Skiing and snowboarding holidays are like nothing else, I mean would you forgo white sands for white snow? I’m not entirely sure I would myself. However, there is something so beautiful about the silence, fresh air and serenity when you look at any mountain landscape. If you’re planning a ski trip, check out some of these absolutely wonderful destinations where I hear the powder is always fresh.
Although Vermont is on the East Coast, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its fair share of skiing destinations. For those living in Europe or the East Coast US, Vermont is a lot closer than Colorado, making it a cheaper and more attractive destination for a holiday. At the centre of the Vermont, skiing network is Killington. It might not have mile after mile of ski slopes like many of the resorts in Colorado, but there’s still a lot on offer here.
Mayrhofen is a small town near Innsbruck in Austria that grew up after the Austrian began attracting ski tourists. The town is studded with luxury ski chalets, making it an ideal place to live it up. All through the town are little cafes and bars offering everything from kebabs to Italian dishes. But although Mayrhofen itself is picturesque, it’s on the nearby mountains where you’ll find the real action. The pistes themselves are many and graded into different runs. If you’re a pro skier, there are many black runs up on the top of the hills which feed down into gentle slopes and end with log cabins at the bottom. The whole resort is covered with cafes and even an ice bar where you can have a quick drink before making your descent. It’s also a good place for beginners. There are plenty of blue routes, making it an excellent place to take children. You’ll also find a practice slope near the top of the first cable car if you feel the need to practice any of your skills before taking on the real pistes.
Nendaz is in the Valais region of Switzerland. Though the resort itself is rarely discussed, it actually offers some of the best powder in the whole of Europe and free ride terrain. There is a mix of accommodation in the area, from regular apartments to large chalets.
Andorra is one of Europe’s smallest countries, sitting in a valley in the Pyrenees mountain range that separates France from Spain. What’s more, unlike many other small European principalities, like Monaco, it’s relatively cheap to visit.
The ski resort of Arinsal is world famous. There are plenty of bars here and discos that go on all night after the skiing has finished. Though the resort is past its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, it’s still worth a visit if you want to try skiing in an entirely new part of the world.
Bregenzerwald is one of the most expansive ski resorts in the whole of Austria, offering more than 150 miles of skiing for those in search of powder. Like nearby Lech, it has a lot of options for new skiers, only at a fraction of the price.
Whilst I may not be thinking of skiing anytime soon, I will certainly keep these destinations in mind when the slopes call.