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What to look out for when planning a ski holiday

Soon the time has come. The nights are getting longer and the days are getting shorter. It’s getting cooler outside day by day and Christmas is getting closer and closer. And the skiing holiday is not far away. But a trip to the snow-covered mountains should also be well planned to spend fun and relaxing days.

The right ski area

The high season in ski resorts is in the months of January and February. Most Germans spend 5 to 7 days a year on the slopes. The most popular are the numerous ski resorts and regions in Austria (for example the Gastein Valley). But ski holidaymakers also get their money’s worth in Switzerland and the German Alps. Smaller ski resorts in Germany, for example the Rhön, are more suitable for a day trip or a weekend trip.

Now the question arises as to which ski area is best suited for the upcoming holiday. Before planning, it should be considered whether the area should be suitable for beginners, how many kilometers of slopes should be available, whether the area is suitable for children and families, whether there are good opportunities for après-ski parties or whether wellness and relaxation are in the foreground in addition to skiing. In the largest ski areas, for example the Zillertal or the Wilder Kaiser in Austria, all wishes are covered: The ski regions are family-friendly, there are over 500 kilometres of slopes, there are wellness hotels and après-ski parties in every village.

Hotel or holiday home?

When looking for the right accommodation, there are some basic criteria that should be considered, for example whether you want to cater for yourself on holiday or prefer to eat in restaurants or the proximity to a slope or a ski lift. Especially if the journey is by public transport, it is advantageous if at least one ski lift can be reached in a few minutes. In this way, the valuable days can be fully enjoyed without having to accept long travel times to the nearest ski lift.

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A hotel often offers the advantage that a wellness area with a sauna or swimming pool can be used free of charge. In addition, many hotels in ski resorts offer half-board meals, sometimes even all-inclusive. So you don’t have to cook yourself on a ski holiday. Every morning a delicious breakfast is ready and offers a good basis for the day on the slopes. Most of the time, the hotels are not as remote as individual mountain huts and shopping facilities or restaurants can be reached more quickly. Après-ski parties are also more likely to be found in villages.

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However, even a lonely mountain hut offers its own charm. These accommodations are particularly suitable for travel groups between 6 – 10 people. Although you have to take care of your own food, the peace and seclusion are a unique experience. It is impressive to wake up in the morning in a white winter landscape, not to hear any cars and to look down into the valley, where the first lifts are already transporting ski holidaymakers to the slopes. Nothing stands in the way of your own après-ski party on your own balcony after an exciting day in the snow. Loud music certainly doesn’t bother anyone here.

Packing your bags for your ski holiday

Packing your suitcase for your skiing holiday
Packing your suitcase is also part of your winter holiday. Image: S_Photo / shutterstock

When the ski holiday is just around the corner, you have to pack your bags. Ideally, in such a way that nothing is missing on a ski holiday and travellers can enjoy the days without missing anything. The most important thing is, of course, warm clothing and ski or snowboard equipment. Be sure to pack:

  • Long underwear
  • Ski clothing (pants, jacket, scarf, gloves, thick socks, functional clothing)
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothes for going out or partying
  • Pyjamas
  • Jacket and ski pants to change
  • Waterproof and snowproof shoes
  • Skis
  • Snowboard
  • Appropriate shoes and poles
  • Ski goggles

If you have never skied or snowboarded before and do not have your own equipment, you can of course rent it from some providers in the ski area. However, it is often more advisable to equip yourself with used equipment, as the rental prices can be quite expensive for several days and used items are offered cheaply. The research is worthwhile in any case.

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In addition, ski vacationers should think in advance about whether all their luggage can be stored in the car. Otherwise, roof racks or trailers can be rented. However, this should be done early. Snow chains for the car are also important, as certain areas in ski areas cannot be reached otherwise. Especially when renting a remote mountain hut, snow chains are indispensable.

More tips

The high season in most ski resorts is at the beginning of a new year. There are still holidays all over Germany at this time and almost all ski areas are well attended. Of course, the actual ski season starts much earlier. Depending on the altitude of the ski region, as early as October or November. The ski season can last until early May in alpine locations. In almost all ski areas there are also snow cannons, which ensure that all holidaymakers get their money’s worth and can use the slopes even when there is little snowfall.

For beginners it is more recommended not to ski in the high season, as there are many skis and snowboarders on the road and unfortunately not everywhere is taken into account.

In addition, the cost of a ski holiday can quickly increase if you don’t consider beforehand that ski passes have to be purchased for each day, which can cost up to €50 a day in some areas.