The do it yourself ski holidays took another blow with the announcement from British Airways that they are now charging you for the privilege of carrying your skis. British Airways have been the choice of skiers who made independent arrangements for their ski holiday, particularly since the low cost carriers had been charging for ski carriage for some years now. The charge that is being imposed by British Airways is no “small beer” you will be charged £58 if you pay for these when you book your flight online, if you do not, but wait until you get to the airport, this charge becomes a staggering £70! It seems to most that these charges cannot be justified and makes it more important that you talk to a ski holiday specialist when considering your holiday. You will find that the deals that are available are considerably cheaper than individually booking a flight, accommodation and transferring to the resort. Tour operators get the best accommodation deals and contract hire coaches for the ski season for airport to resort transfers, usually much cheaper than you can do it yourself, although most charge for ski carriage which can make hiring equipment in the resort an option to consider. Again your ski holiday specialist can help here. One way round the ski carriage problem is to use “snow train” which is Eurostar and travels from St Pancras to the French Alps each week on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. You still have to get to your resort, which is usually a short transfer, but you can take as much luggage as you want, including skis, free of charge. All in ski holidays by snow train are available through ski holiday specialists, and your transfer to the resort will be taken care of, this option is great for families and groups of like minded people. As no “snow train” exist to take us across the Atlantic to the North American ski resorts, we still have to rely on the aeroplane, but you will get free ski carriage on some Airlines
Many travellers opt to take a plane from London to Paris, as many budget airline companies provide cheap ticket prices. But remember that these are what they say they are, budget airlines. Don’t expect any frills.
A lot of your time is taken up with getting to and from airports these days with the ever-increasing traffic levels. You will also be charged a hefty amount for parking your car whilst you are away. Check-in delays and security hassles also add to the travel time. These are just some of the drawbacks to flying. Nevertheless, taking the plane is a quick way to get between the two cities. Ryan Air and Easy Jet have attractive ticket prices for this trip. But remember that if you fly you are quite heavily restricted as to the amount of luggage that you can take. If your baggage is over the weight limit you will be charged a punitive extra amount of money. So if you are not in such a desperate hurry to get to Paris why not consider travelling via a more relaxed ferry ride across the channel.
Travellers who choose to fly are missing the enjoyable ferry ride experience. This includes the breathtaking view of the White Cliffs of Dover and the jagged panorama of the coastlines of France and England. They are also giving up the convenience of having their car with them when they reach the other side of the Channel. So if you have time to slow it down a bit, why not take the ferry?