When booking a holiday property at a ski resort, the magic of the term ‘ski-in, ski-out’ is undeniable. It evokes images of a lovingly restored log cabin on the edge of a flawlessly landscaped trail, as an observer of skiers carving elegant bends from your living room window, occasionally spraying snow on the windowpane. He suggests getting out of the front door, clicking on the skis and sliding down the slope to the elevator. You can predict that you will avoid the infatuation of people waiting for a lukewarm and wet pizza in a mountain restaurant using your own log cabin as … a mountain restaurant. And, perhaps best of all, you may be looking forward to returning to your own front door at the end of the afternoon and forgetting about running on the trails and the dignity of crowded buses.
The reality can be very different. Knowing the power of the term “skiing, skiing”, accommodation providers quickly use it to cover countless different arrangements and a range of proximity trails. Here are a few things to look out for:
1) A ski lodge that is truly a “walking distance” from the slopes. The economics of mountain housing development means that when an area develops along the slopes, only some of them are actually along the slopes. It is almost certain that there is a hinterland of the property that has access to the slopes … roads, paths, pavements, etc. Paths can be short or not. Be sure to ask how exactly a particular plot of land is away from the actual ski trail and what the trail is actually like: is it a flat promenade or a series of dozens of icy stairs?
2) Ski-in, a ski lodge that can be reached by a rough path through the forest. When these houses were originally built, the developers paved the way for them so they could sell them as ‘ski-in, ski-out’. However, these trails are very often too narrow for a snow cat to use; in addition, they are very likely privately owned and the elevator company that arranges the slopes may not be responsible for them. Only if the owners of the property serviced by that trail come together and arrange privately for landscaping will you find the trail in good enough condition for safe use.
3) Ski house, skiing outside the house that offers good access to the ski entrances … if you have chosen one of the 2 weeks of the year when the snow falls to that level. Many resorts that offer skiing accommodation are down in the valley, and global warming has led to a rising snow line and a reduction in the number of weeks that snow falls on the ground at certain altitudes.
4) Finally, there is nirvana: the ski lodge, which he says is located: it is located on the slopes that are covered with snow throughout the season and are cared for daily by the snow cats of the ski lifts. This is what is often called “true skiing, skiing”. However, you may find that it is, because this property is scarce, very expensive or alternatively developed with quite charming accommodation. Aspens in Whistler is a good example of this. The situation is perfect, on the slopes, but the accommodation is mostly quite spartan.
The lesson here is simple. When you book your ski accommodation, ski accommodation, be sure to know exactly what you are getting. If you book a resort like Whistler, where there are numerous gradations of accommodation for skiing, skiing out, consult with one of the local real estate management companies such as Holiday Whistler and ask them very carefully about its exact location before booking Ski Accommodation in Whistler .