Skiing holidays are back on! Winter sport hotspots such as Geneva, Turin and Salt Lake City soar in popularity – but car hire is up to 86% pricier

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  • Last year many people missed winter sports holidays due to lockdown
  • There has been a recent increase in interest in skiing trips this year.
  • Some places have seen up to 295% increase in popularity
  • Winter car rental prices in such destinations have also increased by 86%

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Skiing holidays are back on the agenda for thousands of winter sports fans after most hotspots were closed last year, new research has revealed.

According to Skyscanner, interest in several locations has increased in recent weeks, with a nearly 300 percent increase in searches in Geneva compared to the previous month.

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Other popular destinations include Turin and Salt Lake City in Utah. While many would expect skiing in Austria, the country is now under national lockdown until mid-December.

Many people missed winter sports trips last year, as several major ski chalets canceled holidays due to the coronavirus.

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Many vacationers are looking for a winter sports vacation after being unable to go last year.

However, many places are now taking bookings, which will be music to the ears of those who love skiing and snowboarding.

The surge in interest comes at a time when it is unclear whether all resorts will be open to visitors.

For example, ski lifts may remain open to vaccinations despite the fact that Austria is now under national lockdown. However, hotels will be closer to tourists who had not already stayed there when the lockdown began.

Skyscanner trends and destination expert Laura Lindsay said: ‘Seasonal travel is temporarily returning and the coming months have traditionally been a time for travelers to escape the mountains for some adrenaline and aprs-ski.

‘We are seeing travelers discover their favorite places for winter sports, with Geneva being the most popular by volume of searches.

‘Geneva is also enjoying one of the most impressive growth in interest and has seen a nearly 300 percent increase in searches over the past month.

‘Prices are incredibly low right now, and you can currently book a return trip to Turin for less than £20, which is less than the cost of adding your skis to your luggage.

‘Even with seasonal trends such as the resumption of winter sports travel, travel bookings are still being done much closer to the departure date than we saw pre-pandemic.

‘This short-term booking trend means that prices are still very low for sport trips in early 2022 and may start to rise as demand picks up in the coming weeks, so if you’re looking for a cheaper-than-cheap If you’re looking for one, this is a good time to book. Average ski getaway.’

This Is the Money, with the help of Skyscanner, takes a look at some of the most popular winter vacation spots.

All travel references are economy class for customers traveling from the UK.

Innsbruck, Austria, is still included as customers can book from mid-December – however, it can be considered a braver option. The ski lifts are currently open to vaccinated residents.

Winter holiday car rental prices up 86%

New research from Kayak suggests that holidaymakers are urged to be aware of the hike in car rental prices when traveling abroad, which is up 86 percent this year compared to 2019.

Since the pandemic, prices have risen significantly, due to computer chip shortages, which have been straining the supply of new cars and have driven up the prices of used motors in recent months.

While rental companies try to replace their vehicles every one to two years, the supply of replacement models is dwindling and this is driving up costs.

rental car prices
DestinationFind Average Car Rental in 2021 Vs 2019 (Yo2Y)Average daily car rental price in 2021Average Daily Car Rental Price in 2019Average daily car rental price in 2021 vs 2019 (Yo2Y)
Innsbruck, Austria20%£60£3476%
Salzburg, Austria8%£68£3786%
Geneva, Switzerland28%£55£3461%
Zurich, Switzerland64%£72£4464%
Granada, Spain40%£37£2547%
Chambery, France108%£37£3122%
Grenoble, France119%£40£3132%
Turin, Italy83%£38£2182%
Vancouver, Canada20%£43£2853%
Aspen, CO, USA128%£122£8543%
salt Lake City. UT, USA76%£69£4070%
Vail, CO, USA122%£82£5551%
Source: Kayaki

Salzburg in Austria has seen the biggest increase of 86 per cent with an average daily price of £37 in 2019 but £68 in 2021.

Turin in Italy has the second biggest jump of 82 percent, with the average price now at £38 – up from £21 two years ago.

Innsbruck in Austria and Salt Lake City in Utah have also seen higher price increases of 76 and 70 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Chambery and Grenoble in France both saw the smallest jumps in prices, with costs rising by 22 and 32 percent, respectively.

This is despite the number of rental car searches across destinations being some of the highest, with an increase of between 108 and 110 percent.

This Money also contacted several firms to see if they had any internal data.

a europcar The spokesperson said: ‘Market conditions have changed significantly over the past 18 months.

‘The current semiconductor crisis and associated fleet shortages add to the cost for the rental sector, from difficulties in access and vehicle supply to staff to increased levels of cleanliness between rentals.’

travel supermarket Geneva has seen an increase in demand, with a 21 percent increase in people renting cars for future dates from the airport compared to the last week of October due to the coming ski season, he said.

The Kayak data was based on car hire searches performed between 1 December 2021 to 28 February 2022 for travel dates between 1 August 2021 to 21 November 2021, while travel dates between 1 August 2019 and 21 November 2019 to 1 December Compared to the searches done for 2019. By 28 February 2020.

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