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Get the Winter Package that's Right for You

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 4 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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So you're thinking about booking a winter holiday, getting away from it all on a package holiday to the slopes or maybe just travelling to find that elusive winter sun? Well, there are so many types of break to choose from, and so many things you can do while you're enjoying your winter sun, that you might feel a little overwhelmed by the choice.

What Types Of Winter Break Are There?

You could just decide to get away from winter altogether and book a package holiday somewhere warm! If you time it just right, winter deals are abundant because a lot of people shy away from going on holiday just before Christmas (although a break over Christmas itself can prove to be an expensive treat)

There are winter sports activity breaks too - which include activities like skiing, snowboarding, sledding and more. If you fancy booking a winter break with added sports, be aware that you'll need to match the activity levels to the level of insurance you buy, because some activities aren't even included in standard 'winter sports' policies. Snowmobiling or skidooing is one of the well-known activities that you'll often have to take out separate insurance for because it's considered risky even for a standard ski/snowboard policy to cover. Most organisers have their own insurance providers and you can normally take out cover for the day while you're having your fun.

Winter Sports - What Do I Need to Remember?

Winter sport is a cover-all term that can be anything from skiing down the beginners slopes to going off piste in remote areas. You might fancy trying tobogganing or a sedate sleigh ride, maybe sledding with huskies in the mountains. All of these activities and more are available from the more popular ski and snow resorts.

  • Fitness - You have to take into account your levels of fitness and ability before you book a winter break too. If you book for an extreme sports break when your usual level of activity barely gets any more strenuous than walking to the car, you need to seriously consider what you're booking. Travelling a long way to take part in sports that you aren't fit enough for is probably going to be a costly mistake. You're better off booking a beginners level ski break or an introduction to the sport of your choice than going full on to take part in an extreme sports marathon! Even if it does look like fun.
  • Cheap Deals - Don't be tempted by cheap deals that aren't suitable for you either. Just because a package is cheap, doesn't mean it's the best thing for you. If in doubt, ask an expert - one of the specialist travel agents that deals with winter sports holidays will be only too pleased to advise you about whether a package holiday or winter deal is actually going to suit you.
  • Resort - Different resorts are well known for different types of activity, so do some research before you book. Again, specialist travel firms can help point you in the right direction. If it’s skiing you’re after there are many well known resorts that would be just perfect, as well as some off the beaten track places that are just beginning to find popularity, especially places like Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and other Eastern European resorts. These can work out cheaper than the classic slopes.

Of course there are as many different types of winter break as there are other package holiday deals, but if you know what to ask for you stand a better chance of having a fantastic time in the winter sunshine!

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