family on ski vacation

Planning a family ski vacation can feel a little overwhelming. From budgeting travel and lodging costs to packing the right gear and clothing to scheduling time off work and taking the kiddos of out school. Doing a little homework before you go can certainly save you time and money so you can focus on having a great trip with your family.

To Fly or To Drive?

When budgeting for a ski or snowboard trip, the first decision you need to make is whether to fly or drive. Both have advantages and disadvantages. If you choose to fly, airline tickets may be one of your bigger expenses. But there are ways to save by shopping airports and airlines, and ski free deals. You might be able to reduce the cost of flying, giving you extra money in your pocket for more family fun!

Shop Airline / Airport Deals

Shopping for the best airfare deals can sometimes feel like a game. When comparing airfares to the same destination, again, do your homework to make sure you know exactly what is included before you book. Most airlines and travel agencies give you 24 hours to cancel and re-book in case you should overlook a better deal elsewhere. Keep in mind, the least expensive airfare can turn out to be the most expensive by the time you select a seat, check a bag, or bring a carry on.

Also consider the airport you fly into. You’ll generally find more direct flights and budget-friendly choices when flying into larger central airports than into smaller airports closer to some destinations. While those airports might be closer, the flight cost may be significantly higher. Simply, it comes down to weighing out cost vs. convenience.

Save on Airline Baggage Costs

Researching additional baggage costs before your trip will definitely save you money. For example, check out things like airlines that offer free checked luggage, both a carry-on and personal item included in your ticket, and bundled deals if offered. Also consider reserving checked luggage and carry-ons at the time of booking your flight as prices may increase at the counter or at the gate.

Another time and money saver is to familiarize you with weight and measurement guidelines in advance. Weigh and measure bags at home using a bathroom scale and everyday household measuring tape.

Traveling with Your Equipment

Once you’ve decided how you want to travel, you will next need to decide if you want to travel with or without your ski/snowboard gear. If you have your own equipment and choose to bring it with you, you can pack your skis and/or snowboards, poles, boots, and helmets in bags designed for these items. If traveling by car, these bags can be stowed away either inside the vehicle or on racks on top.  If you’re flying and feel strongly about using your own gear, a hard ski / snowboard case is highly recommended to protect your skis and poles or snowboard.


Ski and snowboard bags are subject to the same set of rules as standard luggage across the board. These bags are not treated differently and are always a single piece of luggage, assuming they follow the airline’s individual, specific regulations. Typically, boot bags and ski/snowboard bags are considered “one” piece of luggage together, permitting the boot bag accompanies a pair of skis or snowboard and the bag contains boots only.

Another smart tip when packing is to fill your ski/snowboard bag to the max. While boot bags aren’t allowed to contain anything else, ski/snowboard bags are fair game for extra items. Pack as many little things in with your skis/snowboard as you can – hats, gloves, socks – all the small things that would bulk up a suitcase. If you pack your jacket in the ski bag instead of your suitcase, fill the pockets with the above items to take advantage of unused space. Leave the jacket pockets empty if you’re putting it in your suitcase, as filling the pockets will add bulk and prevent the jacket from flattening out.

Renting Equipment

You may choose to leave all your gear at home and rent once you arrive. Not to fear, Christy Sports provides top quality rental equipment and experienced rental techs to match all your ski and snowboard needs. We offer everything from the latest and greatest in skis and snowboards to our Premium, Sports, or All Mountain packages to a Basic ski or snowboard package for those just starting out.

And of course, our Junior ski/snowboard packages for the kiddos! Christy Sports’ kids rentals are designed to meet the changing needs of your children as they grow and become future enthusiast. In fact, Christy Sports offers a Kids Ski Free rental program, where for each adult rental of four days or more, a child’s rentals (ages 12 and under) are free.

In Store Rentals

Our in-store rental process with Christy Sports is super quick and easy. With the most dedicated and knowledgeable staff in the ski/snowboard industry, rest assured you will receive an unmatched ski or snowboard rental experience in any location representing the Christy Sports name. Stop in any of our rental locations across the country and let our expert techs show you just how simple and painless renting gear can be.

Door to Door Delivery Rentals

For even more convenience, Christy Sports offers Door To Door Ski Rental Delivery – the same unmatched quality equipment and customer service, but we bring the rental shop to you. D2D delivers the latest ski and snowboard rentals to your place of lodging at a convenient time for you. Our expert techs then personally fit your equipment to your specific needs.

When your vacation is complete, D2D will pick up your ski and snowboard equipment free of charge. Should you experience any problems with your rentals in between, our techs will respond immediately to resolve any issues.

With delivery service in Breckenridge, Aspen/Snowmass, Vail, Beaver Creek, Telluride, Crested Butte, Copper Mountain, Steamboat Springs, Keystone, and even in Sun Valley, Park City, and Jackson Hole, our goal is to get to know you personally while you are on vacation and make your future reservations easier. So, simply make a reservation with D2D, then sit back and relax while we arrange your delivery.

Whether you are looking to rent in store or prefer the convenience of rental delivery, let our friendly, experienced Christy Sports staff help you make the best of your ski/snowboard vacation.