As winter approaches its time to think about your next holiday, some will head for a sunny climate others will head for the slopes as the lure of freshly fallen snow brings about a buzz of excitement. Thrill seekers and snow junkies can’t think of anything better to do than enjoying the ultimate adrenalin rush of skiing and snowboarding. If you haven’t booked your next ski holiday then you really should start looking now!
This wonderful sport can be addictive and many first-timers on the slopes generally arrive with the view of trying it once, these novices return year in year out as they get a taste for the joy this type of holiday brings. To start with it’s a different type of holiday which soon becomes a lifestyle choice and what a wonderful lifestyle it is.
Skiing and snowboarding bring a very different escapism from anything else and as we head into the winter season snow fanatics are choosing where to jet off to. They have a dilemma; with wonderful ski resorts dotted around the globe where should they go next? This is the time to surf the net and read reviews on specialist ski sites such as Eclipse Ski on the different countries and ski resorts available throughout the world from Europe, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand the Middle East and Asia.
When planning your ski holiday there are several questions you need to consider, usually, skiing holidays are taken by large groups of friends or families and everyone could have different needs on a ski holiday.
- Where do you want to go?
- What do you want in a ski resort?
- What type of accommodation do you want?
- What are the costs?
- Are all skiing abilities and levels catered for?
- What are the snow reports?
- What is the range of facilities and amenities?
- What is available Après ski? What type of bars, restaurants and nightlife is there?
Ski resorts differ so make sure you know that all your boxes are ticked in what you all are looking for. When adding up the costs don’t forget to include your luggage and ski equipment as this can vary and be fairly expensive. Look around for great deals, some airport lines may offer free luggage or ski equipment, and above all else don’t forget holiday insurance it is a must!
Most skiers who live in Europe start off in the picturesque French Alps with great ski resorts offering a variety of slopes for all levels of skiers and a range of fantastic facilities. At some point, they venture out to new countries to ski fresh slopes and discover new runs and terrain. You can start skiing in some high altitude resorts as early as September however by October and November more ski resorts are open for business. Skiing early in the season means zipping through airports and uncrowded slopes, where you feel you can take your time and marvel at the majestic views. This is the time to take advantage of sensational deals that often are available during these times and perhaps to even consider purchasing a ski chalet for sale.
Most ski resorts have a good range of activities and facilities apart from skiing and snowboarding and some resorts open during the summer months too. There are small villages which tend to be less busy and are great for learners and families with other activities that are more suitable for children. Big bustling resorts that have designer shopping and Michelin starred restaurants, numerous slopes ideal for all levels of skiers and activities such as helicopter scenic tours and paragliding.
Cinemas, wellness spa centres, ice rinks, gyms, tennis courts, golf, horse riding, sledging, cross-country skiing, hiking and sleigh rides are all available, you just need to check what the ski resorts offer. All the facilities offered are a great way to relax, especially the spas, there is nothing better than a massage for those tired and aching muscles after a long day on the slopes.
Après ski is just as important as hitting the slopes, it’s when you can relax and enjoy a few drinks and tuck into a delicious dinner. You can go to cosy and family friendly bars and restaurants or go to live music events or nightclubs. It’s all there from piano bars to cocktail lounges it depends on what your tastes are, sit by a roaring fire with your feet up or dress up and throw some shapes at the disco.
The favourite destinations are Switzerland and the French Alps especially if you live in Europe. Majestic mountains and picturesque views are a delight to behold; skiing is exhilarating offering you an exciting lifestyle choice on the fresh gleaming white slopes, once tried its never to be forgotten, fresh mountain air, feeling healthy, invigorated and alive it’s intoxicating its skiing!