Tips on planning a group Ski Vacation in Colorado
The Rockies is a majestic mountain chain that offers great skiing and amazing views. This image was take in Steamboat, Colorado.
Do you dream of the perfect group ski vacation? There’s nothing quite like hitting the slopes with friends for a few days of skiing and next-level relaxation — but the thought of trying to organize a large group event can be a little daunting. If you yearn for a killer ski weekend, but balk at the idea of trying to organize a large outing, help has arrived. Here are some tips on how to make your next group ski trip fun, unforgettable, and (most of all) stress-free.
Before setting out for your Colorado ski trip — or any group outing, for that matter — it helps to set your expectations. Do you plan to hit as many ski slopes as possible? Hit the nightlife in town? Kick back by the fire and relax with friends and family? Whatever your plans for your ultimate ski getaway, it will save you (and those with you) a lot of headache if you think ahead and make sure everyone’s goals and expectations are in sync.
While “be spontaneous” might seem incompatible with “plan ahead,” that doesn’t have to be the case! Once you’ve decided your overall plan for your ski trip, don’t be afraid to relax and embrace a little spontaneity. Just because you want to check out the nightlife after a day on the mountain doesn’t mean you have to plan every moment. Skiing trips often mean unpredictable weather conditions, anyway — so you might as well travel light, pack for any weather, and be ready for whatever comes your way.
Simplify Your Transportation
Does the thought of trying to organize transportation to and from a ski trip for a large group make you break out in a cold sweat? Metropolitan Shuttle can help make it easy. Our professional staff specializes in planning, organizing, and scheduling group transportation for every size and purpose. Whether you need a shuttle van for a small handful of ski enthusiasts, or a forty-seat party bus for the blowout weekend of a lifetime, Metropolitan Shuttle has the vehicle for you. We will help plan pick-up, drop-off, and take the headache out of planning your ski vacation.
Pick Your Season
It’s no secret winter is the busiest season for most Colorado resorts. A winter ski trip gives you the most choices, but it’s also likely to be the most expensive. Some Colorado resorts have great snow all year round, plus summer and fall activities you may not be able to take part in during other times of the year. Don’t tie yourself down to a winter ski vacation — an “off-season” outing could save you tons of money and time. Summer activities in Colorado can include golfing, pontooning, sailboating, fishing, and more.
Do Your Homework
When it comes to picking the right resort, location matters. If you’re planning a trip for a large group of people, it can make your life a lot easier to find a resort that will be easy to get to from the airport or nearby city. For example, you could take a charter bus rental to any one of these ski resorts from nearby Denver:
- Loveland Ski Area (1 hour)
- Echo Mountain (53 minutes)
- Winter Park (1 hour 20 minutes)
With a charter bus reaching resorts further away is not an issue. Here are driving times to some of the iconic ski resorts from Denver Airport:
- Aspen (3.5 hours)
- Steamboat Springs (4.5 hours)
- Vail, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain (approx. 2.5 hours)
Choose Lodging Wisely
If you want to save a little money while on vacation, consider renting a house or apartment with a kitchen instead of a series of hotel suites. Not only could you spend less on lodging costs, but cooking your own meals will save you a bundle over time. There’s no reason not to have an amazing restaurant meal or two, of course — but there’s no need to spend restaurant prices on every meal.
If you choose to have your charter bus with your group the entire time, you can save money on lodging by choosing a place further away from the slopes and using the bus as your own private skibus.
Interested in learning how Metropolitan Shuttle can help make your next ski trip spectacular? Learn about our quick, easy service by calling us at 1-866-556-3545 or contact us today for pricing information.