Going on a ski holiday with a group of friends or the family could be one of the best ways to spend time together. Even if not everybody is a skier, there is always something to do for everyone. |
But while going off on a ski holiday may be fun, organising one can be difficult and a lot of work: arranging suitable dates, cost, location, ski holiday accommodation, arranging an itinerary and a lot more.
We’ve put together 10 guidelines that should make organising the trip easier and guarantee that everyone is happy and has a great time. So let’s get started…
Tip 1: Find out what everybody wants from the trip. Agree on the ski resort, the holiday dates, maximum budget per person, ski holiday accommodation (hotel, catered or self-catered chalet, B&B), transportation. It may not be possible to give everyone everything they want – so try and strike a balance.
Tip 2: Once everybody has agreed to the basics, book your ski holiday accommodation as soon as possible. Leave it too late and you may be disappointed. Ask the members of your group to either make a deposit or pay directly to the hotel or chalet. Only when everybody has paid their deposit, go ahead and finalise the booking. Find out if the accommodation’s deposit is refundable and if not, make sure that everyone is aware of this.
Tip 3: Different people want different things from their holiday accommodation. Do they prefer to have a single room or share and with whom? Are there any special dietary requirements, is a TV needed in every room? If you’re booking a chalet – what amenities do you need: laundry, Wi-Fi, maid service, catered or self-catered etc.? Not being happy with your stay can ruin the perfect holiday.
Tip 4: Provide everybody coming on the holiday with all the information they need well in advance. Dates, accommodation address including phone and email, details of the resort and facilities. Provide everyone with contact details of all those going on the trip – just in case!
Tip 5: If members of your group are travelling independently, just make sure that they all know check in times for the hotel or chalet. If you’re travelling together everybody needs to know where you’re leaving from and when.
Tip 6: After checking-in at your ski holiday accommodation, most people will want to get straight onto the slopes. If possible, arrange for ski passes and equipment hire in advance. It’ll save a lot of hassle and will let people get onto the snow sooner rather than later.
Tip 7: If some of the participants think they need ski lessons, you could try and get a group rate with a local ski school.
Tip 8: Just because you’re travelling and staying together, doesn’t mean you have to do everything together. You could arrange for everybody to meet up for lunch or dinner to go over the day’s experiences – but it’s not a given!
Tip 9: If your ski holiday accommodation is a self-catered chalet, you need to decide together about meals: cooking roster, cleaning roster, what food to buy, who buys it and the daily budget. If you’re in a catered chalet you have to let the hosts know of any food preferences and, unless meals are provided every day, what to do on days when the caterers are away.
Tip 10: Finally, living in close proximity with even the best friends can cause tension – so just be laid back, relax and have a good time.
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service which has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. With a team that has years of experience on the slopes, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sport fans looking for great ski holiday accommodation in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley.
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