Places to go Skiing?

This is a pretty big question? With so many places to choose from throughout Europe, it is important to do your research.

Skiing and snowboarding are one the world's most popular winter sports, and Europe has among the best places on offer in the world. The ski season begins around mid-December but depending on snow conditions, the some ski resorts may open much earlier. Most resorts are open right through till mid May.

Our top three suggestions for your winter ski holiday would be Austria, France, and Switzerland. Each offering something different, yet all as impressive as the next.

France

If you like the sound of a French ski experience, then you cannot go past the most famous ski village of them all, Chamonix. One of the world's most visited natural sites, the Chamonix valley is located at the foot of the Mont-Blanc, Europe's highest summit at 4810 m. Chamonix is registered on the world heritage list, and known as the birthplace of mountaineering. It is considered the grand old lady of alpine resorts and is internationally renowned for its exceptional environment. Chamonix is the reference when it comes to mountain holidays. Despite its low altitude (1035 m), 90% of the ski areas in Chamonix are located above 2000 m, making the resorts a 'sure bet' for even snow coverage throughout the season. The ski terrain is divided into three areas all linked by an efficient shuttle bus service and a panoramic sightseeing train (free with Guest Card or Ski Pass). The world famous Grands Montets is considered the Mecca for skiers, snowboarders and free riders but there are many different possibilities available for skiers of all levels throughout the resort on their ski holidays in Chamonix.

Austria

Austria ski holidays are the second most popular ski holidays in Europe for British skiers after ski holidays in France. Austria is renowned for its picturesque resorts and outstanding levels of service and quality. A ski holiday in Austria will offer world class skiing and a vibrant après ski, making it a superb choice for your next ski holiday.

Whatever you're level of skiing or snowboarding, you will be spoilt for choice in Austria. Home to a variety of resorts that cater for all levels of skiers and boarders, you will be sure to find a resort which will cater to every need. Whether is a family ski holiday, of a short weekend break, Austria will certainly be one to remember. Resorts in Austria are generally a little lower than many French resorts which is not a problem during the main ski season but be sure to check the snow reports and snow history of a resort if you are planning an early or late season ski trip.

The most well known ski area in Austria is the Arlberg Ski Circus which incorporates St. Christoph, Lech and Zurs and St. Anton. Each providing some superb skiing and snowboarding facilities and the famous of course plenty of apres-ski options. The Europa Ski Region combines the pretty village of Kaprun and the attractive lakeside town of Zell am See, it offers snow sure skiing with glacier skiing up on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. The Zillertal Superski Area interlinks Mayrhofen and Finkenburg and the Ski Welt Area links Soll, Scheffau and Ellmau to provide 250 kms of piste skiing paradise. With such an expansive area of skiing available, these resorts are some of the most popular in Austria. The stunning alpine scenery and traditional Austrian charm makes this ski destination hard to overlook.

Switzerland

For many Britons, Switzerland is literally the home of skiing. With many great resorts to choose from you are spoilt for choice. Switzerland, most notably Zermatt, has some of the best mountain restaurants in the world. Often these are smallish wooden chalets located just off the piste and offering a cosy ambience and a great selection of food and wine. Switzerland offers services for the whole family. Restaurants and top class eateries for mum and dad, and crèches and ski schools for the kids.

The most well know resorts in Switzerland are St. Moritz, Celerina, Silvaplana and Pontresina. St. Moritz has a worldwide reputation and is the most glamorous of them all. The others, while less well known are still far superior to your average ski resort. Together they offer a wide and varied delight of skiing and snowboarding possibilities. The ski life in Switzerland is second to none. With plenty to offer you can have a ski holiday to fit in with your budget and your dreams. Contrary to perceived opinion, Switzerland is not an especially expensive place in which to ski. Many of the smartest ski hotels in France actually charge more than their Swiss counterparts. In terms of quality v price, Switzerland currently offers superb value for money.

Don't Forget...

These are some of our favourite ski resorts in Europe, but we are sure you will find your own snow covered paradise. Be sure to take all the necessary clothing and prepare for all different weather conditions. Be sure to choose a resort with matches your level of skiing ability and that will cater for each and everyone on your trip. From family holidays to ski trips with your friends, these resorts have it all. Plan and prepare and you will turn your ski holiday into the trip of a life time.