The definitive guide to skiing, travel and van living.

Van Living Guides

We have built guides devoted to helping you buy, build, and prep your van for your journey ahead, from wiring guides to setting up a shower.

Location + Parking Guides

With our experience for multiple seasons living in a van and skiing, we have a ton of tips to make the most of the best locations.

Undeniable Freedom. Affordable Living.

We are big fans of van living, and feel there is no better way to get a sense of adventure, see a ton of the country, and ski your ass off for a better price. We at SB/VL want to empower as many people as possible to embrace the lifestyle and get out and see some cool stuff.

Looking to start a van adventure but don't know where to start?

Wondering how you can live on the cheap in ski resorts?

Want tips on how to wire up a van for proper living?

Want an idea of how to plan your ski journey?

Choosing The Right Van

Learn about choosing a van for your journey depending on your needs.

Van Construction

Wiring diagrams and other tips for construction of your van. 

Storage Tips

Organization is key, learn storage tips for the whip.

Van Cooking

Learn how you can build a stove top and get a fridge in your van among other tips. 

Barred Island Preserve Trail Hike

Hiking + Travel Guides

We not only want to be a guide for you on skiing and van living, but we have some other travel and hiking guides that we think are helpful and fun. From Hiking Acadia to spending the perfect 3 days in Charleston, SC we have been tons of places and would love to share some great advice, pictures, tips, and picks. 

Find your next adventure in our hiking and travel guides. 

Blog

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Aspen

One of the most famous resort towns on earth, get our take on Aspen, CO.

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Arapahoe Basin

A long season + great local vibes make this a good stop on your journey.

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Copper Mountain

Naturally divided terrain and a mix of amenities make this a great stop.

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Big Sky

The ultimate outdoor paradise, tons of activites along with great skiing. 

About Us

With the introduction of passes such as Epic, Ikon and Mountain Collective among others;  chasing powski and discovering new ski resorts has been foremost on many people’s minds.  Much to the chagrin of the local population, we descend on the resorts like biblical-era locust plagues to devour the freshies and overpay for beer. 

However, despite a healthy (and growing) population of van, truck, SUV and the occasional Subaru dwellers, many people are hesitant to take the plunge.  Why?  Because they’re crybaby candyasses who couldn’t last a subzero night in their vehicle while their breath instantly freezes to the inside of the windows?  Maybe, or just maybe they don’t know where to start.  That’s where we come in, with roughly 2 seasons of van-living knowledge I will impart on you wisdom gleaned from the ultimate transient lifestyle.

Frank By Van

Frank by the legendary Toyata Sienna

Welcome all, my name is Frank Buchanan and I love slumming it in a van. I don’t have to bathe that much and I can justify multiple apres beers due to not paying for lodging. My girlfriend, who is a saint if you’re reading this Michele, and I bought a van in December of 2019 after a 4 month trip in Asia. We got a 2009 Toyota Sienna minivan then drove to my father’s in Florida to outfit it before heading to Denver, slapping some snow tires on it and then finally going to the mountains. We traveled around until March 15, 2020 when Covid shut the ski industry (re. world) down and we limped back to Houston, Tx with our tails between our legs. Well 2021 was the triumphant return of myself and the van back into the Mountain West region. Let’s get started on the burning questions everyone has.

I use an Ikon pass but many times the principles, locations and fun overlap and sometimes they don’t. Park City? Park in Salt Lake or just in the grocery store parking lot, same as the Ikon resorts. Vail? I don’t know a thing about Vail except pack toe warmers so you don’t get frostbite in your hour lift lines you fucking animals. Regardless, I’m putting a comprehensive list together for what I do know and you guys can interpret it how you will.

 

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