France Opens to UK Tourists – What are the rules?

France Opens to UK Tourists – What are the rules?

The news we’ve been waiting for since the middle of last month has now broken, with France set to allow British tourists to visit again from Friday 14th January 2022.
The timing couldn’t be better, with great snow conditions across the Alps and glorious sunshine waiting for you.

Mont Blanc

France have updated their travel rules for the UK to France with immediate effect, meaning that fully vaccinated travellers from the UK can enter France without the need for a compelling reason to travel, or the requirement to isolate on arrival.

Anyone over 12 years old will simply need a negative Covid test (PCR or anitgen) from an approved private test provider, taken within 24-hours pre-departure and must complete a sworn attestation confirming that they have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms or been in contact with a positive case before travel. You can download and complete this form in English.

If transiting through Geneva to enter France, the rules regarding tests and vaccination status are basically the same, there is no need for any additional tests for this, but you must also complete a Swiss Entry Form.

For your return to the UK, there is no requirement to take a test prior to the return journey, you simply need to complete a UK Passenger Locator Form and you must then take a Day 2 PCR or antigen test after your return, but again there is no requirement to isolate while you wait for the results.

We hope this info is useful and we recommend checking out the UK Government official site for up to date and more detailed information.

 
We’re already seeing a surge in demand since the news broke, so our top tip is to get your plans sorted early and book your transfers with Ski-Lifts as soon as possible to get the best price and avoid missing out, especially for peak dates.

All of us in the Ski-Lifts team look forward to seeing you very soon!

Can I ski in 2022? Current UK Travel Guidelines

Where can I ski in 2022?

Where is best to travel, tips for travelling and
guidelines for UK travel from December 2021

Originally published 22nd December 2021, updated Jan 5th with reduced UK requirements.

Are you dying to go on your ski holiday but nervous about current testing requirements? While difficult to understand and keep track of, current regulations are actually less stringent than in the summer, when many people were able to travel abroad and enjoy their holidays. In reality, it is still easy to travel to and plan your ski holiday for 2022, and probably less expensive than you think. In this guide, we have sourced the most reasonable test kits and advise how to book a trip that is fully protected for your peace of mind.

From this week (Jan 5th) lateral flow tests are acceptable for your day 0-2 test on return and no self-isolation is required will you wait for your result. These tests are cheaper than a PCR test, with prices starting from £18.00 per test. Moneysupermarket has a list of government-approved home antigen or lateral flow test kit suppliers here. These are also fit for travel to countries that require the use of antigen tests.

This guide is up to date as of the 5th of January 2022, and although we will keep updating the guide, it is always best to check for up to date guidance from the UK government page for each country, or their own government site.

Italy

Double-vaccinated people or those that have a proof of Covid-19 recovery pass can visit Italy freely without isolating on arrival. To enter Italy you simply need to fill out a passenger locator form and have either a negative PCR test within 48 hours or a negative antigen test within 24 hours of entering Italy. For more information you can visit the gov. website here.

Cost rundown:

  • Negative antigen test 24 hours before arrival £18.00-22.00.
  • Day 0-2 antigen test on return £18.00-22.00.

Total cost: £36 – £44.00

Switzerland

Double-vaccinated people or those that have a proof of Covid-19 recovery pass can visit Switzerland freely. Beforehand they need a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of arrival or a negative antigen test, taken within 24 hours before arrival into Switzerland. They also need to complete an immigrant form (similar to a passenger locator form) before travel, which you can find here. For more information visit the government page here.

Cost rundown for a weeks stay:

  • Negative antigen test 24 hours before arrival £18.00-22.00.
  • Day 0-2 antigen test on return £18.00-22.00.

Total cost: £36 – £44.00

Austria

Austria is open to vaccinated skiers or tourists that have proof of recovery from Covid-19. On entry to Austria, you either need proof of a booster vaccination or a negative PCR result to avoid quarantine and fulfilling a passenger locator form.

Cost rundown:

  • Negative PCR fit to fly test 48 hours before arrival (not neccesary if you have recieved a booster vaccination) £35.00 for an Amazon home kit, £55.00 – 80.00 for an in-person test with one day or less turnaround.
  • Negative antigen test 24 hours before arrival £18.00-22.00.
  • Day 0-2 antigen test on return £18.00-22.00.

Total cost: £71 – £124.00, if you haven’t received the booster jab (otherwise max £44.00).

Panoramic view of Zell am See with Zeller See lake in twilight during blue hour at dusk in winter, Salzburger Land, Austria
Zell am See Lake, Salzburger Land, Austria. Open to double-vaccinated tourists with no testing requirements.

