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Top Tips for Planning a Ski Trip

There’s nothing more reviving than a winter escape in the snow-covered mountains. With the excitement of planning your next or your first ski excursion also comes stress for putting everything together. Most winter holidaymakers don’t factor in all the pitfalls and end up spending more money than they initially thought.

Choosing the proper dates, deciding on a spending plan, picking the right destination, thinking about gear, on-resort facilities, and entertainment options, are all things you should consider. Nothing should stop you from going on your dream vacation with your family or your buddies. Don’t worry as we have got you covered with some top tips that will help you adhere to your budget and ensure that you have a great time.

Find the Ideal Ski Location for You

The first thing you should think about is finding a ski resort that is ideal for your situation. It pretty much depends on your budget, your skill level, and whether you’re going with your family, friends or partner. Some people prefer a resort that’s closer to a city and more crowded and others opt for a more isolated ski location for a relaxing winter escape. While you’re searching for chalets, keep an open eye for off-peak-period discounts or other deals for families and large groups.

One of our all-time favourites is the French Alps, which is a popular destination for winter ski vacations. Brits who love ski and other winter sports seem to favour France not only for the big pistes and lifts but also for its proximity to the UK. Driving is an option if you have the luxury of time, but the truth is that France is faster and cheaper to reach by plane.

Pick your Dates

Now that you’ve picked the perfect ski resort, you’ll need to settle on your vacation dates. Luckily, most resorts open in December and close in mid-April. This gives you enough flexibility when looking for travel dates.

  • In early December, you’ll find good deals and fewer crowds, but the thin snow might be a downside for skiing. Christmas and New Year are always a high peak time which makes prices rise and availability run out fast.
  • January is a more affordable month and less busy. Days are shorter though, and that’s a restricting factor for spending hours skiing out on the slopes.
  • February is the peak of the season. It ties in with spring break and school holidays. This time of the year, pistes and lifts are busy, but the weather is just perfect!
  • March and April are lovely for spring skiing and long sunny days. Prices are lower, and the weather gives you the freedom to spend more time outside.

Book Airport Parking

To make the most out of your winter vacation, you should consider wasting as little time and as few resources as possible on getting to your destination. Flying to another country is always the fastest way, and usually the most affordable option. If you’re looking to save more money, you can do so by booking cheap airport parking.

For the UK and Irish travellers who are thinking about going abroad for ski holidays, there is Parkhero, the leading online comparison site for airport parking. For example, if you’re departing from London and looking for Heathrow airport parking, you can make use of the Heathrow Park and Ride or Meet and Greet services. Find the same type of services and hundreds of car parks in all airports across the UK. The earlier you book, the less you pay!

Ski Resort Facilities

Once you decide on a ski resort, it’s time to look for packages that combine lodge, half or full-board, ski lessons, discount ski passes, and entertainment options. For beginners and children who don’t have any experience, there are many instructors and ski lessons as well. If you don’t feel like carrying your equipment with you, you can also hire skis, boots, and poles from the resort or a third-party provider.

When you’re not setting off down the pistes, you should make sure that there are other entertainment and leisure activities to do in the area. For instance, Les Arcs, one of the most popular and good value for money ski chalets in France, is vibrant on and off the slopes. You can find local shops, restaurants, bars and buzzing nightlife. The resort also offers activities and playgrounds for families with children.

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Pick your Dates

Now that you’ve picked the perfect ski resort, you’ll need to settle on your vacation dates. Luckily, most resorts open in December and close in mid-April. This gives you enough flexibility when looking for travel dates.

  • In early December, you’ll find good deals and fewer crowds, but the thin snow might be a downside for skiing. Christmas and New Year are always a high peak time which makes prices rise and availability run out fast.
  • January is a more affordable month and less busy. Days are shorter though, and that’s a restricting factor for spending hours skiing out on the slopes.
  • February is the peak of the season. It ties in with spring break and school holidays. This time of the year, pistes and lifts are busy, but the weather is just perfect!
  • March and April are lovely for spring skiing and long sunny days. Prices are lower, and the weather gives you the freedom to spend more time outside.

