Important things to do before a ski holiday…
So, it’s ski holiday time, you have booked your accommodation and are officially coming to La Plagne - yeah! But what do you need to do before you arrive? Here is a quick check list of some important things that can help make your holiday a GREAT holiday.
1. How will you get to resort?
You need to make sure you know how you will be getting to La Plagne, and there are many ways - flights, bus, train, car, taxi. You can check out our ‘How to get to La Plagne’ page for some guidance and ideas.
2. Make sure you get insurance
This is very important. Make sure you are covered for everything! We offer, at the same time as booking your accommodation with us, a cancellation insurance for only 27€ which covers you for changes to your reservation. We also suggest to check you are personally covered while away for anything that could be lost or damaged, and specifically pay attention to the area for winter sport activities too.
3. Prepare your budget
You need to think about how much you plan on spending while on holiday. Will you be eating out in restaurants every night? Will you be wanting to do extra activities? How many hot-chocolate or beer breaks will you have a day? Think realistically, then nothing will be a surprise.
Also, if you do not use the same currency then you will need to changed some money over. You can pay by credit card in most places, however it is always handy to have some local currency - in La Plagne we use euros! Don’t wait until the airport to change this as often the exchange rate in not good. For UK travellers, contact your bank, do a Google search or even pop to the local post office and ask them their rates.
4. Book your ski or snowboard equipment beforehand
You can save a lot of money when you book this in advance. We have a number of partner ski shops around the resort and we offer all our clients special discounts when pre-booking with ourselves. You can add this on as an additional option at the same time as when booking your accommodation.
5. Reserve your lessons or guiding in advance
If you are wanting to touch up on your ski or snowboard technique, we highly recommend booking lessons in advance. Firstly, to avoid disappointment if there are no spaces left, and secondly, to save a little bit of money. As an Oxygène Immobilier client you can get a 5% discount on group and private lessons or guiding when pre-booking with us and our partner ski school Oxygène Ski.
6. Book your lift pass
Again as an Oxygène Immobilier client, you can do this on our website in the additional extras section, and again we offer all our clients a discount when pre-booking lift passes with us. Bingo!
7. Check your passport or identity card is still in date
It is a good idea to check this before you leave. For UK travellers make sure you have at least 6 months left on your passport before traveling.
8. Pack your bags
Think in advance about what exactly you will be needing. Everyday clothing, ski or snowboard equipment, hand-luggage, childrens' toys and other entertainment, plus any other extras that will be useful during your stay. Below are some examples of key items not to forget:
|Winter sport clothing & equipment||Clothing||Toiletries||Extras|
Ski jacket & trousers
Under jacket (fleece)
Ski gloves or mittens
Buff or scarf
Ski or snowboard boots (if you have them - if not don’t worry you can rent this in resort)
Snowboard or skis and poles (same as above)
T-shirts or tops
Trousers or jeans
Hat & scarf
Shoes or trainers
Book or other reading material
Any other entertainment for you or your children
9. Research the resort
It’s always better to know a little about the resort and what you can do while on holiday. See where the best places to go are, what type of non-ski activities there are, where your accommodation is in regards to, the nearest chairlift, the ski school meeting point and so on. If you leave this until the last minute it could get a little stressful when you realise you need to carry all your childrens’ ski equipment miles away. Holidays are meant to be stress free and there is often a solution to everything if you know in advance.
We hope this article has been useful. Remember, we are here to help you and answer any questions you may have, so feel free to contact us via email or telephone (+33 4 79 09 05 82).