July is the month that you want to try to begin planning your skiing winter get away within. With the best resorts in the Alps becoming full very quickly, booking early could save you money and ensure you get your place on these favoured resorts.
Type of Skiing
When it comes to ski retreats, there is a huge variation available in terms of type of skiing. A lot of people assume skiing consists of snowboarding or skiing and in turn it’s a very simply choice to make, however there are a huge range of different types of skiing available in all different areas of the world so its important to do your research and find something you love.
The most common forms of skiing are;
- Alpine Skiing, which is simply the common downhill skiing you see so often.
- Cross Country, this allows you to travel long distances with a ski set attached to the underside of your boot.
- Freestyle Skiing, this is simply skiing that involves a ski park and doing various tricks within the ski park, more favoured by the youth.
If you have just had your eyes opened to the different types of skiing then check out our guide to different types of skiing to be able to make you more aware of what is available for you; you may even find something you love.
Doing the research into the chosen ski type to be able to find the best possible resort is always a given. A good way to start is simply by looking at the most famous resorts that you have heard of such as Val d’Isere, Meribel, Whistler and Zermatt and seeing if it has everything to fit your needs.
The general rule of thumb is simply to head to the alpine and Asian resorts for downhill skiing, American and Canadian resorts for freestyle skiing and the more northern regions of alaska, Finland and Russia for cross country skiing. Following this as a general guide should aid you in finding the perfect resort.
Booking the Dates
It is important to be able to be able to pick the best date for you, the easiest dates for many people are the school holidays; however, this can usually be significantly more expensive and significantly busier. Therefore, if you are travelling without children it could be best to avoid these.
Ski season in the northern hemisphere runs from November until April with the best snow coming around the end of January. Travelling at the end of January to resorts in the northern hemisphere means that you are in the prime of the winter and are still just before the school break. In turn, this time of year can give amazing snow and significantly less busy slopes.
Ski Season in the Southern Hemisphere usually begins in the middle of June and runs until the first weeks of October. The best time to hit the southern hemisphere resorts however are usually around the middle of July as the dry power begins to settle and in turn, the slopes feel amazing under feet.
Always ensure when you’re booking the dates you book it around available flights, it’s amazing how many people book a hotel before realising there’s no flights for those chosen days and have to either shorten their getaway or hope for the best that the hotel and change the booking.
Getting the Equipment
Getting ready for your ski holiday during the summer means that you can begin to buy all of your equipment and have everything ready well in advance, this in turn means that when it becomes time to head off to the slopes you can simply get up and leave.
S’No Queen has a range of thermals and other alpine garments, which are perfect for the slopes and are specially designed to help you maintain a consistent temperature. This in turn keeps you comfortable on the slopes and helps you concentrate on enjoying yourself without distraction. If you are wondering what else you will need to take out onto the slopes then sere our Easy Ski Packing Guide. Just remember however, those things such as ski’s, helmets and ski boots can all be rented when you reach the slopes so don’t worry about these pieces of equipment if you’re unsure on what’s best to buy.
The Little Extras
When you have booked your ski get away and got all of your equipment it is just as important to be able to look at your resort and the surrounding areas and book a few smaller extra bits to take part in. Things such as your transfers from the airport, activities, spa’s, classes or picturesque restaurants should all be researched before so you know where you are going when you arrive. The worst thing you can drop is miss something amazing because you sat in the hotel for hours thinking of what to do that day and missed the chance. Alternatively, simply missing something amazing because you did not realise it was there until you left.
Once you’ve completed all of this then you should be well on track to being able to get off and hit the slopes, enjoying your ski holiday and all of the other attractions you have got in store for yourself. If you’re looking for more general ski advice then take a look through our skiing blog to find everything you’ll need to know.