HOW TO BEAT SKI LIFT QUEUES

We’ve all been there. You have finally arrived at the ski resort after months of planning and are itching to feel the snow beneath your skis. But you’re stuck in a chair lift queue that doesn’t seem to be moving! With the peak of the ski season looming and more people looking to enjoy what the mountain has to offer it can be hard to find that completely empty run. But not impossible. We have put together a list of our top ski lift tips and hints to get the most out of your time on the slopes. 


Before you get there:

  1.  Plan: Before you even get to the slopes you can give yourself a head start by sorting out your equipment and passes before you get there. Most ski resorts let you buy your pass in advance, either posting it to you or letting you collect it the night before so you can skip the long ticket lines the next day. On the equipment side, many ski shops stay open late on transfer days so you can go sort out rentals quickly and easily. Even better you can buy your own skis, boots or boards. So, whilst everyone else is losing half a day’s skiing the next morning you can already be up on the mountain taking in your second run of the day
  2. Early Bird: There is a reason that the Early Bird gets the worm. Getting up earlier means shorter queues, and more time on the mountain- so it's a win-win. Some ski resorts even offer Early Bird passes for the particularly bright eyed and bushy tailed that let you get ski lifts up to half an hour before the lifts officially open. You might be limited to certain runs as some lifts may not be open but those first empty runs will set you up for the rest of the day. So whilst it can be very difficult to set your alarm and drag yourself out of bed the empty slopes make it completely worth your while. 
  3.  Book Ski Lesson: You know the saying if you can't beat them join them. Ski schools have priority queues that mean you can skip the ski lift queues and maximise your time on the slopes. Plus, ski instructors are the best places to show you the best and least crowded areas around the ski resort as they have been skiing it all season long. So not only are you becoming a better skier but getting more skiing in. Even for the most experienced skier can't argue with that logic.  So, get online and book some ski lessons!
  4. Ask the locals: Along the same lines as booking lessons talking to the locals is an invaluable way to get insider knowledge. If you are staying in a chalet talk to your chalet hosts, they often know the routing of the ski resorts an can give you the best advice for what's busy when. Forums are also great as they have a lot of insider lift tips from people who go to those ski resorts regularly.

On the slopes:

  1.  Plan: Before you even get to the slopes you can give yourself a head start by sorting out your equipment and passes before you get there. Most ski resorts let you buy your pass in advance, either posting it to you or letting you collect it the night before so you can skip the long ticket lines the next day. On the equipment side, many ski shops stay open late on transfer days so you can go sort out rentals quickly and easily. Even better you can buy your own skis, boots or boards. So, whilst everyone else is losing half a day’s skiing the next morning you can already be up on the mountain taking in your second run of the day
  2. Early Bird: There is a reason that the Early Bird gets the worm. Getting up earlier means shorter queues, and more time on the mountain- so it's a win-win. Some ski resorts even offer Early Bird passes for the particularly bright eyed and bushy tailed that let you get ski lifts up to half an hour before the lifts officially open. You might be limited to certain runs as some lifts may not be open but those first empty runs will set you up for the rest of the day. So whilst it can be very difficult to set your alarm and drag yourself out of bed the empty slopes make it completely worth your while. 
  3.  Book Ski Lesson: You know the saying if you can't beat them join them. Ski schools have priority queues that mean you can skip the ski lift queues and maximise your time on the slopes. Plus, ski instructors are the best places to show you the best and least crowded areas around the ski resort as they have been skiing it all season long. So not only are you becoming a better skier but getting more skiing in. Even for the most experienced skier can't argue with that logic.  So, get online and book some ski lessons!
  4. Ask the locals: Along the same lines as booking lessons talking to the locals is an invaluable way to get insider knowledge. If you are staying in a chalet talk to your chalet hosts, they often know the routing of the ski resorts an can give you the best advice for what's busy when. Forums are also great as they have a lot of insider lift tips from people who go to those ski resorts regularly.

And that's all our tips and hints. Let us know your tips and hints for skipping ski lift queues on Facebook and Twitter. Happy skiing! 


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