Monday, February 8, 2010

Packing for a Ski Vacation: What to Take -- Mountain Lodge at Telluride offers ‘top 10’ list --

Packing for a Ski Vacation: What to Take

-- Mountain Lodge at Telluride offers ‘top 10’ list -- 

Telluride, Colo. – Time to head to the slopes?   No matter where you go, when, or for how long, the details can make the difference between a fun-filled, relaxing trip and misery.  Mountain Lodge at Telluride, deep in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, offers these tips on what to bring – and what not to bring – to make your ski trip memorable and fun.

Don’t Forget to Pack:

1.       Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses: Higher altitudes, sunny days, and reflection from the snow can produce severe sunburns, even with temperatures in the 30s and 40s.

2.       Moisturizer: Higher altitudes, especially in the western United States, bring very dry air. Bring along a favorite moisturizer and use it liberally.

3.       Layers: Weather can change in minutes, literally. When you’re out in it all day, be prepared to take layers on and off to stay comfortable and dry. Focus on wicking fabrics and avoid cotton to stay warm.

4.       Water bottle: When you’re active and at altitude, it’s easy to become dehydrated and not realize it. Fill your bottle with water on your way to the slopes – in the car, train, bus or plane – and keep drinking throughout your trip. Plenty of water also helps to prevent headaches often associated with visits to high altitude.

5.       Toys, books, and games: If you’re traveling with the family, be sure to bring something to entertain the kids. Even the most energetic may have some “quiet” time.

6.       Swimsuits: For you and the kids. Most hotels have hot tubs and indoor pools.

7.       A good book: Skiers of all ages like to take some time off from skiing and just rest.

8.       Good walking shoes: You won’t be in ski boots all the time, and you’ll want to be comfortable walking around town, the hotel, and to restaurants. Ladies, no high heels – they don’t work on snow and ice.

9.       Thin socks: Skiers often make the mistake of bringing thick socks in the hope of keeping warm feet in those ski boots. Thinner socks made of a wicking material will keep your toes and feet much warmer.

10.   Groceries: Whether you’re driving or flying, try to keep some healthy snacks on hand. Eating small, frequent meals throughout the day can put extra energy into active days, particularly at altitude.

“Preparation can make a good vacation great, or turn disappointment into fun,” says Neil Hastings, director of sales and marketing for Mountain Lodge. The resort, with slopeside access, welcomes guests from throughout the United States and many foreign countries each year.  “It’s difficult to know what to expect from altitude, drier air and the climate if you don’t live here year-round,” he says, “so we encourage visitors to prepare in order to get the most out of their vacations.”

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Mountain Lodge at Telluride is an exclusive, slopeside, upscale resort featuring an eclectic blend of rustic elegance and western charm. At 9,500 feet in the San Juan Mountains, the locale offers private luxury cabins, condominiums, and lodge rooms as well as executive conference rooms offer space for small meetings and retreats, reception space and full catering service. The View restaurant provides authentic Italian dining in a spectacular, intimate setting.

Mountain Lodge at Telluride has served as a major lodging sponsor for the 2010 Olympic-qualifying LG FIS Snowboard World Cup, providing lodging for the athletes, event sponsors and other VIPs. Telluride was the sole U.S. stop for the sport’s World Cup in the 2009-2010 season.

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