Is it wise to book a winter sports holiday now?
And what about mouth caps, corona passes and other measures in the mountains?
"People don't have to be afraid to book in connection with corona: providers have flexible conditions in terms of shifting and canceling," says Miranda Muller of ski websites Snowplaza.nl and Skiinformatie.nl.
"Last year, the ski areas had everything in order to ensure a safe winter sports. They are now ready for it too."
Muller sees that winter sports enthusiasts who were unable to go last year due to corona have immediately moved their booking to this year.
They also see winter sports bookings getting underway at travel provider TUI.
"People who go during the Christmas and spring holidays have already booked. We also see a trend that people book last minute. As soon as winter sports countries communicate clear guidelines, more will be booked," says spokesperson Petra Kok.
“We see offers.
In the first week of January, the prices in the French ski resorts fell sharply.”
Petra Kok, spokesperson TUI
Austria has already announced rules: a mouth cap and corona pass.
Does this still scare winter sports enthusiasts?
"If you go into a restaurant in the Netherlands with a corona pass, you will have no problems with that in Austria," says Kok.
"Austria already asked for a corona pass this summer. Travelers indicated that the measures were clear, easy and certainly not disruptive."
Save on lunch, après-ski and location
According to TUI, the prices for winter sports are not higher this year due to corona: "Accommodations and ski passes are only slightly increased with normal inflation. We also see special offers. In the first week of January, for example, prices in the French ski resorts fell sharply. "
But corona or not, winter sports are an expensive holiday.
What do you have to take into account?
"It depends on how crazy you make it. You can spend between 750 and 2,000 euros per person for a week. In the first case, you book a bus trip, cheaper accommodation and take sandwiches with you on the slopes. In the latter case In that case, you think of more luxurious accommodation, lunch on the slopes and après-ski every day," says Muller.
“If you're in the village, you pay double that of a hotel half an hour from the slopes.”
Miranda Muller from ski websites Snowplaza.nl and Skiinformatie.nl
For people who need lessons, winter sports are more expensive.
"The rental of ski equipment is expensive: that will cost you 150 euros per week. The same goes for a few days of lessons, you will pay 150 euros for that too."
What can you save on?
"In any case, on après-ski and lunch. And by finding out whether a package holiday including a ski pass is cheaper. The location of accommodation also makes a difference: if you are in the village, you pay double compared to a hotel half an hour from the track," says Muller.
You can also save on the choice of a ski area. Especially smaller and more unknown areas are kinder to the wallet:
You can also save on the choice of a ski area.
Especially smaller and more unknown areas are kinder to the wallet:
Most skiers know Winterberg, how about skiing in the Black Forest?
In Feldberg there are 66 kilometers of slopes and a ski pass for six days costs just over 200 euros.
There are also cheaper areas in southern Germany: in Hörnerdörfer (85 kilometers of slopes) you pay 180 euros for a ski pass.
If you are willing to travel longer, Slovakia is an affordable option.
In PARK SNOW Donovaly and Tatranská Lomnica you can buy six-day ski passes for under 200 euros.
Accommodation and food are also cheaper in Eastern European winter sports areas.
The Czech Republic is known as a cheap winter sports country: one of the most popular areas is Spindleruv Mlyn.
Ideal for families and beginners.
Other options are smaller areas like Rokytnice and Klinovec.
Here too you pay less than 200 euros for a ski pass.
The most famous ski resort in Poland is Zakopane.
It has peaks up to 2,000 meters and is therefore reasonably snow-sure.
A day ticket costs about 30 euros.
You can also enjoy winter sports affordably in Austria, and not just in small areas.
In Wildschönau you can enjoy 100 kilometers of slopes and pay 240 euros for a ski pass.
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