Ski Hacks

The ski season is nearly upon us.

Wondering how to live the Alpine dream without giving your credit card too much of a bashing or having your trip ruined by crowds? The team at Powder White, a specialist ski operator, has been at this skiing malarkey for over a decade.

Here’s their ultimate ‘Top 10 Tips’ on how to make your next ski trip hassle free.
  1. If you’re queuing for the ski lifts it’s often the case that singles can get on a lot quicker filling the gaps. Ditch your mates, hop on and meet at the top
  2. Don’t leave it until you get to resort to book your ski hire. The best discounts are available in advance and if you’re canny you can even get the rental shop to bring the skis and boots to your accommodation avoiding the inevitable scrum and sweaty sock aromas of the ski shop experience
  3. Fed up of paying mountain restaurant prices every day? Rent a locker at the bottom of the mountain and keep lunch / snacks and a thermos of hot drinks in here or to be truly free, pack your rucksack with some tasty mountain treats for an al-fresco picnic on high
  4. You don’t have to pay the earth to look sleek on the slopes. Scout the shops and online ski wear sites during the summer (off season) to pick up branded ski clothes at cheaper prices. And if it’s your first time and you’re not sure you’re going to like it, beg, borrow and steal from friends and you’ll have an outfit together in no time
  5. For a great value option in top resorts, don’t rule out renting an apartment – they’ve come a long way from the days of brown carpets and some are now akin to a hotel with great facilities like swimming pools and spas
  6. Chalet and resort staff are the key to all knowledge, ask them for insider tips on where the best happy hours are – you’ll save a fortune on après-ski drinks by heading to the right places
  7. Consider your transport options, planes aren’t always the easiest and most convenient way to get to a destination. Train travel is a great way to get close to ski resorts making for a short taxi ride or transfer right into the centre of key European ski resorts. There’s no baggage allowance so bringing your skis is easy and you can even pack a little train picnic meaning the holiday starts the moment you get on board
  8. Wear a colourful hat or ski pants so your friends can easily spot you if you lose them (but on all counts don’t invest in a jester hat…)
  9. Skiers can often think wearing thick socks to keep warm is the best way, but thin specialist socks actually work much better as they don’t rub against your boot leaving you with blisters
  10. If you book through a tour operator like Powder White they can arrange for your ski passes to be ready and waiting for you when you arrive at your chalet along with your skis, boots & poles, which can be fitted right then and there to avoid any pesky queues

For help planning your next ski holiday visit www.powderwhite.com or call the team on 02088778888

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