Book Airport Parking

To make the most out of your winter vacation, you should consider wasting as little time and as few resources as possible on getting to your destination. Flying to another country is always the fastest way, and usually the most affordable option. If you’re looking to save more money, you can do so by booking cheap airport parking.

For the UK and Irish travellers who are thinking about going abroad for ski holidays, there is Parkhero, the leading online comparison site for airport parking. For example, if you’re departing from London and looking for Heathrow airport parking, you can make use of the Heathrow Park and Ride or Meet and Greet services. Find the same type of services and hundreds of car parks in all airports across the UK. The earlier you book, the less you pay!

Ski Resort Facilities

Once you decide on a ski resort, it’s time to look for packages that combine lodge, half or full-board, ski lessons, discount ski passes, and entertainment options. For beginners and children who don’t have any experience, there are many instructors and ski lessons as well. If you don’t feel like carrying your equipment with you, you can also hire skis, boots, and poles from the resort or a third-party provider.

When you’re not setting off down the pistes, you should make sure that there are other entertainment and leisure activities to do in the area. For instance, Les Arcs, one of the most popular and good value for money ski chalets in France, is vibrant on and off the slopes. You can find local shops, restaurants, bars and buzzing nightlife. The resort also offers activities and playgrounds for families with children.

Packing your Bags

The first thing that comes to mind when starting to pack your bags for ski holidays is gear and equipment. Make sure not to overlook putting the warmest clothing you have and necessary accessories in your luggage. A windcheater, long-sleeved shirts, thermal underwear, sweaters and cardigans should be at the top of your list. Goggles, gloves, ski masks and socks are also must-haves. Swimsuit and flip flops sound like the essentials of a summer holiday packing list, but what if the lodge where you are staying has saunas and indoor pools?

The dilemma that many skiers are caught in is whether to bring their own equipment or to rent. For first-timers and families, we suggest renting the gear that you’ll need. Who wants to carry extra baggage when getting around? If you’re flying, the equipment will have to be checked-in, thus charged with an additional fee. Remember that hiring gear at the mountain is always more expensive than it is from a town close to the resort. A clever idea is to check regularly for discounts on skis and snowboard hire packages. If skiing is an integral part of your winters, then it’s best to purchase enduring and high-quality equipment. This will definitely save you money over the years.

Stay Updated about Travel Restrictions

The novel coronavirus has affected our travel plans for quite some time now, but under the latest government measures and the safe hygiene guidelines, we can still go on holidays. Many ski resorts and travel agencies have modified their cancellation policies to give travellers more flexibility when their plans need to change due to COVID-19.

In France, most ski resorts will reopen in December, complying with all the safety regulations, such as social distancing, mandatory mask use when waiting in queues, regular cleaning rounds, and hand sanitizers. Check often the travel regulations of your country and the country that you're visiting. Upon return to your homeland, you might need to self-quarantine for 14 or fewer days.

Even if you need to re-arrange your holiday dates, don’t get disheartened. Remind yourself that the snow-capped slopes, the majestic mountains, and the cosy chalets will be there waiting for you every winter, no matter what! See our Winter 2020/21 budget ski holidays page for more information on rates and availability.

Article written in partnership with Park Hero.

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Customer Reviews

Just back from a fabulous week in Vallandry. The lodge was great and the location to the lifts perfect. I wanted to say thank you for all your help and the wonderful staff, they are all good bunch and made us feel very welcome. Please let them know we did appreciate their hard work, and smiles every...

P.L.

Always wear your helmet and be mindful of the position your skis are pointing when carrying them around to avoid accidentally hitting anyone.

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The staff were more like friends than employees and knew the area very well. Can't fault them. They sorted an issue with my wife's ski pass with as little stress as was possible. To start your day of skiing one had only to walk about 20m from the door, pop your skis on and off you go. You could eit...

S.K.

If you're travelling with youngsters, there is a great selection of registered childminders who can look after the little ones while you let your hair down. Just ask us and we'll be happy to help you arrange this service!

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Hucksters, are to be highly recommended as they offer a very personalised service at package deal prices and take a genuine interest in making sure you have a good time. I have done 4 trips with them in the last 2 years so they must be doing something right!

A.T.

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