The last couple years have been interesting, to say the least. While we coped with many changes, one of the hardest was not being able to travel to visit family or friends. Even though we haven’t completely made it back to normal, the idea of getting together is feasible once again. No matter if its old friends gathering for a long weekend or families celebrating a holiday break, the mountains are the perfect place to plan a reunion with your crew.
Here are a few helpful tips to plan your reunion in the mountains for the winter season. And if you’re still not super comfortable with a large gathering, keep these in your back pocket for next season.
Where to go for a Mountain Reunion
There are so many incredible mountain getaways out there. And with the Ikon Pass, you can visit 47 unique spots all over the world. Each destination offers groups a distinct vibe and culture, and plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. And most, if not all, offer group-friendly accommodations, activities, dining, and even some special deals.
Best Accommodations for a Mountain Reunion
When planning a mountain reunion, one of the most important elements is where you’ll stay. Several Ikon Pass destinations feature a range of ski-in, ski-out accommodations, including hotels, condos, suits, and houses. If your group is eager to spend as much time as possible together, then a large condo or home rental is the way to go. If there’s a desire for some folks to have a little alone time, consider booking a few separate hotel rooms in one of the resort villages. No matter if you pick an upscale vacation home at Deer Valley Resort or a cozy cabin near Sugarbush or a sweet chalet near Zermatt, you can’t go wrong with any of these great mountain accommodations.
Quick tip: Check each destinations’ deals and packages to see if they offer special discounts on specific lodging properties or length of stay. You may be surprised that adding just one more night can score you a break in the overall price of your rooms. Or that picking a different lodge could put some money back in your pocket.
Group Adventures on the Mountain
Once you arrive at your mountain destination, what is there to do? Answer: Endless adventure. Groups will have all kinds of winter activities at their fingertips. For those looking to hit the slopes, consider booking a group lesson. It’s a great way to keep everyone together and get some expert instruction at the same time. If everyone in your group is a pro, no problem. Many Ikon Pass destinations offer special advanced programs you can try, like Ski with a Champion at Deer Valley or The North Face® Guides at Palisades Tahoe.
Off the hill, there are dozens of great group activities to try. Enjoy a winter wonderland with a snowshoe hike at Stratton, zoom down the hill with the whole crew at Winter Park’s Coca-Cola® Tube Park, or take an evening RZR ride to a delicious group meal with a Backcountry Hut Dinner at Snowshoe.
Once again, be sure to check for group deals and packages that may offer discounts on lift tickets or activities. And if there’s someone in your crew who isn’t an Ikon Pass holder, you’re covered. Pass holders get up to 10 discounted lift tickets good for 25% off window rate to share with their friends or family.
Group-Friendly Dining Options
There’s no better way to bond with family and friends than over a scrumptious plate of food. Ikon Pass destinations across the country, and around the world, offer some of the best mountain dining options. Your crew can opt for easy grab-and-go meals in the morning before hopping on the chairlift together. Enjoy mid-day cups of hot cocoa and bowls of chili to warm you up for more mountain fun. Or toast to the day with fireside après or a formal sit-down dinner. Plus, several restaurants even provide private rooms for larger groups, ensuring an intimate culinary experience for your reunion.
How Far in Advance Should You Plan a Reunion in the Mountains?
Winter is magical in the mountains, there’s no doubt about that. If you want to plan a reunion during the winter season, consider booking at least 6 months in advance (and even further out if possible). Inventory can go quickly during peak times, so if you know you want to visit during the holidays, it’s best to secure accommodations as early as you can. Weekends tend to be busier at most mountain resorts, so consider booking midweek for more availability and lower rates.
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen your extended family or that old crew from college, look to the snowy peaks for an unforgettable mountain reunion. And if you need a little help putting your reunion together, check out Ikon Pass Travel, a new trip planning service exclusively for Ikon Pass holders.