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Last minute ski holiday

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Maybe going skiing in March depending on covid.

Just wondering where the best place is to book last minute,

Is it best to do it individually or as a package?

Any tips

Thanks.
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Seems a daft question - there is no advantage other than chasing the snow to doing it DIY last minute, everything from airfare to car hire will likely be more expensive and finding accommodation may be a ballache.

No idea about TO package bargains but I understand the bargain bucket clearance deals have been much reduced in recent years and with the demise of the chalet hol and flexible contracting on flights then I suspect may not be much and to get a real bargain you might need to hold your nerve until day before travel.
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You need to be clearer about your objectives, @Skioilers. To save money? To be sure of best snow? Because you're not going to decide about the Covid situation till the last minute but will then have a decent budget? And what sort of accommodation do you want, could you drive if it makes sense, etc etc etc etc
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In the past, some of the independent UK chalet operators have offered last minute (within a week of travel) discounts (at Christmas at least. In March I'd guess any last minute discounts would be more likely towards the end of March when it's less busy). That said, most of those operators who I've got a last minute discount from have either gone bust, or stopped doing ski holidays, which may or may not be a coincidence.
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Try regularly checking the major tour operators - be flexible for where and when. Keep an eye on their availability for March now, and the prices as they could go up as well as down!
I managed a decent last minute package last month - last minute for me being 7 days prior to departure (did not want to leave it any closer due to booking PCR tests).
I'm sure if you are flexible enough there will be something somewhere - just how much of a bargain it is - who knows!
Good luck
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pam w wrote:
You need to be clearer about your objectives, @Skioilers. To save money? To be sure of best snow? Because you're not going to decide about the Covid situation till the last minute but will then have a decent budget? And what sort of accommodation do you want, could you drive if it makes sense, etc etc etc etc


We live in Aberdeen so driving is a big no.

We could fly from Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow.

3 star hotel minimum.

We have no budget but obviously don’t want to pay too much.

We’re deciding based on the covid situation.
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Last minute at a decent price is always more difficult from Scotland than England, and particularly this year.

Last minute tour operator deals invariably have flights departing from (southern) England. Additionally there's a far smaller choice of flights to the Alps this year from Scotland due to Covid.

Then there is the issue of car hire prices being extra high this year, and possibly even higher at the last minute.

Accommodation shouldn't be too much if a problem in March though. What about booking flights to an airport within easy reach of multiple ski areas, along with travel insurance that will pay out if you decide not to travel? (And refundable car hire to match those flights, if you want to drive to resort.)

Generally speaking I find DIY much better value from Scotland, even if booking 1-2 weeks before. (I can't comment on a few days before, which would be truly last minute!)
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What about booking flights to an airport within easy reach of multiple ski areas, along with travel insurance that will pay out if you decide not to travel? (And refundable car hire to match those flights, if you want to drive to resort.)

@denfinella has nailed it.
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If it's 2 people, a last minute package with a TO is often cheaper than DIY, mainly because of transfer costs which are quite high. I've priced up DIY to Flaine, an hour or so transfer from Geneva and have found comparatively cheaper TO deals. With 3 or more people it's generally cheapest to drive and book your own accommodation.
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@Skioilers, if I were you just have a look on some of the big names website in the week running up to when you want to leave.

Crystalski
Inghams
Skiworld

As an example for this Saturday departures some of the better deals are:

Crystal ski:

Mayrhofen B&B flying from Edinburgh £453pp
Courmayeur HB flying from Glasgow £461pp
Sauze d'Oulx HB flying from Glasgow £570pp

Inghams

Champoluc Chalet hotel flying from Edinburgh £599pp

Skiworld (Newcastle and Manchester the nearest airports)

No deals for this weekend.
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@Skioilers,

I too live in Scotland (Moray) so feel your pain ref departure airports. I think you can get Easyjet from ABZ to GVA up to the end of March, otherwise I think you're looking at GLA or EDI. I have flown from MAN before but it's along drive, but the deal was amazing so it was worth it.
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If you’re going to go with a package, if you see something that you like then book it. 30% off is probably the best that you’ll get this year, especially if you’re not going to fly from London.

DIY doesn’t usually save that much money, like for like, once you add up all the expenses. Main benefit is flexibility.

If you’re looking at the websites, beware, a lot of the holidays that are shown just don’t exist.
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One last point. At the moment, availability changes minute by minute, so do your searches frequently as something may become available at any time.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Flights do come down in price sometimes. We’d all had covid mid January so decided to get a ski trip organised for half term. I booked flights 2 weeks before departure. The BA flight was cheaper and we got a suite reduced as well. Our transfer costs were high though but we booked a taxi which was super comfortable and quicker than a coach would have been. And not a horridly pre-dawn departure from the resort either Smile
It was cheaper than anything Crystal were offering to boot.
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