Returning to England

If you are double vaccinated, and returning from a country not on the red list you need to have the following on arrival:

  • Filled in passenger locator form (available for you to complete 48 hours before arrival in the UK).
  • To have booked a lateral flow or PCR test to take by the second day of your return.

Protecting your holiday from cancellations

Travel insurance

When planning any holiday, but particularly with current events, travel insurance is necessary. Every provider listed on Moneysupermarket offers emergency medical treatment and repatriation for coronavirus claims as a minimum. To protect you under any circumstance, choose insurance which will cover you if you test positive at the resort so you are covered if you need additional accommodation and return travel.

Plus, if you like going off-piste or snowsports outside of skiing and snowboarding there are options to cover you.

Flexible bookings

Book flights and accommodation with providers that have flexible terms that allow you change dates or cancel for free and be refunded without excessive admin fees.

Flexible airport transfers

At Ski Lifts we have always provided a flexible service with free cancellations and amendments to bookings up to 7 days before departure. We now protect our customers even further with our covid-19 guarantee, which allows covid related cancellations up to the day before planned departure before 4:00 pm. Book your ski transfers now, or find out more here.

Where can I ski in 2022?

Where can I ski right now?

We get that planning a holiday at the moment sounds tricky, but if you are ready to ski there are many places that are open to vaccinated travellers currently. 

As well as Switzerland, Austria and Italy, here are some of our favourite ski destinations currently welcoming UK tourists.

Andorra – Pas de la Casa

Andorra is accessible through Spain with no additional restrictions, which you can check here. If you’re fully vaccinated and travelling from the UK, you can enter Spain without needing to test or quarantine regardless of your reason for travel, you just need to fill in a health control form. 

Nestled in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, Pas de la Casa is a less expensive resort than many French destinations and is known for consistently good snow and quiet slopes, but lively nightlife. Pas de la Casa is ideal for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, 

The resort can be reached via Barcelona Airport, with a transfer time of 2.5 hours approximately.

Bulgaria – Borovets

Bulgarian ski resort Borovets is a compact, inexpensive ski resort with great English speaking ski schools. Its small size of around 58km of slopes and close proximity to Sofia airport makes it ideal for a weekend ski break. Although small, Borovets is home to three world cup runs and is known for its lively apres ski. Check out the latest Bulgaria travel advice here.

Norway – Hemsedal

Host to the highest lift-served pistes in Norway and Scandinavia, Hemsedal ski resort is set in a heavily wooded area with an easily accessible off-piste, appealing to hikers and adventurous types. Skiing is free for under 7’s and the resort has the largest children’s ski area in Norway. Lastly, apres ski is lively and varies from sophisticated piano bars to live music venues.

Hemsedal is reachable via Oslo Airport, and Norway is open to double-vaccinated travellers that must have an antigen test on arrival, read up to date guidelines here. 

Canada – Lake Louise

Lake Louise was voted the best ski resort in Canada in 2017 and has maintained that reputation. Adored by skiers and hikers, Lake Louise has beautiful mountain scenery as well as over 11 square miles of ski terrain across four mountain faces. Consistently snow-sure and home to roaming wildlife such as elks, bighorn sheep and moose, Lake Louise is a magical location for skiing and exploring. The UK travel advice for Canada is here. 

USA – Breckenridge

Breckenbridge Townhouse in the snow in USA
Snowy mountain range overlooking a lake, Breckenbridge USA

Breckenridge is a Colorado town at the base of the Rocky Mountains. While it is known for its historic mining town there is also a growing art scene and the bars, restaurants and shops are colourfully painted. Ski-in ski-out lodging is easily available and the ski terrain is varied. Breckenridge is a particular favourite for advanced skiers and there is a good proportion of challenging slopes for those wanting to push themselves. The latest travel advice is here.

Lastly,

If you’re ready to ski but worried about changing travel restrictions, get travel insurance that covers you for every eventuality, Moneysupermarket has a list of providers that they trust.

When you are ready to book your airport transfers, don’t delay and book with Ski Lifts now to secure these at the best price. If you need to change or cancel we are here to help and offer a covid guarantee to financially protect all our customers who are booking their holidays throughout this period.

Skiing in Switzerland this Year – Our 2021/2022 Recommendations

Skiing in Switzerland this Year – Our 2021/2022 Recommendations

Travel to and from Switzerland is relatively easy this year, with eased restrictions from December 20th, and the payoff is brilliant. Great snow conditions have been reported across resorts, and bars as well as restuarants are open with seating and well as mask requirements in place.

