Planning your ski holiday

Oct 23, 14 Planning your ski holiday

As with many things in life, a little planning may go a long way to making sure that you get what you want, with as little as possible going wrong along the way. That same process of planning may certainly help your ski holiday go the way you intend, with as few serious spills and upsets as possible.

So, what aspects is your planning likely to take into account?

Choosing your resort

This may be key to making sure that you enjoy the skiing for which you are best prepared, fit and experienced enough to take on and in a country which suits your tastes.

If it is your first ski holiday, this may be something of a daunting choice. You might wish to consider some of the tips and advice on choosing your resort offered by the website Iglu Ski

Insurance

Whether a first-timer or a seasoned old hand, ski travel insurance – from specialist providers such as BengoTravel – is likely to be considered an essential part of your advance planning.

Given the high risk of bodily injury and the potential need for costly mountain rescue, hospitalisation and possible repatriation, it is surprising that there are still a large number of British travellers apparently going abroad without any insurance or inadequate insurance.

The most recent statistics prepared by the government and published as “Travel insurance facts” found that 24% of British travellers have no insurance at all and 48% are underinsured. Such travellers are clearly at risk – and all the more so if they are travelling on a ski holiday.

 

At least part of the reason for travellers believing that travel insurance is unnecessary may be their reliance on a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which provides free or discounted, medically necessary health care in state hospitals throughout the EU and European Economic Area (EEA). What the EHIC does not cover, however, is the cost of mountain rescue from the ski slopes, the cost of private medical treatment, some prescriptions, or the cost of repatriation back to the UK.

Preparing to go

With your choice of resort safely made and your ski travel insurance in order, you may be ready to prepare for the off.

If you have arranged your holiday through a travel agent, it might be sensible to have all the tickets, hotel reservations or vouchers, and details of your holiday all together in advance, rather than leaving things until the last minute.

Buying your local currency in advance is also an opportunity for you to shop around for the best exchange rates – rather than relying on the invariably less favourable rates offered at airports or other points of departure.

A further suggestion, from the Ski Club of Great Britain, is to book your ski hire in advance of your arrival at the resort in order to avoid queues and hassle once you are there.

Finally, you might want to boost your confidence about the state of the slopes and the prospects for good skiing weather by visiting the snow forecast updates provided by the Met Office.

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