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Recommended companies to ski solo with?

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Hi all,

Looking to 2022, I'm searching for a company that specialise in grouping solo skiiers together. My friends don't ski but I'm happy to join in and stay with a group who do.

I've seen companies that offer accomodation, meals etc. and the guests spend most of their time together. They differ in terms of focus e.g. yoga focused, party focused etc.

Does anybody have any recommendations? My main criteria is that accomodation together is included.

I am 26 - if companies have age restrictions.

Thank you! Smile
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Welcome to snowheads.
I'm sure other Snowheads will say a snowhead BASH.
Ive not been on a BASH (want to but have not got around to it)
Hofnar in Morzine is one company you might want to look at. (ive never used them).
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
there is this company -- https://www.singlesport.com/winter-holidays/
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@247snowman wrote:
I'm sure other Snowheads will say a snowhead BASH.


A Snowheads Bash. Since going on my first Bash in 2016 pretty much every ski trip I've done has either been a Bash or included people I've met through snowheads.

Usually very affordable, relaxed and gives you anywhere between 30 and 200 other potential skiing buddies (depending on the Bash, some are smaller than others). They aren't really what I'd call an 'organised' trip, it's more that a mate (admin) sorts out accommodation, lift passes and some other stuff, and you sort out getting there (although for the likes of the EoSB there is a coach, so you just get to GVA)
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
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@247snowman wrote:
Ive not been on a BASH (want to but have not got around to it)
Hofnar in Morzine is one company you might want to look at. (ive never used them).


I've done both and would recommend both.

Bashes
+ You'll get to meet people you only know from the forums in the flesh (for better or worse).
+ While there are some cliques who go to just see and ski with one-another they are the in no way the majority and most 'groups' . Generally if you stand on your own outside the hotel in the morning in ski gear you'll only be there a minute of 2 before someone says "Are you a snowhead? Do you have someone to ski with? Do you want to ski with us?".
+ Different bashes are based in different resorts/countries so you get variety.
~ Tend to be very big. On the one hand lots of friends to make/easy to find proper, safe off piste, etc groups but on the other can be intimidating initially.
- There are only a couple of bashes every year and they don't always match with when you want/can go skiing.

Hofnar
+ Runs the whole season so you can go whenever suits you.
+ Most weeks everyone else in the chalet will be in the same boat, so easy to make friends.
+ Very much a 'solo', not 'single' mentality (i.e. people like you there to ski, not exchange STIs).
~ Probably more drinking than a bash, though only ever consensually - if you'd rather stay in and read a book when everyone else is going out you'll just get "You sure? Cool, see you at breakfast then.".
- Almost all trips are to Morzine/Portes du Soleil, which is a great location and ski area but after multiple trips can get a bit "Been there, done that.".
(Though that also means it's just a flight to Geneva and a 60min/€65 rtn minibus transfer away).


I've also used Redpoint/Friendship Travel - fine but a bit more of a 'singles' than 'solo' vibe.
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@Cajuntea, ucpa.com; ucpa.co.uk Meet folks your age from all around Europe.
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Mjit wrote:
~ Tend to be very big. On the one hand lots of friends to make/easy to find proper, safe off piste, etc groups but on the other can be intimidating initially.
- There are only a couple of bashes every year and they don't always match with when you want/can go skiing.


Different bashes have different vibes, the EoSB the other year had about 200, but I think preBB last year was around 50. Obviously there ends up being certain groups who ski together, but pretty much everyone is happy for people to join them, it's just a case of asking (or often, being invited). Bashes like the preBB are good for that because you end up talking on the coach and in the bar/restaurant each evening so easy to get to know people. My first Bash was the MYAsH Bash and I think there were only about 30 people, most of whom I skied with during the week and definitely had chats with in the bar.

I also wouldn't say 'a couple', from memory there is usually:
Pre Season
Pre Birthday
Birthday
GnarBug
Spring off piste (not for everyone that one)
End of Season

On many years you can also throw in a pre or post Pre Season bash and generally a Family/pre-EoSB Bash. So quite often 8 bashes in a season, and there used to be the Livigno bash too, until the hotel made it a bit too expensive to be sustainable.

