Our mobile site is optimized for smaller screens.


Blog :: 10-2014

What to Bring Skiing: Mount Snow Vermont Ski Trip Checklist

The time has come to pack up and head for the hills — Vermont’s Green Mountains, that is. The big ski trip to Mount Snow has been burning a hole in your calendar for months, and before you know it, you’ll be there. Packing can be a little frantic, though, and there are few more frustrating feelings than pulling into your destination to realize you’ve forgotten something. This ski trip checklist can help you stay on top of your gear needs so you can spend more time worry free on top of Mount Snow, whether you're planning a family vacation in Vermont or hitting the slopes with friends.

Ski Trip Checklist Bare Essentials

The Bare Essentials

Blame it on human nature, work stress, or last night’s shenanigans, but it’s easier than we’d like to admit to forget some of skiing’s bare essentials. Try this: as you reach for your car’s ignition to embark on your Vermont ski trip, say “skis, boots, poles, helmet, goggles, gloves, jacket, snow pants,” either out loud or in your head, in the same order every time. Don’t just rattle off the words though. With each one, think of where in the car that object is and remember putting it there (or realize you haven’t). There are obviously other things, like ski socks, that you’ll need on your packing checklist, but in our opinion, these eight pieces of ski gear are the worst to leave behind.

Vermont Ski Trip Road

Pack Your Bags Like a Pro 

Small stuff is a big pain to remember, especially if you don’t always need it depending on the weather. We’re talking things like glove liners, hand warmers, neck gaiters, goggle cleaning cloths, thermal underwear and upper base layers, along with ski socks and the essentials listed above. One trick we picked up — from a professional mountain guide who still does this every time he travels, no less — is to think of a bed, floor, or other big, flat surface as a puzzle or game board. Lay out each small piece of gear in the same spot every time so you can see it all at once before putting things in your bag. You can even go one step further and imagine putting it on to start a day at the mountain. If something’s missing, it’ll be more obvious this way. 

Start With the Right Gear

Ski clothing technology has come so far over the years that, barring sub-zero wind chill days, there’s just no reason to be cold or uncomfortable while you’re out on the slopes. Outerwear should be both waterproof and breathable: Gore-Tex and similar fabric blends are the name of the game. Even the best skiers and riders take a dive into the snow once in a while, so it’s better to air on the side of staying dry no matter what. Heavily insulated jackets and pants can work fine, but we prefer a thin waterproof shell as a top layer, leaving an array of options underneath for every line on the thermometer.

Base layers ought to be flexible, comfortable, and fit snugly without being tight. Materials like microfleece, spandex, and other synthetics work together to wick moisture away from your body and prevent you from freezing or overheating. Avoid cotton at all costs — it soaks easily, dries slowly, and makes you cold. 

Mount Snow Lodging Chimney Hill

Stay Organized Where You're Staying 

Trying to pack the whole crew into a couple of hotel rooms is always stressful, and doing it with a mountain of ski bags is downright lunacy. When there’s not enough room, ski gear ends up where it shouldn’t: under beds and dressers, behind end tables, and in that one bathroom vanity drawer that no one opens except to deposit an extra toothbrush and promptly forget about it. When you stay at a Vermont rental home near Mount Snow, you’ll have plenty of space to breathe easy, unwind, and keep organized.

Photo 1: "Ski Models 2010," by Kunstpiste. 

How to Find the Best Mount Snow Deals

Nothing beats a ski trip to Mount Snow — except a ski trip to Mount Snow that costs less than the sticker price. The mountain's 85 trails are lined with hundreds of state-of-the-art snow guns and their output gets finished off by one of America's most respected grooming fleets. Add an array of mountainside dining options and a bustling base area, and it's no wonder that prime-season lift tickets can top out near $90. That's a price the savvy skier can steer clear of, though, as long as you plan your trip in advance and pay attention to the abundance of Mount Snow deals available.

