Travel Advice for your Ski Holiday

As you may be aware, winter is upon us and here at the Ski-Lifts office there are a few well seasoned team members that are willing to offer some wise words, advice and some sneaky tips for making your snowy holiday run as smoothly as possible.

When to go…
Not booked yet? Well, if at all possible we would suggest trying to avoid the half term queues (and prices) so try to pick your dates wisely.  January is normally a great time for snow, but can be cold.  March can be good for clear skies and small queues and normally great snow conditions. If you wait for last minute deals the start and end of season can be fantastic, with quieter slopes and cheap deals on offer.

Get Organised…
If you have got kids, book your childcare in advance. Most hosts and hotels will be keen to assist you or have in house options, but will also offer advice and contact details for local babysitters and crèches- the same goes for their Ski lessons – book ahead as peak dates will get booked up in advance. If you’re struggling to find accommodation, check out the links here from two of our trusted partners.

All the gear…
If it’s your first holiday on the slopes don’t blow all your money on new kit. Commonly know as ‘all the gear and no idea’ you really ought to try a week before breaking the bank on a top of the range board or a pair of skis. Renting the gear can be expensive so why not try our partners Doorstep Skis to get your gear delivered and fitted directly in your accommodation in resort and receive a discount for booking online. For your jackets and pants try and plan ahead and buy in the end of season sales where you are likely to pick up gear at 50% off.

Work it out…
Depending how dedicated you are to your Skiing or Boarding progression, we would highly recommend doing some physical training before you go. Not only will this increase your endurance on the slopes so you can make the most of your ski pass, but it will help you minimise injury risk. The last thing you want is to be in bed on day two with sore, tired legs! Have a chat with your local gym about what exercises could be good for you, get running round your local park, or just hop on a bike!

Winter Sports Insurance
Double check your insurance policy covers you for winter sports. Some banks offer holiday insurance but make sure you read the small print for what it covers, should the worse happen you won’t want to be paying the costs for mountain rescue! We’ve partnered with Flexicover who offer specialist ski and holiday insurance.

When to book…
And of course book your airport transfers in advance, trying to get something at the airport will set you back a pretty penny and peak dates get booked up very quickly! And of course we can help you with most requests and resorts! Get a quote for your trip here.

A little bit of planning and preparation should mean that you get the most out of your ski or boarding holiday and then we’re confident we’ll see you coming back for more year after year.

The Ski-Lifts Team