Snow season is upon us, whether you enjoy a leisurely slide down the slopes or prefer to crush some pow off piste, we’ve got a bunch of tips to help you plan the perfect trip!
1. Get your crew together
Great place to start, find out who wants to join you! A good crew is crucial to any plan, put out a bat signal to your buddies and see who wants in.
Tip: watch out for ‘maybes’ they will just slow down your plan, get a simple yes/no from everyone as quickly as possible. Use the date picker in Plan.nr to work out a date that works for everyone. sorry slackers!
Ok so you know who you’d like to join you, now figure out where to go! Drop a few suggestions around your gang and get some feedback from everyone. Remember to check the weather reports, and the ski area, you don’t want to be heading to a resort that doesn’t suit your style.
Tip: If you are flying to your destination keep an eye on transfer times, no one wants a looong transfer after a flight - get the maximum time you can on the slopes.
This is where your budget comes into play, if you are on a shoestring then find a cool hostel that has the essentials (a bed and a bathroom) there are some good sites for checking out reviews such as tripadvisor, snowheads or scroll through the new foursquare explore feature. If you are in a group a chalet is always a great choice, look for ski in/out if you can, it makes it nice and easy at the end of the day gliding back into your snow home.
Tip: You are in a group, push for a discount - the bigger the group the better the deal you can get
First time skier to experienced rider looking to get to the next step, lessons make a huge difference in pushing you forward. Find out if anyone in your group wants to get lessons and team up, you can save money on a personal tutor the more of you there are. If you are on your lonesome then find a ski school and get involved.
Tip: Lessons work best if you have a gap between them, don’t try and do full day sessions, use the mornings for learning and the afternoons for putting the lessons into play. Work hard - play hard!
Plan your route, do you need to fly? can you get the snow train or drive instead? Check out what works for your group, if you are all leaving from the same place figure out who the driver is and treat them nicely!
Tip: Make it easier and plan how you’ll all meet up, who is gonna drive to the airport? If you don’t need to fly you can save some serious $$ on your baggage allowance, get the car loaded up and head on your way - everyone loves a roadtrip!
Only a fool heads on holiday without some cover, check in with your traveling group to see who needs to purchase their insurance. You can save money here on group deals.
Tip: In europe you can add Carte Neige insurance for around 8 euros a day, this gives you cover off piste as well and makes sure there are no added problems if something goes wrong. You can buy this at the lift pass office in your resort - you still need to get your usual winter trip cover, so don’t try and scrimp!
As with anything arranging hire in a group is the best way to do this, find out who needs what, and plan your hire before you go. Purchasing hire or buying kit in the resort will be expensive - Plan early save time!
Tip: Save time once you pick up your kit, know your details weight, height etc if you are just renting ski’s/board and already have boots make sure you take them with you for fitting. It’s a long cold walk back to your accommodation to pick them up.
8. Apres Knowledge
Nothing beats kicking back after a long day and indulging in some Apres Ski. Check out the hot spots before you go, use foursquare tips to get insider info and cruise the happy hour spots.
Tip: When planning your resort check out the Apres, if you are looking for a quiet week you don’t need a resort packed with bars and clubs and vice versa. Check out some of the following sites for resort reviews.
Phew there you go, now save yourself a ton of hassle and use Plan.nr to get your trip going, poll your friends and make decisions quickly… figuring out all of the above over email is the shortest route to no snow time at all!