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Do It Yourself Ski Holiday: The Pros & Cons

If you’re used to package holidays, organising a “do it yourself ski holiday” from scratch can seem a little overwhelming. However, since Covid-19, many of us are looking for a little more flexibility when it comes to travelling and how we spend our time. Read on to discover the pros and cons of a “DIY ski holiday”…


Pros of a DIY Ski Holiday

1. Flexibility

Some people enjoy a structured holiday, where they can rely on a tour operator to organise all the details for them. But others may prefer a more flexible approach, where they can call the shots and tailor the holiday to suit the needs of their family.

Unlike package holidays, DIY ski holidays in self-catered ski chalets don’t restrict you to specific meal times, set menus and dining options. Take advantage of the fantastic kitchen facilities, hire a private chef to take care of things for you, or simply head out and explore the local cuisine! The choice is yours – and the options are plentiful!

When you book with OVO Network, you can take advantage of our free 24-hour hold feature, which allows you to reserve up to three of your preferred properties at once. Using this feature means you can discuss plans with the rest of your group, without missing out on your favourite self-catered ski chalet.

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2. Privacy

When you opt for a catered ski chalet, you can’t always guarantee that you will have the place to yourself. With many travellers rightly still cautious of Covid, it’s understandable to want to have privacy at your accommodation. Booking a catered property gives you peace of mind and more control over who has access to the chalet where you’re staying.

3. Facilities

OVO Network‘s partner properties are centred around the guest’s experience. We understand that different groups have different needs, that’s why we focus on incredible facilities and considered spaces, to ensure your time off the slopes is just as valuable. Hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, games rooms and home cinemas are just a few of the fantastic facilities on offer when you book with us. So, whether you’re up for first lifts, travelling with young kids, or looking for a more relaxing time in the mountains – you’ll find a property to suit you.

With increased flexibility, remote working may be a requirement for members of your group on your DIY ski holiday. Be sure to use the 360 degree virtual tour feature on our property pages, to see if the space could suit your requirements for a home office.

Hot tubs like this one at Chalet Goville sometimes make it hard to leave your front door!

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4. Live like a local!

Another benefit of a “do it yourself ski holiday” is you can live like a local! As you’ll be shopping for your own dinner ingredients, you can head to the markets and embrace the culture around your chosen destination. If your French isn’t quite up to scratch, then don’t worry, a lot of resorts welcome many international guests every winter, so there are many English speakers who can help you out.

Cons of a DIY Ski Holiday

The clue is in the name when it comes to a “DIY ski holiday”- you have to organise it yourself! Tour operators often offer a full package with minimal involvement from the guest, however, if you’re planning things on your own you’ll need to arrange the following:

  • Lift pass
  • Ski hire
  • Transport and transfers
  • Food and meals out
  • Activities and excursions

Luckily, when you book an OVO Network property, one of our fantastic property manager partners will be on hand to help you with all of this! Before arrival, you will have the chance to communicate with your experienced local manager, who can assist you with your planning.


If you’re looking to book a ski holiday in an unforgettable property, where you can strike the balance between flexibility and experienced advice from local experts, then head to our website to find out more.

About Author

Hi I’m Amy and I run the OVO Network Blog. I have spent winters in the Alps since 2016 and I am now based in the beautiful town of Annecy. I love making the most of being surrounded by the lake and mountains with my dog!