Winter sports are great, especially in the mountains of Utah! Skiing and snowboarding are a blast, but they can also be costly and stressful. Between accommodations, lift tickets, and meals, you’re paying a pretty penny to play in the snow. So why not take your RV along to help cut costs and alleviate some of the stress? In this post we’ll be discussing the benefits of RV skiing and snowboarding!
Trying to stuff luggage, skis and/or a snowboard, and your family or friends into a car can be tricky (if not impossible!), even if you have a decent-sized truck or van. With an RV in tow, there’s plenty of room for your equipment and everyone can ride comfortably to and from the slopes.
Save Money on Food
Eating out can get be expensive, especially in or near ski resorts. Having a mobile kitchen can not only save you money, but you’ll eat healthier too. Let’s face it, eating at restaurants tends to equal less healthy food and much bigger portions. When you make your own meals in your RV’s kitchen, such as these late winter RV recipes, you control what goes into your food, how much you make, and how much you spend. You also don’t have to tip anyone to serve you your food.
Having your home-away-from-home with you on your trip will make your adventure much more comfortable. Imagine coming back to the RV after a full day of shredding snow, warming up by the fireplace while wrapped in your own blanket, and drinking hot chocolate made on your own stove. No elevator to take up while carrying all your gear, no fighting with an unfamiliar heater in a hotel room, and no noisy neighbors around you. Just you, nature, and the falling snow that’s blanketing your outdoor playground.
Preparation is Key
There are some things you will want to do before heading out into the cold with your RV. While most RVs are build to withstand the cold, there are some precautions you should take to make sure the rig works properly in the snow and that you and your rig are protected from the elements.
Make sure you check the seals around all the windows and doors to be sure that heat isn’t escaping. If you have any cracks or separations, be sure to fix them before you leave or you’ll be “heating the outdoors,” as mom used to say.
Wrapping your water hoses in heat tape will be helpful to ensure that they don’t freeze. It may also be helpful to get a heater for your holding tank if you’re planning to use it. If not, be sure to add some RV antifreeze to it so you don’t have to worry about cracks from extremely low temperatures. If you will be staying at an RV park where you will have hookups, fill your tank and then disconnect your hose and empty it out. This will keep the water in the hose from freezing and cracking the hose.
When you park your RV, be sure to add wooden blocks under your stabilizing jacks. Otherwise they may freeze to the cement and your trip will last a bit longer than expected.
Lastly, test your heater before you leave to make sure there are no surprises when you get there. If you’re using propane, fill your tanks completely, and consider either bringing extra or making sure there will be somewhere near your spot where you can refill them. You don’t want to come back to a cold camper with empty propane tanks.
Where to Stay
There are a couple of options when figuring out where to park your RV. Boondocking in the parking lot of the ski resort is one option. Just make sure that the resort allows overnight parking before planning to go this route so you don’t get a rude awakening when you hunker down to recharge for the next day.
Many RV parks near ski resorts stay open in the winter to allow skiers and snowboarders, such as yourself, a place to set up camp. Here are a few we’ve found:
- Pony Express RV Resort – North Salt Lake, Utah
- Mountain Shadows RV Park – Draper, UT
- Travel Land RV Park – Logan, UT
So get out there and put that RV to use even in the cold weather. RVing isn’t just for summer. With the right preparation and a well-planned trip, your RV can be used year round.