We know things seem difficult right now, which makes planning ahead seem out of reach. Instead of telling people what they cannot do, we are going to keep you informed about what you CAN do! So, with planning ahead being challenging, there are plenty of people thinking of making last-minute ski trips this year. For that reason, we have decided to put together a list of inside tips to help anyone organise last-minute ski trips.
- Private Accommodation
- Last Minute Travel Tips (Whats going on, Drive, Fly?)
- Lessons & Guiding Instantly Confirmed
- Ski Passes Online
*As soon as we’re able, we will continue to publish travel guidelines to help people stay informed of what they CAN DO!
As the statistics show many people are looking to take private accommodation. As opposed to hotels and shared tour operator chalets. Our resorts (Chamonix, Megeve, St Gervais, Les Contamines) are fortunate to have a very large volume of private accommodation options available.
From apartments and studios, to private chalets. Many private properties are available through the well known platforms like expedia and air bnb. Therefore, instead of covering the already well known. We have some different tips on platforms that have hand picked properties available. Including customer service who personally know the properties and locations. So, hopefully these tips can expand your options with some quality providers.
Here are our recommendations
A beautiful private chalet (pictured above) ideally placed for a luxury mountain escape. Which is only a 2 minute walk from the telecabine of the St Gervais/Megeve ski area. As well as the shops, bars and restaurants of the magical alpine town.
A specialist in hand-picked chalets across the French Alps. On the website you’ll find a high standard of privately owned properties that are made available for holiday rentals. With the knowledgeable team able to advise on carefully curated properties, the website offers all the extra information you might possibly need to choose the right chalet for you. We recommend adding the OVO Network to your search tools. Check live availability, make a free 24-hour hold, and book directly online. Beautiful chalets across the French Alps, including Chamonix, Megeve, and much more.
Specialising in a broad range of private holiday properties located exclusively in Saint Gervais & Les Contamines. Holidayinalps.com manages a large selection of privately owned ski chalets and apartments. Also, the company personally curate the properties that they make available. Consequently, they provide an excellent service with a high customer return rate. This is another company that we highly recommend.
Exclusively located in the chamonix valley their selections of Chalets and Apartments are chosen by their dedicated team. They are passionate about all things Chamonix, and making sure that you get the right accommodation to fit your needs. Private chalets and apartments in Chamonix.
Last Minute Travel Tips
Ok, so with people making last minute movements this winter, it will be wise to be prepared. Which leads me to the obvious increase in people that are planning on driving to the alps this winter. There are some great perks to driving; Its a lot easier to organise last minute, you can take whatever luggage and equipment you wish, you’ll have your own transport in resort, and believe it or not its greener than flying.
One simple way to make driving to the alps more convenient is to get the electronic toll tag. Because it allows you to drive straight through the tolls without stopping.
Automatic Road Toll Tag – https://www.bipandgo.com/en/
Read our full article with tips for driving to the alps in a separate post.
This may seem ridiculous to say considering the sentiment out there, but hang on. Of course airports and flights will still be available when we’re allowed to move in the near term, but with obvious requirements. And perhaps running reduced schedules from certain airports. As soon as we know what the requirements are in the coming weeks, we will publish them, regularly. One thing that is very likely to become more common, is that testing at airports or beforehand may come into place as a requirement to fly/travel and reduce general restrictions upon population.
By example – Luxembourg Airport have stated the following:
“The COVID-19 test station at Luxembourg airport was one of the first airport test stations in Europe. It opened directly with the first scheduled flights on May 29th. Upon arrival, passengers receive a test voucher that can be used at the airport test station or in one of the indicated laboratories. The test is non-obligatory and free of charge.”
However in contrast to that – Geneva Airport during November stated the following:
“To date, the FOPH has not asked Swiss airports to set up tests for Covid-19 (so-called PCR) on arrival.”
As that is a comical contrast of approach, we speculate that airports will begin to align with testing processes in the coming month. Because some airports already have this in place, as experienced by anyone that has been travelling for business during this period.
There are examples where customs controls that have required people may take an approved test less than 72hrs of travel, and by simply presenting the documentation, pass the requirement.
The French Ministry For European Foreign Affairs currently state:
“Any person arriving in France from a country outside the European area must present a biological virological screening examination carried out less than 72 hours before the flight.”
As mentioned, we’re expecting to see airports and European customs begin to align their testing processes in the coming month. We will keep up to date and informed about the imminent changes that will occur. As always, in the daily evolving process, it will be important to verify the requirements with the airports and government authority websites.
Lessons & Guiding
Confirmation & Connection With The Real People
Naturally all of our ski & snowboard lessons and guiding can be booked online. Which includes instant confirmations and itineraries. As well as instant connection to the real people that we are. All this makes it fast and easy to organise, even from your smart phone at the last minute.
Ski passes are available to book online, its very efficient. Then, on arrival use the pick up machines at the lift stations to grab your passes.
- St Gervais Ski Passes Online
- Megeve Ski Passes Online
- Chamonix Ski Passes Online
- Les Contamines Ski Passes Online