But they definitely aren't for everyone, it can feel a bit daunting because so many people seem to know each other and it's definitely not a package type organised trip. The real benefit for me is if I now want to do a trip of my own, I have a list of friends I can message to see if they want to join, so I'm no longer a solo skier....the MYAsH was also a success because I managed, very slowly, to make my dad a snowhead snowHead Laughing
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
I’ve been with Solos and always had a good time but the groups might be a bit old for you - they will tell you you when/if you enquire-the age/sex distribution of people who have booked. Having said that the groups tend to split on skiing ability rather than age and then come together for drinks and meals.
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I've done both the UCPA and Snowheads bashes. Both great, each different. Do some reading and take your pick, you can't really go wrong.

For the UCPA UK travellers book through Action Outdoors.

https://www.action-outdoors.co.uk/
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@Cajuntea, welcome to snowHeads snowHead

How would you describe your skiing level?

What sort(s) of things do you like to do/avoid to make an enjoyable day skiing for you?

What do you like to do when not skiing?

What time(s) of the season are you thinking of going?

Do you enjoy mixing with a wide range of people of different ages, or prefer a particular age range?

Do you prefer food included or self catering?
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Thank you everyone! I'll have a look at the suggestions Very Happy
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PeakyB wrote:
@Cajuntea, welcome to snowHeads snowHead

How would you describe your skiing level?

What sort(s) of things do you like to do/avoid to make an enjoyable day skiing for you?

What do you like to do when not skiing?

What time(s) of the season are you thinking of going?

Do you enjoy mixing with a wide range of people of different ages, or prefer a particular age range?

Do you prefer food included or self catering?


Hi, I'd say my skiing is intermediate (not very good at moguls or icy conditions). Great ski day for me is probably about 5 hours skiing with a long lunch and I prefer the long chill runs. If conditions are bad or runs are tricky I tend to stay away.

When not skiing: hot-tubbing, eating, walking around the resort etc. I'm not a big drinker but enjoy the apres-scene.

I am pretty flexible in terms of when I like to go skiing - I try to hit the weeks in March where there aren't many school holidays.

With people- I'm happy to mix with anyone but would like to hang out with people around my age. Food included is a really nice plus - especially breakfast!

Hope that isn't all too long snowHead
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Have a look at yseski. They only have chalets in val d'Isere but Chalet Chardons has 10 single rooms. With no single supplement. I have been with them several times and always found plenty of people to ski with
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
@Cajuntea, those responses give a much better idea of what would suit you I think.

I forgot to ask about budget and don’t think you’ve mentioned that. To most people, budget, or at least feeling you’re getting reasonable value, is a factor.

I think your skiing preferences could certainly be met by some snowHeads bashes. The intermediate, chill cruising, 5 hours a day action with a long lunch would be met perfectly by the Birthday Bash (BB) in Arabba, early Feb, I think. Hot tub, small pool, sauna, steam room etc all included, when allowed to operate of course. Half board included and a very good standard IMO. Bar on site, can get lively.
You buy your own lunch but prices are very reasonable and quality very high, by alpine standards. I’d call this a medium price range trip but very good value.

Other Bashes might suit too, including the End of Season Bash, April in Val Thorens. Self catering in centrally located high quality apartments.

The Pre BB Warm up Week possibly, though much smaller number of people than the two mentioned above. Alleghe, half board, Dolomites, late Jan, exceptional value.

If your budget is much higher, then the suggestion of YSE with single rooms in Val D’Isere could be a good one. Well run established company, catered, but about 40-50% more expensive than snowHeads BB. The area can be quite challenging skiing wise and incidental costs, like lunch, are very high. It’s a world class resort. Lively but expensive apres and nightlife.

Others have mentioned UCPA and that’s a good lower cost option, probably compromising comfort, but good value, from what I’m told. Choice of village/area is important, to suit your intermediate preference. A good option if hanging out with people in their twenties is important to you.

Happy planning snowHead
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