Traveling for ski season is expensive, there’s no real way around it. You can, however, make it easier on yourself and manage to pinch a couple pennies at the same time. Here’s a couple quick tips on how to best travel for a ski trip.

Make the Best Use of Space

The airlines are tricky. They have rules and regulations for everything. But if you take the time and read them closely you can learn the how’s and why’s behind packing method. For example, most airlines state that you can carry a boot bag with boots in it for free if there are NO other items in said bag. They view the ski bag and boot bag as one total item. What they don’t control is how much you can put into your ski bag. So use the space you have and pack that ski bag to the brim (staying under weight limit) but remember to leave you boot bag completely empty except for your boots.

Use a Rolling Bag Designed for Ski Travel

Hauling luggage, skis, a carry on and a jacket can get hectic. No one wants to be that guy who’s dropping his gear all the way to luggage check. To make things easier, grab yourself a rolling bag that you can stack and move like a dolly. Hook your boot bag on top of your roller, your carry-on on top of that and sling those skis over your shoulder like the mountain man you know you are.

Travel Light

Most ski towns are accommodating to the lumberjack look. They’re cold and casual, and it’s completely acceptable to walk around like you just came off the slopes. When picking your outfits look for items that you can wear all day long. From brunch at your favorite breakfast spot, straight to your favorite slope and then right back out on the street to your favorite après bar.

Rent Your Skis, Bring Your Boots

The debate and flux in airline prices is constantly evolving. Before traveling, it’s worth spending some time to look into local rentals around where you’re going. There are all sorts of local tricks and tips to getting cheap rentals, and some resorts and hotels even offer free rental vouchers if you book your lodging ahead of time.