Heading away on a ski trip certainly takes a lot more planning than jetting off on your usual holiday (trust me, it’s easier to learn from someone else’s mistakes!).
From my experience of these trips, mostly during overseas travel, I’ve learned there’s a lot to think about before you get anywhere close to the mountain.
Between the ski gear, lift passes, accommodation and ski field access – there’s so much more to snow holidays than simply throwing some summer gear into a bag and wandering down to the nearest beach.
So, take it from me – it’s much easier to plan ahead and get it right the first time.
Get the gear
If you don’t have gear of your own, it will save you time and money on the mountain if you can borrow some of this off of a friend. If you can at least get a jacket, pants, gloves, a helmet and goggles, then you’ll only need to pick up a couple of things on the field.
Save yourself time by buying your ski pass online – plenty of fields will let you do this these days and some even offer discounts for booking ahead.
Learn from the pros
If you’re a first timer to the snow, you can also book a lesson or two. These add to the cost but are simply priceless as they will save you from floundering around doing unintentional snow-angels while you try to figure out the basics like standing up on a snowboard or pair of skis.
Get a lift to the lift
One of the best pieces of travel advice I can give you when you’re looking at a ski holiday is to think about how you’ll get from your accommodation to the ski field. Some places organise a ride for you, but you might have to book yourself onto a bus. The last thing you want to do is think about organising your travel at some ridiculous hour in the morning when all you want to do is hit the snow!