3 City Break and Ski Holiday Combos for Winter 2017/18

 

From the soaring glaciers of the Alps to the tree-lined glades of Canada, there are amazing ski resorts lying within easy reach of vibrant towns for the perfect ski holiday and city break combo. These destinations provide an ideal opportunity to hit the snow and experience the finest cuisine, craft beers and culture of the region.


If you’re planning a ski holiday for the winter 2017/18 season and you’re looking for the perfect city break to pair it with, read on for a few far-flung destinations where steep gradients and fresh snow-flurries are only the tip of the iceberg.

 

Venice to the Dolomites
 

The UNESCO World Heritage–listed city of Venice draws travellers from across the globe, keen to admire treasures including the Basilica di San Marco, the Canal Grande, the Doges' Palace and St. Mark's Square. The town is at its busiest during the summer months, but the spring months of March and April — when the snow is still falling in the mountains nearby — are the perfect times to visit without the crowds. You’ll find plenty of useful info on the Venice tourism website.
 

Approximately 2.5 hours’ drive away, the soaring peaks of the Dolomites mountain range rise into the air — and popular resorts like Cortina d'Ampezzo and Arabba lie within easy reach. Cortina d'Ampezzo is a great place for learner skiers to master their first turns on the snow, with amazing cross-country routes, traditional restaurants, spectacular scenery, plenty of off-slope activities, and bags of character to complete the picture.
 

Skiers in search of accommodation with a little traditional charm and character can book the 4* Chalet Hotel Parc Victoria, located right in the heart of town. With plenty of welcoming communal areas to relax in, easy access to the bustling resort centre and delicious dinners in the wood-panelled dining room, there’s plenty to love about this traditional chalet-hotel.
 


 

Innsbruck to Ischgl
 

Innsbruck — capital of Austria’s pretty Tyrol region — lies in a broad valley within the Karwendel Alps, dominated by the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the mighty Nordkette range. The city’s attractions include the 16th-century Ambras Castle, 15th-century Helblinghaus, the Hofburg — a former Habsburg palace — and the medieval Old Town, while activities like hiking and rafting ensure there’s plenty to do all year round. For more details on the activities and sites to enjoy, check out the official Innsbruck tourist board website.
 

In winter, though, when the peaks and valleys of the Alps are covered in snow, Innsbruck turns into a popular travel hub from which to explore some of the loveliest ski resorts in Austria. Ischgl lies 1.5 hours’ drive west of Innsbruck, with terrain suited to intermediate and expert skiers, lively nightlife, diverse off-piste routes and accommodation options to suit different budgets.


One fine place to stay in Ischgl is the 3* chalet Zita — a 22-bed property nestled in a peaceful, elevated location overlooking the pretty centre of Ischgl. Guests can reach the slopes easily via the moving walkway in the morning and almost ski back to the front door in the afternoon, and many of the bedrooms boast balconies with fine valley views.

Vancouver to Whistler Blackcomb

 

British Columbia’s biggest city, Vancouver is widely considered the culinary capital of Canada — with diverse cuisine from Asia, fresh-caught seafood, farm-to-table delicacies and a burgeoning craft-beer scene. Away from the dining table, attractions and landmarks including the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Stanley Park, and Vancouver Art Gallery keep visitors busy all year round — and whale-watching cruises offer up-close views of one of Canada’s most impressive native species in their natural habitat. If you’re considering a trip out there, there’s plenty of useful information on the Vancouver tourism website.
 

Just a 2-hour drive north into the heart of British Columbia lies the world-class ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest in North America. Between the twin peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb lies an outstanding range of pistes, terrain parks, glades and powder fields, where skiers and snowboarders of all levels can find terrain to suit. Away from the pistes and powder, activities like snow-shoeing and skidooing offer other ways to appreciate the raw beauty of the Callaghan Valley.
 

Travellers to Whistler Blackcomb looking for swift access to the snow can consider the 4* Coast Blackcomb Suites, ideally located in a ski in/out location by the slopes of Blackcomb mountain. Just a short shuttle bus ride away from the bright lights of Whistler, the property offers spacious studios and 1- to 2-bedroom suites — plus a strong chance of first tracks on the mountain in the mornings. Facilities include a heated outdoor pool, a whirlpool and an outdoor hot tub.
 

Destinations such as Venice, Innsbruck and Vancouver welcome visitors from across the globe all year round, and for skiers they’re a great base from which to make the most of the surrounding slopes. If you’re feeling inspired to try out a city break / ski holiday combo, get in touch with our knowledgeable holiday experts via our helpful online chat facility, and turn your ideas into a reality.

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