In our previous post we showed you a guide for last minute Christmas Skiing. Even though we are now way after Christmas don’t forget to read it and save the tips for the next year! For those of you who didn’t have a chance to go skiing yet we have good news. The season has just opened and the snow is about to get better on the slopes (from the middle of January). You didn’t miss anything, and great deals are still available for you and your group not just for last minute holidays!
2016 is the year for adventures and visiting new places! Therefore top destinations this year have to be exceptional. Below you will find a brief guide for 2016 group ski holidays in: Norway, Slovenia, Andorra and Finland, we hope this has your attention!
Dates: 12.02.16 – 19.02.16
Norway is a paradise for all levels and abilities. You have everything from wide, confidence-building blue, perfectly-groomed slopes to tricky blacks and loads of off-piste, as well as a brilliant ski school ideal for beginners and families. Besides, you have Nordic skiing, which gives you a chance to see an amazing Norwegian panorama, dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice-rally driving and tobogganing. You won't be bored!
Accommodation: £100pp - £140pp
Lift Pass: £142pp - £163pp for 6 days
Equipment: £79pp - £89pp for 6 days
Flights: £123pp with 1 stop
Food & Drinks: Cup of Coffee - kr 45.00 (£3.45)
Small Beer - kr 80.00 (£6.13)
Bottle of Wine - kr 200.00 (£15.32)
Sandwich - kr 50.00 (£3.83)
Pizza - kr 150.00 (£11.49)
Burger and fries - kr 180.00 (£13.79)
Beitostølen: Family resort for beginners, quiet, traditional village, gentle slopes, airboarding, ice fishing, sled driving with Huskies, snowmobiling.
45 min airport transfer from Fagernes. Piste length - 21km, 9 lifts.
Geilo: Family resort, beginners and intermediates, superb snow and empty slopes, ski school and childcare, the most reliable snow conditions in Europe, sled driving with Huskies, driving a rally car with ice stud tires around a race track, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing.
2h airport transfer from Fagernes, Piste length - 34km, 20 lifts.
Hemsedal: All levels of abilities, liveliest après ski - great bars with plenty of live music and dancing on the tables, accessible off-piste, ice climbing, sled driving with Huskies, snowmobiling.
1h 30min airport transfer from Fagernes, Piste length - 42km, 22 lifts.
Great value ski holidays and crowd free slopes are to be found in Slovenia this year in 3 great resorts: Bled, Bohinj and Kranjska Gora. The wide, tree-lined runs and the excellent ski school, with English-speaking instructors, are great for beginners, whereas more advanced skiers and boarders can test their skills on varied terrain. If you’re brave enough, visit the FIS World Cup black run. Families won't be bored either. There are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy – from snowshoeing to dog sledding. What's more, one lift pass covers every ski area, so feel free to explore no matter which resort you choose to stay in.
Accommodation: £77pp - £98pp
Lift Pass: £110pp - £140pp for 6 days
Equipment: £75pp - £85pp for 6 days
Food & Drinks: Cup of Coffee - €1.80
Small Beer - €2.00
Bottle of Wine - €14
Sandwich - €3.50
Pizza - €7.00
Burger and fries - €6.00
Bled: Family resort, great for beginners and intermediates, small but quiet ski area, incredible scenery, friendly and welcoming locals.
35min airport transfer from Ljubljana, Piste length - 60km, 17 lifts.
Bohinj: great for beginners, intermediates and snowboarders, superb ski school.
1h 15min airport transfer from Ljubljana, Snow Park, Piste length - 22km, 8 lifts.
Kranjska Gora: Family resort, great for beginners, intermediates and snowboarders, wide tree-lined runs, great for learning the basics, black run used for the FIS World Cup races, qualified childcare specialists.
1h 15min airport transfer from Ljubljana, Snow Park, Piste length - 20km, 19 lifts.
Andorra is a very lively destination, and with some great skiing conditions, it is a great place for good value skiing. In addition to the high-altitude skiing, you’ll find a bunch of activities and lively nightlife, there is also tax-free shopping in Andorra La Vella. After many hours on the slopes go visit the Caldea spa to be pampered with all the treatments they have.
Accommodation: £136pp - £139pp
Lift Pass: £150pp - £177pp for 6 days
Equipment: £68pp - £72pp for 6 days
Food & Drinks: Cup of Coffee - €2.50
Small Beer - €2.50
Bottle of Wine - €7.00
Sandwich - €5.00
Pizza - €8.00
Burger and fries - €6.00
Arinsal: Family resort, mostly for beginners, intermediates and learning snowboarders, free lift passes for kids up to 11, one of the best ski schools in Europe, Spa, dog sledding, ski biking, snowmobiling, snowshoe walking, toboggan run, lively nightlife, duty-free haven.
3h 45min airport transfer from Fagernes, Piste length - 93km, 42 lifts.
Pas De La Casa: Best for après-ski and nightlife, all levels and abilities, large, diverse, high altitude ski area, range of budget-friendly accommodation, snowmobiling, snowshoe walking.
2h 45min airport transfer from Fagernes, Piste length - 210km, 63 lifts.
Soldeu and El Tarter: for beginners and mainly snowboarding intermediates, high standard hotels at low prices, attractive resort, relaxed atmosphere, value ski packs ideal for learners, leisure center with a thermal spa, indoor ice skating, indoor swimming pool and squash, dog sledding, snowmobiling.
3h airport transfer from Fagernes, Piste length - 210km, 63 lifts.
Finland is a great place to learn to ski and snowboard. Both families and adventurers love coming to Finland, as it has a big range of winter activities. From dog sledding to reindeer sleigh rides, and snowmobiling to ice fishing, you won’t be bored and will only gain some incredible memories. What’s more you have the best chance to see the amazing Northern Lights! Can it be any better?!
Accommodation: £54pp - £124pp
Lift Pass: £142pp - £147pp for 6 days
Equipment: £90pp for 6 days
Flights: £247pp with 1 stop
Food & Drinks: Cup of Coffee - €2.50
Small Beer - €4.60
Bottle of Wine - €30.00
Sandwich - €10.00
Pizza - €10.00
Burger and fries - €15.00
Pyha: Intermediate snowboarders, stunning, snow-sure resort in the Arctic Circle, gentle runs and fantastic off-piste for pros, Northern Lights, fatbiking, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice fishing.
3h 30min airport transfer from Kuusamo, Piste length - 14km, 9 lifts.
Salla: Beginners, intermediates and boarders, largest beginner ski area in Finland, meet a reindeer, visit husky farm, ice fishing, snowshoe, cross-country skiing, Santa's Secret Cottage!
25min airport transfer from Kuusamo, Piste length - 24km, 19 lifts.
Ruka: Great for beginners and families, chance to see the Northern Lights, indoor ice skating, indoor swimming pool, spa treatments, sleigh rides, Husky Ride, meet the reindeer, snowmobile and another Santa's Secret Cottage!
1h 30min airport transfer from Kuusamo, Piste length - 10km, 6 lifts.
To help you plan your half term skiing, CoachHire.com would be more than happy to take the weight off your shoulders as much as we can. We can provide you with transport in one of our modern clean vehicles, ranging from 10 – 70 seats and also advise you on the best times to leave. You’ll find it much easier for you and your group to get to the airport in the UK by coach or minibus. Same when you land and need to get to the resort, as some of journeys can be up to three hours or more. Just give our experts a call on 0203 397 4460 or get an online quote on our website and see how we can help you make the best of your ski holiday!