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post #31 of 68
Lodge. I have a huge TNF Patrol Pack that I strap my boots onto. I stuff my ski socks in one of the boots, and keep my ski pants in the pack too, as well as a couple pair of gloves, goggles, sunglasses and lunch. If needed, I can even fit additional clothes in there (like I said, it's huge - it's so big it has a carbon fiber frame). I wear sweat pants under my ski pants (I hate tight things on my legs), so I can just pull on my ski pants over the sweats and it doesn't look weird walking around in sweat pants.

Changing in the lodge also makes the end of the day a lot more comfortable. I can't imaging skiing hard all day, then walking through the parking lot in my ski boots and being uncomfortable in the lodge after skiing. I like to take off the ski pants, change my shoes and socks and chill for a while. If we had a bar, it would be even better, but my ski area is in a dry township.

I also take my daughter skiing a lot, and I have to carry all her stuff, so walking in shoes is a lot easier when I have to hold her hand, carry her pack (her boots are in her pack and her skis are strapped to the side of her pack), carry my pack, skis and poles. It's a lot of stuff.
post #32 of 68


Always the parking lot. Practice Tip #1: Never wear your ski socks driving to the hill because your feet will get sweaty and be cold all day. Take time to air dry your feet before putting your ski socks on.

If at all possible I ski the entire day without ever going into the lodge. (As far as I can tell there is no skiing in there.) Power Bar or sandwich in the pocket for lunch on the chair. Stop only for water, or hot coco/coffee if I get too wet and need to warm up. All my wife's jump suits and ski pants have a zipper ass for peeing outside.

Practice Tip #2: If you are going to the lodge bar after skiing go to the car first and take your ski boots off so you don't look like a dufus, or fall and hit yourself in the head with your skis trying to walk back to the car in ski boots after drinking.

That pretty much sums up my entire day, except for the skiing of course.
post #33 of 68
I follow Mudfoots guidelines to a T.

The exception is when I go with the wife. Then it takes an extra 30 minutes to get ready, gotta stop for a morning break due to cold, mid afternoon break due to the cold. Oh yeah, and there will be no outdoor peeing for her.

On my own there are no breaks until 4:30. At which point I go change out of my boots in the car.
post #34 of 68

Both - Copper Mtn Tips for wife and kids

I can't tell you how I envy the kids I see getting dropped off right in front of the lift (or my wife, come to think of it). Here's our drill (Janesmom,Jane,Me)

1. Drive to 'Skier Dropoff' next to American Flyer (The Village at Copper).
2. Janesmom gears up in car. I schlep (sp?) 2 1/2 pairs of skis and 2 sets poles to racks next to AF lift.
3. Wife walks in boots to lift (<100 yds).
4. NEWS FLASH - if you are walking in this way, there is a very convenient set of bathrooms on your left in the building next to the CopperOne Lodge - directly behind American Flyer - I think it's a Convention Center - up 3 stairs in and left. 'Janes Lounge'.
5. Janesmom skis until further notice.
6. Park car
7. Jane and I bus to Passage Point dropoff - carrying backpack w/my and Janes ski boots, snacks, first aid kit - wearing snowboots.
8. NEWS FLASH - when you get off at Passage Point, don't walk through the village - go right along the sidewalk to 'Skier Dropoff' area (every footstep counts with Jane around)
9. Enter CopperOne Lodge from the back alley, find a locker and have a snack.
10. Boots on - straight to racks in front of American Flyer.

From the top of the Flyer, you can find us on Rendezvous or over to the West on Soliloquy/Timberline Express.
post #35 of 68
I put my old hiking boots on top of a locker after putting my ski boots on in the lodge.

Walking in my ski boots for any significant length of time = losing a big toenail.
post #36 of 68
Assuming I'm not staying on-snow, I always walk in my ski boots aided by Cat-Traks (I'm on my second pair after the first exploded in a flurry of plastic some 12-14 years ago). Cat-Traks have worked well for me over the years to the extent that my last pair of boots were retired due to liner & flex problems whereas the soles are in perfect condition.

If I'm staying on-snow but not in ski-in ski-out type accommodation, I hire a locker in the base area, wear my Rossignol "Sorel knock-off" boots and tote my ski boots in a boot bag to and from.
post #37 of 68
Parking lot - Get boots that have the replaceable heels (toes too if you can find em) Don't know what the technical term is but they are the part that goes in your binding. If you wear down the heels you can replace the inserts.