Transfers to any of these resorts is simple from Geneva Airport, transfer time to Zermatt is approximately 2hrs30mins, to Saas Fee transfer time is roughly 2hrs30mins and Verbier is under two hours.

Here’s a selection of our favourite resorts across Switzerland.

Zermatt

Zermatt was awarded the Best European Ski Resort at the 2020 Ski Club Industry awards, and for good reason. There are over 285km of on-piste runs, with the greatest number of slopes geared towards for intermediate skiers, however due to its size and proximity to surrounding resorts there is something for everyone. For access to the surrounding areas in Italy you can get an interlinked ski pass which covers 360km of slopes.

Zermatt is famously known as the home of the Matterhorn and has a beautiful landscape which can be viewed skiing or walking lakeside closer to the base of the mountain.

Outside of skiing, there are over 100 restaurants to dine in, as well as many bars, or spas for those looking to recuperate after a long day exercising.

The Matterhorn, Zermatt
The Matterhorn, Zermatt
Verbier Ski Resort
Verbier Ski Resort

Verbier

Verbier is fantastic for off piste skiing and snowboarding, with many areas suitable to those new to off piste skiing. The area is interlinked with the expansive 4 vallees, so there are slopes suitable to all skiers, as well as cross country skiing.

When skiing in Verbier you will encounter many wide, steep slopes, perfect for meandering or snowplowing down at your own pace, with the quietest routes free for the more advanced skiers to speed down.

Aside from skiing, Verbier is well known as having Switzerlands best apres ski and nightlife. There are many sophisticated cocktail bars, as well as apres ski bars that have live bands (try Farinet for live music every day throughout ski season) and venues with DJ’s open till late.

Saas Fee

Saas Fee is a great place to ski or snowboard, with two snowparks and a half pipe for adventurous types.

Saas Fee is known to be less expensive than Zermatt, however Zermatt is reachable by an off-piste route, therefore it is a great location for those wanting to save a bit of money while experiencing great ski conditions. Saas Fee itself is considered a charming village, it is a car-free resort so ski in ski out is convenient, and the accomodation is quaint and traditionally Swiss.

There are over 40 restuarants in Saas Fee at various price points, the food is mostly traditional and warming, with many bakeries and tea rooms ideal for mid-morning ski breaks.

Saas Fee Ski Resort
Saas Fee Ski Resort

Swiss Entry Requirements – 20th Dec 2021

As of December 20th Switzerland have eased restrictions for entry to the country. You now need a pre-departure negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or a lateral flow test (not older than 24 hours) to enter the country.  The lateral flow option was added last week, giving skiers the opportunity to reduce their test costs. Children can accompany their vaccinated parents, and requirements to isolate in the resort or take Day 4 or Day 7 tests were removed for fully vaccinated adults. All travellers must complete passenger locator forms. 

Of course our top tips for Skiiing confidently this winter continue to apply:

1. Always book your transfers with Ski-Lifts – our flexible cancellation terms and Covid guarantees are there should your plans change
2. Always review Foreign Office travel advice before you book and again before travelling
3. Check your travel insurance that it comprehensively covers you should your travel plans need to change.

International travel from the UK – what’s it like in December?

International travel from the UK – what’s it like?

Travelling from UK to Switzerland and France with current restrictions

Published before France introduced temporary travel restrictions for UK travellers in December 2021, for up to date information check out the UK gov website.

We know that many people are itching to get away this ski season, but are worried about current covid restrictions and what steps they need to take to get there. This week, one of our operations team members Martyn had the first-hand experience of travelling between the UK, Geneva airport and France, to our office in Morzine.

To find out how he got on and the steps he needed to take we interviewed him about his experience.

Martyn, you travelled from Manchester to Morzine this week. When did you decide to do that?

Martyn: It was a last-minute decision, I actually booked my flight this Tuesday to fly over on Wednesday morning.

That is last minute! How did you manage to get your tests booked and returned in time for the flight?

Martyn: I booked an express PCR test for the morning of my flight inside the airport for £80.00. I arrived there just over three hours before and had the test there, where they guaranteed a 1-3 hours turnaround for my results, I had the test at 7:40 am and got my results at 09:30 am. Within that time I had breakfast at the airport and filled in my passenger locator form for Switzerland and France.

I thought that to fill in a passenger locator form you need your test reference, is that not the case?

Martyn: No, to enter the UK you need to include the PCR test number in the passenger locator form, however, to enter Switzerland or some other European countries like France and Spain, you don’t have to include the test number, so you can fill the form in before your test.

