GUIDE TO THE ULTIMATE WEEKEND GETAWAY
Sometimes we all need a weekend away. When adventure is calling, it’s time for a weekend escape to the mountains full of unique experiences. This winter, go somewhere new, try something different, and bring the selfie stick to capture those Instagram-worthy moments. We’ve compiled our ultimate guide of tips and tricks to help you plan a weekend getaway at our collection of resorts. Start packing and get to planning; your weekend escape is within reach.
Step one: Take your pick: What kind of escape do you crave?
With 8 world-class resorts, we guarantee you’ll find the perfect location for your weekend getaway. there are endless activity-options for even the pickiest of travelers. Hanging with college buddies? Hit up Heavenly, where you can ski all day, party with the Heavenly Angels during après, and hit the casinos all night. Indulging in a relaxing getaway? At Beaver Creek, partake in Winter Wine Excursions or head to Vail where you’ll find exceptional spas and shopping to keep your group Zen. Enjoy the finer side of life at Northstar with champagne on the slopes and the Mountain Table Dinner Series. Packing in as many hours on the slopes as possible? Ski or ride all day and into the night at Keystone, or try to tackle all the runs at Park City, the largest resort in the U.S. Our resorts have a combined 2.7 billion (yes, billion) vertical feet of runs, so trust us: you’ll never run out of options.
Step two: Plan your (mountain) escape route.
You’ll want to spend as much time as possible on the slopes, enjoying après, and relaxing in the mountains during your weekend getaway, and that means getting to the resort quickly. Did you know that Eagle County Regional Airport provides non-stop flights from 12 major airports, and one-stop connections are available from over 250 cities worldwide? Plus, the airport is only 30 minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek. And don’t forget that Park City Mountain Resort is a quick 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City airport as well as serviced by multiple shuttle companies, giving you several options to get to the resort quickly.
Step three: Find a place to hang your helmet.
Our resorts offer world-class lodging to fit every taste and budget, from slopeside chalets to cozy hotel rooms. The first step in picking the perfect lodging for your getaway is narrowing down location. Do you need ski-in/ski-out access to ensure you get first chair each morning? Or does a quiet retreat a short shuttle ride from the slopes work best? Typically, properties located in the village or slopeside will cost a bit more than those located a shuttle ride away.
Next, consider the type of lodging that best fits your needs. If you’re planning to whip up gourmet feasts, you’ll want a condo or private residence style accommodation that offers full kitchen amenities. Planning to eat your way through the resort? A hotel style option may allow you to save on lodging, which means more dessert during your culinary tour.
Finally, pick your dates wisely and book early. If you can travel while everyone else is in school or at work, such as mid-week or non-holiday periods, you’ll find incredible deals on lodging and enjoy fast access to chairlifts and the best restaurants. And keep in mind that most lodging will give their biggest discounts to early bookers, so don’t delay! Click here for the best deals across our resorts.
Step four: Buy lift tickets online and skip the lines.
With so much fun to pack into a single weekend, you don’t want to spend time waiting in the lift ticket line. Plus, who doesn’t love a great deal? Buy your lift ticket online 7 days or more before you arrive and you’ll get the lowest lift ticket prices – guaranteed! Buy your lift ticket here and we’ll ship it right to your door before you leave for your vacation.
Taking more of a spur-of-the-moment trip and can’t plan that far ahead? No worries, just buy online and walk up to the Epic Day Express lift ticket line to grab your EpicDay card and get to the slopes quickly.
Step five: Gear up.
If you’re bringing your own gear, now’s the time to get it tuned and packed. If you don’t have your own skis or snowboard, we can hook you up. We partner with RentSkis.com at many of our resorts to offer slope-side or in-lodging rental and pick-up, so you don’t have to trudge across town with unwieldy bags of gear.
Step six: Plan ahead.
Part of the appeal of any weekend getaway is the spontaneity, but we recommend having at least one pre-planned can’t miss activity on your itinerary. From the best après spots, to can’t-miss nightlife, to hidden gems across our resorts, we have you covered with guides to discovering the best of the best across our mountain collection. Now pack your bags, use this handy guide, and get to the slopes to revel in the snow!