While lots of people dread winter's arrival, there are still those who get giddy at the sight of freshly-fallen snow. While it might not be the most obvious match up, RVing and skiing really are the perfect pair. Plenty of RVs are built to withstand cold climates, and plenty of skiers are looking for alternatives to the high-costs of most ski-town lodging. When brought together, RVing and skiing become a dynamic duo that paves the way for easier and more convenient winter weather excursions.
Sleep Where You Ski
A number of ski mountains and resorts allow RVers to set up camp right in the parking lot. Some of them even offer power hookups, showers, and restroom facilities so you can stay warm, clean, and comfortable throughout your stay. Here are just some of the most accommodating ski spots for RVers:
- Crystal Mountain, Washington
- Hoodoo Ski Area, Washington
- Stevens Pass, Washington
- Bear Valley, California
- Bridger Bowl, Montana
- Wolf Creek Ski Resort, Colorado
There are also a wide range of RV parks and campgrounds that remain open year round for the hordes of snow-crazed skiers who head to the mountains once fresh snow falls. Open RV sites can be found near popular ski spots like Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, and Park City.
Go With The Snow
You can't know for certain if the snow is going to fall, or how much is going to be dumped, or when it's going to arrive. But when you have an RV you don't have to wait around for the weather to cooperate. Instead, you can go where the powder is without having to worry about switching hotel reservations or finding new accommodations. And you don't have to settle for skiing down dirt slopes either. It's also easy to change locations because all your equipment and gear is stored in a single, portable unit instead of strewn about your hotel room. It isn't just convenient to have an RV, it's also economically efficient when you consider the high prices of ski town lodging during peak months.
Best RVs For Skiers
Motorhomes and compact travel trailers are most conducive to the skiing lifestyle. Motorhomes eliminate the need for a tow vehicle and are easier to maneuver when compared to hulking fifth wheels. Travel trailers are ideal because you can pair them with a super-duty truck that is guaranteed to have the moxie to make it up mountainous terrain. Here are some of our top picks for the best skiing RVs: Gulf Stream BT Cruiser 5270 This Class C motorhome features a spacious layout perfect for stretching your legs after a long day on the slopes. With heat pads on the holding tanks, you won't have to worry about cold weather doing any damage to your systems or water lines. A built-in back-up camera will help you maneuver through the ski lodge parking lots, and all stainless steel appliances complete the BT Cruiser 5270.
Gulf Stream Conquest 6256 For those hoping to find a winter-ready RV that can accommodate the whole family or your group of ski bum friends, then this Class C Conquest 6256 might be the right rig for you! Basement storage lets you store your skis, poles, and gear beneath the coach so your interior stays spacious and inviting, and a powerful 25,000-BTU furnace will help thaw you out after ripping through the snow all day!
Coachmen Freelander 21QB The compact Class C Freelander 21QB boasts a vacu-bond laminated shell to eliminate condensation buildup and keep the heat from your 20K-BTU ducted furnace trapped inside. A Roto-Cast rear warehouse trunk box gives you a place to store your ski gear so you can keep your interior storage areas free. With reclining driver and passenger seats, you'll stay comfortable during the drive no matter how far away the mountain is!
Jayco Octane ZX Super Lite 161 At only 20' 8" long, the Octane ZX Super Lite 161 toy hauler still manages to offer an 8' cargo area perfect for loading up your snow gear and seeking out some fresh powder. The 7' spring-assisted ramp door makes it easy to load and unload your gear. With the optional heated and enclosed underbelly, you can head into cold climates without worry of freezing temperatures causing damage to your tanks and lines.
Jayco Jay Feather 25BH Bring everybody along for the ski trip with this accommodating Jay Feather 25BH bunkhouse-style travel trailer that offers sleep space for up to ten campers! Multiple exterior storage compartments ensure that everyone can bring along all the gear and equipment they need. A vacuum-bonded shell reduces moisture and with the optional AstroFoil insulation and heated bed mat additions, you can stay warm and toasty no matter what the temperatures are!
Coachmen Freedom Express 192RBS Boasting a compact, easy-to-tow build and comfortable accommodations, the Freedom Express 192RBS travel trailer is perfect for living luxuriously outside of the ski lodge. Along the exterior you'll find pass-through compartments to house your snow pants, helmets, boots, poles, and skis. Add on the optional thermal package and heated, enclosed underbelly to make this RV ready for the cold conditions.
For skiing enthusiasts looking to traverse lots of slopes this winter without spending lots of money, shacking up in an RV is a smart alternative to pricey hotels and condo rentals. And the more you save, the more lift passes you can afford! That's why RVing and skiing make a perfect pair!