By Seth Fairfax, Redwood City Store Staffer
Say it with me now: “Your car is your lodge!”
You may have seen this phrase (in bold type and extra-large font, with zippy positive messaging) on ski resort web pages. Squaw, Tahoe Donner, Homewood, Sugar Bowl: they all wave this in our faces. With so many COVID-restrictions in place and seemingly no end in sight, it would be understandable to view this as yet another sad necessity of the pandemic. But oh, my friends, how wrong you are!
Do you remember the crowded cafeterias and lazy concessionaire options? You’d queue through the cattle line, waddling like a penguin in your unforgiving ski boots for the opportunity to buy a sad boat of fries and lifeless cup of chili worth more than my college bicycle. Seriously dudes and dudettes, “your car is your lodge” is an escape hatch to a better life.
Allow me to teach you the wisdom of the ski bum. At your car you can crack open your favorite beer, play some tunes (with a respectful volume, of course), and take a load off in your luxury camp chair. Are you wet or cold? Your pre-packed duffle bag is ready with fresh socks, comfy boots, an extra jacket and as many blankets as you need. You’ll be surrounded by fresh air, expansive views of snow capped mountains, and neighbors concealing their jealousy over your little hygge oasis. Follow my lead and you’ll soon be recharged for an action-packed afternoon or ready to battle the westbound traffic for the next 3+ hours.
In order to win at the game of “your car is your lodge”, you need 4 simple things:
1. Something to eat,
2. Something to drink,
3. Stuff to prepare items #1 and #2, and
4. Creature comforts.
The beauty of my 4-step program is its endless versatility. Let me show you what I mean.