Ski and Snowboarding Holidays
A ski or snowboarding holiday is a great way to get away in the winter months. You don’t need to seek winter sun in order to have fun.
Ski and snowboarding holidays are available to suit a variety of budgets. Don’t rule out a luxury or all inclusive package as you may find that this actually works out cheaper. If you have your own equipment for example, you may find it expensive to travel with a budget airline due baggage charges. Even if you are hiring your equipment when you arrive at the resort remember to bear in mind that you will be unlikely to pack your winter clothing in a hand luggage sized bag or case like you might do for a summer break.
One of the biggest expenses when you arrive at your resort is the lift pass. If you find a package inclusive of this it may well work out cheaper than a holiday that appears cheaper but does not include a lift pass. Ski and snowboarding equipment is usually available to hire for a reasonable price, so unless you are planning on going on multiple ski or snowboarding holidays you will probably be better off hiring this equipment on your arrival. Again, look out for packages that include this in the price.
Food and drink are another expense that quickly adds up when you are away from home. You may find an all inclusive ski or snowboarding holiday that includes your food and drink at the hotel. If you do choose an all inclusive option, remember to bear in mind how near your hotel is to the ski resort. If it is going to take an hour to wait for a bus and go back to your hotel for a spot of lunch, a package that includes food and drink suddenly looks much less appealing if it is taking away your time on the slopes. If you have already paid for food and drink to be included, you probably don’t want to be paying for it again on the slopes because your hotel is too far away.
Your hotel may provide a complimentary bus service to the slopes, but be sure to check out how frequently and how late it runs if your hotel is not located in the centre of the action.
Research your resort before you book – some resorts are more family friendly than others. Make sure your children meet the minimum age requirement for ski school if they are going to be taking lessons. You might also want to check out what other facilities there are for children such as crèches and children’s clubs. You can never predict the weather, so it is important that they have something to do should the weather become bad enough that the slopes are closed.
On the other hand, if you don’t have children, you may want to look out for a resort that is not so child friendly, as it is likely to be less busy. You may also want to find out what the nightlife is like – are there clubs and pubs to visit nearby, or do any of the slopes stay open in the evening? If they do not, you may find yourself getting very bored once darkness sets in.
Pay attention to the airport transfer time and if an airport transfer is not included. Nobody wants to spend any more time than necessary travelling to their destination and if you are travelling with children they will quickly become restless if they are cooped up on a coach for hours. Many resorts are served by multiple airports, so whilst an airport or airline may advertise that they serve your chosen resort, they are not necessarily the most appropriate choice.
If the airport is too far away from your resort you may find a package holiday which includes your flights, accommodation and transfers an attractive option as taking a taxi too far from the airport will quickly become very expensive. You may be tempted to consider a hire car, but if you are planning on spending your holiday at the one resort it is not likely to be a very cost efficient option and could mean driving in treacherous conditions. Driving on foreign roads can be challenging at the best of times, but doing so in icy conditions, which many people in the UK have little to no experience of, will only add to this challenge.
If you are looking to travel this year of the the next there are already some great deals to be had. Booking in advance can save you money if you have a specific resort in mind, however if you are not so fussy there will always be some great last minute deals to be had.