Skiing holidays offer a memorable experience which is perfectly suited to the whole family - from the sporty, agile family members who’ll be hitting the black slopes in no time, to those who may give the beginners slopes a try and then spend the rest of the holiday in the spa, hiking in the snow, or relaxing by a fire with a good book.
The magic of snow season in Austria
Austria is world famous for its ski slopes and mountain ranges, and is often the top spot for ski holidays due to the variety of options available to visitors. Some of the top ski holiday destinations in Austria include Solden, Saalbach, Zell am See and St Johann - each village has their own story to tell, and what better time than during wintery Christmas. The streets and roof tops are covered in snow and the atmosphere is filled with cheer and festive activities. The double story buildings, hotels and restaurants add to the scenery and magic with typical Austrian style architecture and a warm, inviting glow emanating from shops windows and night market stalls.
In Austria they pull out all the stops when it comes to festive season celebrations, and many of the villages have ice skating rinks as well as beautiful Christmas markets, which might put to shame any other Christmas shopping experience you’ve ever.
Italy’s ski slopes
Livigno is another place you certainly want to be for the perfect skiing holiday. Located in the province of Sondrio on the Italian Alps, right near the Swiss border, Livigno is a skiing holiday paradise with Italian flavour.
The town of Livigno is located at the base of a 12km wide valley between two gorgeous mountains. The village structures are made predominantly of wood or stone, and these characteristics really add to that special Christmas feeling of winter in the mountains, especially when the warm lights from the houses, hotels and shops glisten off the fresh snow.
Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a ‘’fresh-out-of-the-box’’ beginner, you’ll love what Livigno has to offer. The Ski school will get you up and running, while the large number of rental shops can provide all the equipment you may need. There are slopes with varying levels of difficulty, and you can toboggan, ski or snowboard down any one of them, depending on your abilities.
If you’re not much of a skier, but are still wondering what Livigno has in store for you, you won’t be disappointed. With the gym facility being the highest in the world, you can push yourself to the limits while training at this high altitude. Why not try a Fat Bike (a mountain bike with really thick wheels) and take a ride in the snow, hike with snow shoes, or sit back and relax as the Bernina Express takes you on a rail journey of the area. There are also some great shopping spots, restaurants with warm fires burning, night clubs, bars and other great venues to spend a festive night out. During the Christmas periods, the town becomes really enchanting with its night markets, elaborate Christmas decorations in the street and festive cheer sounding through the snowy streets.
Snow season in France
Tucked away in the French Alps, you will find Val d'Isère and Val Thorens in the Tarentaise Valley. The villages are close to the Italian border and have been frequented by skiers and thrill seekers for decades. Both villages are popular destinations for skiers from around the world. Whether you’re a family of novice skiers, or a group of globe-trotting friends looking for your next mountain rush, this is the place for you. During the Christmas season, the villages are brightly decorated and become a magical festive season wonderland.
As you walk through the village streets, with snow crunching below your feet, the atmosphere is warm and cheery with the glistening moon rising over the snow-capped mountains on the horizon. After an exciting day of skiing, snowboarding or a relaxing day at the spa, what better way to end it off than by sitting around a warm fire with family and friends, and swopping stories about the day’s adventures?
The magic of Europe’s snow season is fast approaching, and some ski slopes in Europe have already started opening. Discover a winter wonderland high up in the mountains of Italy, France or Austria, with breath-taking winter scenery, Christmas markets, fun-filled days on the ski slopes and warm fire places to snuggle up to after an adventurous day of skiing. Contact your Flight Centre consultant about booking your magical snow season holiday in Europe today!