Are you dreaming about white powdery snow and ski holidays? If this is your first time booking a ski holiday, you may be wondering how to prepare?
Even for seasoned travellers, planning a ski trip for the family or a group can be overwhelming. From knowing what to wear and bring, to finding the best time to go, learning how to ski, and even choosing the ski resort, it can be a very daunting experience booking your dream ski holiday.
Choosing the right elements of your holiday, like should it be an all inclusive ski holiday or not, can make or break your trip. It’s important to consider what the non-negotiables are. Some resorts are ideal for beginners while others are more suited for advanced skiers and boarders.
Here’s a quick guide including the top 5 tips to keep in mind when planning your ski holiday.
Do your homework before you choose a resort in Europe. If you have beginners in your midst, does the resort have decent beginner areas and nursery slopes? Or is your party more advanced and need an extensive terrain to stay entertained?
Advanced skiers may love the steep slopes of Val d’Isère in the French Alps, whereas beginners or intermediates will feel much more comfortable skiing the wide open slopes of Val Thorens in Savoie. Some resorts have a great mix of all three, which is perfect for a varied group.
The ski season in Europe mainly runs from December until mid-April, and during that time we see prices, snow conditions and activity on the slopes fluctuate. Early December can be a cost-effective option with many resorts offering cheaper lift passes. However, there is always the risk of poor snow as it’s early in the season.
You may want to consider one of the higher resorts which guarantees good snow. January is often a cheaper time to ski with some great last-minute deals once New Year’s week has gone. February is peak season and probably the busiest month which means prices shoot up as well. With the arrival of March comes warmer weather. This is perfect for leisurely lunches and late drinks on sun terraces. Once April hits spring is well and truly spring skiing. Expect long sunny days, slushy slopes and BBQs. If you have kids, Easter is your last chance to ski with quieter pistes.
Lessons or refreshers are great for beginners through to advanced skiers or riders. Whether you’re starting out or keen for an off-piste adventure, some pointers and coaching will help you get the most out of your skiing experience and your time on the mountain.
By investing in ski lessons, you will improve your technique and your confidence on the mountain. With improved technique comes less effort, aches, and pains and with improved confidence comes more enjoyment. You will be able to take in new views, experience different slopes and have more fun.
Don’t underestimate the power of packing well! Here’s our recommended items to bring for skiing or riding, as well as for off-slope fun.
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Taking out travel insurance for a trip like this is crucial. You need to make sure that you get the correct coverage for a ski holiday. Check that the insurance policy covers winter sports before you buy it and the procedure in the event of an accident. Considering COVID-19, it is also important to check that your policy covers for any cancellation and amendments in the event of another travel standstill.
Choosing the right type of accommodation can be intimidating. We recommend booking an all-inclusive package if the budget allows it. An all-inclusive holiday package will not only include accommodation, but also food, drinks, ski lessons and even equipment. This is easily the simplest and most cost-effective way to plan your skiing holiday.
Check out our all-inclusive ski holidays packages with Club Med.
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