Snow, Sun & Ski

Looking for Snow Sun & Ski then look no further as there are lots of destinations and offers available now including some special All Inclusive Ski Deals from our Travel Partner, Skiworld.

 

By booking an All Inclusive Ski Deal you can save hundreds of pounds and our Travel Partner, Skiworld, offer all inclusive ski holidays for the 2018/19 season to chalets in top resorts right across Europe.

Their Ski-All-In deals offer maximum value for money with minimum hassle. You pay one amount for your entire ski holiday – including lift passes, ski/board and boot hire and ski carriage. As well as being easier, it’s also cheaper than buying all the components separately too.  Currently they are offering big discounts on Ski-All-In holidays also combinable with whole chalet discounts.

There are some amazing ski resorts all over the world so your first decision is which destination suits your requirements.   If you are time limited or want a short travel distance then Europe  is blessed with an abundance of ski destinations providing excellent facilities for Ski and Snowboard holidays. The obvious benefits of choosing one of the many resorts on offer in Europe is accessibility from the UK, travelling by rail, air or road, whichever you prefer, and giving you more flexibility in the length of your stay to suit your requirements and budget.

France –here you are spoilt for choice – home to the biggest ski areas in the world, it’s no surprise that France is the number one ski destination in Europe and the main ski destination for British skiers.  Offering an abundance of high-altitude resorts, the French Alps offer great quality snow and a vast network of pistes for skiers of all ages and abilities. with a third of UK holidaymakers heading there each year. France also boasts some of the most iconic mountain scenery and the largest lift network of any country in the world.

Ski resorts in France, like the ski terrain, are massively varied, meaning there is something to cater for every possible taste. Many of the larger ski resorts are purpose built, so they are superbly located, with extensive and well maintained ski areas, at altitudes that guarantee reliable snow conditions, and with many properties fantastically positioned to offer easy access to the slopes. One downside to this kind of resort can be the slightly unattractive architecture where concrete apartment blocks, hastily constructed in the boom of the 60s and 70s, contrast against the magnificent beauty of their alpine setting. However, the fantastic skiing in France means such resorts are some of the best in the world.

That said, for every purpose built ski resort in France there are many smaller and more traditionally styled villages with good access to exceptional skiing. Although proximity to lifts may not be as good as in the purpose built resorts, the tranquillity offered by a ski holiday in an authentic French mountain village can be well worth the extra effort.

There are too many resorts to feature but some of the most popular are:

Tignes – located below the towering Grand Motte, it has been purpose-built for the ski enthusiast with its high altitude, varied skiable terrain and slope side accommodation. Tignes is the ultimate convenient ski resort with a great selection of bars and restaurants and a ski area to suit everyone.

Les Arcs – perched high in the Tarentaise Valley – is a snow-sure resort boasting a huge ski area of 425km and is suitable for all abilities. The Paradiski lift links the ski area to La Plagne, making it one of the largest ski domains in Europe and re-enforcing its position as the top choice for many skiers. The spacious beginner slopes are easily accessible from each village providing a safe area in which to learn. Often described as the ‘home of snowboarding’ Les Arcs is an excellent choice for those wanting to try boarding or hone their skills in the terrain parks.

Courchevel – widely regarded as one of the best resorts in the world it combines a traditional village atmosphere with an exclusive alpine playground and offers some of the best skiing in France. Nestled amid pine trees, the main village is arguably the most sophisticated resort in France, with a variety of restaurants, bars and boutique shops. The village offers direct access to its own great ski area and a more informal atmosphere. Courchevel is the most extensive valley within the vast Three Valleys area, with excellent beginner slopes above and a huge selection of blues and reds for intermediates. Expert skiers and boarders will love the amount of challenging blacks, including the steep couloirs at the top of the Saulire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Val d’Isere – this world famous resort combines the prestige of an international resort with the charm of an authentic Savoyard village. It is linked to Tignes by a first class lift system to form the magnificent Espace Killy ski area boasting some of the world’s most extensive and exciting ski terrain. The quantity and range of on and off-piste skiing means you may never ski your tracks twice and offers something for everyone with the excitement continuing off the mountain with a vibrant apres-ski scene and an excellent choice of restaurants.

 

Austria – Indulge yourself – experience excellent hospitality which is famed for providing a warm and friendly welcome. With a renowned reputation for ski areas with breath-taking landscapes, lively apres-ski and luxurious spa centres, Austrian resorts make the ideal destination to unwind and indulge.

