looking for cheap ski rental anywhere at all

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  1. Jac Sprat

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    We plan to sell up and head off in August touring Europe then drive to a ski area in December for hopefully a few months. I would actually ski from the van but husband doesn't ski so that wouldn't be fair.
    A 2 bed flat would suit us fine then we'd rent something bigger when the four kids plus partners came over for their,ski holiday.
    Has anyone done this?
    Do you think if we just pitched up in a ski area we'd find something on the spot or even a last minute vacancy and maybe changed every week?
    Any tips?
     
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    It might be better to pose your question on a skiing website.

    Nobody here hires an apartment in a ski resort when you can stay in a van for £150 a week max!
    As for availability, the resorts that get reliable snow are likely to be booked well in advance, as well as being very expensive.

    For instance, a couple of years ago in Val Thorens, during February half term, a couple with their small child had to abandon their Swift van (they were assured by the dealer it was fully winterised!).
    Their new accommodation was around £3000 a week!

    I'm not saying you wouldn't be able to do what you suggest, but December onwards is peak season and it will be costly!
     
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    Thanks
    sorry I thought I was on the ski page ! I'll try again.
    I'm going to have to get a ski place as i can't leave partner in a motor home all day in the snow. Would be different if he skied.
     
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    Don't worry! You are on the ski pages!!!!

    I was suggesting Snowheads or similar Ski Forums for info on non-wheeled accommodation!:)
     
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    Haha! Just posted it again!
    I tried snowHeads and j2ski already but it seems no one takes long lets.
    I thought it would be sonething that motor homers do btw
    Everyone on snowHeads begged me not to ski from a motor home long term due to freezing conditions even with winterising it.
     
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    How do you find it? Have you skied from a motor home for a long period?
     
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    Big girl's blouses!!!!!

    We never have any problems with the cold, 20 degrees C constantly in our van 24/7!!!!

    You do need the right van though!

    The maximum stay for us has been 2 weeks, but to be honest, this could be indefinite. We just need to add diesel and gas to keep going for ever!
     
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    Ah ok this sounds more interesting - I was told it was really not a good idea. We are in our 60s though and feel the cold more...
     
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    I watched the YouTube video on here and they looked somewhat chilled.....
    Well if that's really true then it puts a different perspective on it.
    We haven't bought our van yet so I'll have to make sure it's fully winterised. Are there as any makes that are particularly good at this?
     
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    Which is the right van jonandshell ?
     
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    So after 2 weeks do you normally go home or drive somewhere warmer?
     
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    You need a continental build with all the water system inside. Double floored models are best although even some of these need the odd tweek to keep them trouble free.
    As for older Funsters feeling the cold, John and Kath (Sherriff and Champers) are both retired and occasional skiers!!!
     
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    We both work, so it's heading for home!
     
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    Becks are our local Hymer and Burstner dealer. These are both well winterised makes.

    Stowmarket Caravans do Chausson, although you need to order the winter pack with these to ensure you have a heated waste tank.
     
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    Thanks those tips.
    Excellent! This means I can tour the different resorts too!
    Are there a lot of Aires near the slopes?
     
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    Motorhomeski is worth googling for locations and for tips on motorhome prep!

    http://www.motorhomeski.com/

    Don't forget that this year was dire for snow in the Alps. The ability to move to where the snow is best is a big advantage over an apartment!
     
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    Martin is worried about snow tyres chains. Are they easy to fit or does a garage do it?
     
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    Great thanks
     
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    We have winter tyres on our MH, but they stay on year round for grip on wet muddy fields. Chains are easy to fit with a little practice. You need winter tyres for Alpine regions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but not France. Chains are required to be carried though.

    To be fair, most roads are clear at all times anyway and fitting chains is the exception rather than the norm.
     
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