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Ski weekend in Austria

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Ski weekend in Austria

Hey

So i'm looking for any companies that do a 2-4 day Ski trip in either Austria or Switzerland. We don't have any gear so would need to hire everything from shoes to boards to clothes.

Suggestions?

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1. Re: Ski weekend in Austria

Take a look at this holiday planner:

austria.info/uk/about-austria/holiday-planne…

Once you put a region, you will be given the names of travel agencies in the UK

Regards

Ottavio N.

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2. Re: Ski weekend in Austria

EXACT dates

There were some agencies in the UK that used to specialise in short ski breaks but that was some time ago.

20 years ago we never had a problem getting places for the weekend. We even used to get places for 1 night (often took an overnight bag with me on a day trip and after a days skiing instead of driving back to Munich we would sometimes just find a room instead)

These days the problem is that many Hoteliers are unwilling to take a short break booking in advance. Even less reluctant to take a break that straddles a weekend. A short break that straddles a weekend messes up 2 full weeks bookings.

Also if you are looking at February your choice will be even less (and the Hoteliers even more reluctant). February is peak season and various countries school half terms fill most of the month.

If looking at March you may well be better off with a higher altitude resort.

If doing it independently your choice of Airport and flight times will also determine (and narrow down) your choice.

It would be easier for instance to fly into Innsbruck or Salzburg for many choices of resort (or even from Zürich for St Anton or the Silvretta-Montafon area) than Munich.

Also some resorts don't have or are not near a train station (e.g. Ischgl or Soelden) and require a bus down the valley. Again making the transfer a bit longer and if your flight times are not good then you could be faced with an expensive transfer.

You could in this case think about a hire car. Especially as it is only a long weekend and you do not have to transport ski gear.

You can use www.oebb.at Austrian rail to show train and bus connections

One of the easiest (if you can get the booking) is to fly into Geneva and go skiing at the Portes du Soleil

http://en.portesdusoleil.com/

The local company Morzexpress do numerous transfers daily from Geneva to the resorts of Les Gets, Morzine and Avoriaz for only €29. This means less worry about getting to the airport (unless really obscure times)

http://www.morzexpress.com/

http://www.morzexpress.com/Timetables.html

WHERE TO STAY

Depends not just on transfer but also on your ski abilitiy.

You have no gear whatsoever and wish to hire clothes - This implies you have never skied before. If not you will also require lessons:

This will narrow down your choice of resort again. You would be better off with a resort ideal for beginners

SKI/CLOTHES HIRE

Here lies your biggest problem. In wanting to hire ski clothes you have severely narrowed down your choice.

Hiring of ski clothes is extremely rare whether Austria, Switzerland or Italy. Even where clothes hire is possible this is often limited to Ski Jacket and Trousers.

This means that you still have to supply ski gloves (and that is proper ski gloves), ski socks, woolly hat, ski goggles. sunglasses.

You can get away with T-shirts/sweatshirts under the skijacket if the weather isn't extreme.

I've come across a couple of places that hired ski clothing. Can't remember them all but there was a couple of places in Schladming.

e.g. This company in Schladming

tritscher.at/en/skv/Ski_Verleih_Preise.html

tritscher.at/en/Homepage/info_standorte.html

Should you choose Schladming for instance I would contact them in advance to see if clothes are available at all depots.

HENCE DO NOT BOOK anything until you are sure that your clothing requirements can be fulfilled

Edited: 17 January 2013, 08:05
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