Top tips to make the most of your half-term ski holiday from the Ski Club of Great Britain

* Book in to ski/board with the Ski Club Rep. 37 resorts worldwide host reps that show skiers and boarders the quiet pistes, know how to avoid the queues and book great restaurants for lunch. See for details of Ski Club Reps and where to meet them.

* Take your own equipment on holiday to avoid the queues in the ski rental shops. Taking your own skis can also work out to be more cost effective – even if you have to pay ski carriage on your flight. 

*If you don’t own a pair of skis or a board, pre-book your equipment rental online to save money. Ski Club members get at least 25% off equipment rental online - 

* Start early in the morning – aim for the first lift whilst everyone is in bed then eat lunch early to avoid the crowds. You can also stop early to avoid the busy ‘home run’. 

* Beat the ski schools - ski school groups tend to head up key lifts at the same time. Start 15 minutes before they do to avoid lift queues and busy pistes. 

* If the ski resort has a 'circuit', ski in reverse to avoid the crowds and the lift queues. Examples include Wengen in Switzerland, the SkiWelt in Austria and the Portes de Soleil in France. 

* If self-catering, head back to your apartment/chalet for lunch, or make a packed lunch to take with you - you'll avoid expensive mountain restaurants and won't have to fight for a table. 

* Chalet staff mostly have one day off per week. Book the restaurant of your choice for dinner as soon as possible in the week as they will get booked up quickly. 

* If you are unlikely to ski several linked resorts, e.g. Les Trois Vallées or Paradiski, do not buy a whole area lift pass. Save money and simply extend the pass the odd day you travel further afield. 

* Visit to get the latest snow conditions for your resort and to check out the weather forecast for the week. 

*Join the Ski Club to get the most value out of your holiday. Ski Club members get discounts on snowsports kit and clothing in UK shops, airport parking, car hire, transfers, equipment rental in resort and ski schools. You can join online at 


For more information please contact Ski Club of Great Britain PR Manager Daniel Loots -

Notes to Editors:

The Ski Club of Great Britain
The Ski Club of Great Britain ( is a not-for-profit snowsports club which helps members get the most out of their snowsports experience. With 29,000 members, there are hundreds of discounts on travel, kit and holidays; winter sports specific travel insurance; access to industry-leading snow reports; info & advice on all things wintersports-related and exclusive access to Ski with the Club experiences, including Freshtracks holidays, the Ski Club Leaders service and the new instructor-led guiding service in France.