How to Plan Your Ski Holiday 2022

How to Plan Your Ski Holiday 2022

Man in red skiing down a slope

Whether you are planning for your very first ski holiday, or this is just your first season since the pandemic began, travelling has changed a lot over the past year.

Advanced preparation is a must if you want to make the most out of your ski trip and be as prepared as possible.

From packing advice and pre-ski exercises to COVID-19 requirements and accommodation, we have compiled this guide on how to plan your ski holidays for 2022. 

So without further ado, let’s get ski ready…

Planning the Holiday…

Choosing the Perfect Ski Resort

Without question, choosing the ski resort will be one of the biggest influences on how much enjoyment you have on your ski holiday. 

Whether you’re a seasoned skier or this is a new challenge, searching for a ski destination should be number one on your priority list. 

Starting your search early means you can take the time to find a resort with availability that meets all of your requirements. Whether your needs are all about cross-country trails, lively après ski bars or a resort with children’s slopes, it’s out there!

Busy mountain in French ski resort with ski lift

What to Consider When Picking a Ski Resort

Let’s take a look at some of the key features you might want to look out for in your ski destination:

Do You Want Aprés Ski Entertainment?

How does your perfect post-slope evening look? If a lively night of beers, fun and dancing with your friends is your vibe, you should choose a resort with some impressive aprés ski entertainment. 

Evening enjoyment in a typical ski resort could include bustling bars up the mountains, live music venues and clubs in the village. Some ski resorts will offer more of this than others, so if this is your kind of holiday, be sure to check out reviews or resorts that promise this.

Are You Skiing with Children?

Another influence on your holiday destination will be whether you are skiing with children or not. Some ski resorts have areas for children, including dedicated slopes for newbies or nervous skiers and kid’s clubs so you have the freedom to hit the black slopes if you wish. Ski resorts offering snow activities are also popular with families. Activities include tubing, snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, husky sledding and much more. 

What is the Ski Level of Your Party?

Before you choose the ski destination, you should check the ski ability of your party, then cross-check this with what grade of ski slopes are at a resort. 

Ski slope colours indicate the pistes’ difficulty and steepness, with green being the easiest, back or double black diamond is the most difficult, with blue runs and red in between. 

If you are a team of first-time skiers and the resort has predominantly black slopes, you might find your week away is quite repetitive. Likewise, if you are an expert and your resort has mainly red slopes, you will be limited to the slopes you would want to use. 

Are You Working to a Budget?

Similar to any destination or holiday resort, some are going to set you back a lot more than others. If you are working to a budget. research the following prices before you commit to your desired location:

  • Ski and equipment hire
  • Ski lift passes
  • Accommodation 
  • Flights
  • Cost of airport transfers
  • Average food prices

The time of year that you choose will also impact the overall cost of your ski trip. For example, peak season and school holidays will cost a lot more than the tail end of a ski season. 

If you need some inspiration, we have a round-up of some of our most popular routes.

Choose Your Accommodation

After settling on a resort and organising your travel dates, next comes accommodation. Most ski resorts have many different accommodation types. The best option for you depends on the size of your group, budget, and the desired vibe of your trip:

Brick ski chalet surrounded by trees in snowy forest

Ski Chalets

Ski chalets are usually available in catered or self-catered options.

Catered chalets are one of the best types of ski accommodation and unlike anything you would experience on a beach holiday. Chalets are the epitome of ‘traditional’ Alpine style, beautifully crafted from wood and offer a true cosy and authentic mountain vibe. 

Chalets are perfect for larger groups, and they are great for keeping costs down if you have a big enough party. They create a very sociable environment amongst friends and typically feature hot tubs or saunas, kitchen and dining areas, cosy lounges, a large wood-burning fireplace and private bedrooms and bathrooms.

The joys of a catered chalet mean you can come home after a tiring day on the slopes and enjoy a hearty, traditional Alpine meal without having to lift a finger. Don’t want to cook or clean on holiday, a catered accommodation is for you!

Ski Hotels

A hotel might be more what you’re used to from holiday accommodation. Hotels are ideal for pairs, families or groups of four, and they offer the luxury experience we expect. Expect to find indoor swimming pools, spas, saunas, bars and restaurants in the best ski hotels. You can book bed and breakfast, half-board or full-board options. 

Ski In Ski Out Apartments

If you love hitting the slopes but don’t love the journey to and from the slopes with heavy gear, lengthy bus journeys, or long walks, a ski-in ski-out apartment is an option for you.

Ski-in ski-out allows you to do just that, step out of your apartment wearing your ski or snowboards and find yourself on the mountain. Due to their proximity to the pistes, the views from ski-in ski-out apartments is always breathtaking. 

Covid Travel Requirements for Your Ski Holiday

As we all know, travelling isn’t as straightforward as it used to be at the minute. Every departure country and every arrival country has unique requirements regarding travel and COVID-19, which means there are thousands of testing, vaccine status, quarantine, and documentation combinations. 

