The Resurgence of Skiing

March 17, 2022

The last couple of years have been tough for skiing. The world’s travel ceased entirely, and for many, a ski trip was the last thing on their minds.

However, interest has exploded once again thanks to a perfect storm of eased travel restrictions and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Many are now scrambling to book their ski holiday breaks, with flight operators adding thousands of additional seats to ski destinations, and accommodation being booked months in advance.

At, we’re thrilled that the industry is once again edging toward normality and decided to dive into the data behind this latest surge in interest. Where in the UK has experienced the biggest increase in interest? Which destinations are people most interested in?

Our findings are below.

Skiing General Interest

Uk Search Interest For Skiing

It’s comes as no surprise that general search interest for ‘skiing’ increased sharply from mid-December to early January. Comparing January 2022 to January 2021, search interest was up 125%, and while this is encouraging, it’s still less overall search interest when compared to pre-COVID levels.

January 2019 saw 143,000 average monthly searches in the UK for ‘skiing’, whereas January 2022 experienced a much less, at 106,000 average monthly searches. When you consider the 2022 Winter Olympics is undoubtedly helping to boost these numbers, it’s clear we’re still not at pre-covid search interest levels.

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How to book a ski holiday

January 27, 2021

Are you thinking about booking your next ski holiday? Want to avoid the stress and pitfalls of searching through a myriad of options, resorts and service levels. Let the team at allChalets smooth out the process and take the stress out of finding your perfect ski holiday. We have booked thousands of ski holidays, offering everything from catered and self catered chalets, hotels or self catered apartments. Our consultants will make the process of booking your holiday easy and stress free.

Skiing Holiday

Before starting it is important to set out a few general guidelines that will help you understand what is most important for you in your next skiing holiday.

  • Package or Not ?
  • Catered or Self catered?
  • Check your budget
  • What are your travel dates ?
  • Where to go ?

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7 Reasons Why Alpe d’Huez Should Be Your Next Ski Destination

June 11, 2018

If you haven’t been to Alpe d’Huez (ADH) before then there is an awful lot to read and digest in order to fully appreciate why ADH is a MUST-GO ski resort.Winner of the ‘Best Ski Resort in Europe 2017’ Award but it could easily win it most years and there are plenty of reasons to back this up.

Ever heard of Tomorrowland?One of the worlds largest music festivals, it started in 2005 and has the very best and famous Electronic Dance musicians such as David Guetta, Avicci and the Swedish House Mafia to name a few.In 2019 though, Tomorrowland has made the decision to be hosted for the first time by a Ski Resort and where did it choose?Yes you guessed it, Alpe d’Huez.For a week next winter the town, the bar, the piste and the off poste will be rocking to the sounds of Electronic Dance.

The Sarenne Glacier:Starting from the Pic Blanc at 3330m, a sea of ice flows down towards the Sarenne Gorge.You want a snowsure resort!Well ADH is exactly that.The Marie hasn’t rested on his laurels though and in 2016 the Marie’s Office commissioned the addition of snow-cannons to the lowest part of the gorge, meaning that the entire 17km Sarenne Glacier run is snow covered once the season gets underway.Graded as Black it’s the longest black run in Europe, but in reality its only the top section that’s black, most of the run down is a mixture of red, blue and green.

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Skiing in France – where should you holiday next?

January 17, 2015

Ok so we all know it has been a slow start to the 2015 ski season in Europe. The warm and dry conditions made slopes look a little too green in some Alpine resorts over Christmas and New Year. But winter always arrives and early January has seen some big dumps across the main French resorts. So if you haven’t yet booked your next ski holiday don't worry as there is still 3 months of skiing in most resorts.

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Bad news for ski holidays in Switzerland as the Franc soars

January 16, 2015

In an unexpected and somewhat surprising move the Swiss central bank has removed the currency supports between the Swiss Franc and other foreign currencies. This prompted chaos on currency markets yesterday with some financial firms even going bankrupt as a result.    

