Although the availability of cabin vacations has fallen by 70% for the coming winter 21-22, at least one tour operator has said they are expanding their cabin selection next season.
SkiWeekends will offer two new chalets in the 3 Valleys and the Portes du Soleil to offer a total of 10 catered chalets as well as a wide choice of hotels in 21 resorts across France and Switzerland. The company says it will also offer flexible booking terms and has put in place what it describes as “strong Covid guarantees”.
A number of cabin operators have gone out of business due to trade tensions from the pandemic. Some other ski vacation companies that are still in operation have canceled or reduced their chalet programs for reasons such as pandemic operating regulations, making chalet vacations more difficult to offer. It is currently unclear what impact the virus could still have in eight months. There is also the Brexit issue which makes it difficult to find British staff – currently most companies require applicants to work for them by offering them 21-22 ski vacations to hold a European passport.
Despite these challenges, SkiWeekends launched its new 2021-2022 winter holidays in the French and Swiss Alps, with 10 fully equipped chalets in Courchevel Moriond (1650), Avoriaz and Morzine, as well as numerous hotels ranging from 2 * to 5 * in 21 resorts.
The two new chalets are in Courchevel 1650 (Mouria, 16-21 people) and Avoriaz (Poudreuse, 12-14 people). In addition, a third chalet in Avoriaz has recently been completely renovated inside and out (Jean France, sleeps 12).
“Our guests always want a fully equipped cabin vacation and we have good bookings for next winter,” said SkiWeekends General Manager Dan Fox.
All chalets will be staffed with SkiWeekends hosts and offered on a chalet basis, including breakfast, afternoon tea and 3-course dinner with wine (5 days per week). A new VIP upgrade service includes welcome drinks and canapes on the first night, a fully prepared breakfast, a cheese board at dinner, and premium bottled wines.
“We strive to make life easier at SkiWeekends, we are ready for customers to travel and ski on the same day with a bag store and changing rooms before and after departure, maximizing the ski time where a ski holiday. ‘one week means 7.5 days of skiing and 3 nights means 3.5 days of skiing. We live and breathe our motto, Be Happy Ski More, which is why our 5 ski in ski out chalets in Avoriaz are so popular, ”said Sarah Fox, Company Sales Director.