Pre-booking your ski passes with Erna Low is easy - either choose the option online while you're booking your accommodation or call us on 0203 011 1222 if you've already booking your accommodation and we'll gladly add it to your ski holiday package.
But because we know that you’re already busy with a million other things, it’s our business to take the weight from your shoulders with ski package holidays where every component from flights to accommodation and ski hire is tailor-made to satisfy your requirements.
Pre-booked ski passes are a key part of this dedication to convenience and world-class customer service ̶ here are a few reasons you should book yours through Erna Low: You’ll benefit from ski pass special discounts and reduced rates that are out of reach for many competitors ̶ our little black book is bulging with great resort contacts built up over our lengthy history! By pre-booking your ski passes you can avoid losing out because of fluctuating exchange rates when you reach your resort. Resorts offer many different types of ski passes and the choice can be slightly overwhelming, but we’ve got the insider knowledge required to advise which is the best fit for your skiing or snowboarding style and ability level. Many French ski resorts now provide a ‘hands-free’ ski pass fitted with an electronic chip, but a minority require a passport-sized photo from you. We’ll advise which system applies for your resort of choice. 6-day lift passes are fairly standard throughout, but it’s possible to source 3, 5- or 7-day lift passes from certain resorts ̶ if these are more suitable (and available) we can make all the necessary arrangements.
So there you have it ̶ a bucketload of reasons that Erna Low is your best friend when it comes to sorting out the best ski passes for your upcoming French Alps ski package trip.
Read on for the lowdown on the types of passes that can make your next mountain playground trip even more spellbinding.
Types of ski passes
Family ski passesSki resorts are aware that family groups will likely have members at different ability levels and naturally want to maximise the value of their holiday with passes that unlock a mix of varied terrains and levels of pistes, so many offer great deals on flexible passes that cater for families of all sizes and ensure no one is left out. Terms and conditions vary, but a family group is usually composed of at least three members and can include up to around eight at some resorts. Various durations are available and remember that very young children can often ski for gratis on beginner slopes. Skiing and snowboarding are fantastic family activities and we can easily find you ski passes that help make a good holiday great.
Group ski passesExploring the Alps with a group of friends and family makes for a holiday with a little bit of everything. For starters, you’ll bond on the slopes during on and off-piste adventures, enjoy eating out at excellent cafes and restaurants during the day, sample amazing apres-ski at night and adore cosy nights entertaining in shared or neighbouring chalets, ski hotels or apartments. Whether it marks a simple holiday or a special occasion, a group ski holiday has all the special ingredients for making cherished memories. What’s considered a group varies, but if your travel party consists of 20 guests or more, you’ll find fantastic discounts on ski passes and as different group members will likely have varying ability levels, we can advise on whether a local resort or ski area pass is preferable.
Local resort & ski area passesA resort that offers access solely for the slopes around your local resorts is more restrictive, but it can also be more economical. And if your resort has a good variation of terrain or for example, you’re an intermediate skier and there are plenty of red and blue runs in the vicinity, it might satisfy your requirements perfectly well. On the other hand, if you’re an advanced skier in a mixed group and want to flex your muscles by carving up some challenging couloirs, or you’re a boarder but the nearest decent terrain park is on the other side of the mountain, you might need to splash out a little on a ski area pass that lets you experience all the glory of a lift-linked ski domain. Plus, as you explore different resorts there’s no doubt that you’ll make new friends on the slopes and expand your apres-ski horizons.
Half day passesThere are several scenarios when half day passes can come in handy. For example, if you’re arriving part-way through the day, a half day pass lets you head out on the slopes in the afternoon and similarly, you can use another half day on your departure if say, you’re leaving for home late in the afternoon or in the early evening. You might also make good use of a half day pass during your holiday on a day when you’ve booked your young ones into childcare so you and your partner can explore some of the resort’s black runs or head off-piste with a local mountain guide.
Single day passesIf you’re on a flying visit to a ski resort (perhaps visiting a neighbouring city on business and grabbing the chance for a quick session on the slopes), then a single day pass is all you need. Alternatively, you might be based in one resort but are only able to visit a neighbouring resort for one day, therefore it’s not worth shelling out for a ski area pass, but a single day pass offers you a terrific taster.
Multi-day passesAgain, a multi-day pass essentially ‘does what it says on the tin’ and when you know you’ll be based in one resort or area for 3,5,7 or 10 days, they can often provide some of the most economical deals in terms of price per day. Multi-day passes provide perfect peace of mind when you’re booking a ski package holiday because once they’re pre-booked, you and your fellow travellers can relax and concentrate on making the most of the slopes, stunning scenery and après-ski. As you can see, there’s a ski pass deal to suit every type of skier and snowboarder ̶ if you’re still struggling to work out which his best for you, we’ll gladly guide you every step of the way.