Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Traveling To and From Winter Resorts

(Snowfall is great for winter sports, but may interfere with travel to and from resort destinations.  File photo by Jay Lloyd)

(Snowfall is great for winter sports, but may interfere with travel to and from resort destinations. File photo by Jay Lloyd)

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By Jay Lloyd

SOMEWHERE OUT OF TOWN (CBS) — During winter getaways, things don’t always go as planned.   So be ready to deal with some all-too-common pitfalls.

Last week’s dump of snow in loftier elevations and latitudes brought to mind a phrase that’s dreaded by bosses and that I’ve had to shout down a telephone line all too frequently while on skiing weekends: “Hey boss, I’m snowed in!”

It’s usually followed by a few choice descriptions of the perils involved in trying to navigate from mountains to office.

Fortunately, the roads from ski houses and hotels to the mountain are usually kept open by the resort crews. But not always.

With a long winter weekend coming up, it’s a good idea to pack in some extra supplies: food, liquid refreshment, radio, flashlights, chargers –- all the things you’d need for a snowbound confinement at home.

And keep the car supplied for the winter with blankets, sand, salt, windshield washer and a full tank of gas.

By the way, sunseekers also face a peril: flights home might be canceled.  So, you’d better budget a bit more for that Caribbean caper.

(SNOWED IN?  Well, not locally, but flights back home sometimes get canceled.  File photo by Jay Lloyd)

(SNOWED IN? Well, not locally, but flights back home sometimes get canceled. File photo by Jay Lloyd)

Just in case.

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