To some of us, a ski-in, ski-out condo at the base of the mountain, with a heated outdoor swimming pool and a private jacuzzi, is what skiing is all about. Others may choose an elegant hotel, a cheerful singles-only chalet, or an inexpensive house with four bedrooms that can sleep as many as are able to crowd into the beds and on the floor.

Virtually every ski resort has its own housing bureau whose staff will attempt to find precisely the facilities you’re looking for. However, if they can’t fulfill your needs, whether for quality or price, another excellent way to locate housing in the resort area of your choice is to make a telephone call to the nearest chamber of commerce. The local folks know where the housing bargains really are.

Remember, the price of housing is usually inversely proportional to its distance from the base lodge, so you may have to find your own transportation from that great, inexpensive home you rented for the 15-mile trip to the nearest lift.

Both ski tour operators and ski areas offer total packages, including lessons, rentals, bedrooms, and meals, priced well below what you’d pay for each item separately. However, do your homework. You may turn up even better bargains if you have the time to do the digging.

More about Skiing:
Discount sporting goods stores may not have the skilled personnel to help you select the equipment most suited for you, but if you’re confident of what you want to buy, take a go
Until you become a fast, aggressive skier don’t throw big dollars into expensive poles. Pick an economical pair. To measure yourself for poles, turn the pole upside down, putting
Modem skiing actually began with the development of bindings that locked a boot onto a ski. The binding had two important functions. First, it enabled skiers to control the way a s
However, whether you pick a traditional design or an hourglass model, choose the ski that’s best suited to your style and skill level on the mountains. My firm recommendation is
Ski design constantly undergoes changes in the endless effort of manufacturers to produce a better ski for every skier’s objective on the slopes. Skis are specifically designed f
Boots Once you’re bitten by the urge to own, the first item on your list should be boots. No rental pair is ever as comfortable. At the same time, a boot that fits properly for

Disabled Competitions

Ski competitions for both standing and sitting skiers are held throughout the country and in Europe. Both Aspen Highlands and Mount Hood Meadows ski resorts…

Mountain Manners

in Kids
However, the fact that they did spend time in various ski schools did not eliminate what I feel keenly is the responsibility of all parents of kids on the…

Nonskiing Necessities

in Kids
Apres-ski boots: These are an important adjunct on a ski trip. The best are those that slip on quickly and are both warm and tolerably lightweight. Laceup…


The ancient grandfather of alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, is alive, healthy, and more popular than at any time in his 4,000-year history. True, no longer…

Whistler/Blackcomb - Part 1

Put two great ski mountains side by side, each with more than 5,000 feet of vertical - the most in North America - and you’ve got the first hint of what it’s…

Who Pays the Piper?

If a skier runs into serious difficulty skiing beyond an area’s boundaries, someone will be along to help him. In the United States, this task usually falls to…