It might be tempting just to shut yourself away for the few months and wait for the warm weather to return, but a good winter break can really leave you feeling energized and revitalized Of course, you may fancy jetting overseas to lap up some winter sunshine – and this is certainly not without its merits – but why not try a skiing holiday instead? There are scores of truly outstanding skiing resorts all over Europe and indeed further afield, so it’s well worth seeing what they have to offer. Of course, the prospect of chilling out and enjoying the après-ski scene might be almost as tempting as trying your luck up on the pistes.
Still, knowing when to book and how to find the best deal can be very useful. It goes without saying that looking online is a great way of tracking down a bargain skiing holiday. The internet has completely transformed the way we book our holidays, and there’s so much to choose from you might have trouble working out where to begin. Nevertheless, shopping around can really work wonders – so don’t be tempted to just snap up the first deal you come across. Take a look at price comparison websites, and do some research to find out what each resort has to offer. This should help you avoid making any costly mistakes.
Booking early-season holidays is a particularly good idea. Many ski resorts tend to open in mid-December, giving skiers a couple of weeks before Christmas to play with. Of course, it may not always be possible to get away at that time of year – particularly if you have children who are still in school – but it’s an option that’s worth keeping in mind. Resorts are less likely to be packed out in the earlier part of the season, and prices may well be cheaper. It’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for potential early-winter skiing bargains, of which there are usually many.
Get in early for peak times
It goes without saying that the Christmas and New Year period is always likely to be very busy, so this is something you should be well aware of when you’re planning a skiing holiday. The sheer demand for places at that time of year is likely to be considerable and will therefore push prices up. Still, if you can afford to book around that time, the atmosphere at the big ski resorts is likely to be something to savour. Booking in mid-January or early February may provide some significant savings, though.
Furthermore, if you do have your heart set on a Christmas/New Year skiing holiday, you’ll need to make sure you book well in advance to ensure you get the resort and flights you want. If you have any beginners in your party, it’s worth arranging ski lessons well in advance. There may also be a number of early-booking incentives on offer, some of which could offer significant discounts. In the current financial climate, it’s particularly important to make the effort – and there’s no reason you should pay over the odds for your skiing holiday. A bit of resourcefulness, then, can make all the difference.
This guest post is written by Sheena Willis. Sheena Willis is a freelance writer, who often covers subjects associated with holidays and the travel industry. She is dead keen on the importance of getting your coop travel break booked as early as possible this year.