There's nothing I love more than a ski weekend. Running off to the mountains to ski with good friends? Yes, please.
I also love hosting – parties, guests, you name it. I think get it from my Alabama born and bred grandmother.
Which was why I was so excited to host ten of my friends at Winter Park. (After writing this post, I realized only three of my friends are pictured – for a blogger I sure am bad at documenting my life.)
Anyway, after two years in Colorado, and dozens of ski trips, I wanted my share my tips for hosting an awesome ski weekend.
Pick an awesome ski house.
Before you do anything, find an amazing condo or house. I scour booking sites for hours to find the best property possible, and usually try to budget $70 a person per night. If possible, I try to find dog-friendly properties as so many of my friends in Colorado have dogs.
For this trip, I found an amazing property on Glamping Hub. The house had everything you could possibly need: a fully outfitted kitchen, a gas fireplace, a hot tub and a deck overlooking the mountains.
Bring more beer than you could ever need.
There's nothing worse on a ski trip than running out of beer and having to drive out in the snow to buy more. So be prepared! In addition to beer, I like to bring lots of red wine and even champagne if I'm feeling fancy.
Prepare a hearty breakfast.
Skiing burns a lot of calories, so I like to start the day with a hearty breakfast. I generally keep it simple and serve scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and orange juice. But if I'm feeling fancy I make avocado toast with a fried egg on top. (It's actually way easier than a full spread.)
Bonus points if you serve mimosas. Or beermosas, if that's more your style.
After skiing, make a carb-filled dinner, like pasta.
Everyone wants something hearty after a long day skiing. I try to make something carb and cheese heavy, like baked ziti.
Invite different groups of friends, so everyone can get to know each other.
When I'm planning a ski trip, I plan way in advance – think two or three months. I also try to cast a wide net and invite more friends than I have room for, as some people will be unable to make it.
Also, I love inviting friends from out of down and having them meet my Colorado friends – it's super fun for everyone to get to know each other.
Another tip is to have your friends pay you a deposit to secure their spots. That way you won't get stuck paying for a $1200 condo with no way of getting paid back.
Get up super, super early if there's a powder day.
On this trip to Winter Park, we got super lucky with nine inches of fresh powder. Stupidly, we weren't on the hill until 9:30 and a lot of the fresh powder had already been skied out.
So if you're lucky enough to get a powder day, be on the hill by 8 to get the first chair by 8:30.
Fun things to pack:
If you bring a shotski, a.k.a. a decorated vintage ski with shot glasses attached, everyone will basically love you.
A fondue pot.
Another crowd-pleaser? Fondue. It's perfect for après-ski. My mom bought me this fondue pot for Christmas and I love it.
Fun board games.
I never want to play board games more than when I'm in a ski house. I'm particularly a fan of Baulderdash but a deck of cards works well too.
This is more for your enjoyment rather than your guests'. But a onesie after skiing is the best thing ever.
A bathing suit.
For the hot tub, obviously. Somehow I always forget my suit, which if you have a hot tub, is a huge bummer.
What do you guys think makes a ski weekend awesome? Let me know your tips in the comments!
A big thank you to Glamping Hub and Winter Park Lodging Company for hosting our stay at Winter Park. As always, all opinions are my own.