How to get the most out of singles skiing

Skiing holidays might have a reputation for catering to big groups of friends or tight-knit families, but have you ever considered going alone?

Whether you’re a first timer looking to try something new or an accomplished off-piste thrill seeker, there are numerous reasons why a single ski holiday could be the trip for you. Here’s how to get the most out of your solo ski adventure.

Enjoy the freedom

If you’re going on a ski holiday because you want to become a better skier, going alone is a great idea.

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, it can be hard to get opportunities to test yourself when you’re with a big group of skiers with varying abilities. There can often be a lot of compromise, and you can sometimes find yourself skiing on more intermediate slopes just to please your friends, instead of trying harder or easier slopes which are more suited to your ability.

The good thing about going on a solo trip is that the only person you have to keep happy is yourself. This added freedom of being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want means you can manage your time on the slopes at your own speed. You won’t have to worry about your more relaxed friends not wanting to get out of bed until midday, or younger family members getting tired and wanting to end the day early.

Enjoy being unpredictable

Organising a group holiday requires a lot of planning. From ski passes to equipment hire, there’s usually a huge itinerary to be followed so that everyone has an enjoyable time. Straying from this itinerary on a group trip can put the whole holiday in jeopardy, but when you’re going solo, it’s all part of the fun.

Enjoy the fact that you can decide to go on a last-minute heli-skiing trip, or randomly stay out all night when you were actually planning an early evening, or even go to a completely different ski area just because you overheard someone talking about it at breakfast.

The best part of any holiday usually comes from an unpredictable decision, and there’s no better time to find this out than when you’re on your own on the slopes.

Make the most of the après ski scene

A unique aspect of a ski holiday is the alpine tradition of après ski, aka; the post-ski food, drinks and party scene. Après ski is all about people with the shared interest of skiing having fun together, regardless of whether you’re with a group or you’re on your own.

The inclusive nature of après ski makes it easy to get to know new people – you just have to go in with an open mind and a friendly attitude. You’re guaranteed to meet people from all walks of life, and chances are that many of the people you meet will also be skiing alone.

Get to know other single skiers

Not everyone goes on a single ski holiday because they want to improve their ski ability. It can be tough to convince your family or friends to come with you if they’re not into skiing, or maybe you just prefer traveling solo. But don’t think that booking a ski holiday alone means that you have to be by yourself the whole time.

Skiing alone has never been so popular, meaning there are plenty of people in the same boat at you. But how do you meet these people?
Prior to your trip, online forums specifically focused on single skiing are a great place to start discussing your trip. Here you can get travel tips, skiing advice, and you might even find someone going to the same resort that needs a roommate.
Similarly, when you arrive at your destination, ask around and find events the resort might put on specifically for single skiers. You’ll soon realise that skiing solo is one of the best things you’ll ever do.

Best for single travellers:

Arcs Extrême in the French Alps. This adult only all-inclusive resort offers group ski or snowboarding lessons and the best in apres ski.

Club Med are the leaders when it comes to solo skiing holidays with resort teams on hand to organise solo events and introduce you to other single skiers. They also organise group ski and snowboard lessons, so if you don’t want to learn alone, you won’t have to. You’ll meet people from all around the world and from all walks of life. Take a look at their range of all-inclusive ski resorts for your solo adventure.