Beginner's Guide To Planning A Solo Ski Holiday
Planning a ski holiday can be daunting even if you’re already a skier, but if you’ve never skied or snowboarded before it can seem like a completely impossible task and you’ll likely have no idea where to start, who to go with or even have a clue where to go.
Rest assured you aren’t alone; many others have experienced the same obstacles so we have put together some tips on how to overcome them so you can enjoy the delights of a winter wonderland.
Where do you start?
If you are lucky enough to have a local dry slope or snow sports centre you can book ski/snowboard lessons as a way to test the water. During summer months they’ll often have great deals so you can learn for a fraction of the price, these are also ideal places to meet like-minded people and potential travel buddies of a similar ability if you do find you like it enough to book a trip.
If you don’t have the luxury of a local facility and are keen to enjoy an adventure regardless, you can book lessons and coaching at resorts for when you are there. You don’t have to ski or board every day if you don’t want to, there are plenty of other things to do while you are there such as snow shoeing, husky rides, spa days and ice skating to name but a few.
Where Do You Find Someone To Go With?
There is a huge range of social media groups and apps allowing you to connect with others who are looking for travel companions. Billy Snow Mates on Facebook is a UK based group with over 6000 members while the free GoSnow app allows you to connect with millions of fellow skiers and snowboarders the world over. Whether you choose to go as part of a larger group or would prefer to find someone who wants to go as a pair or a small group, it’s worth engaging with different people so you can be confident you’ll find the right person or people to go with. You may find people who are proficient skiers or boarders just looking for a buddy to share a chalet with to keep costs down, or you may find someone who is also a beginner looking to book lessons and find new friends to go on future winter trips with.
TSA 'Shred Week'
If you’re happy to meet new people once you arrive at your destination, each year our sister company The Snowboard Asylum hosts ‘Shred Week’ in conjunction with Treeline Chalets and Mint Snowboarding which is a great opportunity to meet people of all different abilities. Here you can learn to snowboard with Mint’s sufficiently qualified guides, test out the latest snowboarding equipment to be stocked by The Snowboard Asylum and enjoy one of Treeline Chalets many luxury properties.
If you have a more specific idea of what you want from your holiday with regards to facilities and accessibility you can opt to go with a travel company. These often offer package trips for solo travellers who want a little more flexibility so you can be social and meet new people while still being able to break away and explore the slopes and après alone if you want. Keep an eye out for companies who don’t charge extra for single occupancy if you are on a budget.
Where Do You Go?
There are thousands of ski resorts all over the world, choosing the right one to go to as a beginner can be a daunting task because choosing the wrong one can put you off the sport completely. A great way to help you decide which to choose is to think about the other aspects of a ski/snowboarding holiday that you are particularly looking forward to, a little research on villages and resorts will quickly reveal key places that you’ll be eager to visit.
As an example, if you are hoping for spectacular views of snow-capped mountains while you learn then somewhere like Les Deux Alpes, France, where the beginner slopes are at the top of the mountain will ensure you are blown away. If it’s the traditional “chocolate box village” vibe you are looking to explore, Alpbach, Austria is an award-winning area thanks to its beauty and would be a great place to start.
Alternatively, for more energetic après fun then you might be keen to check out the likes of Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh bars in St Anton. There are music festivals aplenty throughout the winter season such as Tomorrowland Winter and Snowbombing which mean you can ski during the day and enjoy live music and a party atmosphere into the night, a fantastic way to learn a new skill and meet new people.
Maybe you’d prefer a more relaxing trip, in which case you can opt for a spa resort. Bad Gastein in the Gastein Valley, just outside of Salzburg, is a natural spa town where you can relax in radon-rich springs said to have invigorating and energising properties. On the more luxurious end of the spectrum, Aspen, Colorado is home to some of the most glamourous ski-in/ski-out spa resorts in the world, where you can soak up the spectacular views from the outdoor hot tubs of The Little Nell after a great day learning how to ski or snowboard.
About the Author:
Charlotte Fish - Outdoor Expert
Charlotte discovered her passion for the outdoors in her early teens and has never looked back since. Her pursuit of outdoor activities has taken her all over the world but she truly believes there is no place like home.