And what about checking in? Were you able to do that without your test results?

Martyn: I checked in online before setting off so I had my covid vaccination and boarding pass on my phone ready. I couldn’t go through security till the results came through via text, which they did within two hours. This meant I was at the gate in plenty of time with all my documents ready on my phone.

Great! Sounds almost painless… and how was the journey between Geneva and Morzine?

Martyn: It was really easy actually. Once I went through border control at Geneva using my passenger locator form and negative test result I was picked up and driven to Morzine by one of our team members. We drove straight through border control at France without having to stop and I was at the resort mid-afternoon.

Fantastic! And now for the more interesting news, how is it in Morzine? Is the resort opening up?

Martyn: It’s lovely. The shops are starting to open up for the season and my favourite bakery La Bonbonnière is open as well as our local pub. It’s still quiet, but there’s a buzz of anticipation and you can see the resort preparing for the ski season which is exciting.

That is exciting, when does the Morzine ski season open this year?

Martyn: Avoriaz actually opened today and Morzine opens next Saturday on the 18th. Although Morzine are also opening up this weekend for the weekend, as the snow conditions are so good.

So I take it that it’s been snowing a lot?

Martyn: It’s not stopped! There’s been heavy snowfall this entire week and plenty last week too, so snow conditions are perfect. I would say for this early in the season it’s the best coverage I have seen in years, particularly the tops of the mountains which have nearly 3 metres of snow already.

Perfect, and what do you plan to do to this weekend?

Martyn: This weekend I’m going to take advantage of all of this snow and get on the mountain!

Have you arranged everything you need to get home?

I can drop into the pharmacy in Morzine for my test before I head home next week and my day 2 PCR is booked, so I can relax knowing all I need to do is complete my passenger locator form and I am prepared for my flight home next week. 

Morzine Resort in September
Morzine in September
Morzine in December
Morzine in December

How can I travel internationally this ski season?

Flying out of the UK

  1. Check whether you need a PCR or rapid antigen test for your destination country on the gov.uk website.
  2. Book your test inside the airport or at a location near you. Money Savings Expert have a guide to the most affordable options.
  3. Have your test and screen shot or save the test document to your phone.
  4. Download the NHS app and get your digital Covid pass through the app.
  5. Fill in any locator forms for the country you are visiting – in this case both Switzerland and France.
  6. That’s it!

Flying back to the UK

  1. Book a day 2 PCR test. if you don’t want to isolate till you get your result, you can book one in the airport on arrival with a 1-3 hour turnaround.
  2. Fill out your passenger locator form, including the reference number from your test booking.
  3. Have your passenger locator form saved to your phone with your boarding pass.
  4. Take a Covid test (PCR or Antigen) within the 48 hours prior to returning to the UK – these are easily arrange in resort.
  5. Take the PCR test 0-2 days after your arrival and isolate till your results arrive.
  6. On receiving a negative result (3 to 48 hours waiting time dependent on cost), you are free to travel and go out as normal.

Lastly, as with all holidays make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance. Most major insurance providers now offer protection if you are unable to travel due to contracting Covid, or cover any of your medical expenses, quarantine costs or repatriation costs, should the worst happen while you are away. It is important to have peace of mind that you are financially protected.

For flexible airport transfers with free cancellation up to 7 days before, book with Ski Lifts. Also, check out our Covid Guarantee which we introduced in 2019 to protect our customers fully.

Best early season skiing in Europe

Best early season skiing in Europe

If you want to beat the crowds and get in a ski trip before the end of year, then you do not have to wait till January or February for good snow and skiing. High resort altitudes and glacier skiing offer opportunities to ski early on in the season, so you can beat the crowds and holiday sooner.

Best resort to ski in October

Cervinia

Ideally situated at a resort altitude of 2050m, Cervinia is known for its long season running between October and May and consistently good snow. Skiers in Cervinia can enjoy a wide range of piste’s as Zermatte and Valtournenche are both reachable and covered by the Cervinia ski pass, totalling 350km of piste. There are slopes ideal for beginner and intermediate skiiiers; slopes in the Klein Matterhorn glacier area better suited to beginner skiiers, and more challenging slopes are generally found in Zermatt. Cervinia itself is known for wide, long and spacious trails that offer the opportunity for those new to skiing to snowplough around and those more adventurous to race down.

Cervinia is geared towards families, with a plethora of ski schools and after ski family activities such as a cinema, bowling and amusement arcade. There are accommodation options to suit all budgets and over 50 cafe’s and restaurants at various price points.

Find out more about what Cervinia has to offer here.

