We were looking for a vehicle we could sleep in with our whole family on weekend ski trips in order to cut down on lodging costs. In the winter we usually ski at least two weekends a month and the hotels have a minimum of two nights stays on the weekends. We considered renting a place for the winter or buying a place, but both options cost more and involve more maintenance time.
When we started researching ski vans for families we didn’t find a lot of information easily available so it took a while to figure out what would work for us. In order to make sleeping in the Toyota Sienna work we had to come up with a DIY solution, which I’ll explain separately. Here is a summary of what we were looking for, what options we found, and then why we picked the one we did.
What we were looking for in a family-friendly ski van:
Here are the vehicle types we looked at to decide on the Toyota Sienna:
So for us the one that fit all of the criteria we were looking for was the Toyota Sienna. We just had to design a sleeping system so we could fit in it, which I explain here.
Two Silicon Valley engineers who have had a love of the outdoors since childhood. Parents of two small kids, spending our free time exploring the outdoors with them.