Because of this, the safest way to avoid unnecessary fines, flight or entry refusal is to read the rules and requirements word for word on your home country Government website, check those of your final destination, and complete the required testing and documentation. 

Inspect Current COVID Travel Restrictions

As we mentioned above, there are so many different requirement combinations you must check the rules of your trip on your home country’s Government website. 

However, let’s take a look at the travel requirements for travellers heading FROM THE UK to France and Australia, our most popular ski destinations. 

(Please note; travel requirements are changing all the time. The information below is valid as of October 2021. We will try to update this often, but please do still refer to GOV.uk for the most accurate and up-to-date information)

Travelling Abroad From England During COVID-19

Before travelling abroad, check the entry rules for the country you want to visit.

Check foreign travel advice to find out if:

  • the country you want to visit will allow travellers from England to enter
  • the UK government advises against all but essential travel to the country

Foreign travel advice will also tell you if you will need to:

  • show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination status to enter
  • quarantine upon arrival
Pre-travel checklist
  1. Check travel advice for every country you will visit or travel through
  2. Arrange all COVID-19 tests you will need to take to enter those countries.

Re-Entering England from Abroad During COVID-19

Before you travel to England, you need to:

  1. Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – must be taken 3 days before returning to England.
  2. Check the red, amber, green list rules to find out what you need to do after you arrive back in England
  3. Complete a passenger locator form within 48 hours before you arrive in England

Find a test provider for your pre-departure COVID test as lateral flow tests are not valid. If your result is positive, you should report it based on local rules, and you shouldn’t travel under any circumstance.

UK To France COVID Travel Requirements

The UK is currently on France’s amber list, so the entry requirements are as follows:

Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers don’t need an essential reason to travel to France, and you no longer need to present a negative test before travelling. 

However, you will still need to show:

  • Completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) declaring that you are not suffering from coronavirus symptoms 
  • Proof of vaccination status
Requirements for Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) Travellers

Currently, France is only allowing fully vaccinated travellers to enter the country freely. If you are unvaccinated or part-vaccinated, you will need an essential reason to travel. 

You will also need to show:

  • Completed International Travel Certificate to prove your essential reason for travel
  • Completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying you are not showing COVID-19 symptoms
  • UK travellers aged 12 years old or over need to show evidence of a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure. Self-administered tests are not accepted

If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to self-isolate for 7 days when you arrive in France. You will also need to take another PCR test in this period of self-isolation to be released.

UK to Austria COVID Travel Requirements

The UK is currently on Austria’s amber list, so the entry requirements are as follows.

If your skiing holiday is in Austria, you need to provide one of the below:

  • proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • proof of current negative COVID-19 test
  • proof of recovery from COVID-19

If you aren’t providing proof of vaccination, you will also need to complete a pre-travel clearance form within 72 hours before entry into Austria and self-isolate for 10 days. 

Requirements For Fully Vaccinated Travellers:

If you can provide proof of vaccination, you won’t have to self-isolate when you arrive in Austria. 

If you have had a single-shot vaccine i.e. Johnson & Johnson, your vaccine must have been more than 21 days before your arrival date, but no more than 360 days before. 

Double-shot vaccines i.e. AstraZeneca or Moderna, your second shot must have been no more than 360 before your arrival date. 

Requirements For Unvaccinated Travellers:

If you don’t have proof of vaccination, you must show a negative COVID test or proof of recovery form and you must self-isolate for 10 days when you arrive in Austria. If you test negative after 5 days, you can leave self-isolation. PCR tests must be no more than 72 hours old, and lateral flow tests must be no more than 48 hours old. 

If you are using proof of recovery for entry, your evidence must prove recovery was in the last 180 days. 

Planning Your Travel

Organise Your Flights

If you want to save your cash for fondue and afternoon beers on the mountain, booking your flights as early as possible is a great way to save.

To save money on your flights to the Alps, booking at least two months before you plan to fly can help you nab the best deals before they’re gone. Be sure to shop around at nearby airports to find the most convenient flight times for your money. Using an online flight tracker tool will alert you when your chosen flights are at their cheapest.

Book Your Ski Transfer

Once you’ve got your 2022 ski dates ready, now is the time to book your transfer to the Alps. Why book a private transfer you ask? The advantages are plenty;

  • Experienced drivers
  • Comfortable, safe vehicles
  • Get driven straight from the airport to your chosen resort
  • Stress-free travel
  • Pick up your ski equipment on the way
  • Great deals and discounts

If there’s one thing you do in preparation for your next ski season, make sure you secure your ski transfer early on. Peak season can get busy in the Alps’ most popular resorts – and for good reason!

To take advantage of the excellent ski areas in the region and grab the best deals and discounts, book early to avoid disappointment.

Planning & Getting Ready

Sort Your Travel Documents

There’s nothing worse than running around hours before a flight trying to locate your passport or find printer ink to print out your boarding passes! 

