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5 things to consider before booking a ski holiday

5 things to consider before booking a ski holiday

Posted by Hilton Coylumbridge, November, 2013

Ski season is here, which means it is time to start looking at skiing holidays. A ski holiday usually requires a little more planning as you can’t really go on one without snow or adequate equipment.

A skiing holiday can also be quite expensive if you don’t know much about where to look and what to book. Read through these five tips to make the whole process a little easier.

Pick the right time

To avoid having to share the slopes with hundreds of other skiers and snowboarders, don’t choose to go skiing on a school holiday or any other holiday or event if you can avoid it. If you’re a beginner you definitely don’t need distractions and constantly having to look out for possible looming dangers in the form of other skiers. Being smart about for when you book a holiday can also save you a small fortune.

Where to go?

When we think about going for a skiing holiday it is often the luxurious French Alps that spring to mind. However, there are so many other destinations that are just as good (if not better) and that won’t be too crowded or too heavy on the wallet. The Austrian Alps, for example, are equally beautiful and usually less expensive, hence a good alternative. A skiing holiday in the UK will save you even more money and time, so why not check out Cairngorm ski centre in Scotland for example? The centre opened on the second weekend in November, so the slopes are waiting for you!

Do your research

To make your holiday as comfortable and effortless as possible do remember to double check how far away from the ski slopes your hotel is and how easy it is to get to and from. If you’re flying, also make sure you know how to get to your accommodation from the airport to avoid extra hassle. If you’re driving it’s a good idea to have a GPS device or a decent map to avoid spending more time in the car than in the slopes.

Borrow instead of buying

If skiing isn’t your number one hobby you’re likely not to own all the ski clothes and equipment you’ll need for a day in the slopes. So, instead of buying brand new gear and ending up spending way too much, just ask friends, family and neighbours if they could possibly lend you the stuff you need. If not, just look around in charity shops for bargains. Bottom line is that you don’t want to be stuck with an expensive outfit you might never wear again.

Prepare your muscles

To be able to ski and snowboard for several days in a row requires a certain level of fitness, so make sure you start preparing a few weeks before the trip to avoid muscle soreness if you’re not used to exercise. Aching muscles could ruin the whole holiday, but by doing daily leg squats and core exercises or by doing some running or hill walking you could avoid that. Not being completely exhausted after only one hour of skiing will ensure you get a lot more out of your holiday.

Apart from the tips above, also remember to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and pack layers. And of course, don’t forget to enjoy the after ski!

PS. If you’re looking for a hotel close to Cairngorm ski centre in Scotland with a regular bus service to and from the slopes, a complimentary drying room as well as storage for your skis we’d be more than happy to accommodate you. We also offer discounted funicular tickets at the hotel. More info here.