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Is ski in, ski out worth the extra money?

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Ask Ann.

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Is ski in, ski out worth the extra money?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Ann Denney, from Ski.com.

Location, Location, Location!

It's worth the money, especially if you don't like shuttles, have kids attending ski school or want to have lunch in your own condo!

It can be hard to determine the value of location, whether it's real estate or your home-away-from-home on the ski slopes. Consider the logistics of a ski vacation: free ski shuttles can be a breeze if you're traveling with other adults, but add the "schlep factor" of kids' skis, helmets, extra layers, etc., and suddenly a 5-minute shuttle can turn into a major headache. Also, when ski school is just a quick "swoosh" down the mountain or steps from your condo, getting the kids (or yourself) to a lesson on time is infinitely easier and more enjoyable. And think of it as the ideal on-mountain lodge! It's so easy to zip in to the condo for sunscreen, bathroom breaks, lunch or a goggle swap when the weather changes. Bottom line - it's worth it.



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Ask Brian.

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Is ski in, ski out worth the extra money?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Brian Ripley, from Rocky Mountain Getaways.

Because the designation "ski-in-ski-out" usually comes at a higher cost than a non ski-in/ski-out designation, the answer largely depends on your own sensibilities. Ski-in/ski-out as a designation can have different parameters depending on the resort you are visiting. For instance, one resort might define it as being located within 100 yards of the trail/lift, where another may define it as 150 yards or more.

Most clients that I work with like to envision it being right on the snow and right next to a lift. Sometimes this is the case; sometimes it isn't. In many cases, you are required to ski down a trail to access a lift from your ski-in/ski-out condominium. In such a case you want to make sure that the range of ability levels associated with your trip are comfortable with this requirement. Alternatively, you may be required to walk across a plaza to get to the lift even with a ski-in/ski-out designation which could lead to disappointment. Some locations are just what one likes to imagine- right on the snow and right next to a lift. For all of these reasons, look for a knowledgeable experienced ski travel sales professional like me who regularly tours properties and can give you qualified recommendations based on first-hand knowledge.

For another example, just because your accommodations have a ski-in/ski-out designation does not mean they are located anywhere near child ski school or any other skier services that your party may require. This will not do you much good when you need to get a group of beginner children to kids ski school in the morning. Ski-in ski-out should to be convenient for your specific needs.

E-mail me, or call and expert from Rocky Mountain Getaways and get the inside scoop on the appropriate accommodations for your specific needs.



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Ask Bree.

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Is ski in, ski out worth the extra money?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Bree Procter, from Whistler Blackcomb.

It's hard to beat rolling out of bed, walking a few steps and strapping on your skis or board. Whistler has three bases that offer ski-in/ski-out and many lodging choices that come at a pretty reasonable price.

However, it's good to keep in mind that Whistler's Village contains many excellent accommodation options that are a quick walk to the Gondolas. Several other properties offer free ski shuttles to the lifts. In addition, Whistler offers free shuttles that run throughout Whistler Village, Village North and the Upper Village.



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Ask Cassandra.

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Is ski in, ski out worth the extra money?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Cassandra Davenport, from Alpine Adventures.

I would advise you based on the age and ability of your party and of course the specific resort. Some resorts have private guest shuttles which offer easier and quicker access to the slopes. In this case I would not pay the extra for staying slope side. If the lift is literally out the back door of the hotel like the Borders in Beaver Creek, the Viceroy in Snowmass or the Club Med in Val Morel there is nothing better.


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Ask Travis.

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Is ski in, ski out worth the extra money?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Travis English, from Alpine Adventures.

Ski-in / Ski-out can be worth the extra money depending on age and ability of your group. If you are with a group of novice skiers it may be worth the extra money to minimize hassle and locate accommodations near the ski school. It can also make for convenient trips to the restroom, lunch, or to shed that extra layer.


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