The bad news for the financial markets is also bad news for anyone planning a ski holiday in Switzerland. With the currency rising almost 30% against both the euro and sterling the price of everything in Switzerland just got 30% more expensive.

Due to a recent change in local labours laws Swiss ski resorts are already seeing reduced interest from UK ski holiday companies and as a result less UK skiers and snowboarders. This new hit of an additional 30% price increase is not what the local ski industry needed just now.

Only time will tell but it seems that Swiss ski resorts might be looking a little quieter for the foreseeable future.


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Heavy snow fall across the Alps

December 28, 2014

It looks like winter has finally arrived in the Alps. Up to 70cm of snow has fallen in 24 hours and while the snow is more than welcome it has caused travel problems across the region.

The worst of the travel chaos is in France and Switzerland where it snowed very heavily on Saturday. The snow storm is now moving eastwards across Austria although it is gradually loosing strength.

Needless to say the snow has been very welcome in resorts across France which were suffering from a lack of snow so far this season. Many resorts which were closed or had only partially open runs will now be able to open fully for the busy New Year period. Val d’Isere saw some of the biggest dumps with 70cm of powder, Meribel and Verbier had 55cm and Les Gets saw some 30cm.

Traffic conditions on the French motorways are particularly difficult and all travellers are adviced to use extreme caution when driving.

Heavy snow on the French motorways

At Chambery airport heavy snow forced British skiers and snowboarders to seek emergency accommodation as travel was disrupted.

Despite the travel problem even one in the resort is more than happy to finally see a good amount of fresh snow. With a drought of snow during December most resort had been relying on artificial snow on high altitude runs. This dump will finally see most resorts fully and just in time for the ski holidays. Roll on the winter season.

Morzine earlier in the week. Looking a little green ...

Morzine needs some snow

And now. What a change !!!

Morzine village with fresh snow

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Crazy off piste run - you have to watch this

December 21, 2014

With the season just barely kicking off we already have one of the most amazing ski videos of the year. Watch Cody Townsend straight line the couloir know as The Crack in Tordillo Mountains in Alaska.

The chute is so narrow it is hard to believe that someone can actually fit through the gap, not to mind doing it while skiing at over 70 km/h. This is one ride you definitely don't want to mess up.

Check out the video below.

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Solden to get the 007 treatment

December 07, 2014

With the launch this week of Spectre, the latest James Bond film, is seems like the charming secret service agent is getting back on skis. Earlier this week director Sam Mendes revealed that the latest film will be produced in Pinewood Studios and shot on location in London, Mexico City, Rome and Tangier and Erfoud, in Morocco. Mr Bond will tackle the snow once again, this time in Solden and also in Obertilliach and Lake Altausse in Austria.

It will be interesting to see Daniel Craig’s technique on skis but for sure it will be hard to beat the classic ski chase from The Spy Who Loved Me. Interestingly this was also shot in Austria in 1977 with Roger Moore as the star. Could the yellow onesie make a comeback ?

Of course skiing, snow mobiles and indeed general mountain craziness has always been part of the Bond stable of tricks.

Here is George Lazenby in a night time ski chase from On Her Majesty`s Secret Service (1969)

And Pierse Brosnan also showed us his off piste skills in The World Is Not Enough (1999).

If you are a Bond fan and would like to time you ski holiday around the same time as the filiming then you should check out these dates. According to the Solden Cable Car company the expected times of fiming for the Spectre movie are as below. There may be road closure and lift delays at certain times.

