How long in advance should you book ski transfers?

If you think that you can relax after booking your flights and accommodation for your upcoming ski trip, think again. How are you going to get from the airport to your hotel, chalet or apartment?

As we have discussed in another article, ski transfers are not very straight forward because you can’t build airports near ski resorts!

So to answer your question of how far in advance you should book ski transfers, our advice is to do it as soon as possible. This is especially true if you are travelling on a Saturday, and is even more important if you are travelling on a Saturday in school holidays. It is more important still if you want to book your ski transfers with a reliable and reputable local company!

I am writing this article in the middle of October and we have already had some disappointed FindTransfers users who left it too late to book their ski transfers with their preferred company. For the Christmas and New Year holidays it is not unheard of for companies to be fully booked in September. The February half term Saturdays are also very popular and some companies will be booked up well before Christmas.

Organising a ski holiday can be stressful enough so you don’t want to be panicking about your transfers at the last minute. As soon as you have booked your flights and accommodation then put a request through FindTransfers and you can take your pick of companies.

Having said all of that, if you are leaving it late to book your ski transfers we will definitely be able to find you something. There is even a chance that at the last minute we could find you a bargain with a company who would otherwise have an empty vehicle.

The best place to start looking for your ski transfers, whether you are booking a year in advance or at the last minute, is at FindTransfers.com

Have a great ski trip!

Cheap transfers for friends and family of season workers

If you are working a ski or summer season then it could well be the first time you have spent an extended period away from your friends and family.

But don’t worry, all of your mates and your close family will be queuing up to visit you during the season because you are living in an absolutely amazing place. If they are lucky, you might even have a sofa or a bit of floor space in your accommodation where they can crash making it a bargain break for them.

The only problem is that you probably do not have your own car in resort, and even if you did, you won’t have the time to go and pick up people from the airport. To make things worse, your mates are probably trying to save a few quid, so they booked the cheapest flights which land at the airport in the evening, making it impossible to get to resort by public transport! (Except in Switzerland…)

So how do you find cheap transfers for your friends and family?

First of all, have a look at our shared and last minute transfers page to see if there are any matching transfers already advertised by local companies. If you find any, you can contact the company to make a booking. It might be that transfers are advertised to nearby resorts – in this case it is still worth contacting the local company as they might make a little detour for you.

If there are no shared or last minute transfers already advertised, then don’t panic. Just enter your transfer details at findtransfers.com and local taxi and airport transfer companies will make you an offer if they have a vehicle going in the same general direction.

We hope that you have a great season and that all of your visitors have a great time!

Should you fly to Chambéry or Geneva on a ski trip?

The short answer is: Geneva.

The long answer is: You should almost always fly to Geneva.

The main problem with flying to Chambéry is that the runway runs North to South in a very deep valley and is at the end of a lake (the lac du bourget). As you may know, valleys can “trap” cloud. If you have ever skied on a nice sunny day and taken a look down at the “sea of clouds” in the valley below you will know what I mean. As you may also know, areas around lakes can get misty, the so called “smoke on the water” effect. So if you combine the steep mountains, low cloud and mist, you will understand why the runway is often shut at Chambéry airport in the winter (the real reason will need to be explained by a pilot as it has something to do with a visual approach and lack of equipment at Chambéry).

The second biggest problem with Chambéry is that it is tiny. There are 2 luggage carousels and what often seems like only 2 people to put luggage on them. Therefore, if 2 aircraft arrive within a short space of time then you could end up waiting an age for your luggage (this happens all day on Saturdays).

Another issue is that if you are heading towards the majority of big ski resorts from Chambéry (Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy…) then the road from Chambéry to Albertville can be a nightmare on Saturdays, with huge delays caused by traffic jams.

It is not all bad. If you fly to Chambéry on any other day than a Saturday and the weather is fine and your flight is on time, then you will be on the slopes in record time. However, if you are planning to fly on a Saturday, or you play by the law of averages, then you are best off flying to Geneva as the often advertised 45 minute reduction in journey time is unlikely to happen.

You can compare prices for transfers from Geneva airport and prices for transfers from Chambéry airport to the alps by asking for quotes from local companies on FindTransfers.com

Let us know if you have had any good or bad experiences flying in to Chambéry and heading to the slopes!