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First Solo Ski Holiday and snow

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Hi,

So I really enjoy skiing but not a lot of my friends are into it so I decided I may take the plunge and go on my own over Christmas. I guess I am just a bit nervous as I've never done a ski holiday on my own so looking for reassurance and any advice please! I've been looking at ski gathering site which have spots for Morzine but also was just thinking of booking a single room and going to Mayrhofen. I love Austria for skiing and the apres but may be different on my own. So my question is should I bite the bullet and do it? AND will there actually be snow in these places?! I've normally go in Feb or March/April so haven't been in Dec.

Many thanks in advance for any advice:)
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I usually go on my own. So long as you go the catered chalet route you’ll be fine. People are nice.
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@VR,

Hi VR I have sent you a pm with info for solo xmas trips
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Welcome to the forum @VR I've been on my own on several occasions with skiing ...
Probably I have no mates or .. no mates with enough money to go skiing.

But it has always worked out.
Chalet Holidays are a great idea.
I've also had a B&B in Mayerhofen on my own.
I'd take advantage of getting into lessons and mixing and mingling.

I hate skiing alone, but I can usually manage to "shark" into a group, but be careful.
(I don't know why I said that)
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For Mayrhofen - we haven't stayed here but have been in for drinks plenty of times and they are really friendly (both fellow customers and staff). Usually a great atmosphere when the matches are on with good banter between rival fans, and most people are happy to chat.

https://www.hotel-siegelerhof.at/en
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@VR,

Both Morzine (1000m) and Mayrhofen (663m) are fairly low altitude ski resorts. Check what the snow level is in each resort at the moment.

Having said that you will be using the Penken lift to get up to the ski slopes of Mayrhofen anyway or taking buses and/or trains to get to other ski areas on the lift pass.

As suggested as a solo traveller either book into a chalet or chalet hotel to meet others you may be able to team up with for skiing/socialising.
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Check out Club Med- no places in Austria but great for solo skiers. Somewhere like Tignes/La Plagne 2100 or Saint Moritz have single rooms with no supplements. It is easy to meet people as there are ski lessons or guiding included so you will meet people for sure. Whether you will like them is another story!
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@VR, I always do Solo ski holidays. Mostly to Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Theres always plenty of people around to stoke up a conversation with. For part of the time I join a group lesson with ski school - another great way to meet people.
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Depending on your age you might find the UCPA centres in France a good bet - they do all in holidays including instruction, to a high level, including off piste etc. The top groups are very good indeed. My son in law did a UCPA holiday before he met my daughter - he's quite a shy person but he found it sociable and fun. There are usually lots of people who speak English, including Scandinavians in the gnarlier weeks/destinations. They have since done UCPA as a couple and are going to a UCPA Family Week in La Plagne at Christmas. Action Outdoors sell their holidays in the UK.
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@VR, ignore the fact that Mayrhofen is at 663m - it is not a skiing resort. Instead it is a town in the valley which has a gondola to reach the slopes, which start at 1800m and go up to 2500m locally. It does have a single slope which comes down to the town level on the Ahorn side, which is a long and tough north-facing red run with snowmaking so while it can be soft or slushy in late season it should be fine anytime from mid December to the end of March. It also has a glacier area on the same pass, at 3250m, plus several other good areas in the valley.

Check out the snow history at https://www.j2ski.com/snow_forecast/Austria/Mayrhofen_snow_history.html and note that the "low" graph refers to the town. They have more than enough snow already, and early December is when it is typically accumulated into a 1m base which lasts the season.
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Thanks for all your replies, I really appreciate it! Well I've taken the plunge and off to Meribel Dec 21-28th. So if any of you are there let me know.
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Same here... I frequently struggle to find keen skiers in my friends - I've been skiing once solo and although was great to take the pace I wanted, I was really exhausted after 4 days. It was a short break so I went back next day but if you staying a week and like to ski agressively, pace yourself or at least monitor your energy levels wisely. At moments, I missed having someone to share an awesome run or a view...or a drink! so try to find some people at least occasionally
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Singlesport specialises in solo travellers and is in Les Arcs at Christmas
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Hi @VR, I can't comment on the resorts you mention but I did a single trip a couple of years back and here's my take on it. For info, I went to Alpe D'Huez and went self-catering. I'm fairly sociable, but I do also like my own space. Ski'd a couple of days with a guy I met on a chair, similar position, also went on the rep organised bar crawl which was good fun and nice to meet other people

Pros - Flexibility to ski where and when you want, quick access to lifts as no waiting around, ski at own pace, I found it incredibly relaxing after skiing watching a film or reading etc.

Cons - nagging fear of getting injured, found transfers awkward (was with Crystal and the number of times a rep/fellow traveller asked 'just you', meals (for me I've always enjoyed eating out in a ski resort) so found takeaway/cooking each night a bit tiresome.

Hope that helps, I'd do it again, the pros far outweigh the cons.
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i"ve been on my own loads of times, usually in catered chalets where its easy to mix, but done hotels to, i just enjoy the freedom of not having to worry about anybody else.
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Go! Most of my Euro ski trips are solo. I keep a journal, and toward the end of my first solo trip, I wrote that I probably wouldn't do another one. Too lonely. Well, that faded upon my return home, and I go every year now! There are ways to battle the downside of the alone time, which is real, but the benefits are substantial as has been noted. What, when, why, where & how are all up to you! I do ski almost exclusively on piste, dial the speed back in places and try to be smart about identification, phone etc. Its a little harder to find accommodations for singles as well. If you wait for your buddies, you might not go at all. And it is time to forever slay this notion of how eating dinner alone is sad or whatever you want to call it. I read, or sometimes join others. Its fine.

Go! "If it is to be, it is up to me!"
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