Motorhome skiing

bagshaws replied on 02/12/2019 20:28

Posted on 02/12/2019 20:28

Hi , we have a dethleffs Esprit RT6844 . We would love to take it to a ski resort . Where can I find information about wintering the van. Or has anyone got any tips / advice for us . I am aware of needing extra clothes etc. It's more about stopping the van from freezing. 

Many thanks in advance 

eurortraveller replied on 03/12/2019 09:14

Posted on 02/12/2019 20:28 by bagshaws

Hi , we have a dethleffs Esprit RT6844 . We would love to take it to a ski resort . Where can I find information about wintering the van. Or has anyone got any tips / advice for us . I am aware of needing extra clothes etc. It's more about stopping the van from freezing. 

Many thanks in advance 

Posted on 03/12/2019 09:14

Bagshaws, Where can you find information?

Just type Ski holiday with Motorhome in your internet search box. There's all sorts of information already there - about insulation of under floor fresh water and  waste water tanks, and water pipes too or keeping all fresh water and waste indoors, the need for winter tyres and snow chains, running heating 24/24 on gas or electricity, advice on choosing sites or Aires in open sunny places rather than dark deep Alpine valleys, and ideally ones with heated drying rooms and storage, choosing somewhere with nearness to ski lifts, and so on. It's all on line in lots of places, with blogs from experieced winter travellers. . Good luck.

Philnffc replied on 03/12/2019 13:07

Posted on 03/12/2019 13:07

HI

We went  about eight years ago and stayed here

here https://www.sportcamp.at/en/woferlgut/camping-site-p515.html

first class site where you use their water and gas which are both from underground tanks as your gas and water will both freeze, this site has a drying room for clothes/kit and an excellent spa.

We were advised to stay on the floor of the valley which this site is and take their transport up to the ski resorts because of access problems for larger vehicles, we have only visited Austria because I worked there so cant help you with France.

Regards

Phil

chasncath replied on 09/12/2019 11:11

Posted on 02/12/2019 20:28 by bagshaws

Hi , we have a dethleffs Esprit RT6844 . We would love to take it to a ski resort . Where can I find information about wintering the van. Or has anyone got any tips / advice for us . I am aware of needing extra clothes etc. It's more about stopping the van from freezing. 

Many thanks in advance 

Posted on 09/12/2019 11:11

Although we don't ski, we have spent a lot of time in the Alps in winter as our daughter and her family live there. We can recommend two sites; camping Eden at Landry and Camping Huttopia  at Bourg Saint Maurice. They're both in the Tarantaise valley of the Savoie. Both specialize in winter caravanning for skiers with heated sanfacs and equipment rooms and both have public transport links to Ski lift and funiculalre stations. They are also on the valley floor and so you don't need snow chains of snow tyres. If you want to go up to the motorhome aires in Les Arcs or La Plagne you must have chains or snow tyres.

Being based down in the valley means you have ready access to supermarkets and restaurants and 'normal' prices.

Practical tips for surviving at low temperatures ( -20C by night: -10C by day) include:

Try to get a sunny pitch

Fit external screens on the cab

Drain your waste water into a bucket and empty the ice daily - do not use a closed container!

Keep your binds on the sunny side open by day to increase greenhouse effect - the others permanently closed

Lift your ehu cable regularly to prevent it sinking below the ice and getting trapped

Clear any large snow accumulation on the roof from around your gas heater flue

Use a  1 kW fan heater to maintain a background heat, but note 10Amp supply normal

Take your deck chairs and warm clothing for sitting out in the sun.