Skiing for me is about freedom. Part of that is the ability to have all your crap in your car. Usually I ski places where I can walk to the lifts. If I have to take a bus I will pay the extra money to park close.
post #38 of 68
A-Basin: If there early, park in the early-riser lot, put boots on in car, carry skis to edge of parking lot (30 yds AT MOST), ski to pali lift. If there later, park above the last chance parking lot on the highway - put boots on in car, carry skis across road (again - 30 yds at most), ski to base area.
Keystone: You'd have to be absolutely nuts to put boots on in the car - it's a damn long way to walk to the lifts no matter what you do (this, incidentally is my biggest complaint about Keystone - I would ski there MUCH more often if you didn't have to walk so damn far to get to the lifts). So, carry boots to lodge, change, put shoes in pockets on pack, carry pack (with lunch provisions) up lift to the on-mountain lodge with lockers - stuff everything in locker for the day - reverse for trip home.
Breck: Depends on if I pay for parking or not. If I pay for parking - boots go on in the car. If I use the free lots and the bus, at the lodge. Either way, with or without shoes, my pack gets shoved under a table at the Vista Haus. (One time (out of about 50) it wasn't there when I came back - some honest turon turned it in to lost and found - it wasn't lost damnit, I left it there on purpose .)
Mary Jane: Same basic situation as A-Basin - I just don't ski there enough to have the lot/run/lift names nailed.

Summary: it depends on how far the lifts are from the parking lots. I leave my boots on the floor of the back seat situated so the floor heat vents direct warm air into them during the ride. If the walking is under about 50 yards, I'll put on boots - if it's more, I carry the boots to the lodge.

post #39 of 68
I am all about comfort. I used to get ready in the car. Now I wear street clothes to the mountain and change in the lodge. It takes maybe 5 extra minutes. Also, it allows my boots to heat up, otherwise I would never get into them. At the end of the day I either go to the bar or drive home in dry, clean, comfortable clothes.
post #40 of 68
Walking in my boots irritates my ankle injury. No fun.

Anyone know if the Salomon Powerslide clogs fold flat and stow easily in a small pack? If not, any leads on something similar that does?

post #41 of 68
I've been leaving the same bag in ski lodges for 10 years now, it hasn't been stolen yet. Just don't leave anything super valueable in there.

Hell, at killington I ended up leaving my bag with boots, extra race toungues (flexons), boot backs, tools, layers and nearly new climbing skins at Bear Mountain last year while in a drunken stupor, and I got them back. Left my girlfriends boots in the parking lot a month ago (my spare flexons), and got those back too. People aren't going to steal your bag, unless they scoped you putting something valueable in there, like a digital cam, expensive jacket, etc.

I suggest being more smart, and less paranoid.
post #42 of 68
parking lot. After mastering walking down wet cobblestone streets, I laugh at flat asphalt
post #43 of 68
I've always changed in the day lodge, at Cannon or Jay even at the same table most of the time. Last winter at Jackson Hole arriving with boots slung over my shoulder I walked all over before finding someplace where I could put my boots on, everybody else seemed to already have theirs on. Is it an east/west difference?
post #44 of 68
Depends on how far the walk is and if its walking on snow or something hard enough to tear up my boot soles.

I always wear a crappy pair of shoes and either stuff them in a 50 cent locker or stick them on top of a shelf. If someone swipes my shoes, I wouldn't care, and nobody ever does.
post #45 of 68
Half and Half !

At Vail the $ 4.00 a day lockers get my stuff.. shoes and street clothes during the day and my boots and gloves/ hat / goggles etc. at night..Liners go with me if they are wet.

At the rest of the Summit County areas it's the lot...It sucks, but better than getting on the shuttle with everything you own to get to the "lodge" where in some instances there is no place to leave anything except a $ 2.00 locker.
The little folding camping chair that comes along seems to be the hit of the parking lot !
post #46 of 68

Boot up - Lodge or car

Even though have a locker at ski school I still take my boots home to dry properly. Alway wear cat track to l) save soles of boots 2)keep bottom of boots clean and 3)to walk more safely across snow and ice. Often times I ski for an hour or more before ski school starts, that mean I'm off gthe lift at top of the Mt. at 0830 and it \can be mighty cold so I, 1) wear regular socks on ride up 2) put my boots under truck heater 3) change in ski sock and put on boots in parking lot (nice and warm and feet dry). Drawback: sitting having a brew after skiing (either take them or leave them on and completely unbuckle of course). When its 8 degrees or ,minus 8 degrees I like dry and warm boots, expecially is I get into a real vocal clinician deal which I can't ditch out of and go ski and move the feet.
post #47 of 68
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Transpacks also make it much easier walking up to the lodge.

