The winter season has arrived way earlier than expected this year.
And we don’t know about you, but our team’s pretty happy about that.
Not only because now it’s socially acceptable to drink mulled wine every evening and spend evenings with a book next to a fireplace instead of going out. Among many other things, we’re happy about planning our winter holidays. Because what this season is perfect for is a ski vacation with friends and family.
If this is the first ski trip you’re set to plan, the task might seem pretty intimidating. There are so many choices to make and logistics to take care of.
Luckily for you, many of us have been going through the same every winter and have some tips to share. So, where should you start?
1. Travel agent vs online booking
The very first thing to consider is whether to use a travel agency or book everything yourself. There are pros and cons to each of these possible solutions.
Using travel agent services might take some weight off your shoulders since you don’t have to worry about each single detail in your booking.
On the other hand, it gives you less flexibility as at least 2 items should be booked through the agent (normally flight and a hotel). Additionally, in case anything goes wrong, you cannot solve it directly with your flight carrier or hotel administration but need to go through your travel agency.
All in all, booking online is more suitable for travellers who want to be more flexible and have more free time to take responsibility, and booking with an agent will suit busy travellers who want everything to be taken care of.
2. Choose a destination
Now, this is way more enjoyable decision to make. Whether you had chosen to use a travel agent or decided to book everything online, there are all these amazing places you can go.
Some have their favourite destination that they come back to every year, but we prefer to experiment and see something new every season.
Earlier this year we already shared some of our favourite ski destinations in Europe. There is something for any taste and budget there.
3. Decide whether to ship or to rent your ski equipment
Well, for us it’s really a no-brainer. If you have your own equipment that you are used to, it is both safer and cheaper to take it with you.
For example, shipping four pairs of skis from Tallinn, Estonia to Ischgl, Austria and back again costs only €322 + packaging €58. So give us a shout and we can advise you on the best way to deliver your skis to your destination timely and on a budget.
4. Service your equipment
Don’t forget to check that your equipment is still in the best possible shape in the beginning of a ski season.
After not being used for nearly a year, it might need to be taken to service. And it is way cheaper to do it at home than at a ski resort somewhere abroad.
5. Sort out your clothes and pack
What makes winter trips different from summer vacations is the amount of clothes you need to take.
Make sure you purchased and packed all your ski trousers, jackets, gloves, hats, thermals and ski boots. Don’t forget your mask and a helmet. While we are at it, a thermos for your hot drinks is also a good idea.
After you’re done, weigh your bag to make sure it meet your airline requirements. Or you can also ship them with your skis.
6. Research what other activities you can do
No matter how much you love skiing, you’ll not be able to do it 24/7.
To take a few evenings or even one day to do something else might be a lot of fun. So make sure you check the area for different touristic activities. The resort might be close to a city you would like to visit, have a great night life or amazing restaurant experience to offer.
Knowing about these things in advance will help you with planning your schedule and ensuring you have everything booked in advance.
7. Take care of your documents
If traveling in Europe, luckily there’s no need to worry about travel documents.
But there’s one thing you should definitely consider and that is insurance. Skiing and snowboarding can be dangerous and it’s better to make sure you will be able to get any necessary medical help while abroad.
Getting an insurance policy before going on a ski trip will save you from a lot of troubles.
Once all of this is done, you’re good to go. Don’t forget to take a lot of pictures and share them with your friends.
We also enjoy hearing about our clients’ travels, so make sure to use #shipitwisetourism to let us know about it!