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Top Three European Ski Holidays

Submitted by on 07/01/2013 – 3:41 pmNo Comment

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Cosy chalets, picturesque mountainsides and hearty fireside meals; a classic ski trip is the winter getaway that dreams are made of. While they might sound like an expensive option, ski holidays can actually be quite affordable – but where are the best places to visit?

France

What’s not to love about French ski holidays? Located right on our doorstep, France offers some of the best ski conditions in the world with reliable snow throughout the season. This is evidenced by the 200,000 Brits who make the journey to France’s ski fields every year.

Most of France’s popular ski locations offer a full range of accommodation styles, whether you’re looking for traditional log cabins with excellent snow access or prefer boutique hotels and luxury chalets. When choosing the best ski resort, you should opt for one with the most appropriate level of difficulty for your skiing ability. If you’re a beginner it’s advisable to speak to a travel expert who can steer you towards the best resorts for your ability, ensuring there’s a good ski school and enough beginner runs to keep you occupied.

In France, the Three Valleys ski region is perhaps the best known with plenty of famous resorts such as Meribel and Val Thorens found in this area.  However, the runaway winner has to be Courchevel which was recently named ‘best ski resort in Europe’. With an extensive 480 miles of piste and a maximum elevation of 1,850metres, there is plenty of variety packed into this winter paradise with skiers of all abilities benefitting from stable snow cover and the convenience of 97 ski lifts and 25 cable cars.

If you invest in a Three Valleys Ski Pass, providing you are confident enough to ski beginner-to-intermediate runs, you can enjoy all three of these fabulous and class-leading resorts in the space of one holiday.

Switzerland

 

The Swiss ski experience is much more traditional than the French, with ski resorts built around picturesque alpine villages. Switzerland was one of the first countries to start specialising in ski holiday packages and has some of the best locations for this winter sport.

Zermatt and Verbier are two traditional ski resort locations famous for offering excellent skiing along with that little bit extra, or je ne sais quoi. Holidaymakers who venture to Zermatt can expect charm and elegance off the slopes, with a quaint and beautiful ski village offering transport via horse-drawn sleighs and electric carts. For those looking for a different thrill to hitting the slopes, varied activities cover everything from paragliding to indoor golf and curling – so you’ll never be bored.

Lesser known resorts like Grindelwald offer the same first grade facilities as their big brothers but without the crowds. Access to the spectacular Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass is a great bonus here and one which makes these secret gems one of the best European ski holidays.

Bulgaria

The perfect ski resort for first timers, Bulgaria is not as well-known as some of its Alpine counterparts. However, alongside affordable lift passes, ski hire and lessons, accommodation in Bulgaria can also rival the cheapest in any other country.

The Bansko resort is one which certainly deserves a mention as a great place to visit, with plenty of attractive features. Pistes cover 65km with plenty of off-piste options for those with more experience. A nearby fun peak offers more exhilarating experiences for snowboarders whilst slalom runs and cross-country ski trails aren’t in short supply either.

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