5 Snowy Skiing Destinations
Avid skier or just always wanted to have a go?
Snow is already falling in many resorts in Europe which means your skiing holiday can begin even earlier.
So, grab your salopettes, jackets and your goggles and have a look at our top five destinations.
Old Favourite! Val d’Isere – France
Easy to get to being just across the pond and probably the most famous of the European slopes, with one of the slopes featuring in the world cup.
The longest time from the airport is 3 hours with the closest being just under 2. It is also a great destination for couples, groups and families, winning the ‘Family Plus Label’. They also offer a ‘family ski-pass’ which will help save some money.
Generally, the season here starts in December through to April, although this year they have already had 10cm and are expecting a further 20cm this week.
There are many different accommodation options as well as many restaurants and bars for you to utilise.
Hintertux – Austria
This is one that you may or may not know is open 365 days a year and has already had 80cm of fresh snow over the weekend!
The nearest airport is Innsbruck which is 33km away.
It also has Nature’s Ice Palace which is a natural ice cave under the glacier and you can find many activities for the whole family here including Ice swimming, Kayaking and stand up paddling. A great alternative to a day on the slopes if you want to break the holiday up a bit with something new!
Plus, with over 39km of slopes and 17 lifts there are plenty to choose from.
Tuxer seems to be a firm favourite when it comes to food and entertainment, although there are many to choose from.
Livigno – Italy
This is a great place for beginners and experts alike with a large range of beginner’s slopes and the ability to now ski off-piste.
The high position of the slopes gives an amazing view of the valleys surrounding the resort. Although it is a bit of a way from the Italian airports, Innsbruck is easy to fly into and then get transferred from there.
The Livigno pass also gets you a half price day in St Moritz, so you get more ski for your buck.
Verbier – Switzerland.
So, you may have seen that the storms in Europe have really helped the ski resorts with an early snow season. Verbier has already had some great snowfall and again is expecting 20cm this week.
It is the biggest resort within ‘The Four Valley’s’ – Switzerland’s collection of resorts for winter sports, and is about 2.5 hours from Geneva airport.
The restaurants and other activities are all close by although some say they can be expensive so ensure you research this thoroughly before travelling so you don’t get caught out.
Glencoe – Scotland, UK
Now, you might not have known there was even a Scottish ski season, well there is, and there is going to be a massive £4m investment to ensure global warming keeps the season alive.
So, if you don’t fancy going further afield, you can just head up to the Scottish isles!
It is situated on Rannoch Moor which means you get amazing views of Buachaille Etive Mor plus, it also has the steepest and longest run in Scotland.
The drop in temperature and first snowfall at the beginning of the week means that they are hoping for a good season this year, plus Cairngorm Mountain are going to test out their snowmaking technology to help with this also.
So now you’ve got your destination sorted, the next thing to tick off your to do list is purchasing travel insurance. Visit our Winter Sports page for more information on our specialist and award-winning ski cover.
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