It’s the dream that seems too good to be true. Spend more time on the slopes but take less annual vacation doing it (so you can, if you want, do it all over again and STILL have plenty of vacation time for the rest of the year!).
Vacation company SkiWeekends (which, despite its name, does much more than weekends and short breaks), has provided the answer to making that dream come true. And they will even save money in the process.
SkiWeekends have been “disruptors” of the standard ski vacation model. They couldn’t accept that skiers had to stick to a week of skiing from Saturday to Saturday, spending six days on the slopes and needing to take five days off to achieve that.
In the worst cases, people get up in the middle of the night to catch an early morning flight on Saturday, spend a lot of time in airports and busy roads, and don’t get to the runways until the next day.
SkiWeekends looked at every aspect of a standard ski vacation and focused on ways to improve on traditional ski week failures.
- Why not go skiing the afternoon you arrive? If lift tickets, rentals and everything else you need are pre-booked, why wait until the next morning?
- Avoid weekend trips – pay less to travel midweek, when airports are also quieter and more pleasant to travel. You can also ski on Saturdays when the slopes are empty while everyone else is doing their age change day routine and standing in huge lines at overloaded airports or stuck in traffic to the airport and/or resort. Even transfers are cheaper and easier in the middle of the week than on weekends.
- On the return trip, why wake up early to go home? Why not ski as much as you can and then catch a late afternoon or evening flight?
As you can see, it’s not rocket science.
SkiWeekends simply focuses on weekday flights at times that allow you to spend at least half a day on the slopes on the way out or even a full day on the way back. This inverts the traditional multi-day resort/trip ski vacation model and a large part of the annual vacation taken for six days on the slopes to spend more days on the slopes for less work time – at a lower cost and much more experience. more enjoyable trip being the added bonuses.
SkiWeekends also focuses on vacation efficiency, so everything you need to ski or board right away is waiting for you when you arrive at the resort. They make sure there’s a place to leave your bags and change so you can head straight out, with 90% of their guests skiing on the day they arrive. Many hit the slopes as early as noon on the day of arrival, and on the last day of the trip, some even ski until 4:30 pm (that’s afternoon, not morning!) before getting their transfer home. They even greet you from the free transfer minibus with tea and cake… and then deliver the cake again for the return trip at the end of your stay.
So, for a short break, you can ski for three and a half days on a three-night holiday, taking just two days of annual vacation. Result! Take two three-night vacations and that’s seven days of skiing for just four days off work. But you also get similar benefits on four or seven night stays. On a week-long vacation, SkiWeekends will give you seven and a half days on the slopes… if your legs can handle it!
SkiWeekends has chalets in some of France’s best ski resorts, including Avoriaz, Morzine and Courchevel, where you’ll enjoy great buffet service and unlimited wine. They also have over 100 flexible resort hotel options in Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Spain and Switzerland.
Learn more at SkiWeekends.com