Consider your options when booking a skiing holiday

Added 18/11/2010

With the cold weather closing in, many are thinking about booking a skiing holiday for the winter season. There are many options to consider when booking a skiing holiday, and some depend on your budget or skiing ability.

Large groups might consider staying in a chalet for their skiing holiday. A chalet can be a great base in which to meet at the end of a tiring day of skiing. Chalet accommodation often include a maid service, personal chef and as much wine as you can drink!

If there are just a few of you going then a hotel might be more convenient, though chalets also give you the option of sharing with other small groups.

Booking half board accommodation can make a skiing holiday more affordable and convenient as you won’t have to fork out extra money for evening meals. Self catering accommodation can also save you money but you might not feel inclined to cook after a day on the slopes.

Consider different resorts when booking your skiing holiday and choose one that will suit your abilities. Choose a resort that has a wide choice of routes. If you are a beginner, make sure the resort offers suitable ski tuition, which most do. Skiers are separated into groups according to their ability.

Be sure to take suitable clothing on your skiing holiday, such as a sturdy jacket, salopettes, ski gloves, a hat and ski goggles. Ski goggles that incorporate vents will make life easier as they are less likely to steam up. Favour layered clothing over just one bulky jacket so that you can take layers off as you start to warm up. Take a backpack with you to store and extra clothing, snacks and drinks.

Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and apply regularly on sunny days. When sun reflects of the snow, its strength intensifies and can make you burn more easily.

It is essential to buy comprehensive travel insurance that includes winter sports cover for your skiing holiday. Winter sports cover can cover the loss, damage or theft of ski equipment and avalanche and piste closure. Skiing is a high risk sport, and if you are unfortunate enough to have an accident, travel insurance can also cover the cost of potentially high medical treatment or repatriation back to the UK.