It’s only a few weeks in to the 2018/2019 North American ski season and it has been off the charts – literally!
My feeds and newsletters are full of resorts announcing massive snowfalls in the Rocky Mountains, earlier than usual opening days and unprecedented early openings of terrain within the resorts. I hope that this keeps up and is a good sign for the remainder of the season to come. So far it is looking positive! Many of the reports out there seem to be predicting higher than average snowfalls for the Rockies.
For me, a good season is particularly important this year because I am planning a winter wedding. After all, what could be more appropriate when you met your future spouse while working at a ski resort? We’ve got an awesome trip planned, including lots of skiing. I am just as excited about the trip and honeymoon as I am about the actual wedding!
Trip Plan Overview
- Wedding Preparations
- We will fly to Colorado for a week an a half of final wedding prep. Planning from Australia has been a little difficult, but luckily my parents still live there and have been able to help out.
- Our final preparations includes a free dinner at the venue and a cake tasting, so it won’t all be hard work.
- We also plan to buy new skis during this week, so we will probably demo a few pairs first.
- Buck Show/Hen’s Show (a.k.a. Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties)
- My fiancé has planned a whole weekend in Las Vegas with the boys. Yep, just like the movie. (Here’s hoping it’s not actually like the movie.)
- I’m going to spend a night with the girls in Fort Collins, Colorado. This is going to be great – it’s where I went to college (Go Rams!) so I’m looking forward to a night out in Old Town and a good brunch the morning after.
- The Wedding Weekend
- We’ll be staying and getting married at Keystone Resort. I’m looking forward to sharing the ski-resort atmosphere with a lot of our friends and family. Also, we are getting married at the top of the mountain!
- Post Wedding Ski Trip
- We’ve got a few days post-wedding to hang out with friends and family in Summit County and ski.
- We’ve got some nicer hotels booked, which will be nice. We’ve booked a combination of hotels and apartments so we can cook for ourselves a few times. While this does save money, it’s also because we both feel that after travelling for a long time you actually just want a home-cooked meal some nights.
- 6 nights in Park City (the first place I skied)
- 1 night in Vancouver
- 6 nights Whistler (I’ve always wanted to go here)
- 1 day booked for Whistler Heli-Skiing!
The heli-skiing is the item at the very top of my bucket list. I’ve been saying for years that I wanted to do this on my honeymoon, and for a while I wasn’t sure we were going to pull it off; I am so excited that we have booked it in! (It was actually less expensive than I was expecting.) I keep making sure to tell myself that it is weather-dependent because I don’t want to be too disappointed if we can’t go.
Side Note: If you are planning a big ski trip or an activity like heli-skiing, do be sure your travel insurance covers these activities. We’ve had to pay an excess but they will cover us and I think that is really important.
Not only am I excited about the trip because of the wedding, the great things we have planned, and seeing family and friends, but I am really just looking forward to some time off. I’ve managed to get 6 weeks leave for the trip. I’ve never had that much time off work before – without quitting my job – and I think I am just as excited about the break as the trip itself.
Only 60 days left until we go!