30 Nov A Beginner’s Guide To Booking The Perfect Ski Holiday
If this is your first time booking a ski holiday you might find yourself scratching your head over après ski resorts, bunny slopes and pistes while trying to decide when would be best to book into your chalet (preferably the one with a hot tub included in the price). So if you’re a beginner booking a ski holiday, then here’s a quick guide on what to look out for:
Time of year
It’s essential you check the conditions for the time of year you wish to head off on your skiing holiday, spring skiing is considered an ideal time to get on the slopes when the temperature is between -6 and -1°C, simply because it ensures the snow doesn’t melt but you also aren’t left a shivering wreck by midday. If you can, you should also avoid school holidays at all costs.
Where you ski is also important. Different resorts offer different types of skiing holidays – from the party orientated and après ski locations to the spa and slope resorts where you can jump into a heated pool at the end of a long day out in the cold.
Skiing or snowboarding?
The all-important question – are you hopping on a board or pulling out the skis?
The resort you head to will also depend on your choice; some places are better for snowboarding than others.
What to pack
What you pop into that suitcase is important to ensure your ski holiday gets to the best start and you aren’t left dashing to the on-site shop when you arrive for items that might be out of your budget. Just because you’re out in the cold doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish either, check out Superdry’s new range of snow gear, which features everything from goggles to all-in-one ski suits to keep you toasty and on trend. Here’s a quick list of what MUST go in that case:
- Sun cream and lip block
- Snow boots
- Ski socks
- Goggles and sunglasses
- Hat and gloves (a balaclava might also come in handy in really snowy conditions)
- Small back pack for the day
- Travel adapters, cameras and chargers
Length of stay
Many people think that you can only go away for a ski holiday for a week or more but more and more travellers are enjoying two or three day, weekend breaks on the slopes. These are ideal for those of us who might not be able to afford full week passes or want to test out a ski holiday before committing with a group later on. Skiweekends.com does exactly what the name entails and offers short, flexible ski breaks at the top resorts in France, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.
Besides skiing, of course, you need a resort that is either near a town or has plenty of activities to enjoy in the evening when you’re done with the slopes for the day. Many resorts feature bars and restaurants to enjoy in the evening or are located close enough to a nearby town that you can just hop in a taxi and head out for the evening. Check what the resort you’re looking at provides or what it’s located near before hitting the confirm button.
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