|Skiing holidays have become very popular as an alternative to the beach holiday. There are a large range of companies that are able to offer ski holidays as part of an inclusive package that includes accommodation, flights and bus transfers from the airport to the chosen ski resort. Upon arrival at the resort, ski or snowboard hire is readily available for those without their own skis and tuition is available for those who have never skied before. Some companies even offer a special 'snow guarantee' to ensure just that.|
Accommodation usually comes in the form of ski chalets or huts. Board basis, with relation to how many meals are included varies depending on the tour operator although some resorts have in-chalet chefs that prepare and cook meals in your very own chalet. Chalet sizes vary to meet and accommodate the needs of all types of group, with some lodges being able to sleep 30 people at a time. This is ideal for large groups like school or scout parties. At the other end of the spectrum are cosy little family-sized huts that sleep three or four. Ski chalets are normally non-smoking due to the majority of them being built from wood. Resort facilities normally consist of a range of hot thermal baths and entertainment features like bars and nightclubs for those interested in a little apres-ski.
In-resort companies offer courses that are either pre-booked through a tour operator or purchased locally. These ski schools are ideal for beginners and offer a good glance into what is involved in successful skiing. Prices for courses vary depending on their duration and whether or not ski lift passes are included. All equipment is either provided or available for hire including ski jackets and sunglasses.
Ski resorts have traditionally been located in Western European nations like France, Italy, Switzerland, Andorra and Austria as well as in sections of the United States like Aspen in Colorado. Today however, it is possible to ski in alternative destinations within Scandinavian countries like Norway and Sweden as well as in Eastern European countries like Romania and Bulgaria. In the past, resorts in Switzerland, Italy, Austria and France have been infamously expensive in terms of the actual package, entertainment, ski schools and equipment hire. With the development of Eastern European resorts, people are now being given the opportunity to ski more cheaply and get better value for money overall.