Airport Ski Transfers
Transferring from the airport to the resort can sometimes be a nightmare. One option is to rent a car, but that too can lead to long queues and more costs. So find out how ski transfers can work for you, how to choose the right option and what to look out for when you book!
For those of you booking a ski package holiday ski transfers are simply part of the deal. But if you are going it alone you will need to work out how to get from the airport to your chalet.
So what are your options?
Ski Transfer Options
The only option open to you years ago was public transport, which in reality meant getting a coach or train to the resort. Nowadays you have a large number of private ski transfer companies to choose from.
A private transfer company will pick you up at the airport and deliver you direct to your resort and accommodation. For the return journey they will pick you up at your accommodation and take you back to the airport. The benefits of this is that the transfer is door to door, you don't have to worry about driving, navigating your way through the ski traffic and if there is a group of you the price can be very reasonable.
We researched the cost of getting from Geneva to La Clusaz and a private minibus for 1-6 people would cost approximately £194 pp.
Shared transfer is simply where you don't hire the minibus all for yourself and your party, you share it with others all going to the same resort. Those 'others' may be complete strangers but as they will help fill the minibus up they make the journey cheaper for you.
The main disadvantage of shared transfers is that you may have to wait around for a bit at the airport until your unknown travelling companions arrive. A further disadvantage we guess is that you may also not like the people you are travelling with.
What to consider when booking a private transfer company
It can be a bit overwhelming as there are so many companies out there. So here are some tips for you.
Always do your research. Check the internet to ensure that the company you select are licensed to work in that country.Also check how long they have been doing the route and what support there is. Many small transfer companies may offer cheap deals but may be ill equipped to cope with breakdowns or changes to your travel plans.
Check out the vehicles and drivers used. Look for professional, 4 wheel drive cars/minibuses which look good enough to withstand heavy snow conditions. Again cheap may mean inexperienced young drivers in cars/vans ill equipped to cope with hazardous roads.
Always Pre Book
If you pre book you will undoubtedly make huge savings so don't wait until you get to the airport. When you do pre book make sure you know what car/minibus will be there and that it is big enough for all your passengers and equipment