There's no other feeling like hurtling down the slopes, taking in the fresh air and scenery, knowing that you've got a hot chocolate waiting in the bar at the bottom for you. Ski holidays are a great way of escaping the city and enjoying something different. Head away with friends, family or your partner and try it for yourself.
Ski Equipment Hire
When booking a holiday, you'll find that the cost of ski equipment hire can really bump up the price of your holiday. From boots and skis to life passes, you'll notice that it will likely double the cost so it's always worth bearing this in mind when budgeting. Don't be caught out. Hiring ski equipment in resort is easy to do. Sometimes you may get a better deal hiring locally, while other times it's better to book in advance or as part of a package.
Top Ski Destinations
In Europe, Chamonix has long been popular with the rich and famous, however other less discovered areas are becoming more popular. You'll likely have to deal with long airport transfers to your resort but the views and experience are more than worth it.
Try a ski holiday in Chamonix to enjoy skiing in the shadow of impressive Mont Blanc. Great for groups of friends, there is an ample supply of bars, however once the end of the season comes, it quietens down significantly. For families, the activity park offers a number of rides and activities including a very fun luge ride. Be sure to get an area lift pass so that you can explore other areas near Chamonix.
For a lively ski holiday, the party resort of St Anton in Austria is full of bars and fantastic for its apres ski scene. It does get pretty busy at the height of the winter season but the parties here go crazy, starting from early afternoon into the night. Snowboxx is also a huge winter music festival with some of the worlds top musicians and DJs attending. Taking place in Avoriaz, France each year, Snowboxx attracts party animals and snow lovers.
Apres Ski Activities
While everyone goes on a ski holiday to ski, it's great to take a day off and explore the area. Likewise, after a hard day on the slopes, you'll want to explore to. Skiing is famous for its apres ski scene, where the novice beginning to the pro enjoy heading to the bar and soaking up the sunshine in the afternoon (and often into the evening). The relaxed mood of the bars in resorts are a welcome sight compared to the more dressier bars you find in big cities at home.
Many ski resorts will offer a range of other activities including luge rides, sightseeing gondola rides high up into the mountains without having to put on a pair of skis, local thermal baths, hotel spas and shopping. Ice skating is, of course, a great evening activity whoever you are on holiday with many larger resorts offering an ice skating rink of some sort. Both kids and adults can also enjoy ski alternatives like tobogganing.