Best resort to ski in November

Les Deux Alpes

Due to being a glacier resort, Les Deux Alpes has a long ski season from late November to April. Despite its altitude and proximity to Mont-de-Lans glacier, there is plenty of sun with many south facing slopes and a mostly tree-less terrain.

Les Deux Alpes is ideal for skiers and snowboarders with its modern lift system and wide range of slopes amounting to 220km of pistes. Skiers can access slopes at their highest point of 3600m, with 2300 metres of slopes downwards from its peak.

Known particularly for its suitability for snowboarders, Les Deux Alpes has a border cross and half pike as well as snowparks for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy.

There are runs suitable for skiers at all levels, with easier slopes found at the top of the summit and more challenging slopes lower down the slope. For those looking for a budget destination, Les Deux Alpes is ideal with a wide range of accommodation at affordable prices, as well as places to eat and drink.

Book your Les Deux Alpes transfers, or find out more about the resort here.

Best resort to ski in December

Tignes

Sitting at a resort altitude of 2100m, Tignes has a long snow sure season between early December and May.

Tignes is a go to destination for intermediate and experienced skiers, with a wide range of steep, challenging slopes. There are over 100 blue and red runs between Tignes and Val D’Isere and infamous slopes such as “The Wall” which attract thousands of ambitious skiers each year.

Outside of skiing Tignes is known for its apres ski scene, with some of the best bars in the Alpes as well as popular nightclubs that stay open late.

2021/2022 European Ski Season opening dates

2021/2022 European Ski Season opening dates

Ski season is approaching again, with many more resorts opening this year than in 2020. If you are ready to book but nervous about changing Covid regulations you can relax with our hassle-free Covid 19 guarantee, which we put in place last year to financially protect all of our Ski Lifts customers.

Austria ski resort opening dates

Bad KleinkirchheimDec 4 2021 – April 18 2022Bad Kleinkirchheim ski transfers
HintertuxOpen all year roundHintertux ski transfers
Ischgl25 Nov 2021 – 1 May 2022Ischgl ski transfers
KitzbühelEstimated 31 Oct 2021 – 29 April 2022 Kitzbühel ski transfers
MayrhofenEstimated 7 Dec 2021 – 14 April 2022Mayrhofen ski transfers
Solden18 Nov 2021 opening, closing date unconfirmedSolden ski transfers
St Anton27 Nov 2021 – 24 April 2022St Anton ski transfers
InnsbruckVarious dates Dec 2021 to March and April 2022Innsbruck ski transfers

Bulgaria ski resort opening dates

BanksoEstimated 12 Nov 2021 – 14 April 2022Bankso ski transfers
BorovetsEstimated 18 Dec 2021 – 16 April 2022Borovets ski transfers

France ski resort opening dates

Alpe D’HuezEstimated 29 Nov 2021 – 23 April 2022Alpe D’Huez ski transfers
AvoriazEstimated 12 Dec 2021 – 22 April 2022Avoriaz ski transfers
ChamonixEstimated 5 Dec 2021 – 22 April 2022Chamonix ski transfers
CourchevelEstimated 8 Dec 2021 – 22 April 2022Courchevel ski transfers
Flaine11 Nov 2021 – 18 April 2022 Flaine ski transfers
La Tania4 Dec 2021 – 22 April 2022 La Tania ski transfers
Les Gets18 Dec 2021 – 10 April 2022Les Gets ski transfers
Les Menuires4 Dec 2021 opening, closing date unconfirmedLes Menuires ski transfers
Méribel4 Dec 2021 opening, closing date unconfirmedMeribel ski transfers
Val Thorens20 Nov 2021 – May 8 2022 Val Thorens ski transfers
TignesEstimated 17 Oct 2021 – 2 May 2022Tignes ski transfers
MorzineEstimated 29 Nov 2021 – 23 April 2022Morzine ski transfers

Germany ski resort opening dates

Garmisch18 Dec 2021 – 20 March 2022Gamisch ski transfers

Italy ski resort opening dates

Arabba3 Dec 2022 – 24 May 2022Arabba ski transfers
Cervinia28 Oct 2021 – 2 May 2022Cervinia ski transfers
Cortina27 Nov 2021 – 18 April 2022Cortina ski transfers
Sauze d’oulxEstimated 10 Dec 2021 – 14 April 2022Sauze d’oulx ski transfers
Livigno24 Nov 2021 – 28 April 2022Livigno ski transfers
Madonna Di Campiglio27 Nov 2021 – 18 April 2022Madonna Di Campiglio ski transfers
Val Gardena5 Dec 2021 – 4 Dec 2022Val Gardena ski transfers

