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Last Minute Holidays

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I've become addicted to new snow.

For European holidays I'm thinking of just leaving it to last minute and seeing where has the best snow / forecast and trying to get there.

Does anyone else do this? Any tips to offer? How late do you leave it?

Thanks for any advice.
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Are your dates fixed and are they at the school holidays?
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One in the holidays with the family, snow less important with the kids. Might just take them out of school though.

Hopefully two outside the school holidays solo / small group, more skiing focused.

I should add I'm living in BC at the moment. This is the only way my wife is getting me back to the UK 😜
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motdoc wrote:
One in the holidays with the family, snow less important with the kids. Might just take them out of school though.

Hopefully two outside the school holidays solo / small group, more skiing focused.

I should add I'm living in BC at the moment. This is the only way my wife is getting me back to the UK 😜


I did wonder why you were up at this time. I'm in Shanghai... so good morning 😀

If EU and pistes are your thing then I would recommend the sella Ronda in Italy. Even if the weather is not great they will have perfect pistes.

One other thing you may consider is buying a ticket well in advance to a place you can easily access a few places, but with a ticket you can change at the last minute for a small fee or for free. I'm sure some on here can recommend an airport as a central place.

E.g. On this trip to Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong ( PS I'm not The Donald) I booked in the BA sale knowing that it would cost max £100 to change and saves £400, so worth the effort of an advanced commitment.

Personally I go on Snowheads Bashes and typically book in advance for that. However, I book lots of flights with a week to go for work and the only thing I have to compromise on is that about 40% of flights become more expensive. However, by compromising on a later/earlier/airport wait I generally get them for the same price as an advanced purchase.

Hotels are one thing you may need to think about (cancellable booking on hotels.com etc) because you may find it limited in resort.
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Good morning and thanks for tips! Not really pistes for me, just not sure where to put the question.

I've wanted to take my family to the Sella Ronda since doing the Maratona on my bike a few years back, we definitely will now!
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hmmm have you thought about just booking a flight early when they are cheap?
Then just choose a resort based on price later. Lots of good small resorts.
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There are a few points in the season when it's difficult to find accommodation at the last minute, but the rest of the season is generally fine. The difficult times are typically New Year week (everywhere) and February in France (French half-terms). Outside of these times you should be able to find something up to the last minute (I often book 3 or 4 days out, but start looking 2 or 3 weeks before to see what's available).

Several UK chalet operators may give last-minute discounts of 50+% on chalet accommodation at the last minute; you may get discounts of other accommodation, but typically not so much
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