Your Questions Answered
What is a SkiFriends holiday?
SkiFriends is a group ski holiday for singles or skiers with partners who don’t ski. It’s simply a gathering of intermediate skiers to enjoy a one-week chalet holiday with like-minded souls on the slopes and off. Skiers should be comfortable on red pistes.
Who signs up for a SkiFriends holiday?
Skiers who want an intermediate ski holiday but have friends or family who don’t ski or won’t ski! Guests might be married with a partner who doesn’t ski, might be single or may enjoy solo travel. Most guests travel alone and enjoy a week of company with SkiFriends. Couples also join SkiFriends if they ski at different levels and are happy spending their slope days apart.
SkiFriends operates as a ‘club’, it’s not profit making or registered as a business. Lisa and Paul organise the holiday - lots of work! - but in resort skiers are responsible for their own comfort, safety and logistics. Think of it as independent travel within the boundaries of a group of solo skiers who like company on the slopes.
How do the ski groups work?
Skiers might be fast and furious, technique focused or chilled out red runners. No matter, skiers of similar ability are grouped together initially to ski at similar pace to others in their group. As the week progresses people switch around, depending on energy, first lift/last lift desires or simply the inclination to ski with different people each day.
What is the age group on a SkiFriends holiday?
SkiFriends tends to attract singles over 30 with the majority between 35 and 55. More important than age is attitude and sociable, friendly, adventurous skiers are most welcome, whatever age.
How many people are on each ski holiday?
SkiFriends deliberately limit the number of people on each ski holiday to enable small group skiing. There is no getting lost in a crowd but always somebody to ski with. For our Morzine ski holiday, we use a single chalet for 10 people. Our March ski holiday is a larger and louder group with 24 people staying in adjacent chalets.
How do the sleeping arrangements work?
SkiFriends choose small twin-bedded chalets and will allocate guests to share with a person of the same sex. This means no single supplement for any guest. Some SkiFriends holidays do have double rooms which can be requested for a couple who ski at different levels and want the freedom of a mixed group ski trip.
Are single rooms available with a supplement?
Numbers are limited for SkiFriends holidays and to maximise the number of single and solo skiers, we offer twin rooms only. Our ambition is to enable skiing singles to ski, the more the merrier!
What’s the après like?
With our ski group mainly solo travellers over 40, it’s fair to say that we enjoy true après beers wearing ski boots, retiring to the chalet for supper with wine and not venturing out again! Our March holiday, with a larger group, is slightly more boisterous, with stay in or venture out options some nights.
Where is the best place for ski hire?
Our chalet hosts will recommend the best ski shop for hire of boots and skis, with a discount for SkiFriends guests. Allow a £90-£130 budget for ski and boot hire.
What other costs can I expect?
Chalet accommodation is included in your SkiFriends holiday. Extra costs include flight or travel to Geneva, transfer, ski pass, ski hire if needed, lunch on the mountain, dinner on one night and apres ski costs. Not forgetting insurance, which is essential for ski; some options include Campbell Irvine or Direct Travel, do let us know your own favourite.
Does SkiFriends offer any discounts on the holiday price?
Our chalet spaces fill each year and everybody pays the same price, as shown on the website. Once it’s full, there are no more beds; you snooze you lose!
Why is the price in Euros?
Alpine Generation are British owned but based in France and are transacting in Euros to avoid exchange rate conflict. Fingers crossed for a favourable rate when we pay our balances!
I’m a snowboarder, am I welcome?
SkiFriends do welcome snowboarders but we are primarily piste skiers. If you’re a boarder who loves to stay on the piste then you’ll fit in but for powder chasing off-pisters this is probably not the holiday for you.
What flights do I need to book?
For Morzine ski holiday we recommend landing in Geneva at 4pm latest to arrive at the chalet for dinner. Earlier gives you time to sort skis and explore Morzine. A flight from midday is the best for your return journey so you can enjoy a last breakfast and not disturb the chalet and your roomie with an early alarm.
For March ski holiday, flights must land 2:30pm latest to join the SkiFriends transfer. Return flights to the UK should depart after 2:00pm from Geneva.
If you prefer to travel by train or car, do let us know and we will try to car share people.
Who runs SkiFriends?
SkiFriends is not a business but simply two passionate ski friends who bring solo and independent travellers together for a group ski holiday. Lisa and Paul met on a singles ski holiday with 110 guests and wanted to create a small group ski option for single skiers. SkiFriends first trip was in 2017 and quickly expanded to two ski holidays per year.