Mount Snow Deals - Bluebird Express

Find Online Lift Tickets in Advance

One of the best ways to find cheap Mount Snow lift tickets is to buy them online before your trip. Depending on the day and how far ahead you're able to plan, this Mount Snow ticket deal can save you as much as 70% off the retail price.

There are a couple of different outlets for advance lift tickets online. One is the online Mount Snow ticket window. Just enter your visit dates and click to start saving. This option is especially useful for families and first-time visitors because deals can include rental equipment and other goodies.

Other ticket sellers like Liftopia are a good option too. On Liftopia, you can buy discount ski tickets months in advance. You'll notice that the lowest prices are available on days when you wouldn't expect the mountain to be crowded—weekdays and non-holiday periods—the perfect excuse to take a couple days off from work.

Ski on Discount Days

Mount Snow treats skiers and riders to a handful of special ticket discount days across the season. Get out your calendar and highlight these bright blue — it's time to make the Bluebird Express an official part of your schedule. Keep an eye on Mount Snow's website since these discount days can change from year to year.

Mount Snow Skiing

Founder's Day - Mount Snow sold its first tickets on December 12, 1954, and has been known to celebrate that anniversary with steeply discounted rates. 2014 marks the mountain's 60th year in operation, with $12 tickets and an array of other giveaways and deals around the hill.

Youth Pay Their Age Day - The kids are growing up too fast, and here's one more reason they ought to slow down: one day each year, skiers and riders under 18 can pay their age to ski at Mount Snow. Yes, that's really $9 for a nine-year-old.

Valentine's Day - Mount Snow usually runs a couples' deal on or around Valentine's Day. As of 2015, it's $49 for two tickets, leaving plenty left over for a romantic evening. Like most of these deals, you have to hit it online a few days before the event, so get your cupid's arrow ready in advance.

St. Patrick's Day - Don that bright green parka you've been saving since 1995, pull a couple of glass mugs from the freezer and toast the luck of the Irish, because the Mount Snow St. Patrick's Day deal means you ski for just $17.

Sign Up for Email Newsletters

We know you've got that one email account with 8,257 unread messages that you use to sign up for different businesses' mailing lists. Ski-related email newsletters are different, though. When you type your real email address into the box at mountsnow.com, you're signing up for thoughtful updates on snow and conditions, and, best of all, reminders about lift ticket deals. Can't remember when Youth Pay Their Age Day is coming up this year? Mount Snow's magic email wizards are going to let you know at least once. Here are a few other must-have email newsletters for Vermont lift ticket deals:

Ski Vermont Newsletters - Get your Vermont lift ticket deals right from the source via the Vermont Ski Areas Association. As a bonus, their website has ski conditions, snowstorm totals, and more from all around the state aggregated in one spot. Keep an eye on the site's Deals tab, too. One of the most popular ongoing Ski Vermont Deals is the Fifth Grade Passport (link to YouTube video), which lets fifth graders from any state ski for free in Vermont.

Ski Vermont Fifth Grade Passport Deal

Boston.com Newsletters - Boston.com offers an array of newsletters available on one signup form, and the one you want is aptly named SkiMail. It's another prime source for mountain updates and New England lift ticket deals. Follow the Ski Guru Blog http://www.boston.com/travel/explorene/specials/ski/blog/, too, but be warned — keeping this well-connected with the ski world might have unexpected side effects, like the desire to quit your job and finally just move to Vermont.

No matter how many Mount Snow deals we rack up or how much snow is pounding the slopes, most of us can't just drop everything for a new life in the mountains. Once in a while we can come pretty close, though. That coveted three-day weekend or a stretch of saved-up vacation days is just enough to remind us what winter really feels like. When it's time to plan your ski trip, there's one more deal to be had: Vermont rental homes are available just minutes from Mount Snow at great rates, with all the space and amenities you'd expect in your own little slice of Vermont.

  • P.O. BOX 415, 9 Haystack Road, Wilmington VT 05363