Rather than spending Valentine’s Day solo with your growing number of cats (where did they all come from?!), why not gather up your favorite group of single ladies to hit the slopes and celebrate being rad as can be? Here are my tips for a sweet day on-hill with your squad.
1. Purchase tickets online in advance
If you or some of your friends aren’t New England Passholders, the best way to score a deal on your tickets for February 14 is to buy online to get up to 30% savings. Limited quantities at the lowest prices are available, so make your plans quick.
2. Look fancy
Do a nice pair of ski socks make you feel like an independent woman who “don’t need no man?” Perfect. When you look good, you feel good. Stock up on everything from outerwear to apres-ski at Sunday River Sports.
3. Throw it back to elementary school
What’s Valentine’s Day without treats for your lovely friends? Stock up on hand warmers, granola bars, and other ski day essentials, and make little Galentine’s Day gift bags for your friends to make sure everyone has a stellar day on the slopes. Sunday River’s Mountain Grocer has all you might need and more.
4. Sweat a little
If you and your squad are into fitness, plan to wake up earlier than usual and take advantage of our Uphill Access policy. By earning your turns with skinning or snowshoeing up to get first tracks (once lifts are open) you’ll be making the most of your day, and ensuring you can have that sticky bun (or Bloody Mary or both) later on.
5. Ski to your comfort level
I recently read an article from Powder Magazine about the importance of being the Slow Skier in the group, so go ahead and ski at your own pace! Your friends will understand if you choose to take a lap on Dream Maker versus invoking your boundary-to-boundary rights. That said, learning something new and pushing yourself to improve is always fun too!
6. Make use of the singles’ line
Just because it’s a ladies day doesn’t mean you can’t find your mountain soulmate in the singles line. Need a little bit of guidance on what to say? Here you go:
7. Plan your Bloody Mary breaks accordingly
Now, I know a Bloody Mary break is essential for a lady ski day, but forgive me for getting serious. It’s important to be responsible with your mid-mountain libation consumption. Be sure you’re alternating adult beverages with water, taking the Chondola down from the Peak Lodge if you’ve over-indulged, and have a designated driver for the ride home!
8. Treat yourself
If you’re into relaxing at maximum levels, book a manicure, a massage, a body scrub, or a facial at the Jordan Spa or Summit Health Club. No one says your ski day has to be all skiing.
Not a single lady and looking for a last-minute solution to your Valentine’s Day plans? Check out our procrastinator’s guide to V-Day at the Mountain Grocer.