So what makes the perfect skiing holiday? Apart from snow that is! If you are heading off to the slopes this year then read our essential guide to ensure that your ski holiday is not only perfectly organised but perfectly enjoyable too!
Best Times to go on Your Skiing Holidays
For European ski breaks the best times to go are in January or March. Avoid the festive period as this is when the crowds are at their worst and the prices are high. The same goes for the February half term. January and March are the quietest and cheapest months to book.
If you are travelling further afield for your skiing holiday such as America or Canada then the same months are best avoided but the best times are early spring around April to May when the weather is a little milder but the snow is still at its best.
Best for Families
If you’re booking a skiing trip with the kids then for the love of all that is snowy and white, book a family friendly resort! Most European ski resorts have brilliant facilities for children including kids clubs and babysitters for when you just need a bit of time alone! There ski schools for kids and if they get bored with all that snow there are usually plenty of non-ski activities on offer too.
The French, Austrian and Swiss all like to get their kids onto the slopes from an early age, which means that you’ll find most resorts family friendly with plenty of opportunities for little ones to experience their own nursery slopes.
It’s essential to pack appropriately. You want to shine on the slopes but you also want to be comfortable. A waterproof ski jacket is a must as are goggles. Take plenty of layers including a few tops that can double-up for apres ski entertainment. The essentials that you should pack include:
– Warm waterproof gloves
– Good quality goggles
– A couple of warm hats
– Practical and waterproof ski jacket
– Waterproof trousers
Boots and other equipment such as skis and boards can all be hired to save you having to pack these bulky items, plus if they aren’t quite right you can always take them back and change them for another size.
If you don’t mind staying in a group then a self catering chalet might be the best option for you. It will cut your costs and the atmosphere is usually friendly, relaxed and communal. There are even family friendly chalets available. When choosing your accommodation these are the things you should be looking for:
– Proximity to the ski slopes or ski lifts
– Close to shops and other amenities
– Mod cons so you can relax after a busy day on the slopes
– Make sure you book through a reputable company
Getting Lift Passes and Equipment Hire
Booking through a professional skiing holiday provider such as Inghams means that in most cases ski passes will be included along with heavily discounted ski equipment hire. Always check with your tour operator and if you can, book your lift passes in advance to avoid the long queues.