Why is it so difficult to get to ski resorts?

Essential reading for anyone who has ever said “How Long?!!” on a ski trip.

It is 2012 – flights from one European country to another typically take less than 2 hours and can cost as little as £30 (if you do not need to take any change of clothes). For the millions of us that live in cities, we are used to having buses, trams, tubes and taxis to take us anywhere we want to go at any time of day or night.

So why is it that traditionally the most difficult part of any ski trip is getting from the airport to resort? And why does it always take so long?

Well, at FindTransfers.com we think the answer has something to do with mountains.

Normally, every effort is made to build high capacity airports as close as possible to massive tourist destinations. However, when it comes to ski resorts, this is not possible due to the mountainous terrain. There are a few exceptions, such as Sion Airport in Switzerland, Chambéry Airport in France and Innsbruck Airport in Austria, however we have found that these “Mountain” airports are very susceptible to the weather. If there is any fog, low cloud, snow or high winds (which are all fairly common in the mountains during the winter season) then the runways are closed and flights are diverted away, causing havoc for even the most organised independent traveller.

Mountains not only mean that the airports have to be built a bit further away than we would like, but also that getting from the airport to resort is not always straight forward. Switzerland has an excellent public transport system which allows connections from almost any airport to any ski resort. Other countries do not make it so easy. Where there are some trains towards ski resorts, any public transport options often involve a bus – train – walk – bus – walk type of combination, which would be fine if; a) you weren’t on holiday and; b) you didn’t have all your ski clothes and equipment to carry with you.

Journeys by road are by far the most common way of getting to ski resorts, but even this is not as easy as one might think. Speeds are often restricted to keep everyone safe on the winding roads. There is also the chance of heavy snowfalls which make driving conditions hazardous. And if winding roads covered in snow did not sound dangerous enough, they are also full of tourists with little or no experience of driving in those conditions, making everything both slower, and more dangerous, at the same time.

There are a few regular bus services from airports to ski resorts. But please prepare yourself by re-reading the previous paragraph and imagine how much slower this is in a large coach.

These are a few of the reasons why it often takes up to 3 or 4 hours to get from the airport to your ski resort. So what is the best option?

We would highly recommend that you and your group book your own private airport transfer vehicle that is fully equipped for winter conditions, is comfortable, has an experienced driver and is operated by a reputable company. And where can you find a list of these companies all in one place? www.findtransfers.com

If you find that your budget will not stretch to a private transfer, but you would still like a door-to-door airport transfer without having to carry your bags around, then try our shared transfers page. Not only is sharing your journey with others better for the environment and more economical, it also allows you to meet other people. Having a chat will make the journey go quicker and you might meet a new ski buddy.

Obviously, no matter which transfer option you take, you’re still going to spend a night in the local primary school if an avalanche blocks the valley…

Have a good holiday and make the airport transfer an enjoyable part of it!

Shared Transfers vs Private Transfers

What are the pros and cons of Private and Shared Transfers?

Well, with Private Airport Transfers, you and whoever you are travelling with are met at the airport by your own driver. You are then taken straight to a waiting vehicle, and whisked off to your destination without delay (If you have booked with one of the companies on FindTransfers, your driver should even offer to carry your bags and / or push your trolley!).

Your driver will take you directly to your accommodation, and will help get you and all of your luggage / children in to your accommodation (Any driver who can carry more than 3 items or more than 45kg at once is definitely worth a tip). The advantage of booking Private Transfers directly with local companies is that during your journey your driver should be able to tell you what weather to expect, where are the best places to hang out during the day, and where offers the best happy hours! With a Private Transfer, you should also get some say in which radio station / iPod provides the soundtrack to your journey!

In our opinion, the biggest advantage of Private Transfers comes on your return journey. Your driver will pick you up and take you to the airport at the most convenient time for your flight. There will be no unnecessary waiting around at the airport. You will get to enjoy every last minute of your holiday.

Why doesn’t everyone book Private Airport Transfers? This high level of personalised service and a dedicated vehicle comes at a price. However, if you are travelling in a group of 4 or more, then you should ask for a quote for a Private Airport Transfer as the per person cost might pleasantly surprise you!

So, let’s look at Shared Airport Transfers. Firstly, the fact that you are sharing your transfer vehicle means that the cost is much lower than booking your own private transfer. Not only this, but sharing a vehicle with other people who are going to the same place is also much better for the environment, as you are reducing the amount of road journeys being made.

Another plus for shared transfers is that sharing a vehicle with other travellers at the beginning of your trip is a great way to meet new people.

The downside of shared transfers is that it sometimes involves a bit of compromise. You may have to wait at the airport for other flights to land so that vehicles are filled. Or on departure, you may have to leave earlier than you expected so that your vehicle can take people with earlier flights than your own. Your journey may also be slightly longer, as you have to drop people off at other accommodation. It is also unlikely that you will be able to play your own choice of music through the van’s stereo.

Our tips for booking a great shared transfer:

  1. Use the FindTransfers Shared Transfers Forum to find people on the same flight as you so you do not have to wait at the airport.
  2. Book a door-to-door service that takes you to your accommodation.
  3. Expect to have to make compromises. Take a good book and make the journey part of the holiday and think about the money you are saving!

There you have it – a quick guide to Private vs Shared Airport Transfers.

And where can you find all of the information you need in one place? www.findtransfers.com is free to use and gets you the best quotes directly from local airport transfer companies.

New Shared Transfers Forum

We are pleased to announce the launch of our New Shared Transfers Forum.

FindTransfers is now the only site you need to find the Best Airport Transfers. The FindTransfers system allows you to Quickly And Easily enter your transfer requirements. You can then choose the best transfer company and Book Your Transfers DIRECT, which means you will get the best price with No Commission added. Try FindTransfers today!

Visit our Shared Transfers Forum to find people to Share Transfers with or to Book Shared Transfers offered by local airport transfer companies.

The forum displays posts (IN BLUE) by people who are looking for others to share transfers with. If you do not see anyone with journey details matching your own, then please post your journey!

The Shared Transfers Forum also displays empty seats that are being sold by local companies. You can contact them directly to book with no commission and no booking fees.

Have a look at the Shared Transfers Forum today!

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