More and more people these days are booking ski holidays and have dietary requirements. Tour operators are starting to accommodate better to these requests but it is becoming normal for guests to be charged an extra small cost to cover the costs of special foods, especially for ingredients that are not readily available in ski resorts. Having costs for dietary requirements means that the tour operator and chalet hosts can be better prepared and cook you meals to the same standard as the other guests.
At the bottom of the page, please find a list of special dietary information for our main tour operator partners and extra information to help us organise the best holiday for your needs.
5 Common Dietary Requirements Questions On Chalet Holidays
1. When to let us know?
This is the most important one, ensure you let us know as soon as possible so we can alert the operator. Each operator has different regulations on dietary requirements so if we know in advance we can choose the best holiday for your needs. Advance warning also means we can add the details to your booking and the staff in resort can cater for the dietary request.
Don't turn up with no prior warning and expect gastronomic feats — the hosts won't be prepared or have the ingredients. Don't hide your needs, chalet hosts are there to ensure you have a great time.
If you are a vegan, getting in touch is also very important as people have different approaches to what they will and won't eat. Sending a list of dos and don'ts won’t help, but healthy discussion — either over the phone or email — with resort staff will ensure you are looked after.
2. What alternatives are offered?
There is a limit to what is possible. Many alternative ingredients for those with dairy, wheat and other intolerances are not readily available in resort, so you need to ensure you let us know as soon as possible so we can alert the operator.
Where possible wheat-free bread, flour and pasta will be sourced, as will soy milk, cheese and other products, and chalet hosts will do their utmost to ensure you meal is as similar to the rest of the guests as possible. You may find on some evenings you eat the meat or fish courses and on others the vegetarian options are more forgiving for your dietary needs. Don't be a fussy eater; remember the chalet experience is akin to a hosted dinner party, not an a la carte menu.
3. Are there any fees?
Some operators do charge a small fee to cover for dietary needs other than being vegetarian, due to the difficulty of sourcing ingredients. Other operators will get in touch before hand to discuss menu options and what your exact needs are. In short — it depends.
4. What kind of meals will I get?
You won't get is a completely different menu to the rest of the guests. What you will get is hosts that will try and offer you the best alternatives along the lines of their tried and tested menus.
5. What should I do when I arrive?
On arrival, make sure you mention again to your chef about what you can and can't eat (not what you do and don't like) and they can talk through their menu for the week in person, making any last minute changes. Just remember, due to the logistics of a ski resort they may have to shop the day before you arrive and will have to plan accordingly. Patience, openness and talking through menus will make for a better week all round.
Ski World dietary requests
Chalet and lodge menus are based on local ingredients. Therefore it is very important that dietary requirements are notified at booking, before in resort. This allows the in resort teams to process the requests and prepare the separate dishes outside of the normal menu. See below the additional costs for dietary requests on Ski World holidays.
Vegetarian menus - we can always be provided in our chalets as long as we are notified in advance.
Food allergies - we cannot guaranteed the complete avoidance of specific foodstuffs (for example nuts) and therefore cannot accept any liability in the event of an allergic reaction.
|VEG||Vegetarian||None if pre-booked/£25 or 30 Euros in Resort|
|VGN||Vegen||£29 per person per week/£50 or 60 Euros in Resort|
|NNT||No nuts||None if pre-booked/£25 or 30 Euros in Resort|
|NFS||No fish||None if pre-booked/£25 or 30 Euros in Resort|
|NPK||No pork||None if pre-booked/£25 or 30 Euros in Resort|
|FEV||Fish eating vegetarian||None if pre-booked/£25 or 30 Euros in Resort|
|GFD||Gluten free diet||£29 per person per week/£50 or 60 Euros in Resort|
|LFD||Lactose free diet||£29 per person per week/£50 or 60 Euros in Resort|
|HTC||High Tea for Children||None if pre-booked/£25 or 30 Euros in Resort|
|SDR||Special dietary request (anything else)||Please call for charges|
Inghams dietary requirements
Vegetarian options are always available. Other special diets (e.g. vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, low-fat/cholesterol, specific food allergies etc) can normally be provided, but must be discussed with our reservations team before booking, and will incur a supplement of £35 per person, per week to contribute towards the significant additional costs of ingredients and separate deliveries
Please also note that no operator is responsible for food provided on airlines or restaurants in resorts.