Skiing in Austria is a must if you are looking for the magical charm of traditional wooden clad villages nestled beneath beautiful tree lined slopes as most Austrian ski resorts are traditional villages, set in valley floors, with tree lined mountains rising around them.  Generally they are completely free from the unattractive and obtrusive purpose built apartment and hotel blocks found in many of the larger French ski resorts, giving Austrian resorts a distinctly traditional feel unrivalled by most other alpine regions.

Whilst skiing to suit all experience levels can be found all over Austria, the welcoming and unintimidating tree lined slopes that characterise skiing in Austria is often most attractive to beginners and intermediates, as well as family groups whilst it can be can be heaven for off-piste lovers when snow conditions are good.   In some regions this is very often the case, with varied terrain from fantastic tree runs to exhilarating steep gulleys.   Freestyle fans will also find that Austria boasts some great snowparks.

Two of the most popular resorts must be:

St Anton – widely regarded as one of Europe’s top ski resort it is part of the outstanding Arlberg ski region and has one of the best snow records in Europe. It is a paradise for the expert skier, boasting some of the most breath-taking off-piste terrain in the world and confident intermediates will love the exciting, challenging terrain. The resort spoils you with a superb range of over eighty bars and restaurants to start the evening.

Lech – a firm favourite among celebrities and royalty it quite deservedly holds the reputation as one of the most exclusive and fashionable ski resorts in the world. At 1450m and with access to the 340km of pistes of the Arlberg ski area, Lech and its neighbours boast more snow that any other part of the Alps. Lech is stunningly pretty with a traditional Alpine atmosphere, a wealth of stylish bars and more award-winning restaurants than any other village in Austria. Famed for its expert skiing and off-piste, it is also a good choice for beginners with great nursery slopes in Oberlech, above the main village whilst intermediates will love the vast amount of red and blue runs, including access to the White Ring.

 

 

Switzerland – Simply superb – boasting some of the most spectacular scenery in the world this country exudes charm, character and tradition. With a reputation for excellent and efficient service, fine wines and good food it remains a firm favourite with UK travellers. The superb skiing, picture postcard surroundings and laid back yet refined atmosphere are the very essence of Swiss charm and is popular for its glamorous resorts where you can expect boutique shops, great food and a lively, yet more refined apres scene.

One of the most popular resorts is:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zermatt – this picturesque village lies at the foot of the majestic Matterhorn and has arguably the best panoramic views of any ski resort in the world. With over 350km of pistes, 54 lifts, excellent apres-ski and year round snow Zermatt is really hard to beat. The traffic-free resort is accessed by a 20 minute railway ride and transport around the resort is by electric taxi or horse and carriage. Zermatt’s ski area is based on three areas overlooking the iconic Matterhorn and boasts the highest ski lift in Europe at 3885m. For the more avid skier the runs from the top of Stockhorn provide some of the best bump skiing to be had, while the off-piste in exhilarating and rightly has a world-class reputation.

Italy – the Skiing is simply unrivalled in Europe. The Dolomites are twice the size of any other ski area on the continent and results in empty lift queues and a great value lift pass and the option to ski several different ski areas in one week. Ideal for the intermediate skier, skiing and lunching is regarded in equal measures.

The Sella Ronda is like a skiing merry-go-round, connecting up a multitude of ski areas that attach to the central ski route around the huge limestone butte. Offering easy access to every corner of this ski area; from the Sasslong World Cup run to the Marmolada Glacier and the Hidden Valley, skiers can explore each town, nook and cranny at their leisure or attack the Sella Ronda circuit for a one-day ski challenge. With a huge variety of slopes on offer, the Sella Ronda works for any mix of skiers.

Resorts include; Ortisei, St Christina, Selva, Colfosco, La Villa, Corvara, Canazei and Arabba among many more such as;

San Cassiano – a quiet, well-heeled and sunny village where the lure of Dolomite traditions enhances the peace and tranquillity. An epicurean’s delight, gourmets will love the choice of Michelin-starred restaurants both on and off the piste. 40Km of scenic cross country trails, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and a relaxed apres-ski scene complete the offering. A paradise for improving beginners and intermediates alike, 3445m of vertical descent, a snow park and gourmet mountain restaurants present an irresistible combination amidst dramatic limestone cliffs.

