5 Tips for Planning Better Holiday Ski Vacations

Family ski vacations can be as enjoyable to plan as they are to take. Here are five ways to make your next trip simple and seamless.


Holiday ski vacation

It might be hauling luggage through the airport. Or maybe it’s trying to make a dinner reservation for your family of eight. For all the warm, wonderful moments of your holiday ski vacation, there’s often some detail that you wish could be easier.

This is where we love to help!

Based on the collective wisdom of the parents, powderhounds and avid travelers on our Resorts West reservation and concierge teams, here are five ways to make planning your holiday ski trip easier:

Ship your luggage ahead.

Between battling holiday crowds and traveling with children, hauling luggage is a key stressor for many families — particularly when that luggage includes ski equipment. Your Resorts West concierge can have your luggage (including your boots and skis) shipped directly from to your accommodations ahead of your stay, so everything is waiting for you when you arrive. For an even more seamless experience, your concierge can arrange to have your rentals delivered and fitted right in your ski home as you check in, allowing you to try the latest gear and best equipment for the snow conditions.  

Have your groceries delivered ahead of time.

If the lines at the airport seemed long, they’re rivaled only by the lines at a ski town grocery store during the holidays — to say nothing of the parking lots. Let your concierge deliver your groceries before you arrive. You can always stop by for treats you might have missed, but the chance to reclaim hours otherwise lost to looking for toothpaste are priceless. Even better, your kids will have their favorite snacks waiting when you arrive — at just the moment they’ll need them. You can even send ahead a liquor store order, so you can enjoy a glass of your favorite Merlot while you check in.


Let us help you plan your holiday ski vacation!

Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail reservations@resortswest.com.


 Rent a car.

This might seem counter-intuitive given Park City’s countless options for going sans car — including complimentary bus service, a walkable Main Street and abundant ski-in/ski-out lodging. (Resorts West also offers complimentary shuttle service based on availability.) But having ready wheels can be a lifesaver during those times when waiting for a ride is especially difficult — like when the kids are tired at the end of a long meal or when you really want to catch first tracks. A car can also mean freedom to try nearby resorts like Snowbird or Snowbasin. All Resorts West properties offer heated private parking to make having a rental car seamless.


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 Leave the reservations to your concierge.

It might be just a phone call, but leaving your dinner, equipment rental, spa, and activity reservations to your concierge can save you a great deal of time — and stress. This is one of the great benefits of staying with Resorts West. Our signature Private Concierge service is complimentary, meaning you never need to pore over OpenTable or search Google listings for an in-home spa service. We love taking care of these things for you. 

Travel midweek.

Most holiday travelers make their reservations from Saturday to Saturday, with Dec. 24 the busiest expected arrival day throughout Park City this year (although with Christmas falling on a Sunday, the “wave” looks to be spread from Dec. 23 to 26). Moving your dates midweek can save you the hassle of arriving (and departing) with the biggest crowds. If your dates are flexible enough, you can even enjoy great savings on luxury ski homes while avoiding crowds altogether.

Need more help planning your holiday vacation? Our reservations agents are always happy to help you find the best dates and properties for your family.


Resorts West is a full-service ski accommodations manager representing the finest properties at Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, ranging from 2-bedroom lodge condos to 8-bedroom private chalets. All parties receive Resorts West’s signature Private Concierge service, daily maid service, and complimentary shuttle service throughout Park City proper. Call us at 1-877-773-1117 or e-mail reservations@resortswest.com to start planning your next family vacation!