Could A Package Snowboard Holiday Help You Out?

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Unfortunately my plans of going to Breckenridge next year have fallen through. However I have still be thinking about it, and one of the thoughts that crossed my mind was the use of package holiday company…

Everytime that I’ve been to Europe, except for one, I’ve hand-rolled the trip myself. I think this is fairly common place with snowboarders; afterall, there isn’t much to organise, all you need is a flight, a transfer and some accommodation. You can buy your lift pass on the first morning at the ticket station. Easy.

However, when we went to Fernie, Canada, back in 2008, the group bought a package holiday from Inghams. Having never been to Canada before, the package was appealing: browse through the accommodation options, pick one, and you’re all done. We didn’t have to think about anything. Airport parking, the flight, the transfer, all sorted. And the lift passes delivered to us. What’s more, if there are beginners in your group you can arrange equipment hire and lessons at the same time also.

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And the price was good too. Inghams actually have some pretty good destinations to choose from, and as they also cover Breckenridge, it was one of the options I was considering. On that note, the choice of resorts in the States is quite small; their selection of Canada ski holidays is better, with the likes of Whistler, Banff, Lake Louise and Fernie.

And this is what got me thinking. If we were going to Japan, or Breckenridge, I would consider using a package holiday provider. They can help with the unknown, and my previous experience of using Inghams was great, absolutely no complaints. Yet if we were planning a trip to Europe, I’d be much more inclined to make all my own arrangements, piecing the trip together myself.

What do you guys think? Do you use packages, like the pre-made Ski holidays from a company like Inghams, or do you prefer to set up everything yourself?

2 Comments

  • Reply August 8, 2010

    David Z

    I always set up everything myself, but to your point if I was going somewhere unfamiliar like Japan or South America I would consider a package. I could go either way with Europe, but I’d probably try to set it up myself.

  • Reply August 8, 2010

    Gavin

    Yeah. The strange thing for me was that I always assumed I’d be making a compromise with a package, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. Although that’s probably because the package was nicely suited to our group – in general, I do still think that your choices become more limited… I guess that’s the trade off you make – someone else organises it all for you, but you get the whole “package”.

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