One thing about working at an “urban” ski area is that it typically is not considered a “destination”. When you think of “Resort”, you think Jasper. Banff. Kimberley. Then you think, “How am I going to get everyone there without losing my mind?”.
The answer always boils down to a simple formula of distance over time times the number of people in the vehicle.
D/T x P = LMMf*
*Losing My Mind factor
Entertainment and Fuel will always have an effect, as well.
Entertainment can come in the form to the very latest in technological advances in hand held and display and audio devices to the age old “car games” we used to play as kids. I would also consider an audio book you can all ‘get into’ or, wait for it, read a book out loud. Please don’t rely on one form of entertainment. Experience tells us that while “trading” similar games or platforms works for a while, a fight will break out the longer the trip. Music chosen by everyone is also a must when considering “cabin entertainment” over “personal entertainment”. Therefore you must bring more than necessary to get to your destination (mainly because you still have to go home with them!). Extra headphones are also a blessing.
Fuel (other than the obvious for your mode of transportation – and where the next fill will come from) can come in the forms of snacks, drinks, or full blown ‘meals for the road’.
I personally suggest giving everyone as much as you want them to spill in your car/truck/SUV/CUV/RV or whatever. It’s going to happen. Not much more to say except don’t run out unless you’re willing to buy Gas Station snacks.
Now to the important stuff: Safety.
The following was taken from the General Motors website and there’s a link to the complete article at the bottom.
Many items can be packed away as helpful tools and emergency aids, but every vehicle should at least have some basics:
· Ice scraper to clear windshield, windows, and all snow off roof, which can otherwise blow off and impede other motorists.
· Jumper cables because batteries are more susceptible to power drains in cold- weather conditions.
· Cat litter or spare floor mat to be used for added traction if the vehicle gets stuck. A small shovel and a 50-foot tow strap are useful for freeing stranded vehicles, too.
· Cell phone to call for outside help. And don’t forget to have a charger in the vehicle. GM vehicles equipped with OnStar also offer a built-in lifeline (as well as some other manufacturers).
· Emergency supplies including extra warm clothes or a blanket, a flashlight with extra batteries, food and water, and a small first aid kit. Read more here
And finally, somewhere to go:
Here’s a quick snap shot of some Alberta destinations courtesy the GoSkiAlberta website and more importantly the DEALS!
The Low Down on BC Resorts (just in case you really like to drive!)