Slovenia ski resort opening dates

Kranjska Gora11 Dec 2021 – 27 March 2022Kranjska Gora ski transfers

Switzerland ski resort opening dates

Davos & KlostersVarious dates Dec 2021 to March and April 2022Davos & Klosters ski transfers
GstaadVarious dates Dec 2021 to March 2022Gstaad ski transfers
Saas FeeEstimated 3 Oct 2021 – 20 April 2022Saas Fee ski transfers
VerbierEstimated 27 Nov 2021 – 27 April 2022Verbier ski transfers

Summer Skiing in Les Deux Alpes – A Glacier Getaway

Summer Skiing in Les Deux Alpes – A Glacier Getaway

  •  Les Deux Alpes is ski-ready in the summer as well as during high season – thanks to its well-known, popular glacier skiing area.
  • The Glacier season takes place in Les Deux Alpes from June to September.

The glacier skiing here is quite sizeable – in fact, it’s technically the biggest glacier skiing area in Europe! It’s a fantastic area for beginner and improver skiers who want to try things out during the summer, with blue, green and red runs up at the top all accessible by the chairlifts and draglifts that remain in operation for the glacier season. From there, you have access to the longest, full on-piste vertical in the world – lots of room for some serious practice in France’s second oldest ski resort (the first being Chamonix).

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Summer skiing - glacier skiing in les deux alpes

The fun of glacier skiing in Les Deux Alpes

If you are a beginner – don’t let the altitude put you off. Les 2 Alpes is also known for being ‘topsy turvy’, where the easier, wider runs are actually at the top, while the steeper runs are a little further down from the glacier runs. As you’re venturing higher up that normal to get to the snow, the lower oxygen levels means you’ll need the time to acclimatise, so it’s estimated that your body has to work even harder in the altitude to keep you going, which could make for really effective training if you’re an experienced beginner or improving. Just make sure you know you’re medically OK going higher up and give yourself enough time to do so. You’ll find everything in the lower and steeper parts of the mountains are taken over by mountain bikers in the summer who flock here to make the most of the jumps!

Your summer ski day passes (if you’re around for more than one day on the slopes) to the peaks in Les Deux Alpes will also unlock access to the facilities at lower altitude, including the pool and tennis courts – which makes for a seriously active holiday if you want one, particularly if you’re keeping up with your fitness as well as your snow skills. It’s also worth seeing if there are any local hikes or treks that you can go on while you’re in the area. Summer hikes in the Alps are also great muscle boosters after a few days hitting the skis.

 

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Les Deux Alpes in the summer

The town is in the heart of the French Alps, so there’s a great selection of shopping and restaurants along the main streets, as well as plenty of bars and cafes dotted around the area. While summer is probably more of a social affair than a hardcore sports holiday, you’ll probably appreciate the balance between the more relaxed summer après vibe and making the most of the sunshine. The village is pretty large with a good selection of hotels for all budgets, or you can opt for a chalet in the summer which has a really different feel to it than usual. The town is incredibly convenient for the ski runs – the funicular links the town to the main peaks, up to 3,450m high. At the top, you’ll obviously be able to take in 360° views of the Alps and beyond, including Mont Blanc which is practically in front of you – showing itself off with a grassy vista to enjoy for a change of pace!

 

A family-friendly summer ski option

Les Deux Alpes is a great summer ski option, thanks to having eight summer-ready runs between June and September, half pipes and a snowboard area, and some surprisingly cost effective pass prices in August. That’s handy if those flight tickets to North America or New Zealand are a little bit out there; if you want to experience a totally different ski vibe that you can mix up with a hiking holiday, or, if you simply want to keep the holiday stash stocked for your winter ski season or another trip.

 

Summer Les Deux Alpes - Ski-Lifts

The summer ski *perfect* holiday for active people

If you’re over in the south of France, then you’ll know that it is hotter than the rest of France, with temperatures often over 30°C – even the nearby Val d’Isère in the south east can get a bit warm! That’s why Les Deux Alpes is a good choice if you don’t want to be ‘extreme’ climate switching between very hot sea level air and the cooler mountain air like you might elsewhere. March – April and June are hot for sure in Les Deux Alpes, but both these months do see a good mix of rain and sun – which makes anywhere you’re staying a little cheaper too as much of the accommodation will priced on the weather during these months, prior to charging full for the main summer season from the end of June through to August.

