There is loads of accommodation but you must decide whether you want to stay on or off the mountain and whey up the pros and cons to this. Staying on the mountain is by far the most convenient and saves a lot of time which means more time to enjoy the snow. Staying on the mountain has lots of options, you can stay in a hotel and use the hotel facilities with restaurants, room service etc., private apartments can be rented direct from the owners or with a real estate company, and then there are the private lodges. With lodges, sometimes you will have to be a member or know a member to be able to stay there and with other lodges they are open to the public. Hotels and apartments will give you more privacy then a lodge, a lodge is usually a large place with communal living and kitchen areas, some will have their own ensuites and others will be shared bathrooms as well so worth checking before you book. Some lodges have a roster system where a family is given an area to keep clean or look after. Each family will clean up after themselves during their stay. Some lodges have a free meal on one evening a week, usually a weekend night, this is good to take advantage of and can be fun. If you have kids then it’s worth checking to see if they have a games room, this is a fund way for kids to spend the evening mixing with others in the lodge. Staying in apartments and lodges means you will have to take most of your food up with you or you can purchase from the local supermarket, some have breakfast included in the cost. Check to see if you have to provide your own linen, some will provide it but others won’t. There is usually a drying room for your gear at the end of the day so you don’t have to drag it up to your room. If you are staying on the mountain decide whether you would like a ski-in or ski-out location, check on the map or ring and speak to someone at the accommodation if you are not familiar with the mountain.
If you decide to stay off the mountain a bus service is available that can take you up and down the mountain each day. This can take a while so make sure you allow plenty of time to get to where you want to be and if you have booked lessons you should arrive at your lesson 15 minutes before it starts. Take a back pack with you for anything that you need during the day, even pack an extra few clothing items in case you get wet or cold, lockers are located in a convenient location on the mountain and can be hired for a small fee. There are plenty of places to buy hot drinks and food.
If you do decide to book accommodation off the mountain check to see how far away it is as you don’t really want to be travelling long distances each day, this can take the enjoyment out of your holiday.
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