Estimated filming times in Sölden are as follows:

  • 10. – 12. Dec. 2014: Road up at the Glacier, road tunnel at the Glacier
  • 07. – 10. Jan. 2015: 3S Cable Car and ICE Q Restaurant
  • 12. – 13. Jan. 2015: Road up at the Glacier, road tunnel at the Glacier
  • 09. – 17. Feb. 2015: Road up at the Glacier, road tunnel at the Glacier

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We need more of the white stuff

December 06, 2014

It has been a slow start to the snow in Europe this season. Despite a reasonable fall of snow in many Alpine areas during November the warm weather has meant that lots of pistes are looking at little too green for this time of year. Some resorts which were due to open this weekend have been forced to cancel due to poor snow cover.

Courchevel, Meribel and Les Menuires announced that they would not be opening as planned this weekend. Tignes and Val d'Isere are open but only at the higher altitude glacier sections.

Val Thorens in Les 3 Vallees is also open but with reduced runs and terrain. Both Alpe d’Huez and Les 2 Alpes are partially open with reasonable skiing at the higher levels.

Over in Austria it is more of the same with the Ski Welt area also cancelling its official opening this week. Ischgl has fared a little better and held its official opening last weekend with James Blunt ringing in the season with a concert in the village. Just about half of the resort runs were open with most of the coverage being above 2000m

Some of the best conditions at the moment are in Switzerland where the November snow in Zermatt and Saas Fee is sticking will and conditions at the higher altitude runs are reasonable for this time of year. The high runs across in Cervinia are also skiable at the moment.

Of course the very best conditions are in North America where the recent snow storms have ensured excellent coverage.

Don’t worry too much, it is still very early in the season and as many experienced seasonaires will tell you “the snow always comes”. Let’s hope so and we will keep you posted when it does.

Here are some photos from ski resort saround Europe.

The high levels in Iscghl are not too bad

6th Dec 2014 - ski runs in Ischgl

but the village is looking a little bare !!!

6th Dec 2014 - Ischgl village

The higher runs in Cervinia and Zermatt are looking ok

6th Dec 2014 - Cervinia Plan Maison ski runs

6th Dec 2014 - Zermatt Rothorn ski runs

Between 2000m and 3000m in Alpe d'Huez and Les Deux Alpes you can enjoy some early season skiing and the glaciers in Tignes and Val d'Isere are also open

6th Dec 2014 - Alpe d'Huez 3000m

6th Dec 2014 - Tignes Grand Motte ski area

but don't try any skiing at the low levels in Val D. It needs little more powder first

6th Dec 2014 - Val D'Isere Front de Neige

This time last year we were reporting over 1.5m snow base in some of the higher resorts so lets hope the snow gods are listening and send us some nice white powder soon.

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Ski Holidays 2014-15 - which resort will you choose ?

August 26, 2014

With the ski holiday booking season starting to ramp up we thought it might be useful to take a look at some of the popular ski resorts across the Alps. France, Austria and Switzerland remain as popular as every this season. So far this year in terms of individual resorts the most enquiries have been for the resorts of Meribel, Chamonix and Val d’Isere in France, Verbier and Zermatt in Switzerland and St Anton in Austria.

To help you choose the best resort for you next ski holiday we have listed the important factors such as

  • Total ski area – number of pistes and number of km
  • Highest Lift
  • Longest Vertical Drop
  • Longest Ski Run
  • Number of Snow parks
  • Airport Transfer Time
  • Average Annual Snowfall
  • Average Beer Price

Check out our infographic below to see the pros and cons of these six ski resorts. Click on the image to see a larger version with all the facts.

Ski Resorts 2015 infographic

Here is a summary of the major facts and figures.

Ski Resort



Val d’Isere



St Anton

Total Pistes







- Beginner







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Average Snowfall







Average Beer Price







Hopefully this gives you something to think about when you are planning your next ski holiday. If you need ski accommodation in these resorts we have a huge selection of chalets or ski apartments. Check out the links below to view the accommodation in each resort.

ChamonixMeribel - Val D’Isere – or try all chalets and ski apartments in France

VerbierZermatt – or all ski accommodation in Switzerland

St Anton – or try all ski chalets and apartments in Austria

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