This is a great year for a ski vacation, but before you decide on a resort in which to spend your time and money, think about which category of ski resorts best suits your needs. Passionate skiers want advanced trails and slopes, while families want a variety of activities in a resort.

These are a few ski resort categories to guide you:

Ski-in, Ski-Out Resort. This type of ski resort provides accommodations located right on the slopes of a mountain, allowing you to ski in and out from your front door. Other resorts provide chair lifts, aerial trams and gondolas to take you to the top of the mountain. A number of these resorts put emphasis on ski tourism, while others have lots of other activities such as snowboarding, swimming, and ice skating.

Mountain Ski Resorts. This kind of resort are close to ski mountains, and they also offer activities other than skiing. You can usually rent equipment and clothes in nearby towns.

Ski Resorts for Families. There is no such thing as over-planning when it comes to family vacations. You shouldn’t choose resorts that don’t allow beginner skiers if anyone in your family is a beginner or if you have kids. Ski resorts should see to it that the easy and advanced trails are made known to their customers.

Look for a family resort that offers a condo or town home that will accommodate the entire family and you may also want to check on child care availability and ski packages that can save you money.

Ski Resorts That Are So Close. If you live near a great ski resort, then you stand to get good deals on lodging and ski packages. Some offer season passes that include gear and also daily passes to the slopes. It’s a great way to save money and take ski or snowboarding lessons on a regular basis.

Before you start planning a ski vacation, you should list all your expectations and preferences first. Then, scour the Internet for good deals and packages that suit your needs and budget. If you find a ski resort that you especially like, don’t hesitate to call and see what kind of deal they can offer.

Most ski resorts aim to please and will work hard to ensure that you’ll want to return by helping you plan a ski vacation from beginning to end and make it as pleasurable as possible.

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