Ski holiday types come in dozens of shapes and sizes, offering different kinds of skiing and snowboarding experiences. Here we look at the key types of skiing holiday our customers go on year after year.
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A ski hotel experience comes in three board types: Bed and Breakfast, Half Board and Chalet Hotel. While B&B needs no explanation, half-board tends to refer to a breakfast and supper combination. In a chalet hotel, the full chalet catering package of cakes, wine and a three or four course evening meal is included.While chalet Hotels are run by British ski companies, half-board and B&Bs are run by locals in the resort. Swiss and Austrian hotels have a reputation for being particularly welcoming, offering guests an authentic alpine experience.
Our site has the full range of ski hotels catering for every budget across North America and Europe.
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A catered chalet holiday is for people that want to totally relax on holiday, letting others take care of the cooking. The chalets are run by British ski companies. Many operators offer a cooked breakfast in 4* and 5* chalets, along with tea and a four course evening meal. Chalets are less formal and more sociable than hotels. For groups ranging from six upwards there is the option of hiring a chalet for sole occupancy for the week, although early booking is recommended to secure a good spot.
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Self-catering apartments are the cheapest way of hitting the slopes. They are good for groups of young people and families on a limited budget. Apartments are mainly located in France, Austria and Andorra and are particularly prominent in resorts like Flaine and Avoriaz. To get the best deal, you need to reach maximum occupancy on an apartment, normally four people. Look out for newer, 4* and above properties for the most comfortable and spacious experience. In North America on the other hand, self-catering room only apartments can be as luxurious as a top hotel, with plenty of space at good value.
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Ski Chalet Hotels
A chalet hotel offers the same board basis and ambiance of a chalet but is larger. Chalet hotel sizes range from 20-80+ guests and provides really good value for money. Typically you will get a cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and 3 or 4 course evening meals including wine for 5 or 6 nights of your holiday.
Choose the best type of ski holiday for you
Group Ski Holidays
A group skiing holiday is all about sharing the fun of the slopes and the apres scene with friends and family. But they are complicated to organise without the right help. Visit our groups page to find out more about booking for groups. Look at our expert advice on how to organise a group skiing holiday. Group discounts are often available for groups larger than eight, especially on off peak dates.
Family Ski Holidays
We work with specialist family ski operators who offer skiing lessons and childrens activities, to give parents time to enjoy the peace of the mountains. Take a look at our pick of the best deals on family ski holidays. Call our experts to choose the best resort for your family and find the right accommodation for your needs.
Luxury Ski Holidays
Iglu offers exclusive luxury chalets in top resorts. Val d'Isere, Zermatt and St Anton have an excellent selection of luxury properties.
Luxury Chalets range from top end properties run by tour operators, which organise the flights and transfers, to accommodation only luxury properties if you fancy taking the private jet.
Packaged Ski Holidays
Package ski holidays are the most convenient and cost effective way of hitting the slopes each year. Utilising all the expertise of the UK's leading suppliers you can browse through the widest selection of chalet, hotel and self-catered accommodation options across the Alps and North America, and pair them with the best flights and reliable transfer services. With supplier representatives on hand in airports and resorts you can rest assured that everything is taken care of with help always at hand.
All-Inclusive Ski Holidays
An all-inclusive ski holiday is about minimising the stress and maximising the value of your holiday. Club Med are Iglu's favourite for all-inclusive packages, with many of our staff going back to Club Med year after year for an all inclusive holiday. With the lift pass and ski lessons included in the price, you can relax and enjoy the food. Lunch, either in a Club Med mountain restaurant or in the hotel, is included and unlimited free drinks are available from the bar. All Club Med Properties are ski in ski out, even in Chamonix, where most locations require a bus ride to the piste.
Never skied or snowboarded before? Iglu will help you choose the perfect accommodation and resort. Have a look at Iglu's advice page for new powder monkeys. Learning to ski or snowboard is a big investment in time and money. Make sure you take lessons with experts in resort. The French Ski School and Austrian ski schools have resort specific information online and there are many private ski schools with British instructors that can be booked with your holiday. Take a look at our list of ski schools in the big resorts Wrap up warm, stay safe and most importantly - have fun!
As a company full of advanced skiers, Iglu is keen to help you find that dream trip to the perfect resort. Look at our top five expert resorts and look at our resources for skiers - including this guide to off-piste by our resident qualified ski instructor.