There’s something incredibly reassuring about having a true travel partner when you’re planning your holiday and indeed when you’re making plans for those fine details which can make all the difference. Thankfully all bookings made through Oxford Ski Company have a pre-departure concierge attached, meaning those little details can all be taken care of, whether it is by ourselves, or our partners in The Alps directly.
Leveraging our near 25 years of experience, building and nurturing relationships with all key suppliers across The Alps, from transfer companies and ski schools to restaurants and events — we know the people who matter. What you can be sure of however, is that no matter how big or small your request, you will always have a singular and consistent point of contact to assist you.
So here are my top five tips for preparing for the perfect ski holiday, from the moment you book:
Co-ordinate With Your Group
Where holidays are concerned, detail is everything, yet I am still regularly surprised by the limited information some guests have of the wider party they’re travelling with. This is a key part of the process, only by understanding the group can we begin to suggest and direct each traveller to ensure they are catered for and appropriate plans can be put in place — from ski school bookings to restaurant reservations.
Be Honest About Your Ability
There is nothing worse for clients or instructors when someone in a group has over estimated their skiing ability. There is no shame in saying you’re a total novice, we all were once and you’re definitely not alone. Over stating your experience only leads to a less enjoyable experience for you both, and only slows down real progress when fundamentals are overlooked.
Don’t Chance Your Reservations
It’s all too easy to miss the boat when it comes to restaurant bookings. During peak season, if you’re not on the list, you’re not going in. Be sure to discuss your options and recommendations with your concierge team and get your reservations in early to avoid disappointment. This is especially true for those in self-catered chalets or hotels.
Transferring You Now
Whether you’re the kind of person who is on holiday the moment you leave home or the moment you arrive at your destination, a quality transfer company can revolutionise your travel experience. There’s nothing worse than an uncomfortable drive to a resort, crammed into the back of a car for anything up to 2 hours or more. We can always suggest our preferred partners for transfers from any airport which serves The Alps.
Stay in Touch
In the week’s preceding your holiday, it’s always nice to know everything is in-hand and confirmed. Whilst our expert team will be in touch to ensure you’re all set, don’t be afraid to get in touch to confirm those last minute details such as transfers and ski rental collection. Whatever you do, don’t let the concern add to the stresses of travelling, just ask.
Skiing on a clear day and overlooking the snowy white mountains is unbeatable. Combining this with experiencing new resorts and copious amounts of local food and wine is my idea of perfection.
I am a skier.
Favourite resorts: Morzine, Zermatt and Lech.
Ski seasons: One in Morzine.
Favourite properties: Severin*s in Lech, Chalet Les Anges in Zermatt and Chalet Joux Plane in Morzine.
Favourite lunch and après: Le Panoramic in Tignes, with its luxurious alpine décor and sheepskin rugs is the perfect mountain lunch spot. The food and service are excellent, and if you are lucky you might meet Igloo, the resident St Bernard!
My tip: Ski lessons are not just for beginners. They are the perfect opportunity to perfect your techniques and boost confidence on the slopes. Remember to book in advance for the best options and availability.