UK internet visits to skiing and snowboarding websites are up 18.5% year on year, reports Experian Hitwise, an online competitive intelligence service.
“The cold weather and snow across the UK may have caused travel chaos in some parts of the country, but it has also served to remind people of the pleasures of winter sports,” commented Robin Goad, research director, Experian Hitwise.
“There has been an 18.5% increase in visits to Snow Sports websites already this year, as well as 7.0% increase in ski- and snowboard related searches,” Mr Goad added.
However, if you’re driving to your winter break in your business car, you’ll need to carry more than your skis.
If you own the car privately, you will need to carry the registration document. But if your business car is on personal contract hire (PCH), or is a company car on contract hire (CH), you will require a VE103 – a Vehicle on Hire certificate. These can be obtained from the leasing company that is underwriting your agreement and are a recognised substitute for the car’s registration document.
Substitute documentation or photocopies won’t cut the ice with local police or customs, who have the power to impound cars with incorrect documentation.
The VE103 is not the only item you will need before driving abroad. A variety of kit is also required in your business car, ranging from reflective jackets and spare light bulbs to first aid kits.
In France, for example, a reflective vest or jacket must be to hand for the driver in case of breakdowns and the driver must put on the reflective jacket before exiting the car. There’s a135 euro penalty if you don’t.
Remember also that snow chains are often required where indicated. Winter tyres are also recommended and are compulsory in some European countries. The AA has useful country by country information. Go to www.theaa.com/motoringadvice for more.
However, one alternative to the European ski resorts are the Scottish slopes. Experian Hitwise said Glenshee was the most searched for ski resort by UK internet users, followed by Cairngorm and the Ben Nevis Range. Morzine, in the Alps, was the most popular overseas destination.
We have more information and advice on going abroad here: Driving abroad to a skiing holiday