A Short Guide To Booking Your Ski Holiday
We have created this helpful guide to explain all the things to consider when booking a ski holiday. As our website offers complete flexibility for all aspects of a ski holiday, we recommend reading this guide so that you can be fully aware of each stage of the booking process and fully informed of each stage of your holiday.
This is often the tricky part. Some people have a clear idea of where they want to go, whereas others do not. We would always recommend the big French resorts as they are the highest and offer the best snow security and the largest skiing areas. We often get some great deals in Val Thorens, Val d’Isere, Tignes, Les Arcs, and Les Deux Alpes, which is where we take a lot of our passengers.
For something a bit more family friendly there are resorts such as Belle Plagne, Flaine, Avoriaz, and Alpe d’Huez.
If you are more interested in value for money the smaller French resorts and the Andorran resorts are the places to be as you can really keep the costs down. Pas de la Casa is one of the best resorts in Andorra with a lively town centre.
Choosing A Flight
When selecting a flight please bear in mind the following:
Check-in and check-out. You can usually check in to your accommodation in the late afternoon, so, if you are on a very early flight then you may get to the resort several hours before you can check-in. This isn’t a bad thing as long as you are prepared. If you can store your baggage somewhere (usually at your accommodation) then we suggest doing the following:
- Collect your ski hire – try and time this just before you can check-in so you don’t have to carry it around with you.
- Collect your ski passes – One of the first things you can do.
- Collect lesson vouchers – One of the first things you can do and will then be able to then go and see where the meeting places are. We may have already provided you with this.
- Explore the resort so you know where the key locations are for your holiday e.g. Quickest way to the slopes, ski school meeting point, nearest shops, bars and restaurants, free bus route, bus station, transfer pick up place.
- If you are self catering you could go shopping and get some supplies in for the week.
- Get some lunch! You will probably be hungry so it's an ideal time to sample the local restaurants.
Check-out is usually by 10am, so if you have chosen a late flight home then just be aware that you will have to wait in resort for several hours before your transfer arrives to pick you up. Once again, as long as you are prepared for this then you can store your bags and maybe get some early morning skiing in.
We always recommend booking your ski passes with your accommodation. Not only do we get discounted rates, but pre-booking them through us will also save you a lot of hassle compared with buying them in resort. Depending on the resort, as it varies, we can either - give you a simple voucher that can be redeemed at one of the automatic collection points or at the ski pass office, for some resorts we can get them delivered to your accommodation reception or even sent to your home address. Our ski pass deals are set to 6 days (Sun-Fri for a Sat-Sat trip) online, if you require more of a bespoke arrangement then please let us know!
We are experts at getting you to the Alps and have various transfer options available to you via our trusted partners that we have used for many years. Depending on your group size, different options offer different value for money. For smaller groups, shared transfers on a coach are far more affordable. These run regularly on a Saturday from the main airports to the main ski resorts, but availability is often low during the week.
Alternatively, we can book private transfers (for both smaller and larger groups) that can take you straight from the airport to the door of your accommodation, any day of the week. This option is usually more expensive but on occasion can be a similar price depending on the size of the group. We can advise on both the private and shared transfer price so you can make the decision on what's best for your group.
You can choose equipment hire packages for each individual using the drop down menus on the extras page. The cheap ski hire option is the Economy package, which is great value for money. We then offer 3 other packages for adults - Evolution (beginner), Performance (intermediate) and Excellence (advanced). For kids, there is various options depending on their age.
As well as being more cost effective, pre-booking your equipment hire through us will make your life easier in resort as the system that we have in place with Skiset is so easy to use. Simply show your voucher at your hire shop and the staff will begin fitting your equipment.
There is no need to fill out any forms asking you about height/weight etc. The staff will take care of the entire fitting in the shop.
Whether you are a complete beginner or are simply looking to improve, there is no better ski school to do it with than ESF (Ecole de Ski Français). We are partnered with ESF across many of the resorts that we sell and their experienced, English speaking instructors will help take you to that next level.
They are especially great with kids and there are various lesson options available to book via our website and even more if you contact us directly.
Most accommodations will not be available for check-in until 5pm on the day of your arrival. We always recommend that you ask the reception if you can get the keys any earlier on the day, on the off chance the room is ready. Please bear in mind that there is no guarantee of this and you may have to wait. Due to this, it is best to be prepared, find somewhere to store your bags (most offer this service at the accommodation) and plan to get your pre-booked equipment hire and ski passes while you wait.
In France, the tourist tax is charged when you check-in. This varies depending on the resort and the standard of the accommodation but is usually €1 to €3 per person per night (over 18's only). Each passenger is responsible for paying their own tourist tax, however in some accommodations, this may have already been paid on your behalf by Get me to the Alps. If it is not noted that it's paid on your paperwork, you will need to pay this directly.