Looking to jet off this winter and hit the slopes? Here’s everything you need to know about booking your first ski trip.

Where do I begin?

First things first – you’ll need to sort out your flights, transfers and accommodation. Luckily, these are included with all Crystal Ski holidays so the only major decision you’ll need to make is when and where you’d like to go.

Keep an eye out for Crystal Ski’s first-time ski packs which have all the essentials included such as ski/board and boot hire, lift passes and lessons.

 

Where should I stay when skiing?

There are plenty of options regarding accommodation, the main three being Chalets, Apartments and Hotels.

Chalets are relaxed and sociable, and the host will prepare your breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meals so you can make the most of your mountain time.

If you like flexibility and your own space, an apartment is the accommodation for you. Hotels have restaurants and leisure facilities and you can choose to go half board or full board, depending on which meals you want included.

 

Do I need lessons to ski?

Even if you’re heading away with veteran skiers, always get lessons for your first time on the slopes. This means you’ll be with an instructor and in a group with people on the same level as you making every mistake made a learning curve.

 

What is there to do on the slopes?

There’s plenty to get up to when you’re not skiing. Lots of resorts have relaxing spas and swimming pools – or you can choose to stay somewhere with them all onsite.

On top of this, there are always lots of fun ways to explore, like walking winter trails in snowshoes and speeding through the snow on a snowmobile.

 

What do I need to buy for skiing?

Hiring your skis or board, boots and helmet is best on your first trip. You can include these ‘extras’ in your holiday booking with Crystal Ski and pick them up when you get there – it’s as simple as that.

As for what to pack, you’ll need a ski jacket and salopettes (aka snow pants), ski gloves, and goggles or sunglasses to ski in. Plus, ski socks and layers – thermals and a microfleece are a winning combo.

 

What is Aprés ski?

After a day on the mountain, it’s time to let your hair down, have some fun and meet new people at après ski.

Whether you want to dance on tables or wrap your hands around a hot chocolate, there’s something to suit every adventurer following a day of skiing.

 

Great for beginners – Pas De La Casa

One of the best aspects for beginners in Pas de la Casa is the ski school, which is known for its excellent standard of teaching and English-speaking instructors.

Pas De La Casa is a small resort with a big reputation, this little party town has a huge selection of bars and restaurants, cheap drink prices and reasonably priced, good quality food.

There’s a varied mix of apartments and hotels to choose from, all dependent on your budget. You’ll also have your pick of reduced-tax shops with great deals on ski gear, electronic goods and your favourite tipples.

  • Depart 23rd February 2020, stay in the 2* Manzano Apartments, Pas De La Casa on a self-catering basis for 7nights from €569 per person (based on 4 Sharing)
  • Depart on 1st March 2020, stay in the 3*Apartments Olimpiade, Pas De La Casa on a self-catering basis for 7 nights from €626 per person (4 Share)
  • Depart on 1st March 2020, stay in the 3* Hotel Cubil, Pas De La Casa on a half-board basis for 7nights from €779 per person

 

More Andorra offers:
  • Depart on 23rd Febuary 2020, stay in the 3* Sant Roma Apartments, Arinsal, on a self-catering basis for 7 nights from €539pps (4 Share)
  • Depart on 23rd Febuary 2020, stay in the 2*Apartments Manzono, Pas De La Casa, on a self-catering basis for 7 nights from €569pps (4 Share)
  • Depart on 23rd Febuary 2020, stay in the 3* Xalet Besoli, Arinsal, on a half-board basis for 7 nights from €675pps
  • Depart on 1st March 2020, stay in the 3*Poblado Apartments, Arinsal, on a self-catering basis for 7 nights from €509pps (4 Share)

 

Italy offers:
  • Depart on 22nd Febuary 2020, stay in the 3* Weisenheim Apartments, Selva, on a self-catering basis for 7 nights from €659pps (4 Share)
  • Depart on 23rd February 2020, stay in the 3* Hotel Splendid, Sauze D’Oulx, on a half-board basis for 7 nights from €775pps
  • Depart on 1st March 2020, stay in the 3* Apartments Planibel, La Thuile, on a self-catering basis for 7 nights from €529pps (4 Share)
  • Depart on 1st March 2020, stay in the 3* Grand Albergo, Claviere, for 7 nights from €755pps

 

Austria offers:
  • Depart on 22nd February 2020, stay in the 3* Aurora Apartments, SC, Bad Hofgastein, 7nights from €595pps (4 Share)
  • Depart on 22nd February 2020, stay in the 2* Haus Pirchmoos, Soll, on a B&B basis for 7 nights from €695pps
  • Depart on 29th February 2020, stay in the 3* Obermair & Annexe, Mayrhofen, on a B&B basis for 7 nights from €695pps
  • Depart on 29th February 2020, stay in the 3* Haus Edelweiss, Zell am See, on a B&B basis for 7 nights from €709pps
  • Depart on 29th February 2020, stay in the 3* Hotel Salzburgerhof, Rauris, on a half-board basis for 7 nights from €759pps

 

France offers:
  • Depart on 22nd February 2020, stay in the 3* Le Grand Chalet, Brides Les Bain, on a self-catering basis for 7 nights from €565pps (4 Share)
  • Depart on 22nd February 2020, stay in the 3* Borsat IV Apartments, Tignes, on a self-catering basis for 7 nights from €669pps (4 Share)
  • Depart on 29th February 2020, stay in the 2* Apartments Tourotel, Val Thoren, on a self-catering basis for 7nights from €669pps (4 Share)
  • Depart on 29th February 2020, stay in the 3* Hotel Brunerie, Les 2 Alpes, on a half-board basis for 7 nights from €839pps

 

All include flights from Dublin, 20kg luggage and transfers
Book with Crystal Sk i & call a ski advisor on 01 653 3501
All holidays and prices are subject to change & availability, and are based on 2 sharing and are for 7 nights (Unless stated above). Prices do not include optional extras such as insurance, in-flight meals or group seating. Normal Crystal Ski terms & conditions apply.