how to prepare for a weekend ski or snowboard trip

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A WEEKEND SKI OR SNOWBOARD TRIP

Skis or Snowboard? Whichever you prefer for carving through fresh snow, chances are you’re looking at the arrival of colder temperatures at the end of this year with anticipation. We don’t blame you – if you work like a pro, you deserve to vacation like one as well, especially when it comes to hitting the ski slopes and unwinding.

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The cooler temps have also made me start scouting out winter activities and locations to visit for our family, so we can be fully prepared and block out that time in our busy schedules. I decided to reach out to Johnna Muscente, Director of Communications at Vail Resorts, to get some expert advice on everything from what all families should pack, to getting your family and your vehicle ready for ski and snowboarding season.   

Some simple preparation before your trip can help provide a little added peace-of-mind, letting you truly relax on your vacation.

SPORTS GEAR
What good is a ski trip without the proper sports equipment? Whether you have already purchased or you plan to rent skis/snowboard, boots, helmets, and other associated gear, you will need a place and space to haul your items up the mountain and back down again. The Yukon XL offers plenty of storage space for your family and all their active gear. From the second row, that will fold and tumble at the touch of a button in order to hold longer items like skis and snowboards, to the rear cargo area that can securely hold bulky snow boots and poles in place with the available cargo net, you will be able to confidently transport all your gear for the trip.

PROPER CLOTHING
Everyone who is planning on snowboarding or skiing should come prepared for the cold weather and to have a blast, both on the mountain and off. Toss your waterproof ski jacket, waterproof ski pants, base layer top and bottoms (in wool or syntheticfabrics), ski socks (wool works great) in a large suitcase. Snow clothing can be quite bulky, large suitcases come in handy when packing for cold days. When traveling in a midsize SUV, such as the GMC Acadia, the third row can fold completely flat and provide ample space for several large suitcases.

Other necessities? Neck gaiters (it’s a great idea to keep a spare in your ski jacket, as they can get wet!), waterproof/ Insulated gloves, goggles/ sunglasses, high SPF/waterproof sunscreen and your ski pass. Need to store these items when not on the slopes? The cleverly-designed console in the GMC Terrain small SUV provides expansive storage to stow away loose items that you will need to keep within reach.

You’ll want to pack an extra pair of socks and winter boots for the drive home. After a long day on the mountain, your ski socks might be a little damp and there’s nothing better than trading your ski boots for a pair of warm, dry socks and cozy winter boots. Hit your remote start button from the MyGMC app to begin warming your interior space before you even hit the bottom of the slope.

OTHER ESSENTIALS
Water and snacks are super important. You can work up quite a thirst on the mountain and at higher elevations, it’s important to stay hydrated. Dried fruit snacks or granola bars can also be tossed right into a jacket pocket. Fill up the multiple cup holders with water bottles and toss snacks in the multiple storage compartments that the GMC SUV line offers.

Don’t forget your smartphone! Some of the very best memories can happen on snow and you’ll want to snap pictures to share with family and friends. Charge any device, on the way up the mountain, in the multiple USB ports and with the wireless charging offered on the center console in the Yukon Denali.

PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE, TOO
While focusing on packing your belongings, don’t forget to also prepare your vehicle for the trip ahead.

  • Rubber floor mats go a long way toward preventing dirt, grime and snowmelt  from ruining car interiors. Trunks can also be outfitted with heavy-duty rubber matting, perfect for tossing in wet boots, helmets and soggy base layers.
  • Keep your snow gear in a separate bag from your off-the-slopes apparel. A boot bag or similar duffel should be more than enough storage space to house your boots, helmet, goggles, gloves, snow pants, sunglasses and other necessities. Having your snow gear stored separately will also make it easier to change into, because more likely than not, you will be throwing on your snow pants, jacket and everything else while standing in the parking lot or by the vehicle.
  • It can be beneficial to have two coolers ready with snacks and drinks: one larger cooler that can be placed in the trunk for after your runs and during your stay, and one smaller cooler that’s easily accessible during your drive up to the resort. This way you can properly fuel up on the road before grabbing your gear and getting on the mountain.
  • Throw in a few blankets, pillows and several movies that everyone can enjoy on your winter vacation -be it while riding in the car on the trip up, or for relaxing within a cabin at the resort itself.

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