You should find your passport well in advance and check that there is ample time left on it. Entry requirements for most countries state that there must be at least six months left on your passport before its expiry date. If you don’t check this far in advance, you might end up missing your ski holiday; passport renewals can take up to six weeks. 

We also recommend printing off hotel vouchers and boarding passes well in advance and storing them in a travel wallet alongside your passport. If your travel documents are digital, download them before you get to the airport. Don’t risk internet issues that can leave you unable to access and download your online documents.

Organise Travel Insurance

If we’ve learned anything since March 2020, travel insurance is essential. We never know what will happen, and holidays cost a lot of hard-earned money, so you shouldn’t gamble it.

Check insurance policies fully and make sure it covers COVID-19 related cancellations or delays. 

Start Your Off-Season Ski Training Plan

Perhaps the most important stage in your ski season prep, getting in shape for the slopes is vital if you want to make the most of your time on the mountain. It’s also a good idea to get physically ready if you’re a newbie. Many people underestimate the hard work involved for skiers and snowboarders!

It’s no secret that skiing is tough on the body, so strengthening all the important muscle groups and building your cardiovascular fitness in advance is highly recommended.

A solid ski conditioning workout plan with at least 3 to 4 workout days a week is a great way to get prepared.

Here are some exercises to get you started:

Best Cardio for Skiing

  • Running or jogging on an incline
  • Cycling
  • Swimming for low impact, full-body conditioning

Ski Exercises At Home

  • Crunches and twisted crunches (add a medicine ball if you want to work harder)
  • Push-ups and shoulder presses with weights
  • Deadlifts

Beginner Ski Exercises

  • Squats (keep your feet hip-width apart)
  • Plank and side plank to build up core strength
  • Lunges and side lunges

Focus On Flexibility

When it comes to skiing, flexibility is just as important as strength. That’s why activities such as yoga or pilates are a great accompaniment to your exercise program.

Here are some of the best yoga positions to complement your skiing performance;

  • Forward bend lengthens and loosens the hamstrings and calves
  • Chair pose builds strength in the quads
  • Tree pose improves balance
  • Downward facing dog stretches the spine (slightly bend your knees if your calves are tight)

Sort Your Ski Hire

If you’re not bringing your ski equipment, you’ll need to think about ski hire. If you book your transfer with us, this step is simple. Just let us know what equipment you need and we can arrange for your driver to take you to your fitting on the way to your resort.

Our handy ski rental hubs are conveniently located and staffed by experienced ski technicians to help you find your perfect fit.

Travelling as a family? Kids get free ski hire with a full paying adult!

Skis, ski poles and ski boots on floor

Book Ski Lessons & Activities 

Booking ski lessons is an essential step for novices to the slopes. Organising lessons with a ski school will improve your technique, reduce the risk of injury and build your confidence to take on that next big challenge.

Ski schools get extremely busy in peak season, so advanced booking is advised, especially for large groups. Your tour operator might be able to help you out with booking ski lessons and advise you on the best ski schools. 

Purchase The Essentials

Not long now until your skiing adventure! It’s time to buy the essential items you’ll need for your trip.

Your skis can take a beating each season, so, if your skis are a little more than well-loved, it might be time to invest in a new pair. Alternatively, you could service your skis DIY style or leave it to the professionals.

You may also want to buy travel-sized toiletries to take with you on the plane, a great book for your downtime and any new accessories such as sunglasses or hats.

What Clothes Should I Wear to Go Skiing or Snowboarding?

If this is your first time skiing or snowboarding, you will need to buy the appropriate ski clothing and accessories. Some pros might have a list of gadgets as long as their arm to recommend, but for any first-timers, here are the absolute must-have basics for your trip:

  • Thermal underwear
  • Fleece jacket or wool long-sleeve top
  • Ski socks
  • Ski jacket
  • Ski pants or salopettes
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Helmet
  • Ski goggles
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava

Think About Packing

We’re not saying you have to pack your bag ready to go at this stage, but it does help to start thinking about what you’re going to take so you can work out if anything is missing.

Packing can feel like an overwhelming task, no matter how long the trip is! To help, here’s our pre-season packing checklist.

Family of skiers looking happy on a snowy piste

Take Some Time Out

Preparing for your upcoming ski season isn’t all about planning and working out. A week at a ski resort can be tiring, especially if you’re planning on hitting the slopes early every morning and enjoying the alpine nightlife each evening!

To keep up the stamina, spend a little time before your holiday chilling out and easing off the exercise. This way, your muscles will be well-rested and ready to take on the slopes!

Get Excited

Your 2022 ski season is almost here! It’s time to get pumped up about your upcoming trip. Whether it’s watching a ski movie, reading up on the best restaurants and bars at your ski resort, or chatting to your fellow skiers, get yourself in the mood for snow whichever way works best!

Ready to get started? Book your Alps2Alps ski transfer here.

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