The SoloTravel Guide

By The Ski Gathering

Welcome to The Solo Travel Guide, brought to you by The Ski Gathering. If you have any questions about winter holidays, solo travel and single skiing, you have come to the right place. Here, we will be compiling the go-to online resource for winter sports solo travel, with expert advice and useful resources on how to get the most out of your solo travel experiences this winter.

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General Ski & Snowboard Tips

Insider knowledge, tips and tricks from experts who have been based in resort forever. From preparing for your first ski holiday to venturing off-piste in the backcountry.

General Ski & Snowboard Tips

Solo Travel & Single Skiing

Practical advice all about individual travel and solo skiing. Top tips and safety advice for your first solo adventure, or how to turn your annual travels into a lifelong passion.

Solo Travel & Single Skiing

Outdoor Activities & Adventure

Expert advice and top resources about exploring the world of outdoors, whether you're climbing up it, getting down it, heading straight through it, or just taking an amazing picture of it.

Outdoors & Adventure

Solo Travel & Single Skiing

Empty Ski lifts shot by Solo Skier

Where to Ski Solo and Why: Best routes for solos

Some people go on singles ski holidays to get away from it all and enjoy their own space. For others, it's a social opportunity to meet new people and share the mountain. But whichever category of solo skier you are, the same ski routes stand out as the places to go this winter. And we have compiled them into one list of unmissable singles ski routes. These ski routes are all quiet, so you will have plenty of space. In many cases, they are also relatively unknown.

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Solo Traveler in Uxmal, Mexico

Going solo: why so many prefer to travel alone

For many people, a first solo travel experience is often booked out of necessity rather than by choice. It might simply be that you decided to extend a solo business trip abroad; maybe it was a niche holiday which didn't interest your partner; or perhaps the rest of the gang just couldn't come along that year. But many would be surprised to learn just how many subsequent solo travel holidays are booked by choice rather than by necessity.

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Group members on a singles ski holiday

The Six Concerns of Solo Skiers... and how to avoid them

No matter what the destination, the same problems always seem to crop up for first-time solo travelers. For all the many advantages there are to traveling solo, it can so often be the little things that put some people off the idea of getting out there and booking an independent adventure. Here are six of the little things that might make some people think twice about booking a solo ski holiday, and how to get around them with The Ski Gathering.

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General Ski & Snowboard Tips

Piste-side drinks in Les Gets ski resort

Avant Ski! The web's best pre-holiday ski and snowboarding resources

Alas, it's still too soon for aprés ski, so put the Jaeger Bomb down and turn off the French reggae. But that doesn't mean you can't while away the hours chatting about pure corduroy, amazing runs and legendary wipe-outs. So cook up a vin chaud, put your goggles on sideways, and enjoy some "avant ski" online before your ski holiday. Here are some of the web's best resources for skiers and snowboarders preparing for their ski holidays.

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Single skier executing a parallel turn on skis

What level of skier or snowboarder are you?

When booking ski lessons, organising ski hire, or simply choosing the right liftpass, it is important to have an idea of your own confidence and experience levels. This page provides as handy guide for anyone trying to gauge their own abilities as a skier or snowboarder. Beginner skier, novice, lower intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced skier or expert. This guide will help you decide which lessons, if any, are right for you.

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A skier or snowboarder admiring the Alpine view

Skiing Versus Snowboarding: which is right for you?

Skiing versus Snowboarding is a classic debate, and usually a pretty predictable one. Ask a skier, and they'll tell you skiing rules. Ask a boarder... well, you can probably guess. It can be hard to get neutral, well-informed advice, with evangelists from both camps passionately insisting that their chosen sport is by far the superior. So I should begin by laying out my cards. I am one of the few people who do both to a pretty similar level.

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An individual snowboarder mastering her new skills

All aboard: Week One as a Snowboarder

A Q&A with Phil Teare from The Ski Gathering. So you've taken the plunge and booked your first ever snowboarding holiday. Congratulations, that was a great decision - and one that will open up a whole new world of adventures for you! But what should you expect from your beginner's snowboarding holiday, and what happens next? This Q&A from The Ski Gathering will answer all your questions and put your mind at ease. Let's go!

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Skis against a snowy background

The improver's guide to buying ski equipment and clothing

On a summer beach holiday, you might only pack your bathers, your passport and some currency. Not so in winter, sorry. There is a lot of stuff that goes into making ski holiday the awesome experience it is. But what should you buy, what should you borrow, and what should you hire? In this article we will break down all the essentials for you, letting you know about some of the best deals and best snowsports specialists in your local area.

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Outdoor Activities and Adventures

Solo adventure admiring valley view

The web's best resources for outdoor activities and adventures

The same adventurous spirit which makes so many people feel the urge, even the need, to travel solo also compels many of those same people to explore the great outdoors. The overlap between those who enjoy travelling independently and those who enjoy outdoor activities is significant. If these descriptions apply to you, then you'll know why already. It's the feeling of total freedom you get. Surely each of us can understand the appeal of 'me-time'...

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