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HELP..Need Final bit of info for booking much anticipated family ski trip to Austria in mid-January

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What booking service do you use for a ski trip to Europe?  My travel agency, and AAA travel are void of ski brochures.

I am thinking of using Crystalski in England, any body used them?  Any others than can readily answer my questions, listen to my comments, and then book what is best for us?

Thanks,

ColonelB

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I've never used a travel agency or booking service. It's never seemed necessary to me, and it would limit my choices.

 

What is the "Final Bit" you're lacking?

 

Do you have flights? If so where are you flying in to?

 

Rental car, public transfer, or transfer company?

 

Then decide based on where you are flying in to and how you want to travel where you want to go (your skiing preference also obviously influences this).

 

You mention Austria, Most resorts have in addition to an online booking tool an additional service by which you write the tourist office the basic parameters of where you want to stay and they forward that on to hotels/condos. Owners then have 48 hours to send you offers. You can then choose from those offers.

 

That's how I do it. Maybe there is some great added service from a travel agency, but I don't see it.

post #3 of 7

The internet is a great thing for booking ski trips. I personally book my ski trips ala carte. I book my airfare after doing exhaustive searches of where and when I want to go. You can check out Expedia, or Travelocity to see about booking airfare and lodging packages. But that can limit your options too.

 

But if you know where you are going skiing in Europe, I would go to the ski resorts website, and check for lodging deals.

 

www.kayak.com is a good website to check airfare prices. Then just go to the airlines direct website to book your airfare.

 

It would help to know where you are going in Europe to offer more specific advice.

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Edited by Toadman - 12/16/11 at 9:55am
post #5 of 7

Crystal are probably the largest ski operator in the UK. They are relatively low budget, and the quality of the accommodation and catering reflect that. They are geared to UK clientele with deals involving charter flights from British airports. 

 

There are a lot of independent companies out there, as well as resort specialists. Have you chosen a resort? Almost all local hotel owners speak English.

 

I agree with the posts above, you are probably better off booking independently. If you have picked switzerland, as most suggested in the last  series of posts, you can find some great deals through the Swiss railways site. 

 

http://www.sbb.ch/en/leisure-holidays/day-trips/snownrail.html

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

 

post #6 of 7

I tend to agree with the other posts. Doing it independently gives you more flexibility. I'd have to say though having done it for years like that I've recently done a couple through travel companies. It probably works out a bit cheaper and is a lot less hassle but ultimately probably not as much fun.

 

There have been some big financial problems with one of the major operators over here and they've been on the verge of serious financial issues (posted losses of 400 000 000) and have had to go to the banks for a bail out. There are not surprisingly some great deals with all of the small companies that they own.

 

On the other hand Crystal are part of Tui and are really stable. They do offer some good value, however and where I booked a holiday with them in Manchester I got free membership of the indoor snow slope. Not much of a consideration of you live in the mountains but a big deal in the flat industrial North West of England.

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I have done all of mine independently. I went to Austria two years ago with some friends to St. Anton and the Innsbruck area and we booked everything ourselves. More freedom and a less structured environment. I am doing the same thing this year with my trip to Chamonix; read about good information online, then book things independently.

 

If you're going to Austria, just go to St. Anton. It's huge and awesome.

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