Skiing holidays you either love them or you hate them! So if you are considering one you need to read our Tips for Skiing Holidays. For some the thought of minus temperatures and no sand is just not an option but isn’t everything worth a try once in your life?
The choices of skiing destinations vary from a quick hop on the plane with a short transfer to a long haul expedition in search of the ultimate ski experience. The destinations available to visit keep growing year on year.
From it’s birth of the first ski package holiday to Adelboden in Switzerland back in 1903, our quest for new snow destinations has developed as far as Japan and Australia.
Skiing is one of those sports that all ages and all members of the family can participate and with the growth in luxury chalets and hotels offering off piste entertainment and spa facilities even non skiers can partake in a skiing holiday.
The choice of ski accommodation has came a long way since the early days of skiing and now the choice is yours, from self catering accommodation to luxury all inclusive resorts with private catered chalets.
Whenever and wherever you want to ski it is always best to talk to experienced ski specialists to make sure you choose the right ski destination for you. However you want to consider the following tips when organising a skiing holiday;
- Make sure you have adequate insurance for on and off the piste. If you have a bad fall and need to be lifted of the slopes you will be required to pay for this service if you do not have the right insurance.
- Make sure you pack the right clothing for skiing. Check out our what to pack for a ski holiday guide.
- Hire skis and boots in resort rather than buy skis if you only ski once a year. By doing this you will always benefit form the latest ski equipment. When you consider the cost of purchasing skis and the airlines charge for transporting, ski hire is genuinely the most cost effective way for the occasional skier. You can even pre book your ski equipment online ready for collection when you get to the resort.
- Lessons and guiding are excellent for anyone who has never visited a resort before as the guide or ski instructor will allow you to explore all of the ski area quickly and without getting lost. They will know when ski lifts close and how long it will take to get from one side of the mountain to another. A must if you are not a good map readier in an unknown resort.
- Skiing with children can be fun but if you want to be a little selfish and enjoy the ski holiday as much as possible then consider ski operators that offer excellent child care facilities. Some ski operators take children from as small as 3 years of age and will look after your children from 9 am to 5pm without the need to return to collect them for lunch etc. If you are renting a chalet or self catering there are also Mountain Nannies available to come to your chalet and child mind whilst you are skiing.
- Choosing a ski resort for a group needs to take into consideration all the levels of the skiers going on the ski holiday. Make sure the beginners slopes are close or next to your ski accommodation as walking in ski boots for the first time can be quite exhausting. It’s also good to consider if the resort has runs that will allow all levels of skiers to meet up for lunch at least once during the ski holiday.
- If it’s your first time going on a ski holiday then it’s always good to consider a couple of lessons on a dry ski slope or at a ski dome. By doing this it will help you to progress quickly to the resorts slopes rather than just spend your first weeks ski holiday on the nursery slopes.
For more ideas of ski destinations or help in planning your ski holiday contact goeasy travel.