POWDER DAYS. GUARANTEED.
PLANNING A SKI TRIP AT THE LAST MINUTE TAKES SPEEDY YET STRATEGIC THINKING.
IN THE MIDST OF A DISMAL WINTER IN MY HOMETOWN OF TAHOE CITY LAST YEAR, I GOT AN E-MAIL THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING. “WANT TO GO TO JAPAN?”
the subject line read. A few friends, also fed up with the balmy North American snow conditions, decided to test their luck overseas and, fortunately for me, they had room for one more. The only catch: The trip was less than two weeks out. And none of us had plane tickets, lodging, a rental car, or any clue as to where to go. But the forecast. Oh, the forecast. Huge storm swells were heading to the East and Japan looked slated to get buried in snow right when we’d be touching down.
The only way to ensure plentiful snow conditions for a ski trip is to book at the last minute—wait for the forecast to line up just right, then ditch work and cobble together a trip to that destination you’ve been eyeing. But procrastinating can come at a cost. You risk high airfares and scarce lodging. Don’t fret. If you plan strategically, you’ll get great deals and a little snow in the face.
Deep days in Sella Nevea, Italy.