Holiday Skiing.

By Wendy Clinch •  Updated: 12/26/10 •  3 min read

For a lot of people, Christmas Week isn’t complete without skiing. You’re off from work, the fam is all together, and besides, you have those vacation days you have to use up. Nonetheless, this isn’t the easiest time to be out on the mountain. There are loads of like-minded individuals who are going to be there, too. But if you’re determined to ski this week, there are a few things you can do to make it more fun:

Start early: I know it’s vacation time. But really, the earlier you start skiing, the better the snow. So while a lot of people are still in bed nursing their hangovers, make an effort to be out there when the lifts start spinning. Really, you get out of bed early for work and that’s a heck of a lot less fun. I know you can do it.

Lock your skis: Don’t let the beautiful surroundings lull you into a false sense of security. Yes, there are some nasty characters around, and yes, they have their eye on your skis. Well, on anyone’s skis for that matter. I can’t fathom how these sleazebags get their jollies making off with someone else’s equipment, but somehow they do. Ebay is full of them. So if you’re going into the lodge, lock up your equipment. You’ll save yourself a lot of pain, and maybe put the sleazies out of business.

Bring your lunch: Unless you  have a hankering for a hamburger that tastes like cardboard and is made from God knows what, this is really the way to go. Food at ski resorts doesn’t just taste bad, it can cost a small fortune. So bring your own, save big bucks, and eat a lot healthier.

Try the singles line: If you need a break from your friends and family, this is definitely the faster way to get up the mountain. Besides, you never know who you’ll end up on the lift. Hey, it could be Brad Pitt under that face mask!

Leave plenty of time: For EVERYTHING. Renting equipment, buying lift tickets, parking. It’s all going to take longer, especially if you have kids. Recognize this. Embrace this.  If you do, it’ll keep your blood pressure down.

Have Fun: The seems so basic, but a lot of people forget to enjoy themselves, especially since skiing during the holidays can be full of frustrations — the lift lines, the crowds on the slopes (I don’t need to go on, do I?). Realize there are lots of things you can’t control, and decide at the outset that you’re going to have a good day. Your attitude can make a big difference not just in your own enjoyment, but in the enjoyment of people around you. So suck it up, buttercup. Leave your complaints in the car.

All this is easy for me to say. After all, I won’t be skiing this week. I have the incredible luxury of being able to ski after the crowds have gone home, mid-week.

But remember, ’tis the season and all that. Have fun, and happy holidays.