The secret to organising a group ski holiday Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016
We offer a discount of £25 per person when you book sole occupancy of one of our chalets(all 14 places in Jamais Bleu and Juliette and all 12 places in Dahu) and as a little ‘thank you’ to the party leader of whole chalet bookings, we offer a free Ski Dazzle transfer (worth up to £75). Get in touch for more information.
Here are our tips on how to organise a successful group ski trip:
1) You’re in charge.
This is a good thing – everyone else is relieved it’s not them, which means they’re usually quite happy for you to make decisions! Boss them around and be clear about what you want and when. Don’t take any nonsense, and as a last resort threaten to hand over the role to them!
2) What’s the most important thing for the holiday to be a success?
Is it location? Is it a hot tub? Is it easy access to ski school? Identity these one or two important points and focus your research around them. At Ski Dazzle our chalets are all ski-in, ski-out and with hot tubs.
3) Lists (gotta have a list…)
Here’s a list of what you should have on your list! Collate all the answers in a table or spreadsheet, however you prefer to work.
a) Who are you travelling with? Names of definites and maybes.
b) Sleeping arrangements
c) Flights & transfers – Preferences of airport, dates, times*
d) Ski School – names, level
e) Ski Hire – boots/skis or snowboard/helmets
f) Dietary requirements – any veggies/intolerances? (The more we know, the better we cater!)
g) Lift pass requirements – how many days, which pass, families**
h) Other requests
i) Children - highchairs, meal times, childcare required?
* Flights & Transfers - at Ski Dazzle we offer transfers, just let us know your flight details and we’ll work out the rest and provide a quote.
** Ski Passes - this is a little complicated but luckily we’re experts! Ask away once you have as much information as you can extract from your group.
Collect deposits from everyone (just in case anyone drops out) and ideally pay them in one lump sum once you have received everyone’s payment.
Make sure this is all written down carefully and that you have a note of what the remaining balance is, how it is split between families/couples and when the balance is due then (ideally) make one payment from your account.
If you're all spending the majority of your time together, then a good way to ensure no-one gets caught in huge rounds is to have a kitty - everyone puts in the same amount at the beginning and the leader is in charge of paying the tab with it!
5) Just ask
The most important thing to remember when booking a group holiday is to ask questions. The more information you have, the easier it will be. And don’t forget that at Ski Dazzle we have been organising group bookings for years and years, so we’re well-equipped with expert knowledge about the resort, lift passes, and most importantly, the chalets. We have answers to all your questions and are available to help make your life easier, it’s all part of our service.
Have you got a question about booking a group ski holiday? Get in touch to ask.