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Skiing Holidays and Package Trips to Get You on the Slopes Today

Apr 20th 2015 at 11:32 PM

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Finding a ski resort can be a difficult and time consuming task. Without the proper resources and information, you could end up paying more than you want on a holiday that isn’t right for you. What are your options? The most reliable option is to search for Snowfinders skiing holidays and package trips to find affordable getaways for holiday.

What Ski Holiday Options Are Available?

Skiing holidays come in a large variety of options. Beginning with accommodations, the customer has two choices: chalets or hotels & apartments.

A chalet is a wooden cottage with overhanging eaves that is typically found in the Swiss Alps. These houses are residences that offer you and your family privacy to enjoy your holiday in peace.

Hotels and apartments are not quite as private as the chalets but there are many reasons to choose one instead. Hotels and apartments often have amenities such as ice machines, vending machines, and hospitality staffs that a private residence might not have.

After choosing accommodations, you must choose the country you would like to visit.

Each country has advantages and disadvantages, and choosing just depends on what sort of accommodations you’re looking for. Larger countries such as the United States will likely have more options than smaller countries such as Slovenia. However, depending on the season, crossing the Atlantic Ocean to visit the U.S. can be much more expensive than visiting the European mainland.

Speaking of expense, the next consideration should be the quality of the chalet, apartment, or hotel. The options typically are budget, mid-range, upper quality, and luxury grade. Not all options are available at all resorts, but that is why there are so many choices for countries.

What Packages Are Available?

After examining all of the holiday options, you might decide that a package trip is right for you. Package trips are often less expensive than putting together the accommodations yourself, and considering the authority of a qualified travel agency, you can feel confident you’re getting the best deal possible. Ski travel agencies negotiate directly with the ski resorts operators themselves, resulting in discounted rates that the agencies can pass on to you.

How Does Package Deal Pricing Work?

At the beginning of each year, ski resorts begin to release their pricing for the coming season. These are often called “early bird” prices and tend to be less expensive than offers later in the season. So, if you know you’re planning to schedule a trip for the upcoming year, January would probably be your best bet. If you schedule during these “early bird” times, you are likely to get an early booking bonus that saves you money. It really pays to plan ahead, as these deals tend to disappear as the summer comes around. This is especially true if there are more than two in your party and you need accommodations together.

If there are only two in your party, then waiting for the late deals’ packages might be a better option. Late deals are often used to fill vacancies in resorts, therefore smaller parties of only one or two can obtain great discounts.

How Much Do Packages Cost?

“Early bird” pricing is unpredictable as it changes every season based on a number of factors such as snowfall, availability, weather, and flights. However, late deals tend to come in under the usual cost per person; around £500.00. That means many of the deals available are around £350.00 per person for airfare, food, and lodging. Keep in mind that these deals, though less costly than deals at the height of the season, are still about £100.00 more expensive than early bird deals.

These deals and packages are often less expensive than going directly to the providers themselves as ski travel agencies can negotiate directly with the providers for special discounted deals.

Chalets or Resorts?

Some of the most reliable sources for gauging a ski travel agency are its customers. These customers have booked with the agency and gone on holiday using the packages that you yourself are considering. So what do they have to say? Are they satisfied with their experience?

The customers who have offered their testimonials have had nothing but positive things to say about services such as Snowfinders skiing holidays and package trips. Many of the customers who stayed in chalets, typically in the Swiss Alps, have attested to the attentiveness of the chalet staffs, the quality of the food, and the enjoyment they received from the actual skiing. Catered chalets, a British concept that has taken off across France and Switzerland, seem to be the most popular form of chalets for customers. They can accommodate from four to forty guests. Catered chalets have breakfast, afternoon tea, and an evening meal with unlimited wine (usually) until coffee is served. Also, the evening meal is usually six out of seven days a week, as the staff gets one day off. At lower end of the spectrum, budget and mid-range chalets are often catered by a “boy” or “girl” in the kitchen. The high-end chalets tend to have chefs catering the food. However, all of the reviews are still positive for both types.

In addition to the quality of the food, catered chalets are often less expensive than resorts, making them the more popular option for British travellers.

Resorts are not as popular amongst British travellers for many reasons, but they are still immensely popular for other reasons. Some of the reasons they are so popular are the availability around the world. As catered chalets are a British concept, they are not quite as common in countries such as the United States. Resorts, however, are ubiquitous around the world. Also, resorts tend to have more reliable mountain conditions such as snow sureness and mountain upkeep. Moreover, resorts tend to have more options as they are more prevalent around the world. They offer a greater variety of ski and snowboard skill levels for many different kinds of travellers.

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