending on how much the box weighs, you will usually pay less than fifty dollars to ship a package in the continental United States. If you plan far enough in advance, you will not have to worry about the very hefty overnight and next day prices…which is a lot less than you would pay an airline for extra baggage and overweight limit fees!