Twitter & Facebook for Ski Resorts

With social networking taking over the world and every man and his dog using it in one way or another, surely all the top ski resorts will have joined the bandwagon by now. As I am sure you are aware most skiers and boarders see their snow-filled holidays as much a necessity and addiction as anything else in their lives. We love to know where the best snow is, what’s going on in our favourite resort and when our usual traveling companions will be skiing.

With Facebook one of the most visited sites on the internet and the likes of Twitter and Bebo growing by the day, most tech savvy skiers will have access to at least one online social network. With online travel agents making the booking process easier we are spending more time researching and reading about skiing and snowboarding online.

Whether booking holidays, checking our resort reviews, or signing up to snow alerts all the info we need is out there. I decided to have a look into the so called big resorts to see who we can ‘add as a friend’, ‘like’ or ‘tweet’. With growing numbers of people using Facebook and Twitter to organise their holidays with friends there had to be a presence of info out there to help with our choices.

The first thing I noticed is when looking at the big North-American resorts such as Whistler, Breckenrige and Aspen they all use Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds and weekly newsletters to maximum effect. With minimal effort you can find out where the snow, best deals and biggest parties will be.

In contrast the European resorts are a little further behind. The Three Valleys has so far abstained from social networking, with exception to the independently run LaTania.co.uk (though anyone who knows La Tania wouldn’t expect any less from Toffa). The Espace Killy have joined in the world of Facebook with posts in English, whereas you may need to brush up on your French when looking for your Les Arcs fix.

Below I have complied a list of the ‘big’ resorts social networking, though I will update the list with any comments you may have.

Andorra

  • Grandvalira: Facebook (Catalan/Spanish)

Austria

Canada

France

Spain

U.S.A.

Ski Lift Passes Price Directory

When you’re booking ski holidays, there’s nothing worse than discovering the ski passes for the area turns out to be more than you’d budgeted. Lift passes in the Alps vary in price in many ways including the date you go, the resort you’re staying in, whether you’ll be skiing across several different resorts, your age and how many days you’ll be skiing.

I figured it makes sense to have a simple table with lift pass prices broken down. That way, there’s an at-a-glance way of helping add up your ski holiday costs before booking. Please note, that resorts change their lift pass prices regularly and also taking into account that the exchange rate fluctuates, it’s very difficult to have accurate prices. As such the below are all approximations, based on 6 days in peak season. Last updated: 02 March 2009.

Ski Lift Passes by Cost

Country Resort Child(Local) Child(Area) Adult(Local) Adult(Area)
Austria Ischgl £100 £111 £150 £166
Austria Kaprun £83 £83 £162 £162
Austria Kitzbuhel £82 £82 £160 £160
Austria Mayrhofen £80 £80 £155 £155
Austria Obergurgl £100 £100 £162 £162
Austria Saalbach £84 £84 £163 £163
Austria Soll £81 £81 £156 £156
Austria St Anton £100 £100 £163 £163
France Alpe dHuez £126 £126 £174 £174
France Avoriaz £93 £116 £131 £170
France Chamonix £131 £160 £162 £199
France Courchevel £113 £147 £158 £194
France Isola 2000 £89 £97 £117 £129
France La Plagne £132 £156 £173 £206
France La Rosiere £101 £101 £142 £142
France La Tania £114 £147 £161 £194
France Les Arcs £131 £156 £173 £206
France Les Deux Alpes £122 £122 £161 £161
France Meribel £114 £147 £161 £194
France Morzine £93 £116 £131 £170
France Tignes £124 £143 £153 £177
France Val dIsere £143 £143 £177 £177
France Val Thorens £108 £147 £152 £194
Italy Cervinia £84 £107 £163 £209
Italy La Thuile £84 £84 £163 £163
Italy Passo Tonale £111 £111 £140 £140
Italy Sauze dOulx £109 £109 £154 £154
Italy Selva £121 £130 £170 £183
Italy Val di Fassa £113 £130 £160 £183
Switzerland Davos £61 £61 £164 £164
Switzerland Engelberg £69 £69 £162 £162
Switzerland Saas Fee £100 £100 £185 £185
Switzerland Verbier £90 £99 £171 £190
Switzerland Zermatt £102 £114 £198 £223

I manually upkeep this list and add to it when I can, so I’ve tried to include the most popular resorts, but if there’s a specific resort you’d like to know the lift pass prices of (that isn’t already listed), feel free to make a request in the comments. I will be including the cost of Canadian and US lift passes next.