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Ski hints and tips

Hot tips and recommendations

Forget Paris and Milan, hitting the slopes in stylish ski wear is where it is at...

Or for those new to ski, get up to date and become a layering pro. Find out more with Virgin Holidays and our hot tips and recommendations!

Hints, tips and recommendations for ski holidays

Layering pro

For those who are new to ski, getting up to speed with layering techniques is a must. There are three key layers to know: wicking, insulating and protection. Start with the wicking layer, which should be made of synthetic material so it can "wick" moisture away from the skin. Insulate with wool or fleece, and protect with a super waterproof material. Lastly, don't forget key items such as gloves, goggles, sunglasses, head-gear, and neck gators.

Hints, tips and recommendations for ski holidays

Ski stylin'

Bring a bit of fun to your ski wardrobe with some fun and colourful fashion trends. From colour-blocking with a bright splash of colour to choosing a stylish pattern to mix into your outfit, you can be rocking the slopes in no time.

For those wanting to up-the-ante, look for outfits with some luxe trims and accents. If cool and classic is your thing, we recommend solid colours such as black, navy, and forest green.

Hints, tips and recommendations for ski holidays

Sun 'n' safety

Sunburn, chapped lips, and broken bones. No thanks! These could all be avoided with some quick and easy protection items. Apply sunscreen and carry lip moisturiser in your pocket to help counteract the effects of dry air and wind. Protect your eyes with goggles or glasses and wear a helmet and wrist guards to help avoid injuries on the slopes.

Hints, tips and recommendations for ski holidays

App-centric

There are tons of ski apps available these days that can help you with just about anything. Some of our favourite ones include: Ski Tracks for daily performance measurment; Instagram for pictures, videos, and ski inspiration; RealSki 2.1 for in-resort locations and runs using augmented reality; and Ski Club of Great Britain for the latest resort conditions, snowfalls, and news. Plus, look out for resort apps - Mammoth and Park City are just a couple available.

Hints, tips and recommendations for ski holidays

Lights-camera-ACTION!

Capture the stories, memories and moments with some great photo gadgets. GoPro cameras are synonymous with video action on the slopes. The HERO4 is the latest edition with wi-fi capabilities and can be strapped to your helmet or chest.

For those after a point and shoot, the Nikon Coolpix AW130 is ready for ski action with shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof features. For those wanting to use their iPhone like a digital camera, the Belkin Live Action Camera Grip is a great little device to have on hand.

Hints, tips and recommendations for ski holidays

Indoor pool party

Following in the swaggering style of Vegas, Lake Tahoe now offers glamorous pool parties. 'Sundays at the Pool' indoor nightclub is now featured in MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa and is Lake Tahoe's only indoor playground featuring an acre that includes a swimming pool, an outdoor area, and a jacuzzi. Be sure not to miss out!

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We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the  Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

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For extra piece of mind, new bookings made before 30 September 2020 for travel up 30 April 2021 also have the flexibility to amend free of charge. If you need to change don’t worry, you can move your holiday as far out as 31 December 2021 subject to availability.

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With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 31 December 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

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Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

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We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

You're holiday is going ahead as planned


If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding


Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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To finalise the amendment, one of our customer advisors will phone you. We need to work through amend requests in departure date order so we can prioritise those with the most imminent travel plans, so you may have a longer wait than usual until we’re able to ring you back. We will help everyone that wants to move their holiday.

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You can contact our team by emailing feedback.backhome@virginholidays.com to discuss options on unused portions of your holiday. If you need to contact our team about amending an existing holiday or requesting a refund please log in to manage my booking.

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