Your Winter Holiday : Snow or Sun?

Published On October 3, 2014 | By Matt | Extras

Snow or sun?

When it comes to winter holidays, most people either fall into two categories – either a spot of winter sunshine on a beach somewhere far-flung and exotic, or heading off on a ski or snowboarding break.

If you fall into the latter category then you will easily find that you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to resorts, and if you book early enough then you can easily find a bargain deal, including flights. Many ski resorts are also extremely family friendly these days, with beginner slopes and tuition for your little ones wanting to learn their skills on the mountains.

So, what do you need to know when booking your first ski holiday? Maybe you’re a pro at all this, but there are certain tips you need to be aware of, to help you get the most out of your break in the alpine wilderness.

Book a package break

Booking a ski holiday in a DIY fashion may be a little daunting, especially if it’s your first time and you’re not sure of the elements you need to include. Instead you may choose to book a package deal to a popular resort like those in Mayrhofen, Austria.

Consider going out of traditional season

Booking a break for the beginning or end of the ski season means you will stand a better chance of grabbing a bargain, instead of travelling in the heart of the busiest period of the year.

Research your destination
There are plentiful destinations for skiing all over the world, not just in Europe, and where you go totally depends on your preference and ability level. For example, El Tarter in Andorra is a great choice for families and for beginners too, although if you’re more familiar with your ski ability then you’ll also find fantastic opportunities here. Nightlife is fantastic, which is great for a spot of après ski, and with around 40 mountain restaurants, you’re sure to find something to fill your belly. Alternatively, France’s Les Deux Alpes resort is fantastic for total beginners, as well as offering the legendary La Grave and it’s off piste runs for more experienced skiers. As mentioned above the Mayrhofen ski resort in Austria is a popular choice for skiers of all levels. It has an enormous ski area which includes the second largest terrain park in Europe – great for all you free skiers and snowboarders.

These are just three suggestions in a world full of alpine fun.

Pre-book your extras

Don’t leave it to chance when it comes to the extras you need as part of your holiday, such as ski lift passes, equipment hire, and especially when you’re talking about tuition. Whilst you’re probably not going to have too much of a problem in peak season with ski lift passes and equipment, tuition could be a problem if there is a high level of demand. Look into pre-booking this beforehand and you will get the most out of your time, and probably learn more about your new, developing skill.

Shop around

Like anything, it’s always a good idea to shop around and compare deals before deciding on your ideal one.

Ski holidays aren’t only about the fun you can have during the day on the slopes, although obviously that has to be the main element. When searching for a break, make sure you look at the après ski opportunities, because when the sun goes down, you’re going to want to continue with that holiday vibe, dressed up against the winter elements.

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