It’s a great experience to go skiing in the North America. I live in North California, and luckily I have been to the Ski resort several times in the winder. For me, skiing is “Luxury” and “Upper Class” sports. But if you know how to save budget, you will still have fun to enjoy this local activity. Before the introduction, here’s the Ski picture as below. Try to imagine you are here, isn’t it fantasy?
1. Ski Rental
The total budget for buying ski will be around $500~$700. If you are a on the tight budget, I recommend you can go for a Ski Rental. Take North California as an example, I went to the Sports Basement.
1.1 Rental Fees
2. Ski Equipment purchasing
Readers can either go Amazon to purchase.
3. Ski Equipment
It’s important to have the equipment as below.
3.1 Wind-proof, Water- proof coat and Snow Pants
It will keep your lower body dry and comfortable. I recommend Columbia, and price is around $99~$300.
3.2 Ski and Snowboard Googles
It can offer some basic protection from wind and cold, and also some sands and tree sticks. I purchase the Ski Googles from Amazon. Here are my recommand brands: Bolle、Zionor, price is around $17~$46.
3.3 Ski and Snowboard Helmets
It will keep your head warmth, and also prevent your head “kiss ” the trees or ground badly. I bought my helmet in Amazon and here are my recommend brands: Giro、Smith Optics、Lucky Bums. The price is around $20~$70
3.4 Ski and Snowboard Gloves
It will keep your head warmth, and also prevent your head “kiss ” the trees or ground badly. I bought my helmet in Amazon.
3.5 Ski and Snowboard Socks
The thick Ski socks will collect moisture to your foot and keep your foot warm. I purchased them in Amazon.
3.6 Other Equipment ：GoPro
When you’re skiing, snowboarding, bringing your GoPro camera to new heights is always a great idea! Price is around $200~$400
4. Checking the best timing to go skiing
Checking via Google or Onthesnow.com before going to skiing.
4.1 Preparing the snow chains
Sometimes the government will ask the car to put on the snow chains if the cars are heading to the mountains.
The price of snow chains are around $90~$100. The price is around $70~$90 in supermarket. I recommend you can purchase in Amazon, the fees is around $450~$70. Here’s the professional person to help us to put on the snow chain.
5. Ski Season Pass (以北加州為例)
5.1 Season Pass price
|Tahoe Local Pass||Tahoe Value Pass|
|Adult (13 +)||$529||$449|
|Resorts||Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood||Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood|
|Black-out date||11/25/16-11/26/16, 12/26/16-12/31/16, 1/14/17, 2/18/17-2/19/17. Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City & Arapahoe Basin are excluded||11/25/16-11/26/16, 12/26/16-12/31/16, 1/14/17, 2/18/17-2/19/17. Heavenly, Northstar, & Kirkwood are excluded|
5.2 Single ticket (Take Northstar as an example)
|One day pass||Two days pass||Three days pass|
|Expiration date||same day||use two times in 3 consecutive days||use three times in 5 consecutive days|
|Adult (19~64 years old)||$150||$300||$420|
|Children (5~12 years old)||$89||$178||$249|
|Teenagers (5~12 years old)||$123||$246||$345|
|Elderly (more than 65)||123||$246||$345|
Storage types (Take Northstar as an example)
|Small/ Medium||Large||Extra large|
|Size||It can fit lunch, Shoes, Jacket||It can fit lunch, shoes, jacket( bigger room)||It can fit skiing/ snow board.|
|Fees||$9/day||$11/day||First day free, second day $5/day|
- I recommend to change to skiing shoes / snow board shoes before going to the top of the mountain. As you will take shuttle or cable car, and it could also save the space for your shoes storage.
- Some resorts, such as Northstar, provide the whole season storage service. However you should join the member and the fees will be around $2,800. I don’t have too much budget so I decided to go for hand-carrying every time. :P
6. Skiing Trails (North America)
- Green – Easy trail.
- Blue – Intermediate trail.
- Black – Difficult Trail.
If you are the super beginner, I recommend you go for the coach, practice for few days, and then finally go to Green!