How to start a Winter Van Build – Winter Van build Part 1
Having spent years watching the #vanlife movement explode in all sorts of directions, we decided that if we were to get the van we wanted, we were going to have to build it ourselves.
Do I Need To Take a Generator on a Motorhome or Campervan Skiing Trip?
For our first season in the mountains and to our surprise, our motorhome didn’t come equipped with any solar panels so with only a few weeks to go before departure, and a lot going on in preparation for leaving, we hastily investigated whether we’d need a generator for our motorhome skiing trip.
What Is a Winterised Motorhome?
This is a topic that caused us a lot of confusion when we were looking for a suitable campervan for our motorhome skiing trips. We invested a lot of time in researching this and found some interesting and valuable information.
How to Go Motorhome Skiing in Montgenèvre, France
When we began planning our first motorhome ski adventure, every forum we came across mentioned Montgenèvre. We put it on the to-do list and when we arrive, weren’t disappointed to discover a fantastic aire and everything we needed close by.
How Can You Get Discounts For Winter Camping?
Having quit our jobs, when we were first planning our motorhome ski season we were committed to keeping the costs down as low as possible and we quickly realised the best way to do this was by keeping our camping costs to a minimum.
Can I Take my Motorhome Skiing in Switzerland?
When we were planning our route around Europe we wanted to cover as many ski areas as possible and obviously, Switzerland was high on the priority list. When we started to do some research we found that there are a lot of things you need to consider before you go.
Which French Ski Resorts are Still Open at Easter?
When we were looking to plan our ski trips for this season, we quickly realised that Easter is late again this year and some ski resorts are closing earlier than they have in recent years.
French School Holidays 2019/20
If you’re going on a motorhome ski trip, there are a lot of reasons you should consider avoiding the French school holidays if you can.
SNOWPASS EUROPEAN SKI PASS – IS IT TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
Snowpass is the Oyster card of the ski-world – ish. Accepted as a mode of payment for ski lift systems across Europe. The ski world’s answer to the Interrail pass and the National Trust Membership.
SKI SEASON JOBS: SKI RESORT TRANSFER DRIVER
Many people dream of doing a ski season and whilst ski-bum #vanlife is one option – there are distinct benefits of becoming a bonafide resort worker, earning actual cash. How about a job as a ski resort transfer driver? As grown-ups the idea of being a 90 hour a week chalet girl or a resort rep for a ski tour operator doesn’t seem to tick the life goals boxes so we asked ourselves the question, what jobs could we do in resort that would enable us to live and work in the mountains for a ski season? Our friends Viv and Jason found one answer to ski season jobs – spending last winter in the Portes du Soleil as ski resort transfer drivers. We decided to grill them about everything that’s involved in being a ski resort transfer driver – is this the kind of job you could see yourself doing to spend a winter shredding the pow? When considering any season long commitment, we think it’s important to be furnished with as much information as possible so a bit of background into Viv and Jason is useful reading. If you’re not into spending the season in a home on […]
IS THIS THE CHEAPEST WAY TO DO A SKI SEASON?
So you’re thinking of how you’re going to do a ski season but you don’t fancy slogging 16 hour days? Here’s how you can join the legion of seasonnaires, Winterized style.
WINTER VAN BUILD PART 1: NOT JUST ANY VAN BUILD
If you’re genuinely looking for some winter van build inspiration, search ‘winter van build’ on YouTube or Google and you’re probably going to be a bit disappointed. It felt like summer 2017 all over again when we discovered that Google had a black spot in the motorhome skiing department. There’s a generous amount of ‘living in a van in winter’ stuff and the odd credible winter van conversion video but certainly nothing that James or I found particularly helpful or inspiring. The aim of this Winterized Winter Van Build series is to walk you through your own winter van build, warts and all, showing you where you can scrimp, save and splash, dependent on your budget, skills and time. We’ve researched our conversion to death, and James has even donated his beloved VW T5 plumber’s-mate as the test-bed for things that have the potential to go horribly wrong. This is us, as complete newbies, screwing things up, just for you. We’re good like that! If you’re up for building your own snow-mobile and you fancy the freedom of mountain hopping, you can find the blog sign up at the bottom of this page and more details about how to follow […]
MOTORHOME WIFI VS THE WINTER
Search Google – you’ll find a lot of reviews and user guides to various motorhome wifi products and solutions to getting internet reception on the road.
Full Winter Van Conversion Starts Here!
If you’re interested in the idea of converting a van into the ultimate winter snowmad adventure camper, you might want to grab the popcorn!
RENTING A MOTORHOME FOR YOUR WINTER TRAVELS
What, where, when, why and how to rent a motorhome for your ski trip
A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO SNOWSHOEING
Ever thought of Snowshoeing? Do what? But I’m at a ski area, why would I want to do anything different to skiing or boarding ALL DAY EVERY DAY??
DO I NEED WINTER TYRES?
The answer to the question ‘do I need winter tyres?’ is yes, you do need winter tyres and if you opt out then you’re a bit of a wally.
DISCOVER BACKCOUNTRY SKIING
Back in the day, we used to call it off-piste now it’s called backcountry.
WHY CHOOSING A VAN FOR MOTORHOME SKIING IS DIFFICULT
We’re a bit niche and nobody in the motorhome industry really knows anything about our needs.
REVIEW: KARCHER WINDOW VAC (WV2)
Our review of the Karcher Window Vac. Motorhome skiing essential.
ARE LPG REFILLABLE GAS BOTTLES WORTH IT?
If you’re hoofing it to the Alps in your motorhome, you should consider LPG refillables – here’s why.
MOTORHOME SKIING IN CHAMONIX
Can you take your motorhome skiing in Chamonix? Yes is the answer and there are lots of options open to you from campsites with facilities to aires with none.
Which is Best for Motorhome Skiing – Aires or Campsites?
Aires of campsites? Which is for you? Here are a few things about both to help you decide.
3 WAYS TO MOTORHOME SKI
A) Don’t try British sarcasm on the Gendarme; B) don’t try to dry your hair, roast a chicken and charge a drill all at the same time on a three day drained leisure battery; and the classic, C) never eat yellow snow.
YOU’RE NOT AN ICE ROAD TRUCKER AND YOU DO NEED WINTER TYRES
We’ll be frank, we weren’t 100% sure that you do need winter tyres or that they were necessary for this trip.
Finding an alternative ski holiday
If you search ‘alternative ski holiday’, you’re going to find lists of less common ski and snow sports destinations – little know off-grid Norwegian towns, remote Italian mountain villages and the fast growing resorts of Western Europe. And yes, that’s one alternative to the traditional European Alpine ski holiday but if you’re looking for something really different for your 2018 week in the snow, the are lots of options to consider.
Guaranteed snow every ski holiday
Feeling disgruntled about the snow-lotto you play when booking your precious week in the mountains? Fancy spending some time touring the alps? Perfectly happy with negotiating a few switch-backs and stomach-lurching cliff edge roads for guaranteed snow?
“IF IT’S GOT TYRES OR TESTICLES, IT’S GOING TO GIVE YOU TROUBLE”
Winter tyres are essential for motorhome skiing trips regardless of the law.
We’re Hannah and James – and in 2017 we thought we invented motorhome skiing. Little did we know that there was a world of snowmads out there and we were late to the party!
As complete beginners to winter camping we struggled to find up to date information help us find places to stay and teach us all the things we needed to know to make a success of a motorhome skiing trip so we decided to start collecting that information. Winterised.com which is now the biggest motorhome skiing and boarding resource and is growing rapidly.