Reasons to Book Your 2012/13 Chalet Holiday Early.

With all the last minute ski deals that kick in once December and January roll around, you’d be forgiven for thinking that leaving it late to book your ski trip is the way to play it. If you have a group of 2, 4 or maybe even 6 and you can fly from Gatwick, then the last minute market is the best place to focus your attentions. But if you want provincial flights or you’re a big group, there’s a lot to be said for getting in there early.

  1. The ski market has shrunk by around 20%, as tour operators have dropped chalets from their portfolios.
  2. Fewer people are booking ski trips. For tour operators, that means one thing - they have to downsize.
  3. Don’t leave it too late to book. Availability will be tight, so if you are fixed to one resort or ski area in particular you need to remember the early bird catches the worm.
  4. If you are restricted to the school holidays like Easter or Half Term for your ski trip, then you are not alone. Families across the land wait expectantly to see when their kids will be free from the school term. So get in there early for the best availability.

Apart from chalet quality, the main factor keeping prices high is demand so once you have resigned yourself to a pricey holiday, there is just no point waiting around while all the good chalets sell!  Quite apart from the increased number of viable chalets open to those who look early and the importance of moving fast to book for the peak dates, another reason why it’s good to book before time is the early booking discounts that tour operators offer in the low season. For us in the ski industry, Summer is a slow time.

Operators counteract this by offering enormous discounts on their chalets. Tantalising savings such as free places, early booking discounts, 2-4-1 liftpasses and increased group discounts abound in the Summer months and with a little forethought, you can gather a group of 8, 10 or even 20-30 people and make savings which would be unheard of when the Winter ticks round and demand increases again. We’re now in the middle of the season 2011/12 and for us here at Interactive Resorts, we’re already helping loads and loads of people who have begun their 2013 ski holiday search. 

If you’d like to see what’s out there for your group, and see what savings can be made, please feel free to call us for a chat on 0203 0800 234, you’ll always find us happy to help.

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