Supposing you don’t have a rich, philanthropist friend who will buy you first class tickets, you will have to start saving up well ahead of your intended departure date. Trail the internet for the best flight deals and try to be flexible with your dates, as off-season periods as well as mid-week flights are usually more affordable. Remember that everyone else will take their holidays in the week between Christmas and New Year, so be prepared for high prices, full flights, expensive accommodation, long lines at the ski lifts and roaming the mountains with all of mankind. Take the accessibility from the airport to your destination into account as well because even though you may have scored a cheap ticket; if your destination is far from the airport you may just be in for an expensive surprise.
For finding accommodation, you’ll have to shop around online as well. Try to focus on finding a discounted ski-and-stay deal. This should not be difficult to find as ski resorts often offer packages like these to boost their occupancy rate during off-peak travel periods. Scrutinise travellers’ reviews online so that you get the accommodation you pay for. Most ski destinations also have affordable backpacker’s or hostels which may be a great option if you’re travelling on a tight(er) budget.
Once you are settled into your accommodation on the mountain you will have to find out where to go. Use the first day to explore the mountain and to chat to the skiing die-hards for useful information. Usually there are some on-mountain hosts at the top by the ski lifts who will be able to give you some general information but don’t expect any tips that haven’t already been given to all the other skiers out there. The locals will be a better bet as they can show you the real epic spots. Ask them for good slopes that are not located on the trail maps so you can enjoy some awesome skiing in peace and quiet. Tip: the best time and place to chat to the locals is in the evening during après ski.
The term that was coined by the French, perfected by the Austrians and subsequently adored by skiers from all over the globe is synonymous with good times and makes for epic memories. Après ski sessions can be enjoyed on a gorgeous deck overlooking the mountains or at a hole-in-the-wall joint somewhere stashed away in a basement. No matter where you’ll be, après ski evenings are the perfect opportunity to warm those cold, stiff limbs, tell tall stories and make awesome new friends.
With the tips in this article you will be equipped with the most important information you need to get your ski adventure off to a good start. The remaining details you will have to figure out along the way. Be sure to create fantastic memories and you may just become one of those die-hards that will come back for more chilled fun year after year.