Lodge it is for me, too. Obviously at Copper, but I do it elsewhere, too. The Transpack even fits in the larger lockers.
post #48 of 68
Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
At the rest of the Summit County areas it's the lot...
...not last time you skied with me, Louie!
post #49 of 68
Put the boots on in my living room, walk 30 ft to the shuttle pick up, walk another 100 ft from the shuttle drop off to the gondola. Why would you choose the lodge or the parking lot??????
post #50 of 68
Staying in Reno and skiing Tahoe's N shore, I usually leave the hotel dressed, drive to the mountain and put the boots on in the car. Walk to the lodge. Don't want to deal with the hassle of finding a place for my shoes and such. Plus, lodges tend to be crowded and I don't like crowds...
post #51 of 68
Thick European here - what's a Lodge? Here you drive to the resort, park up and hike the 30 yards or so to the gondola or cable car. You have to boot up in the car park because there typically aren't any lockers anywhere anyway. This applies everywhere we've been - Klosters, Flims/Laax, Hoch-Ybrig, Meiringen-Hasliberg - even Courchevel has massive car parks with direct access to the lifts (even though we stay there so it's either ski in ski out anyway or use the free shuttle bus to get to a different level)
post #52 of 68
Originally Posted by eng_ch
Thick European here - what's a Lodge? Here you drive to the resort, park up and hike the 30 yards or so to the gondola or cable car. You have to boot up in the car park because there typically aren't any lockers anywhere anyway. This applies everywhere we've been - Klosters, Flims/Laax, Hoch-Ybrig, Meiringen-Hasliberg - even Courchevel has massive car parks with direct access to the lifts (even though we stay there so it's either ski in ski out anyway or use the free shuttle bus to get to a different level)
What you said !
post #53 of 68
Lodge - I find it much more comfortable. I am particular about getting my polypro liners (don't wear regular socks) just right.

I have found that Western areas tend to not have the same day lodge facilities we have in the East. I would like Vail much more if I did not have to park in that damn lot, put on the boots and overclothes in said lot, then hike over lots of concrete and stairs to get to the slopes.
post #54 of 68
I can't believe the amount of people I see all hunched in there cars or trucks getting geared up in the ice, snow and mud of a lot.
The abuse your boot soles takes is tremendous and will affect the way your bindings will function.
A clean bootsole, as scuff free as possible is what your bindings are made to work with, the more scuffed the less precise they will work and hold.
Get a Transpack , pak it to the lodge.
Heck the more of you that dress in the lot gives us lodgers more room to spread out. Thanks!
post #55 of 68

This may be a reaction to when I started skiing, when I was forced to wear my boots all day (including the ski school bus up and back), because I wasn't strong enough to lace up and tie the boots (inner and outer) and my parents tied double knots so tight I couldn't undo them.
post #56 of 68
Originally Posted by deltat

1) Parking spot close to the mountain - Parking Lot
2) Huge haul to the mountain - Lodge

post #57 of 68
I do both. I find it is easier and more comfortable to do it in the lodge. Doing it in the car is always a bit of a pain, though not so bad with the softer boots. There isn't enough room. The steering wheel is in the way if your in the driver's seat with others using the other seats. You have to worry about the wet snow/slush/salt/mud in the parking lot.

Going to the lodge always seems to waste more time.

I usually go to the lodge when I'm not alone and we rent a big locker. The last few times I've gone not alone, I had to go to the lodge for rental stuff anyway.
post #58 of 68
For vaction type trips, hopefully walk on, or shuttle to! At the my "home" hill, Crystal, I'm about 75% car, 25% lodge. I go lodge if:

a) I'm going to have to walk very far (gets to be uncomfortable in ski boots for me). Crystal has shuttles, but they can be scarse on empty weekdays.


b) The conditions look variable or hard to predict. I'm a severely dysfunctional overpacker. To head to the local spot, I throw a HUUGE duffle bag full of just about every piece of ski gear I own - hats, layers, glasses, you name it - into the back seat. If I don't know what I'll need, I throw a subset of that junk into my severely oversized boot bag (along with my boots - duh) and go.

My father used to tell me "if you can't carry it, you can't take it". Most kids would have taken that to mean they should carry less. But I was kind of dense kid. Unlike now.


c) I plan on spending some time mucking around before getting on the hill. Like arriving early and getting a cup of coffee, or arriving late and, uh, dropping off a cup of coffee, etc.
post #59 of 68
Well, no wonder it's easy for you guys over there to take a quiver of skis on a day trip and chop and change during the day!
post #60 of 68
Originally Posted by River Hill
If you put you boots on at you car then your feet will stay dry, you won't have to store your shoes, but you risk the damage to your boots walking through the lots. If you put your boots on in the lodge it is one more thing to carry, you need to store your boots, chance of getting feet wet in lot, but there is no damage to boots.

I was wondering what most of you guys do? You could always buy the ski tote, but I am guessing that's taboo.
This is an odd post. First of all, why would putting them on in the car keep them dry? I usually change my sox once in a day of skiing. That keeps my feet dry. The lodge is dry and I always put my boots on there. It is easier and drier. Second, I use bootstraps as do most pro's and racers. You can sling your strap around your neck and carry them easily. The tote's are junk, too many moving parts. With a light pack and all my gear it only takes me seconds to gear up. I can walk a great distance, too, that way.
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