All skiers and boarders will need some Ski extras. More people are opting to pre-book in order to often save money and be better able to budget for the total holiday cost. Often there are promotional deals on Lift passes like Buy One Get One Free or 2 for 1 ski hire offers.
If you pre-book, you will be able to pick your kit up from a ski hire shop handy for your accommodation where you will receive professional service and quality equipment. Your lift pass may be delivered to your accommodation first thing or available for you to collect from your Resort Rep at a convenient, central point, often the ski hire shop, so you can get on the slopes as soon as possible.
There are usually three categories of skis and boots available in most resorts. The below categories can be used for guidance, although skis will vary from resort to resort.
Adult Ski Categories:
Snowboard and Child Ski Categories:
Most resorts offer just one category of snowboard and child skis & boots which is usually "standard" equipment and free helmets are included for children in many resorts when equipment is pre-booked.
Local Lift Pass: This is the pass that covers just the resort and perhaps one in the near vicinity. This will suffice if you are a Beginner or Improver skier or boarder.
Area Lift Pass : As the name implies this covers a larger Area that may well include quite a number of resorts. All will be inter-linked in the same area and will be suitable for the more experienced skiers and boarder. Sometimes, if the resort is on the border of another country, it will include lifts in both countries eg Zermatt in Switzerland and Cervinia in Italy.
Family Lift Pass: This is sometimes available for 2 adults, plus 1 or 2 children
Senior Citizens and Young People: Many lift companies offer senior citizen reductions similar to those given to youths. These can sometimes be pre-booked or may be purchased locally. Proof of age may be requested in resort (e.g. passport).
Non-Skiers Lift Pass; Special passes often exist for non-skiers that allow you to use the lifts to get around without skiing and visiting friends in the mountain restaurants.
Separate classes are available for beginners and other grades. Tuition prices generally refer to 3, 4, 5 or 6 consecutive days but most people opt for the whole week or 6 days.
Some ski schools do not operate on a Sunday, therefore when travelling on a Saturday, one day’s ski school may be missed. However, we still advise that you pre-book a 6 day ticket, as the price we have negotiated is often cheaper than booking 5 one-day sessions locally. In some resorts the difference is made up by offering our clients a longer class duration.
Ski schools in some Austrian and Swiss resorts are closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Compulsory for children
It is now compulsory for children to wear helmets in certain countries, regions and resorts. This includes Italy (aged 14 and under), Slovenia and Norway (aged 13 and under)
In many resorts children are required to wear helmets when attending ski school, although in some resorts ski schools do not insist on it as most children's lessons are in designated children's skiing areas.
Many more adults are now opting for helmets to be safer on the slopes.
Costs vary between resorts and Countries. Generally, the ski extra prices are in line with the holiday prices of the resort ie the most expensive resorts will have the more costly ski extra prices.
Here is a rough idea of 6 day costs for each ski essential you may need:
Board hire is often a little more expensive than Ski hire and there are often less categories.
A better idea of lift passes are to be found on the separate resort pages.
This Saver pack is for complete novice skiers or boarders and will give you everything you need to for your first week on the slopes. This package includes:
*Please note: Not all first time ski or board packages include lift passes for 6 days and you may be on nursery slopes near to the resort for the first day or two.
If you're no longer a first time skier but you are looking to improve your skills then this is the perfect deal for you. This package includes:
To make your ski holiday even better value for money there are a number of ski and board pack bundles that will save you money rather than buying the elements individually eg.
Please note that these Saver Packs are not available locally and must be pre-booked.
A well as savings made by buying Saver Packs, there are often special promotions on the Ski Essentials eg 2 for 1 Lift pass Offers, Buy One Get One Free Skis or Board, Kids receive free lift pass in certain resorts, free lift pass for Group leaders.
Our specialist consultants will be able to advice you exactly where we have these special deals that could save you and your family or group a significant amount of money.