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Drive to the slopes

17 JANUARY 2015 - By Lee Tad

Transport

Having your own transport while on a skiing holiday can be very useful. While some people do take their own cars, it is a long way to the nearest ski resorts and the journey can prove costly in terms of fuel, road tolls and insurance. Many people find it much easier to fly to airports such as Geneva, Munich, or Milan and opt to hire a car to complete their journey.

Having your own transport can save you money. For example, you can stock up on food and drink at supermarkets, rather than relying on resort restaurants which can be expensive. Transport also gives you the option of having a day away from the slopes and exploring the nearby towns and countryside.

If you are unlucky and find that the conditions for skiing are not as good as you had hoped, having your own transport means that you can drive further afield to slopes where the conditions are better.

Popular fly hire resorts

Chamonix in France is one resort where a car is particularly useful. The skiing and snowboarding is spread out over several areas. There is a shuttle between the areas, but this can be irregular and is often crowded. This resort is particularly popular with more experienced skiers.

Villars in Switzerland is another popular resort, particularly with families. The slopes suit the more intermediate skier. As well as skiing, there are many other activities to be enjoyed at this resort. Having your own transport will help you access them more easily.

In the Pyrenees, Canillo in Andorra is popular with skiers of all abilities. It is a quiet resort appealing particularly to families and beginner skiers. If the more advanced skiers in your party want more of a challenge, there are a number of advanced slopes a short drive away.

Further afield

Many people like to head to the USA for their skiing trips. Resorts such as Lake Tahoe and Aspen provide opportunities for skiers of all abilities and have a range of other activities to enjoy on your holiday.

The dedicated skier may even consider a skiing holiday in New Zealand. With their winter occurring during our summer, you can enjoy a skiing holiday at any time from June to October. There are very few on-mountain lodgings in New Zealand; so hiring a car is the easiest way to access the slopes.

Winter car hire

When traveling, don’t forget your passport, driving licence, and travel insurance documents. Winter driving, especially through icy alpine passes can be treacherous with poor road surfaces being a particular danger. Avoid being left out of pocket by getting your excess insurance in advance which could not only save you a lot of money if you are involved in an incident but could also prove cheaper than similar cover through your rental company. If you are likely to hire a car again in the next year, an annual policy could save you even more.

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