Winter is here, and you’re looking for the best powder out there for your next snowboarding trip. But there are so many resorts to choose from that you’re not sure where to go. And that’s understandable! Ski resorts are competing for everyone’s dollar, and each does its best to get you to show up. This comes in the form of slopes with technical challenges to pit your skill against others and slower runs for the simple pleasure of riding a board without having to work at it. It’s tough to figure out what to do and where to go. Following are some tips to help you get the ultimate adventure on your snowboard trips.

Get Into Shape Before You Go

Snowboarding uses muscles that you forgot you had. Those muscles are going to make themselves known and cut into your enjoyment as you spend your spare time recovering from soreness. The best plan to head off soreness on your snowboarding trip is to get into shape before you go. This doesn’t mean spending an inordinate amount of time in the gym; rather, it’s about making sure you spend a little time on the treadmill, a little time doing some weights, and increasing your flexibility. You won’t get so sore, and you’ll be able to stay on the board longer with some exercise effort beforehand.

Figure Out Where You’re Going

Seems a bit simple, doesn’t it? You want to go on the best snowboarding trip possible, so you pick the best snowboarding resort. That makes the most sense, but it doesn’t always work out that way. You might want to snowboard on the best runs in Colorado, but if you don’t have enough money to get there, you’re not getting out of the gate.

Getting to the best snowboarding runs means you need to either save money for the trip or accept that you have to go closer to home. And that can be difficult because there aren’t a lot of options for snowboarding outside of mountainous regions. Start planning and saving in January so that you can have an end-of-the-year trip that you won’t forget.

When Should You Go?

The holiday season is the busiest time of year for the slopes, especially at resorts like Breckenridge and Vail in Colorado. There’s a lot of snow on the ground, and kids have the time off from school. If you can, avoid traveling at this time of year. It’ll save you money and frustration in the long run.

Another consideration is the temperature. Some areas reach low temperatures that many don’t want to tolerate. That means the crowds are going to be further south in the mountain ranges. If you’re capable of dealing with lower temperatures, you can take advantage of ski resorts that aren’t so crowded and runs that aren’t packed down hard from hordes of skiers.

These are some of the things to take into consideration when planning your best snowboarding trip possible. You want to have a good time, have a memorable experience, and maximize your spending. Not waste it being sore and frustrated the entire trip.