Self-catering Ski Accommodation Advice

Self-catering ski accommodation has many benefits but also a few drawbacks. This page will give you a useful guide to self-catering ski holiday accommodation, explain the pros and cons and how to go about getting the best place and best deal you possibly can.

Why go for self-catering?

Self-catering ski accommodation can be a good choice for most people but particularly useful for families especially those with small children, groups of close friends or anyone with special dietary requirements. Self-catering can be seen as the 'lower-cost' option when looking for ski accommodation although this assumes you are planning on staying in and cooking your evening meals . The huge advantage of self -catering is that you have the choice – to eat out in many of the resorts great restaurants – to sample different styles – to stay in – to eat at lunchtime if you feel like it - to chill out and get a Pizza. Whatever you feel like doing you are in control. Catered chalet’s , although very popular can be a disappointment if the cook does not “ get it right “. The catered option as only as good as this years cook.

Pros and cons of selfcatering

Self-catering in ski holiday accommodation terms means normally self-catering apartments or chalets. On rare occasions you can also get rooms and sometimes even hotel rooms on a self-catering basis. Apartment sizes vary especially from country to country and cater for small and large groups.

Often there is a socialising area, wellness facilities or a bar. Ski apartments can be compact and less spacious than chalet accommodation, but this is often reflected in the price and the number of people you want to fit in to share. An apartment with 2 bedrooms plus a kitchen/living room is perfect for 4 sharing, fit 7 or 8 in there and it does become overcrowded - but that is when it becomes the real cheap deal. The choice of size versus capacity is yours to make, the price can to a certain extent be controlled by personal budget and individual requirements. However in general the standard of the accommodation should be reflected in the rental price, although granted this is not always the case during peak seasons. Many resorts have expanded quickly in recent years with new build apartment’ s offering a real alternative to more traditional ski accommodation – spacious and modern with more bathroom ‘s ,warm, double or triple glazed often with a wood burning stove , and usually now with WIFI ,Sat TV and sometimes even a Playstation for those who cant manage without one.

Still many ski holidaymakers would probably prefer a private chalet and if the group is larger then this can be a real fun way for close family and friends to enjoy their holiday. But for a smaller group choosing an apartment in the right environment can be a just as sociable as small guest houses, catered chalets or hotels. A draw-back of ski holidays is often flexibility - change-over times tend to be fixed to Saturday or Sunday and sometimes you can only book for a full week. The season is short and providers need to maximise the rental period available. This is the case in most ski accommodation – especially in high season and unfortunately weekend change-over also means that you have to book flights at weekends when they are more expensive. However out of the main season most apartments will look at a more flexible approach – fully aware that cost is an important factor.

Things to consider when looking for self-catering ski accommodation:

>> Configuration of bedrooms, sleeping areas
>> Total space available - 18sqm for 5 people is not much to move in on the other hand 70sqm and you can have a ball.
>> Bed line / towels included in the price
>> Car park – is it available and is it included in the price- often 2 cars arrive and there is only 1 parking place per apartment
>> End of stay cleaning included in the price
>> Tourist tax – most establishments charge this (if they are properly registered with the local tourist board )
>> Any extras such as discount ski pass, ski transfers etc. available
>> Local agency for key / problem handling

Try Ski Accommodation Finder to find your self-catering ski accommodation. Unless you have to, why limit your enquiry to self-catering only. Our system allows you to submit a request for 'any' accommodation type and see what offers you can get. You might be surprised and pick up catered accommodation or even a catered chalet for the budget you had in mind for your self-catering ski vacation.

Please also try our sister site Ski Transfer Finder. Helps you find Cheap Ski Transfers and get Ski Transfer Enquiries in the same way Ski Accommodation Finder does.

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Ski Accommodation Finder is the only site that allows you share your self-catering requirements with all registered owners and ski accommodation providers. There are no middlemen and there is no commission to pay. This should enable you to get the cheapest self-catering ski accommodation possible.

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