Les Deux Alpes is popular with families, especially those with young children with high energy levels. With so much on offer, it’s also great for active families looking for some free time, and so families can divide themselves between the mountain, tennis, hiking, biking, the spa and the pool. Les Deux Alpes offers plentiful accommodation choices too: everything from traditional chalets, to hotels and apartments to, increasingly, campsites and pitch space a little further out. All apartment will have twin or large double rooms, or a few of both, as the chalets and hotels. All the summer campsites near Les Deux Alpes have WCs, maintained showers and full laundry facilities. Everything in once place for an active summer holiday. Summer skiing in Les Deux Alpes – really, what more could you ask for?

 

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Book Ski Transfers Ahead Of Time

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Book Ski Transfers Ahead Of Time

  1. Ski season is short
  2. You could book ahead for a big group and get a coach
  3. You can book your transfer days in advance
  4. It saves you time and stress

The ski season is your annual time to take in the slopes, enjoy the snow and then get down to some serious après. Before getting to that point though, there’s a little bit of holiday admin to do – namely, booking your holiday, and booking your ski transfers. There’s nothing worse than worrying about how you’re going to get from your chosen airport to your little hideaway in the Alps, or lugging equipment off trains and up hills and trying to catch a taxi.

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Ski season is short

While the entire ski season runs between early December and the end of March each year, the snow still falls relatively slowly and in fact we often get snow showers for only the first few weeks of the season. This means that skiers can get in their Christmas skiing without risking their season being ruined by a lack of snow, and it also means that if you have the luxury of booking your transfers early, you can relax knowing that you don’t need to worry about times, dates and timetables and the sheer stress that comes with using public transport. There’s also the advantage of not having to lug your gear in between stations and stops, so you can still be sure of being on the slopes come December.

If you’re going off-piste, you can’t really control your snow conditions, so booking miles ahead could be pointless – you might be quite certain that the snow will be fairly untouched and ready for your arrival. If you’re a backcountry skier, you’ll want to book your transfers also a few weeks in advance so you have as little to worry about as possible, and be confident that you can bring your tent or chosen wild camping gear with you.

Transport to and from the resort is also vital. Travelling between resorts can be tiring and difficult – and if you’re not used to the areas you’re going to, it can be easy to get lost. Lots of skiers prefer to travel from the middle of January to the end of March to catch both the atmosphere they desire and the best snow. Although, saying that, there are a few skiers who like to sneak out at the end of November before it gets really busy. Plus, if you’re heading to a snowsure resort, or you chase the snow and head over for glacier skiing in the summer – well, you pretty much have nothing to worry about.

 

Book ahead and get a coach – and when to book ski transfers generally

If you’re booking a very large group together for your ski trip, a coach transfer might actually be the best value idea. Coach transfers from Geneva Airport tend to be popular for both their premium experience and their value in what is essentially a bulk travel/transfer order. With a few big families clubbing together, you might find the per-person price is cheaper – that’s why it’s always sensible to get a few ski resort airport transfer quotes before you confirm your booking, so you can work out the best price for your skiing holiday.

Think of organising your skiing trip as a half-marathon, not a sprint at the last gate! Although it’s great to get out and explore and enjoy the mountain culture, it’s more practical to book everything in advance, try and get a few extra days either side of your planned season and arrive at your lodge to unpack, so you can relax and enjoy the scenery for the next few days. (Although, we get it – for some skiers, it really is about hitting the peaks as soon as physically possible!) For holidays with lift passes, it’s good to book your transfers a few weeks in advance at least to ensure you’re getting the best possible availability. Most people prefer to book things over a few days close together in creating their ‘DIY’ ski trip or their own package put together from lots of different places –  that way, you can take advantage of the best deal you can while doing your own research.

 

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You can book your transfers days in advance to save time

For all resorts in Europe, the USA and Canada –  you can book them online with us. There are different options: shared, shared plus (less waiting for other folks), private, coach and executive. And you can even book them in a few days in advance. Ski-Lifts has year-round coverage any availability for transfers across all of your favourite resorts, so even if you’re booking transfers at the very last minute, our team have the best and most experienced driver networks to tap into, to get your Ski-Lifts ski transfers.

 

It saves you time and stress

There are a few instances in which your ski transfers could be arranged by your accommodation or hotel, but it will usually on the their terms and conditions rather than your own when it comes to timing and picking the right car. While resort-to-airport transfers might be down to the individual resort, they might not be able to give you a specialised, experienced service like Ski-Lifts (and our partner accommodation) who know the roads best – and it’s best not to just leave it to a random taxi. Another issue at leaving it to your accommodation to arrange, is availability – you don’t want to be waiting hours for the next available transport, you need to get your airport or train station in plenty of time.

