Winter sports locations such as Geneva and Salt Lake City are increasing in popularity by a whopping 295%

Ski holidays are back on the agenda for thousands of winter sports fans after most hotspots remained closed last year, new research finds.

According to Skyscanner, interest in a number of locations has skyrocketed in recent weeks, with Geneva seeing a nearly 300 percent increase in searches in the past month alone.

Other popular destinations include Turin and Salt Lake City in Utah. While many would hope to ski in Austria, the country is now in a national lockdown until mid-December.

Last year many people missed winter sports trips after a number of leading ski chalets canceled holidays due to the coronavirus.

Many holidaymakers are looking for winter sports holidays after not being able to go last year

However, a number of locations are now taking bookings again, which is music to the ears of skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts.

The surge of interest comes at a time when it’s not clear if all resorts will be open to visitors.

For example, despite the fact that Austria is now in a national lockdown, the ski lifts can remain open for the vaccinated. However, hotels will come close to tourists who were not already staying there when the lockdown started.

Laura Lindsay, trends and destinations expert at Skyscanner, said: “Seasonal travel is making a comeback for now and the coming months are traditionally a time for travelers to escape to the mountains for some adrenaline and apres ski.

“We’re seeing travelers increasingly looking for their favorite winter sports spots, with Geneva being the most popular in terms of searches.

Geneva also has one of the most impressive increases in interest, with searches up nearly 300 percent in the last month.

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

“Even with seasonal trends like winter sports trips starting to resurface, travel bookings are still being made much closer to the departure date than we saw before the pandemic.

This short-term booking trend means that sports travel prices will still be extremely low in early 2022 and could rise as demand picks up in the coming weeks, so now is a good time to book if you are looking for a cheaper than average ski holiday.’

This is Money takes a look at some of the most popular winter holiday destinations with the help of Skyscanner.

All journeys referred to are economy class for customers traveling from the UK.

Innsbruck, Austria, is still included, as customers will be able to book from mid-December – although it could be considered a bold choice. Ski lifts are currently open to vaccinated residents.

Winter car rental prices rise to 86%

Vacationers are urged to be aware of soaring car rental prices when traveling abroad, with costs rising as much as 86 percent this year from 2019, new research from Kayak has revealed.

Prices have risen significantly since the pandemic, thanks to a shortage of computer chips that halted deliveries of new cars and increased the value of used engines in recent months.

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

RENTAL CAR PRICES
Destination Average number of car rental searches in 2021 vs. 2019 (on an annual basis) Average daily car rental price in 2021 Average daily car rental price in 2019 Average daily car rental price in 2021 vs 2019 (on an annual basis)
Innsbruck, Austria 20% £60 £34 76%
Salzburg, Austria 8% £68 £37 86%
Geneva, Switzerland 28% £55 £34 61%
Zurich, Switzerland 64% £72 £44 64%
Granada, Spain 40% £37 £25 47%
Chambery, France 108% £37 £31 22%
Grenoble, France 119% £40 £31 32%
Turin, Italy 83% £38 £21 82%
Vancouver, Canada 20% £43 £28 53%
Aspen, Colorado, USA 128% £122 £85 43%
Salt lake city. UT, USA 76% £69 £40 70%
Vail, Colorado, USA 122% £82 £55 51%
Source: Kayak

Salzburg in Austria has seen the biggest increase of 86 percent, with an average daily price of £37 in 2019 and £68 in 2021.

Turin in Italy has the second highest 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 also saw high price increases of 76 and 70 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Chambéry and Grenoble, both in France, saw the smallest price increases, with costs rising 22 and 32 percent respectively.

This is despite the fact that the number of searches for car rental in the destinations is among the highest with an increase of 108 and 110 percent.

This is Money also contacted a number of companies to see if they had any internal records.

AN Europcar spokesman said: ‘Market conditions have changed a lot in the last 18 months or so.

A host of factors, from access to staff and vehicle supply issues due to the current semiconductor crisis and associated fleet shortage, to the increased clean-ups between rentals, are weighing on the cost to the rental industry as a whole. .’

Travel supermarket added that demand for Geneva has increased with a 21 percent increase in people looking to rent a car for future dates from the airport, compared to the last week in October, due to the approaching ski season.

The Kayak data was based on searches by car rental on its website between August 1, 2021 and November 21, 2021 for travel dates from December 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022, compared to searches between August 1, 2019 and November 21, 2019 for travel dates from December 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020.

Geneva has risen in popularity by 295% in the past month with flights priced at £68

Geneva has risen in popularity by 295% in the past month with flights priced at £68

Geneva, Switzerland

Increase in popularity: 295 percent more searches in the last month for travel during the ski season (December to March).

When: The week of December 13 is the most popular with travelers searching Skyscanner.

How many: Direct return flights from London from 13 to 20 December are now available for £68.

Turin – Italy

Increase in popularity: 783 percent more searches in the last month for travel during the ski season (December to March).

When: The week of December 13 is the most popular with travelers searching Skyscanner.

How many: Direct return flights from London from December 13 to 19 are now available for £14.

Despite Austria being in a national lockdown, ski lifts may remain open to vaccinated people

Despite Austria being in a national lockdown, ski lifts may remain open to vaccinated people

Chambery – France

Increase in popularity: 203 percent more searches in the past month for travel during the ski season (December to March).

When: The week of December 27 is the most popular with travelers searching on Skyscanner.

How many: Direct return flights for December 14 to 21 from London are now available for £61.

Salt Lake City (Utah) – USA

Increase in popularity: 60 percent more searches in the last month for travel during the ski season (December to March).

When: The week of December 27 is the most popular with travelers searching on Skyscanner.

How many: Return flights for December 27 to January 9 from London now available for £595

Denver (Colorado) – USA

Increase in popularity: 30 percent more searches in the last month for travel during the ski season (December to March).

When: The week of December 27 is the most popular with travelers searching on Skyscanner.

How many: Direct return flights from London 12-19 January now available for £493

Innsbruck (not available until December) – Austria

Increase in popularity: 194 percent more searches in the last month for travel during the ski season (December to March).

When: The week of December 20 is the most popular with travelers searching Skyscanner.

How many: Direct return flights from December 20 to 27 from London are now available for £118.

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