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Tips for solo ski holidays

August 30, 2016

Sometimes wanderlust just hits you and others might not always share in your sudden need to travel. When this happens you might just give up on the idea, but solo travel can have a whole host of benefits and helps you see parts of the world you might never get to otherwise. As well as this, you’ll have whole new experiences from having to interact with other travellers, or the locals. From this, you might find that you learn things that will add to your experience, like where the best bar is, as recommended by locals rather than just a tourist hot-spot! If your holiday of choice is a ski holiday, you don’t have to be put off by being a single traveller. When your skiing down the slopes, you’ll not be able to interact much with others during the descent anyway, so don’t turn it down if you want to get away on a winter adventure. We’ve put together some top tips on how to make sure you don’t feel alone during the rest of your ski holiday.

First of all, from a spending point of view, you might find that accommodation will hit you with a single traveller supplement. While some of our breaks do unfortunately see this, you can also find some where they have single rooms perfect for you during your ski holiday! The other major spending point to be aware of is airport transfers. Usually on a holiday if you grab a taxi at an airport, or have booked airport transfers, you’ll be splitting the costs between your entire travel group. However, as a single skier, the price of transfers will be completely down to you. For this, we recommend perhaps looking for ski resorts that aren’t too far from the airport (e.g. Presolana, or Vogel). This will help minimise the costs of transfers, and also give you less time of having to actually travel by yourself! Alternatively, if your confident of driving in winter in Europe, then you could always rent a car and get a bit more me-time – as well as getting to explore the surrounding area if you need to stop off somewhere for a bit.

When picking a resort to stay at, we also recommend looking for somewhere with good après-ski options. Unless you just like to have an early night after an active day on the slopes, you’ll probably be craving a little bit of social interaction during your ski holiday. If this sounds like you, then where better to mingle with other skiers and locals than the resort’s bars and clubs? Après-ski might also mean that there are alternative activities to enjoy in the evenings, such as snow trekking, ice skating or tobogganing. Again, this is something to add to your new experiences and can help you meet others who are into trying something a little bit different.

With regards to the accommodation itself, for single travellers, we recommend spending your ski holiday in somewhere en-piste so that you don’t have to worry about slogging your ski equipment onto a bus by yourself and a tiring journey afterwards. As well as this, solo travellers might find something comforting about staying in a chalet. While chalets can be rented out in their entirety by groups, others will take smaller groups and single travellers in order to allow them to meet other people and stay in a more family-like environment. If you know you’ll be seeking interaction outside your skiing, then those with communal areas are perfect for letting you chat to the same people each night, or even meeting new friends over breakfast in communal dining areas.

Our final recommendation for those of you looking to go on a ski break alone would be to join in on some ski lessons. Often, we can help you book ski lessons before you travel, even if they aren’t usually included in the package. Unless you’re a total pro at skiing, getting some more help on skiing will always help make your holiday even better (as well as meaning you can show off the next time you travel with family or friends!). From a solo travel perspective too, joining a ski school will help you meet others just like you who have travelled alone and want to meet people who can ski at the same level as them. After the lessons, you’ll then have a friend who’s at the same expertise as you to join you on those red slopes at the resort.

If you’re a solo traveller who wants to book their ski holiday for winter 2016-17, then contact us at info@activitybreaks.comwith details of where you would like to travel to, and your dates and we can help you find the perfect destination for your needs.

Sometimes wanderlust just hits you and others might not always share in your sudden need to travel. When this happens you might just give up on the idea, but solo travel can have a whole host of benefits and helps you see parts of the world you might never get to otherwise. As well as this, you’ll have whole new experiences from having to interact with other travellers, or the locals. From this, you might find that you learn things that will add to your experience, like where the best bar is, as recommended by locals rather than just a tourist hot-spot! If your holiday of choice is a ski holiday, you don’t have to be put off by being a single traveller. When your skiing down the slopes, you’ll not be able to interact much with others during the descent anyway, so don’t turn it down if you want to get away on a winter adventure. We’ve put together some top tips on how to make sure you don’t feel alone during the rest of your ski holiday.

First of all, from a spending point of view, you might find that accommodation will hit you with a single traveller supplement. While some of our breaks do unfortunately see this, you can also find some where they have single rooms perfect for you during your ski holiday! The other major spending point to be aware of is airport transfers. Usually on a holiday if you grab a taxi at an airport, or have booked airport transfers, you’ll be splitting the costs between your entire travel group. However, as a single skier, the price of transfers will be completely down to you. For this, we recommend perhaps looking for ski resorts that aren’t too far from the airport (e.g. Presolana, or Vogel). This will help minimise the costs of transfers, and also give you less time of having to actually travel by yourself! Alternatively, if your confident of driving in winter in Europe, then you could always rent a car and get a bit more me-time – as well as getting to explore the surrounding area if you need to stop off somewhere for a bit.

When picking a resort to stay at, we also recommend looking for somewhere with good après-ski options. Unless you just like to have an early night after an active day on the slopes, you’ll probably be craving a little bit of social interaction during your ski holiday. If this sounds like you, then where better to mingle with other skiers and locals than the resort’s bars and clubs? Après-ski might also mean that there are alternative activities to enjoy in the evenings, such as snow trekking, ice skating or tobogganing. Again, this is something to add to your new experiences and can help you meet others who are into trying something a little bit different.

With regards to the accommodation itself, for single travellers, we recommend spending your ski holiday in somewhere en-piste so that you don’t have to worry about slogging your ski equipment onto a bus by yourself and a tiring journey afterwards. As well as this, solo travellers might find something comforting about staying in a chalet. While chalets can be rented out in their entirety by groups, others will take smaller groups and single travellers in order to allow them to meet other people and stay in a more family-like environment. If you know you’ll be seeking interaction outside your skiing, then those with communal areas are perfect for letting you chat to the same people each night, or even meeting new friends over breakfast in communal dining areas.

Our final recommendation for those of you looking to go on a ski break alone would be to join in on some ski lessons. Often, we can help you book ski lessons before you travel, even if they aren’t usually included in the package. Unless you’re a total pro at skiing, getting some more help on skiing will always help make your holiday even better (as well as meaning you can show off the next time you travel with family or friends!). From a solo travel perspective too, joining a ski school will help you meet others just like you who have travelled alone and want to meet people who can ski at the same level as them. After the lessons, you’ll then have a friend who’s at the same expertise as you to join you on those red slopes at the resort.

If you’re a solo traveller who wants to book their ski holiday for winter 2016-17, then contact us at info@activitybreaks.com with details of where you would like to travel to, and your dates and we can help you find the perfect destination for your needs.

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