Everything You Need To Know About Staying In Motorhome Aires In Winter
When we first learned about aires we were excited about the prospect of being able to park in ski resorts for such a small amount of money. As touring seasonnaires, the biggest cost we thought we would have to account for was parking or staying in campsites, but aires offered a very cheap alternative. We will readily admit, we knew very little about how aires worked and nothing about the customs and etiquette involved – something we have learned is quite different in winter. What do you need to know about staying on aires in winter? There are some fundamental things that it is useful to know if you’re planning to stay on aires in winter – particularly if you intend to use them as your base for a skiing or snowboarding holiday: Electric hook up Access to fresh water Disposing of waste Toilets and showers Access and parking up The costs of staying on a motorhome aire The rules and etiquette Finding winter aires for skiing The concept of a ‘camping car aire’ might be entirely new to you, or you may only have used them when touring in summer – if so, we suggest you read this article […]
Beginners Guide to Motorhome Skiing
One afternoon in May, a few years ago, James and I decided we’d get a motorhome and take it skiing for a season. We went online to work out some of the logistics of actually undertaking this venture, and due to the sheer lack of information about, we concluded that we’d pretty much invented the whole concept. Wrong. Despite being late to the motorhome skiing party by about 40 years, we did establish one thing. There’s not a lot of information out there to help first timers and so here we’re going to share some of the things we learned early on in our motorhome skiing adventures. In this Beginners Guide to Motorhomes Skiing we’re going to cover the following: Planning your trip Preparing for departure The journey What you should do on your first How to go with the flow What to do if it all goes wrong What not to do under any circumstances How to do it better next time If you haven’t got a van yet, you can check out detailed information on Choosing a Motorhome for a Ski Trip, and Three ways to go Motorhome Skiing – this guide is about the trip itself. Planning […]
Can I Share A Eurotunnel Frequent Traveller Wallet?
For many people, simply getting across the channel can be one of the biggest expenses of driving to a ski resort from the UK but there is a frequent traveller programme for the channel tunnel that can save you hundreds of pounds, even if you only travel a few times a year because you can share it with another person. Can I Share A Eurotunnel Frequent Traveller Account? One of the many benefits of the Eurotunnel Frequent Traveller programme is the ability to share the account with a ‘Nominated Person’. This means that two parties can share the ten ticket minimum purchase – they do not need to be related or travelling at the same time. In this article we’ll talk you through the different types of Frequent Traveller Wallet available, plus the extra costs you will incur for on peak and high season travel; any ferrets that are accompanying you; and the charges for motorhomes, campervans, caravans and trailers. We’ll also show you how to share this cost with someone else and if you’re looking for a EFT Buddy, how to get in touch with us so we can put you in contact with a fellow infrequent traveller so […]
Electrical Essentials for Motorhome Skiing
If you’ve read our No BS Essential Motorhome Skiing Items list then you’ll know that we’re pretty opinionated when it comes to some of the stuff that people will tell you is vital for survival when it comes to high altitude winter camping! We’ve also always been on a fairly tight budget when it comes to travelling – we put work on hold for extended periods of time and that means we’re usually watching the pennies more than many who are either working a season, living the good life in well-earned retirement or cramming their skiing into a few short weeks. We’re known for spending smart – investing in high quality gear that will hopefully last a long time and leaving out stuff that we think we can do without. This list is specifically about electrical gear and it’s stuff we’ve found invaluable or it’s made life a load easier one way or another. Motorhome Wifi iBoost (All year round) Heavy Duty Insulated Cable for EHU (All year round) Fishing Rod Stands (Winter use) Rubber Cable Cover (all year round) Power Spliter (All year round) Motorhome Wifi iBoost (All year round) In 51/2 months, we used a grand total of […]
Top Ten Caravan Friendly Campsites Open for Skiing in Europe
Anyone who’s spent any time touring Europe in a motorhome will know that if you are planning to stay on a campsite, it is best to book in advance. Campsites that open in and around resorts for the ski season are limited – far fewer than are open in summer which means that if you are travelling during any of the holiday periods, they can get very busy – not only that, not all welcome caravans in winter. For this reason, we consulted with Winterised Caravan Skiing Guru John Wilson. All the campsites listed here are also open to motorhomes. If you’re considering taking your caravan skiing, also check out John’s article ‘Can I Take My Caravan Skiing’. So let’s answer the question, where can I take my caravan skiing? Here are ten excellent winter campsites that welcome caravans during the ski season: Austria Panorama Camping, Tirol Camping Arlberg, Tirol Tirol Camp, Fieberbrunn Aktiv Camping Prutz, Tirol Camping Solden, Solden Camping Hofer, Tirol France Camping Huttopia, Bourg St Maurice Camping Caravaneige Le Giffre, Samoëns Camping Chantalouette, Praz sur Arly Germany Camping Oberstdorf, Oberstdorf As you can see from this list, there are plenty of options for taking your caravan camping […]
Ultimate Guide to Motorhome Skiing in The Portes du Soleil
We departed for our first ever motorhome skiing trip without any plan further than Dunkirk, and even that didn’t pan out as we were re-routed to Calais in bad weather.
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.
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.
RENTING A MOTORHOME FOR YOUR WINTER TRAVELS
What, where, when, why and how to rent a motorhome for your ski trip
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.
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.
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.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO MOTORHOME SKI?
This is the long awaited ‘how much cash did you splash?’ blog. An average of €45/each/day… so how did we do that when a week in Les Arcs will cost you €1000?
How We Spent A Season Touring The Alps
It appears that some of you crazies are looking into embarking on your own Winterised Project – which is good because that’s why we started blogging in the first place – to collect information and illustrate how to, and more importantly, how not to undertake a motorhome ski trip.
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.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL BY FERRY
Why you should travel by ferry
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.
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.
Top 5 Road Trip Planning Resources
Here are the top 5 road trip planning resources we got our paws on before we started to put together our winter 2017/18 road trip to the Alps. In no particular order…