If you’re like us, you’ve been thinking about skiing – rather than actually doing it – wayyy too much during the past 12 months. Spring usually gets us thinking and talking about next year, so as we wave goodbye to the lost ski season of 2021 with one hand, we’re eagerly beckoning winter 2022 with the other.
In this blog, five Skiworld Ski Experts have shared their thoughts and plans for their next ski holidays – be it self catering in a ski apartment, catered in a ski chalet or something in between at a hotel…
1. Where are you planning to ski in 2022?
Will – With my family, probably a ski apartment in Italy due to the excellent ski schools and a generally great attitude towards children on the slopes. Plus the mountain food.
Fiona – A ski apartment in Tignes, Meribel or Val d’Isere with a big group of friends! There will be about 10 of us self-catering so that we have the freedom to cook what we want when we want.
Tom – I’ve booked a ski chalet in La Plagne with a mixed group of old school and ski season friends – 10 in total.
Rob – Self-catering at Christmas 2021 in Avoriaz with my family (4) and my brother’s family (4).
Ryan – Looking forward to trying somewhere new in 2022 – a resort with authenticity and some ski tradition; French/Swiss/Italian. It’s between a ski apartment in Chamonix or Serre Chevalier probably…
2. What ski accommodation did you consider booking?
Will – I’ve looked at Residence Villa Trieste in Corvara or Apartments Evaldo in Arabba initially.
Fiona – Chalet Annina is really modern and well furnished with saunas which is great after a long day of skiing. We also looked at Residence l’Hevana – a new luxury self-catered apartment complex in Meribel.
Tom – Initially the group were keen on Residence L’Ours Blanc in Alpe d’Huez. It’s great value, 5 minutes walk to the lifts and in the centre of the resort so great for après. When the group size reached 10 though, we decided on a catered chalet instead and booked it up!
Rob – We were looking at various ski apartments in Avoriaz such as Residence L’Amara, Residence Atria Crozats and Residence Saskia Falaise. The number one priority is ski-in/ski-out and all of these offers that. The resort is excellent for children as it’s snow-sure and car-free, plus has lots of fun activities such as the ice rink and “Aquariaz” waterpark
Ryan – We want a self-catered apartment with hotel-like facilities such as a pool, so either Residence La Ginabelle in Chamonix, Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc in Serre Chevalier or maybe Les Fermes du Soleil in Le Carroz. All three have great locations and won’t break the bank. I usually stay in catered chalets, but apartments offer so much variety these days so it was an easy switch.
3. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the most), how much did you miss skiing in 2021?
Will – 10. Due to starting a family and the pandemic, I haven’t been skiing since April 2019!
Fiona – 11!! skiing is unlike any other holiday… It’s so active and rewarding, super sociable and there is always something for everyone to enjoy! I love being in the mountains for the fresh air, fresh snow and clear blue skies.
Tom – Missed it 10/10. Mostly the feeling of skiing long cruisy blues with big rollers all day and then watching everyone fall over after some après!
Rob – 10. Skiing is a great family holiday as there is no debate with teenage kids about what we’re doing each day, just get the skis on after breakfast and off we go. With kids having been at home during lockdown we’re now keen to get them out exercising again and developing skills, rather than sitting on the beach in Tenerife at Christmas
Ryan – Surely everyone would say 10? A ski holiday is something I look forward to for 51 weeks of the year. My skis are already waxed and ready! (Don’t tell anyone but I did some shadow-skiing in front of the mirror during lockdown)
4. Why did/will you book early for 2022 rather than wait for a ‘last-minute deal’?
Will – I’ll book earlier than usual due to the lack of availability (compared to a normal year) as well as the added values that on offer such as all-inclusive ski deals.
Fiona – I want to be sure I get the accommodation my friends and I want! Booking last minute can involve a lot of stress and usually settling for something less. With so many people desperate to ski in 2022 I’m getting in there early – it’s only a £150pp deposit – we can sort the rest out later on.
Tom – We booked early as all the large chalets are getting sold and we didn’t want to miss out. Plus we wanted to guarantee a private hot tub.
Rob – We booked very early as some properties were already sold out for Christmas 2021 in Avoriaz by February 2020! It’s not just us Brits who missed out on ski holidays in 2020/21, so demand is high.
Ryan – The value of booking early is always clear. It usually works out cheaper, you have ages to budget/pay-off/save and there are always value-added deals on offer. I don’t think everyone realises you only need a small deposit to lock in the price of everything.
5. How confident are you to travel in 2022?
Will – Confident to travel but the unknown at present is the extra cost of testing if it’s mandatory.
Fiona – I feel more confident with each announcement of green list countries for summer travel. And the reintroduction of indoor drinking and dining shows how well the restrictions have worked. My biggest worry is whether I’ll remember how to dance on the tables at après!
Tom – I’m confident and optimistic. I’ve booked already! Actually, the biggest challenge would be adapting to the new rules on the lifts and in lively après venues, but I’m 100% sure it’ll be all in hand.
Rob – Very confident we’ll be able to travel by December. My biggest worry is whether I’ll have recovered from my broken leg by then!
Ryan – 100% confident to travel, and also really optimistic about the fact that the best part of the holiday – skiing down the mountain – will feel even better after a year away.
So there you have it, 2022 ski holidays in a nutshell from the pens of some self-confessed ski addicts at Skiworld.
Top Tips for Booking a Ski Apartment, Hotel or Chalet Holiday
- Book ten weeks or more in advance and you usually only need to pay a £150pp deposit to confirm your entire holiday – including lift passes and ski hire
- We’re adding more and more ski apartments and hotels to our programme every week, so you’re sure to find somewhere to suit your needs, your party and your pocket. PLUS we offer a Price Match Promise on all apartment and hotel holidays
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