Speaking of reducing stress, transporting ski gear can get very stressful. It can feel heavy over time, it’s awkward to carry, and the last thing you want is to be fetching your luggage by yourself with a map on your phone in one hand, and everything else in the other!  So a smooth, stress-free friendly airport transfer – whether that’s over an hour or for an epic four-hour ski transfer to your chalet, having the last leg of your journey covered really does have its wellbeing benefits. Better yet, it allows you to focus on the après which the season demands that we do, rather than stress-skiing for that first morning after your arrival day!

 

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5 Best Ways To Prevent Travel Sickness During Your Transfer

5 Best Ways To Prevent Travel Sickness During Your Transfer

  1. Stay hydrated
  2. Take ginger supplements
  3. Try Dramamine or similar medication
  4. Eat something before you go
  5. Change your diet

Travel sickness can really get the better of us if we’re prone to it. For some folks, the mode of transport doesn’t matter, it’s nausea-town. For others, it genuinely only happens when we’re not in the driving seat. And lo and behold, although rare, it can even happen to drivers. So to help with what might be your 3 hours of hell to 13 days of heaven in the snow, we’ve spoken to seasoned skiers and drivers about their advice. We would recommend that you always seek proper medical advice that isn’t from a blog, of course, and this content is presented only as information for your own further research.

 

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Staying hydrated

Dehydration is a very real cause of travel sickness, so be sure to make sure you’re getting plenty of water before you get on the plane. Having a water bottle with you will make sure you don’t miss a beat. Drink as much as you can, starting as soon as you feel unwell. Staying hydrated in small and frequent bursts is important, as some folks may find that they also have stomach problems from travel-based anxiety or even undiagnosed claustrophobia, so it can be difficult to get fluids back up into your system quickly if you’re feeling this way. And instead of swigging fizzy drinks, try water or even fruit tea.

 

Taking ginger

This is something you might know about if you suffer from travel sickness. Ginger is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle for many of us – so naturally it’s an ingredient we should be packing in to our rucksacks. Ginger, in moderation, is known to aid digestion, so those who are prone to getting gassy should take care to take some time to cut out the offending foods before a trip. One of the easiest ways to do this is by taking digestive enzymes with you on your travels. We hear from unconfirmed rumours that the Ironman team keeps ginger in their first aid kit to aid nausea in the most natural way which doesn’t get in the way or alter performance. Another excellent way to treat the nauseous feeling is by taking ginger supplements. They’re supposed to be packed with anti-spasmodic properties and could help ease the pain and nausea. These won’t cure it entirely, but they’ll certainly help and boost your immune system to prevent any sickness or vomiting after a long transfer on the way to the slopes.

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Taking Dramamine

It is a travel sickness pill recommended by lots of travel sick travellers and tourists – although, please always get medical advice! Some people believe that Dramamine is a “miracle” for those unfortunate enough to suffer from motion sickness, and prevent travel sickness with it. So no more queasy day trips or flights, or 4 hour long road trips punctuated by nausea – if you’re affected by it, then you’ll know all too well what a game-changer it is. If you are the type to choose to take this stuff, you don’t have to take it every time you travel – try to space it out so it works for you! If you take it every time, it can actually make the sickness worse, so be careful. This is why most will opt for taking a ginger supplement or sweets (or both!) to help with travel sickness during their flights, their transfers or even both.

 

Eating something before you start travelling on any transport

A little bit of food can ease your nausea – prevent travel sickness by eating 2 hours before travelling- try not to eat anything directly before you head out into transportation, be it a car or a plane. This could also help you relax later down the line when it’s time to hit the slopes and prevent any sickness from a late breakfast! A little energy boost is always appreciated. Also, a protein rich smoothie before you travel could help to settle your stomach and reduce your chances of getting a nausea-filled stomach at the ski resort. Most people with travel sickness will eat before and then try to make sure they don’t eat during the time they’re actually taking transport – which is why staying hydrated is even more important.

 

Changing your diet before you travel

If you’re prone to travel sickness, one of the best things you can do is change your diet. Becoming sick after you’ve eaten is often the result of food sensitivities or imbalances, so if you think that certain foods are making you sick, then switching up what you’re eating may make a difference.  If you suspect you have an intolerance to a food, simply cut it out of your diet for a few days and see if it makes a difference.  Food can affect whether you feel sick or not, so try to avoid the very foods which can commonly cause nausea during your travel (sometimes without you knowing at first) – like nuts, caffeine, red wine and dairy products. Of course, as soon as you arrive at your resort, all those ingredients are 100% a la table! It’s worth it 😉

 

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