Solo Ski – Can You Go It Alone?

Solo Ski

As the ski season sets in, many snow sport lovers are faced with a
dilemma – a love of the slopes inspires them to book a holiday to the
mountains, but perhaps friends or family don’t share the same passion. Maybe
this is a problem you’ve faced yourself; do you miss another year on the snow
or do you brave the slopes by yourself?

Any kind of holiday can be intimidating when you’re alone, but a ski or
snowboarding trip can be particularly intense. Here are our thoughts on what it
is that makes a solo ski trip great, what it is that might be stopping you from
booking as well as our top tips for overcoming these concerns.

The benefits of skiing alone:

There are countless ways that a solo trip can be just as good, if not
better, than a group skiing holiday. For example:

  • Are you an early riser? Like to be ready to take the first lift in the morning?
    Or perhaps you like a lie in and would rather not push yourself too much each
    morning? Either way, you won’t need to fight your friends each day to make it
    to the slopes as and when you’d like.
  • You’re free to ski at your own pace, without having to wait for others to catch
    up or worry that you’re slowing them down. If you want to spend time taking an
    amazing photograph or simply catching your breath, then you’re free to do that
    without holding others up.
  • You have the freedom to meet new friends, whether it’s chatting on the ski
    lifts or during après ski in the evenings.
  • Maybe you don’t like the buzzing après ski club that all your friends loved, or
    perhaps they prefer to chill while you’re keen to party. When you travel alone
    you’re free to take part in whatever activities you like without concerning
    yourself with other people’s plans.

What might be holding you back:

So you’ve seen the benefits, but what is it that stops so many people
heading to the slopes alone?

  • There’s a chance you may hold back a little when skiing by yourself. Many
    people find that skiing with others can encourage them to push themselves;
    perhaps your friends are better skiers and might inspire you to ski a little
    faster, attempt a harder run or simply ski a little bit longer during the day.
  • Skiing by yourself has the potential to be lonely, particularly if you’re not
    confident talking to strangers.
  • You can sometimes face single traveller supplements on hotel and package
    bookings.
  • Some skiers worry that if they take a tumble or hurt themselves, they won’t
    have the support of friends to help them out. This isn’t such a problem on the
    major runs, but these concerns can be restrictive if you prefer to ski
    off-piste.
  • Eating and/or drinking alone in the evenings can be lonely for some, especially
    if you like to hit the bars and clubs at night.

Top tips for making the most of your solo ski trip:

There’s no need to let the points above hold you back– we have a few top
tips that will make a solo ski trip safer and much more fun:

  • Carry a safety whistle which you can reach easily in case you crash or get
    stuck in the snow – you can use this to attract the attention of passing skiers.
  • Don’t ski to far from the main pistes – if anything happens to you, you’ll need
    ski patrols to find you easily.
  • If you’re worried you won’t push yourself, try to set targets for each day and
    stick to them. Whether that’s trying a certain run, skiing for a set number of
    hours or pushing yourself to ski a little faster, setting a personal challenge
    will mean you won’t miss out on the encouragement you can get from friends.
  • Get chatting – if you’re keen to socialise in the evenings, make sure to strike
    up conversations when you can. Most other skiers are friendly and open, so make
    the most of time on the lifts or during ski lessons to make friends for dinner
    and après ski later in the day.
  • Avoid single traveller supplements by finding a group to travel with. There are
    lots of tour companies that cater to solo skiers who would rather not be
    hitting the slopes alone. For younger crowds under 35 that love the après ski,
    Contiki offer a selection of group ski tours in Europe or you could try Solos Holidays who also cater to single
    skiers, but tend to appeal to a slightly older crowd.
  • If you like to hit the slopes alone but prefer to mingle in the evenings,
    Neilson has a useful forum for solo skiers to meet
    like-minded travellers.
  • Cut costs further by considering the time of year and destination you’ll be
    skiing in as costs can vary greatly. Check out these money saving ski tips for further ways to
    save on your ski trip.

Laura Wilkins