 

However,  if you are looking for a luxurious ski holiday then you can do no better than North America & Canada, this is truly powder country and offers the very best range of ski resorts which are as diverse as its spectacular landscapes.

The skiing in America is on the whole a different experience to European skiing, but also differs greatly from region to region. One thing you can be sure of is an abundance of dry powder, empty slopes, non-existent lift queues and acres of ski terrain to explore; these are just some of the reasons that make North America the ultimate ski destination.

North America is not just the reserve of experts; all levels of skier can enjoy the benefits of venturing across the pond.  Many resorts have excellent beginners’ areas with some of the best English speaking ski schools in the world with two of the most popular being Aspen.and Vail.

Aspen – situated in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and one of the more famous ski resort towns in North America it began life as a silver mining town.  Now well known for its luxurious accommodation, exclusive restaurants, boutiques and historic buildings such as the Wheeler Opera House.

With its lively feel and stunning views of Aspen Mountain,  Aspen has attracted the rich, the famous and, of course, many ski enthusiasts to live and stay. It is not hard to see why; extensive skiing and boarding for all abilities, some of the best après-ski from budget to fine dining and superb accommodation in a town with a ‘heart’.

Vail is another famous and popular ski resort in Colorado.  Located in Eagle County it is the largest ski mountain in the state and one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain.  It has been the winter vacation destination for passionate skiers for more than 50 years with the town being established and built as the base village to Vail Ski Resort.

Vail offers a combination of sophistication and elegance with a distinct Tyrolean feel. Attractive, tree-lined streets are home to a vast array of boutiques, bars and restaurants. The resort extends along the Vail Valley, comprising four main areas: East Vail, Vail Village, West Vail and Lionshead. The high-speed, efficient lift system departs from Golden Peak, Vail Village, Lionshead and The Cascade in West Vail. As if Vail was not already a first-class ski destination, its continuing development this year has resulted in more shops, a new ice-skating rink, entertainment venues, enhanced streetscapes and landscaping, not to mention even better skier services.

Whistler is one of the top ski resorts in Canada and is located north of Vancouver, British Columbia.  It was the venue for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics so enjoys the legacy of fantastic facilities offering skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tobogganing and ski jumping at the Olympic Park.

Whistler is one of the most sought-after and exciting resorts in the world. The scenery is spectacular and the two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, combine to form the largest ski area in North America. Whistler has been purpose-built with all facilities and amenities clustered around the base of the resort. The architecture is an attractive West Coast style with cobbled pathways and well-designed buildings throughout this pedestrianised resort

Our final destination is Japan –

Japan has long been considered a country of mystery and intrigue and it is not surprising that this island nation with so much to offer the discerning traveller looking for new experiences, is being recognised as, ‘the place travel to’  with its unique landscapes, rich culture, and friendly people enticing more and more people to visit.

But it might come as a surprise to a lot of people that skiing in Japan is world class and offers an incredible experience being renowned for its waist deep, dry and light powder snow.  It offers high quality ski-in/ski-out accommodation and – another surprising fact – is that Japan has the most Michelin starred restaurants in the world and food is a big part of any Japan adventure.  So, if you are looking for an alternative and different ski destination then Japan will certainly not disappoint.

Skiing in Japan offers one of the most incredible experiences in the world because it is renowned for its waist deep, dry and light powder snow. With the slopes much quieter than you would find in Europe, it means that you can enjoy fresh untracked powder on wide intermediate runs throughout the entire day. Then, if your legs can still take it, you can continue on until 9pm each night on the strongly floodlit slopes to find out what night skiing really is about.

With high quality ski in/out accommodation, excellent food and an interesting and lively nightlife to add to one of the best skiing experiences in the world; Japan is a superb alternative to your ‘normal’ ski destination.

 

Where to go? – Skiworld feature the very best snow sure resorts in North & South America, Canada, Japan and nearer to home Europe.

They really do offer something to suit everyone from luxury to cheap ski holidays, from group to solo holidays, to family holidays over Easter, Half Term, Christmas and New Year as well as their All-Inclusive holidays to make planning easy.

The choice is yours and depending on your time and budget – we, at Tailor Made Travel,  can fulfil your dreams and aspirations and find a ski holiday to match your requirements.

For further details and information on these and other Skiworld holidays please contact us –

Call 0333 3441786 or visit your local Tailor Made Travel agency – for telephone numbers and addresses of our branches please see our website

Don’t forget without a Travel Agent you are on your own.

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