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Booking your next European Ski Adventure

Published 8th January 2024Read Time 4 min

Whether you're heading to the Alps, the Dolomites, or any other ski destination, preparation is key to making the most of your trip. Here's a quick guide to get you on the way to booking that European ski trip!

Where should I go for my next ski trip?

Europe has a huge variety of ski destinations, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. From the world-renowned slopes of France and Switzerland to the picturesque villages of Austria and Italy, there’s a destination to suit each budget. Consider factors like altitude, snow conditions at the time of year, and the availability of ski schools if you're a beginner. You also don’t necessarily need to go to France or Italy. You could nab a bargain in Andorra also!

How do I book accommodation?

Ski resorts in Europe range from luxury hotels to cozy chalets and budget-friendly hostels. Book well in advance if you can, especially if you plan to travel in the busy December to March season. Once you have your budget in mind, check with the travel companies as they might have inclusive packages. You can also try to go it alone, looking at the likes of booking.com to grab a bargain. 

A great way is to get recommendations off family and friends that have been skiing recently. That’s a tried and tested way from somebody you trust!

Do I need to buy ski equipment?

A lot of avid skiers and snowboarders will buy some of their own gear to use year after year. If you're a beginner or don't ski often, renting might be more practical and cost-effective. Most European ski resorts have rental shops with a range of options for all levels. You can get kitted out by a professional in a few minutes. When you’re done, just hand the gear back and travel home lightly!

What clothing and essentials do I need to bring skiing?

Pack clothing suitable for the cold winter conditions. This includes thermal layers, a waterproof ski jacket and pants. You’ll want gloves and a hat also of course!

People often forget about the sun. Ok, it might be freezing out, but that winter sun can cause damage. Make sure to bring sturdy sunglasses that will stay on as you loll about the slopes. Bring lip balm and sunscreen to make sure you don’t get burned. 

A lot of people like the apres-ski sessions. So make sure you think about dressing for the warm bars and restaurants, but also for the very chilly walk home afterwards!

Do I need to get fit before skiing?

Skiing is very physically demanding. If you can, improve your experience by getting in shape before your trip. Focus on exercises that strengthen your legs and core, and improve your stamina and flexibility. There are plenty of exercises that you can do at home that will get you in better shape to take advantage of the slopes!

Should I get travel Insurance before skiing?

Getting good Travel Insurance is a very wise option before you head off on the plane. Skiing can be dangerous, and people do sometimes get injured. But it’s about a lot more than that. You could lose your wallet, have bags stolen, or plans could be derailed at the last minute.

AA Travel Insurance gives you 24/7 access to a GP as standard. But you can also get Cancellation Cover and Baggage Cover. Learn more about the benefits of AA Travel Insurance.

Hopefully this quick guide has given you some handy tips as you’re considering your next ski or snowboarding trip to Europe.

Don’t forget that you can also get Multi-trip Travel Insurance which is a great way to get cover before, during and after your ski holiday the whole year.

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