1: Pick up an Indy Pass
With 63 different independent ski resorts this year and more being added today, the Indy Pass is the perfect pass for a ski road trip. Whether you’re in New England or Idaho, you’ve got plenty of fantastic areas to explore and enjoy. EXPLORE OPTIONS HERE.
2: Make a Plan
It should go without saying that week+ trips should be planned, but hey, a rule’s a rule. Plan out where you’ll go, where you’ll sleep, where you’ll eat, etc. It will make your trip so much easier.
3: Don’t Stick to the plan
It’s your trip, so if you see something that looks fun, stop and see! Those unplanned stops can end up being a highlight of your trip.
4: Stock up on (healthy) Snacks
We would all love to eat only Oreo’s and Twizzlers all week (or at least I would) but your bowels may not be the happiest with you. My go to is usually some breakfast cereal (Malt o meal Golden Puffs) and some sort of nuts or seeds which usually keeps my stomach and colon happy.
5: Explore the towns you visit
While the focus of your trip may be skiing, it’s also fun to walk around the mountain towns and seeing all the local businesses. I love to visit small coffee shops, thrift stores, and breweries and getting to know the places I visit more intimately.
This should go without saying, but be safe while driving and skiing. Don’t Apres too hard before driving through the night to your next destination.
7: Avoid Kansas
Out of all the states to drive across, Kansas is by far the worst. You would think it would be about as bad as Nebraska, but trust me, it’s worse. It takes hours to drive through this pancake-flat state and your reward is driving through another 3 hours of boring eastern Colorado.
8: Don’t exhaust yourself
You may want to ski from open to close, but doing that for days on end will really take it out of you. Take some slow mornings, maybe leave early some days. Just don’t put it all on the slopes so you can’t enjoy anything else.
9: Okay, maybe exhaust yourself some days
If there’s a powder day, sleep in the lot there and get first chair. You’ll have a great story to tell for years on end after that.
10: Don’t smell yourself
You WILL smell bad. Going multiple days of skiing and driving non-stop without a shower will do that. Accept your BO and own it.
11: Take a lot of pictures
You’ll want to show off your adventures to others, especially on the gram. Snap the mountaintop views, crazy jerry’s, and steep moguls that you just bombed. You’ll regret not taking pictures more than you’d regret taking too many.
12: When you finish, get some sleep.
There’s nothing better after a long trip than taking a shower and sleeping for 12 hours. You can tell stories the next day, but for now, don’t let the bedbugs bite.