Thanksgiving Break has just arrived, and finals are right around the corner. The right thing to do is buckle down and study for your finals. The awesome thing to do is buy a stash of Adderall, save everything till the last minute, and plan an epic ski trip to Colorado with your buddies over break.
On the west coast, every major resort is open by Thanksgiving weekend, which gives them at least two weeks to get more terrain open, build a decent jump line in the terrain park, and stock every bar in town with booze. If you’re trying to plan serious ski trip to go shred big lines and catch face shots all day, wait till February. If you want to skip town to get shitfaced in a mountainside hot tub, bang a couple snow bunneys and make a few turns, winter break is perfect.
Know Where to Go
For the best party scene, proximity to Denver's airport, housing availability, skiing options, nicest locals, and best deals, Breckenridge is tough to beat. You can find awesome Happy Hour specials like $1 tacos, $3 wing baskets, and $5 pitchers at Front Range resorts like Mi Casa, Ski Breck, Keystone, Vail and Beaver with the same lift tickets, and walk pretty much anywhere in the village. Aspen is sick, but it’s a long drive from Denver (almost 4 hours), and you can always make a day trip over to Vail or Crested Butte.
Know What to Bring
If you own ski boots, definitely bring them: as a CARRY ON. It seems like almost every time someone checks a pair of ski boots, they get lost or delayed, screwing up your whole gear game plan. As long as you have your boots, your feet will be happy and you can rent skis. That being said, if you’ve got skis and your flight is direct, by all means check a ski bag. Everyone remembers the basics, but if you missed this last week, here are a few essentials you won’t want to ski without.
House vs. Hotel
If you can swing it, get a house or a condo. Check out Mountain Reservations. They have tons of awesome options and you’ll save some cash booking through Active Junky. You can rage later and louder, you make your own food instead of paying resort prices all week, and you’ll have way more space to sprawl out after riding. Pay the extra money to be in the resort village too. You want to be in the center of the action. Regardless of where you stay, it’s all about the amenities. Hot tub is MANDATORY. When was the last time the “let’s go after-party in my hot tub” card didn’t work? Never. Ski-in ski-out is a bonus, but far from necessary, every resort has a good shuttle system within the village.
Food and Booze
Find a big grocery and liquor store as soon as you get settled. Buy essentials in bulk for the week: handles of whiskey, 30 racks, bread, cold cuts, chicken, steak, snacks, etc. Save your cash for the bars and lift tickets.
Girls and Bars
Why do you think the local guys teach lessons? While you’re eating shit trying to show off in the terrain park, Joe-snowboard has his hands all over your girlfriend’s ass on the bunny hill. Instead of trying to pick girls up in the bar, use the same strategy. Make friends on the chairlift, at happy hour, or in the condo complex hot tub. Girls black out in the mountains faster than their junior prom night. The combination of high-altitude and alcohol will even catch your boys if they aren’t careful. The best way to line up girls to party with is during the day. Invite them to come pre-game with you at your place (that’s why you went to the store and bought all the booze) and 3 drinks later she will be shitfaced and want to either get back in the hot tub or fall into bed with you.
Not everyone is brave enough to tape their stash to their nut sack and walk through airport security. Just because you can’t travel with your favorite extracurricular doesn’t mean you can’t find it. A good spot to pick up is in the rental shop. Go in right before they close, pick a chill-looking staff member, and ask him to hook it up in the morning when you come to pick up your gear. This works even better when it’s a girl asking. If you know the mountain, hit up the smoke shacks. Don’t mooch, just politely ask if you can trade a hit or a nug for some cash. Ski hard, party harder, and don’t get so drunk you can’t close.
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