ski travel

Sno are the experts in ski travel. Whether travelling by plane, self drive, or train we've got the ski holiday for you.

ski travel

Types of ski travel

The best part of a ski holiday is undoubtedly the skiing, but a how you get there has a huge impact on your holiday.
Most Brits fly to their ski destinations; it gets you to the slopes quickly and there are some brilliant deals out there that combine flights and accommodation. Another option is to drive - it takes longer but saves a lot of money and there are none of the time and luggage restrictions when the travel is in your own hands. The Eurostar Ski Train is a comfortable

and stress-free method of travelling to the mountains that surprisingly takes about the same amount of time as flying. With so many options of getting to your chosen ski destination, planning your journey can seem a little daunting; different methods of travel suit some more than others so to make your decision easier, we’ve summed up the options. Whether you decide to get to your ski resort quickly via plane, comfortably on the train or in your own time on the road we have some fantastic holiday deals and all the experience and know-how to set your holiday off to a fantastic start.

Regional airports

The best ski holidays are all about minimum hassle and maximum slope time – and booking a package holiday with cheap flights from a convenient airport is a big step in the right direction. Flying is the quickest way to get to the mountains and with departures from airports all over the UK, you can get there even sooner by flying from your nearest airport.

There’s nothing more annoying than finding a great ski deal and later discovering that the airport requires a ridiculously long drive and that the deal isn’t quite so good when taxi fares and car park fees are taken into account. To avoid this, our holidays include flights from over 30 airports in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland and we’ve made it really easy to refine holidays by where you want to depart from (just select your most convenient airport in our ski holiday search) so there’s no surprise visit to the other end of the country before you can board the plane.

Minimise the hassle even more by booking one of our package ski holidays where return transfers are included – so you can hop off the plain and be taken directly to your hotel or chalet. As well as reducing your holiday-planning workload, our ski holidays with flights, transfers and accommodation are great value for money and a lot cheaper than booking everything separately on your own.

Have a browse through our fantastic ski holidays that depart from an airport near you, or give us a call and we’ll do the search for you.

Things to remember if you’re flying to your ski destination:

If you’re taking your own skis, let us know if you need ski carriage as there is often limited space on the aeroplane and booking the holiday or flight does not guarantee you can later add ski or board carriage. You’ll also want a quote as the price of sports equipment carriage varies depending on route and carrier.

Self drive ski holidays

Self drive ski holidays are a great way to save money, enjoy a much more flexible holiday and be nice to the environment.

Driving to your ski destination can save a lot of money, even when you take channel crossing, fuel costs and road tolls into consideration.

Self driving is also a much more flexible way to travel compared to flying – there are no luggage restrictions or surcharges so you can pack as much as you like and with your journey in your own hands, you can travel at your own pace, stopping off to see the sights or even staying somewhere overnight on the way. Having your own car is also great if you’re staying in a large ski area like the 3 Valleys or Paradiski and fancy a day’s skiing somewhere further afield without having to pack yourself onto a crowded ski bus.

In terms of the drive, most of the popular French ski destinations are around a 10 hour drive once you get off the ferry. The routes are relatively simple and pleasant thanks to the French roads being a lot clearer than the UK motorways and some fantastic scenery of the countryside and mountains.

Our self drive deals include ferry transport over the channel from Dover, Folkestone and Hull.

If you’re booking a self drive holiday, remember:

  • To have money aside for road tolls
  • To take vehicle documents, insurance and licence with you
  • To pack a High Viz Jacket and safety triangle (it’s the law in France)
  • Have your car serviced before you go
  • Kit out your car with headlight converters, winter tyres, snow chains & a good shovel

Ski train

It’s not as popular as flying or driving to your ski destination, but the Eurostar ski train is an excellent way to get to the mountains on an enjoyable, hassle free journey.

While it’s often assumed to take much longer to get to the slopes compared to flying, Eurostar daytime journeys actually take a similar amount of time from door to door (in fact, many argue it’s faster). You’ll enjoy a smooth, comfortable and much more hassle free journey with a speedy check in, chairs with more foot room, table seats for sociable travel and even a bar and cafe area serving a range of food and drink. Unlike flights, there are no weight restrictions for luggage, ski / snowboard carriage is welcome as part of your luggage and you won’t be hanging around at the other end waiting for your suitcase because you’ll have it with you. While airport transfers can take hours (sometimes longer than the flight itself) train station transfers tend to be a lot shorter – you can usually hop off the train and be at your accommodation within half an hour.

Our Ski train holidays depart from Ashford or St Pancras and take the Eurostar ski train, which offers direct access to most of the big French ski resorts including Val D'Isere, Meribel and Courchevel and provides a Swiss Alps service too (connected with TGV Lyria) serving resorts such as Zermatt and Verbier.

Independent travel

Book one of our hotels, chalets or apartments with independent travel and know that however you get there, you’ll have a fantastic stay in your ski accommodation. Our ‘accommodation only’ options include hotels, catered chalets and self catering apartments. We have some of the best ski deals around so grab yours before someone else does and if you haven’t already, you can always sort out travel arrangements another day.

Lots of people like the flexibility of taking the transport into their own hands. Choosing accommodation with independent travel is a great option if you’re going on a ski holiday with a group and it’s too difficult for everyone to get to the same airport, or if they all have different travel preferences. If it’s your responsibility to plan the holiday for everyone, it can reduce a lot of hassle on your end to book the accommodation and let everyone worry about their own travel.

Whether you decide to go by plane, train or drive, your accommodation will be waiting for you when you arrive.

ski travel with short transfer

NEW Penthouse Chalet Jacques

Geneva to Chamonix 88km

Chalet L'hermine

Geneva to Les Gets 42km

Chalet Violetta

Geneva to Avoriaz 75km

Hotel Royal Rochebrune

Geneva to Megeve 70km

NEW Chalet Couer

Geneva to Morzine 62km

Hotel Le Flaine

Geneva to Flaine 55km

Hotel Coeur du Village

Geneva to La Clusaz 48km

Chalet Sabine, Arc 2000

Bourg-St-Maurice train to Les Arcs 15km

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All package ski holidays booked with Sno are fully ATOL and TTA protected.

Book with the confidence that your package holiday is always protected against supplier failure.

Every Sno ski holiday packaged with flights is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. All our suppliers
are ATOL bonded too, so your holiday money is safe. In addition to this, payments for your holiday are
held in trust, by NatWest bank and the Travel Trust, who insure every booking against supplier failure.

Visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the latest official travel information and advice.

In addition to the comprehensive protection provided by SNO ltd, all of the ski holiday companies we work with are also protected by at least one of the following travel organisations:

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